This is my fourth stay in the William Penn in the last 2 years. I have seen a variety of rooms during those stays. Like the Palmer House in Chicago, the Peobody in Memphis, this is an old property that is still going strong. Overall there are mostly positives, but a few drawbacks.
First it has the elegant feel of a grand old hotel. The lobby is a beautiful large space with the ornamentation of an earlier age. There is a Starbucks on one side of the lobby and a nice cocktail area on the other side. This is a lobby that you might actually want to sit in to read to paper, have your coffee or enjoy a cocktail.
The Terrace Restaurant in the hotel is one of the very best restaurants in the downtown area. Dinners are well prepared and well served. The breakfast buffet is enormous.
The location is good, particularly if you are doing business with BNY Mellon or PNC. You can walk to the Consol Energy Arena and see a Penguins game.
The staff are all very friendly. The hotel has a very nice fitness facility with multiple aerobic and strength machines.
One drawback is that the rooms are inconsistent. I have had large rooms that were tired in terms of carpet and furnishings. This trip I have a small with new carpet and wallpaper. Unfortunately the bathrrom in this room is so small that there is no where to place my little TSA plastic bag with toiletries. I have to close the lid of the toilet so I have someplace to set the toiletries. This is inconvenient to say the least.
One tip is that if you do like to eat breakfast, book the "bed and breakfast" rate that is on the web site. When you book this ahead of time it is a great value considering the size of the breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This classic downtown hotel, known as the "Grand Dame" of Pittsburgh, has defined history and elegance since its opening in 1916. A recent multi-million dollar renovation modernized this property to meet the needs of today's traveler. This luxury property is known for its outstanding service, guest room accommodation, award-winning dining and its city center location. The Omni William Penn is situated in the heart of downtown with easy access to sporting, culture, shopping and dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omni Hotel Pittsburgh
- Omni Pittsburgh
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