If I could give the Inn 2 ratings for 2 personalities of mine, it would be a 4 star and a 2 star assessment. First the 4 star, or Beauty rating. The Inn on the Mexican War Streets is a phenomenal place. A historic converted mansion, it has very unique rooms, beautiful garden, spiral staircase, elegant reading room, everything you'd expect of a mansion. Nice owners, only met Jeff, clean, plenty of free street parking. The romantic in me, the guy who doesn't want to stay at another boring city hotel, is completely satisfied.
Rating of 2, the Beast. The photos you see of the Inn are atypical of the neighborhood. Do yourself a favor and do a street view in Google maps before you book. The park across the street is nice during the day, as is North Ave, but after dark the clientele changes. In fact, I didn't see a whole lot of people walking around after dark on any of the 3 nights I was there. I walked to several neighborhood restaurants (there aren't a lot), and found myself alone for most of the journey. A waitress at a restaurant in what was once known as German Town, cautioned me not to take a shortcut through the side streets of the neighborhood, but to stick to the main avenues. A longtime city cab driver gave me similar advice and said continuous neighborhoods to Northside Central were the home to drug gangs. While the gay and lesbian community of Pittsburgh has done a lot to bring back Northside Central, for every beautifully renovated building there is a blighted one around the corner. None of this is the fault of the owners of the Inn mind you. They have done a ton of work, but it is what it is - partially converted.
Another nit pick on my part was the breakfast. I usually associate a B&B with a finely prepared breakfast; something other than a Costco danish and a microwaveable egg sandwich. At the Inn, you get the Costco breakfast - self serve. Nicer dining room than the Holiday Inn, but the same breakfast.
Would I go back? Maybe. I'd likely look at a more dynamic and night time friendly neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh first.
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