Pittsburgh Travel Guide: Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh

This weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh for my boyfriend’s birthday. When deciding where we were going to stay, I knew that I wanted to be somewhere that was convenient and close to dining and other activities. I ended up choosing the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel and loved it so much that I wanted to share a little bit about it with you here. As an FYI, I was not paid for this post. I’m simply choosing to share my experience with you!

Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh

The Renaissance Hotel is located downtown on 6th Street, right along the river. I loved getting to spend the weekend downtown, as it wasn’t an area I visited to often for fun while I was in college. Keep reading for more on where to eat, because let’s face it, that’s the most important part of any trip.

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Of course when I knew this is where we would be staying, I opted for a river view. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. Right outside our window was the Roberto Clemento bridge (pictured above) and PNC Park. If you’re ever coming to Pittsburgh for a sporting event or concert, the Renaissance is just right over the bridge, making it an easy walk. It’s also a great location for a river walk, which I wish we had more time to squeeze in. Walking along the river, you don’t even feel like you’re in the city anymore!

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I loved this piece of artwork so much that I had to get a picture of it. To the right of this desk was the gorgeous view of the river. I wish I could sit and blog there all day long!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot of the lobby, but you should definitely check out the photos on the website. To me, it feels like you’re stepping back in time. There’s even a gorgeous staircase with red velvet carpet.

I’d love to head back here for another weekend stay, perhaps for a baseball game or a show at Heinz Hall. If you’re looking for a great place to stay in the heart of Pittsburgh, I’d highly recommend the Renaissance.

In addition to where to stay, I also included some of the places where we ate and drank below, so you can plan an upcoming trip to the Steel City! As always, if you have any questions, let me know!

Where to Eat/Drink

Butcher and the RyeSaturday night we ventured to Butcher and the Rye, which I mentioned in Friday’s post that I had been dying to eat there. It did not disappoint, and if you’re a meat and potatoes person, this place should be on your list of restaurants to try. Although I really enjoyed my risotto and scallops! This restaurant is about a block and a half from the hotel, but make sure you make reservations in advance!

Six Penn KitchenLocated on the other end of the block, this restaurant was perfect for drinks after dinner. We even ended up getting dessert. I had this delicious cranberry drink that had a sprig of rosemary in it, followed by a couple glasses of prosecco. We also shared a banana chocolate chip cheesecake. A little known fact about me: if there’s cheesecake on the menu, there’s a very good chance I’m going to order it.

Braddock’s American BrasserieThis restaurant/lounge is in the Renaissance, and we opted to get our last drink of the night here. Sunday morning, we headed back for the breakfast buffet, which was really good. They even had eggs benedict with kielbasa and pierogies. Love the ode to Pittsburgh’s culture in this dish!

Nine on NineWhile I didn’t eat here this past weekend, I wanted to include it as it’s only a couple of blocks away from the hotel. I went here with my family for my graduation dinner last year, and we loved it. The atmosphere, the food, it was all perfect.