by Tawanna Browne Smith
This boutique hotel is ideal for the luxury traveler. Housed in the beautiful Fulton Building, the hotel has a clear view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny River. Rooms come with king and queen beds, Internet access, coffee makers, TV’s and video games are available for rent. Cribs are available for families traveling with infants and toddlers. Braddock’s American Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- Within walking distance to the ballpark
- Spacious guest rooms
- Luxury accommodations
- Onsite Dining
This beautiful hotel sits near stadiums and river confluence. The room was well furnished, comfortable and clean. The restaurant was grand and the food was delicious. Read up on the history while you're there, very interesting.
I have stayed here for work for several weeks now so I am very familiar with the ins and outs of the place, the various types of rooms, and the good and bad. On the surface it seems like a gorgeous hotel - and it is - but there are certain enough downsides to keep me from returning in the future.
THE GOOD: The obvious for me is the decor/style of the place. It definitely looks and feels like a high-end hotel. The happy hour drink in the lobby is a nice touch. The platinum lounge is always stocked and service top notch. The exercise facility is a solid 8 out of 10 for me. The rooms do look nice, although really vary in size/space. Location is good as it's directly across the bridge / walking distance from the baseball stadium, and within walking distance of many bars/restaurants.
THE BAD: The top thing that wins a hotel over for me is quiet - especially while trying to sleep, and that's where this hotel is miserably coming up short. The doors on the rooms are big, solid, and heavy. And when people are coming and going, these doors naturally SLAM shut. Even if you try to gently close the door it's still fairly loud - and most people just don't have the awareness or courtesy to not slam the door shut. I was kept awake nearly every night by doors slamming up and down my hallway. This was not an isolated incident - I stayed here for multiple weeks before giving up and moving elsewhere. It's an inherent flaw in the design of the hotel. Also, the location while good for walking is kind of a pain for driving due to bridge closures, one-way streets in certain spots, and needing to be on the correct side of the street when arriving to the hotel. Each time I've checked in (always on a Sunday or Monday) the wait in the lobby was ridiculously long (15-20 people lines are normal, I must have terrible timing consistently) even with all podiums active. Also as a result, there has always been crazy long waits for the elevator in the lobby. In the rooms themselves, there are very tall windows in the very tall rooms. These windows require blackout curtains, and the blackout curtains are always very awkward to position correctly - there are about 4 separate sections you need to position and it seems like there's always about 3" - 6" short of material depending on the room, and there will always be light coming in. And if you get it "just right" the daily room cleanup always seems to want to open them back up, even if I leave a note asking them not to.
Overall, while it's a nice place, there's too much downside for me to return during my work trips to Pittsburgh. I'll give it 3 stars because of the GOOD items, but the annoying factor of the BAD makes me want to give it even less - I am just trying to be fair here.