By Daniel Cooper
With over seven colleges and universities in the greater Pittsburgh area, families are always looking for an affordable place to stay to visit their children. But what if you don’t want to leave your best friend at home? Or in a kennel? Well, you don’t have to! Here are the best places in Pittsburgh to stay with your pets. Check out each hotel’s website for available dates and rates.
In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the Omni Hotel has been open since 1916. The historic landmark property has welcomed guests ranging from President John F. Kennedy, Bruce Springsteen and the Dalai Lama. The plush and renovated guest rooms featuring high-speed wireless Internet access, dual phone lines, video check out and personal voicemail. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants including the Terrace Room featuring continental cuisine and the Palm Court with its traditional afternoon English tea. The pet policy at the Omni allows your best friend to stay for a $50 non-refundable fee.
Pittsburgh University/Medical Center
Located in the heart of Oakland (where a majority of colleges/universities are found) you’ll find Residence Inn by Marriot. The hotel features spacious suites including kitchenettes, living rooms and all the comforts of home. Within walking distances of CMU, Pitt and Carlow, the hotel offers the best location for any parent, family and friend to explore the city. Pets are allowed at this hotel for a simple fee of $50. So, feel free to bring your other kin along for the ride to visit with their old roommates.
The Westin, located in the center of both the business and cultural district, offers the best location of all the pet-friendly hotels. Attached to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, The Westin allows access to all events and functions in the metro area. Want to catch a baseball, hockey or football game? Look no further than the Westin. Up for a night of theater or concert? You have found the right place. Complimentary transportation is available from the hotel seven days a week to the Heinz History Center, Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park and Consol Energy Center. All rooms have High Speed Internet Access and several restaurants to meet your appetite. The hotel also houses an 8,000-square-foot workout facility featuring free weights, aerobic equipment, Nautilus training, indoor lap pool, steam, sauna, massage therapy and aerobic classes. The pet policy allows you to keep your best friend with a small fee. All you need to do is call ahead of time.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is the city’s largest, most recognized hotel conveniently located Downtown at Gateway Center. The hotel faces Point State Park and Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers where you can view the famous fountain and park. Located at the gateway to the Cultural District, the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is the hub of activities for sporting events, The Arts Festival, The Regatta, Fourth of July Fireworks, Light Up Night and Galas. The Wyndham Grand offers 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and rooms that is bar none in the city. The pet policy is simple and only requires a small fee to keep your pooch or cat.
Daniel Cooper has resided in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He enjoys a wide variety of music and arts. On most weekends he can be found enjoying the public parks of the county.