Choosing a downtown hotel can be tricky; on the one hand, you want a hotel that’s close enough to the action that you don’t have to take a cab everywhere. On the other hand, you don’t want to be near any unsafe action. The Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown is close enough for traveling families to walk to area attractions, yet not so centrally downtown that safety is a concern.
Historic Pittsburgh Strip District Location
The Hampton Inn & Suites is located on Smallman Street in the Strip District, a bustling area that features food vendors, shops and restaurants. My four-year-old son and I enjoyed exploring the area, finding fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of Pittsburgh-related gear. Locally owned restaurants are also peppered through the district, including the city’s famous Primanti Bros. sandwiches.
The hotel is across the street from the Senator John Heinz History Center and near the University of Pittsburgh. It’s also walking distance to Heinz Field and PNC Park; on one evening of our stay, we saw several people gather in the lobby to walk to the ballpark.
While the hotel is located downtown, the guest rooms don’t reflect it – our double guest room had plenty of space for the two of us, and would have had more than enough room if we had brought the whole family.
My son loved sitting on the window ledge watching the street traffic below and the trains on the tracks further away, which kept him busy while I spent a few minutes checking email on the hotel’s free high-speed Internet access.
Guests are provided with plenty of freebies that you might not expect from a downtown hotel – free parking, free hot breakfast, and the aforementioned free Internet access. Working travelers can also use the business center and even hold a meeting in either of the two on-site meeting rooms. We didn’t have time for a dip or a workout, but the hotel also has an indoor pool and fitness center.