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Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

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Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

Hello

Can anyone recomend which of the above to go with?

Which one is in a good area. Which is closest to the stadiums/downtown. Is one area safer than the other. Very unfamiliar with the area. We are a European family so can anyone compare for us what downtown Pittsburgh is like? Should we stay a few days this Summer as part of our visit? We love cities/art galleries/museums.

Many thanks for any advice

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1. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

Downtown Pittsburgh is compact and walkable. There are some very nice hotels (Fairmont, Renaissance, William Penn) and some other decent but less upscale hotels (Hampton Inn, Courtyard Marriott, Doubletree, etc.) From downtown you could walk to PNC Park (it shouldn't just be Americans who are subjected to a baseball game, besides, it's a great ballpark), Warhol Museum, History Center, Strip District, and over to Station Square to ride the incline and take a boat ride. There are plenty of restaurants, and nice theatres. But downtown can be quiet at night unless there is something big going on (I was there last night and things were hopping). You can walk to a kayak rental place, or rent bikes.

Oakland is the other area you should consider, and which to pick just depends how you think you'll spend your time. Oakland is a college area, so it has cheaper restaurants, funkier stores, etc. Tourist attractions include Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Art and Natural History Museums, Pitt Nationality Rooms. There is a little plaza with a carousel (if your kids are young enough to enjoy that) and food carts, often there's something fun going on there.

Check out www.visitpittsburgh.com for help figuring out your trip.

Pittsburgh is a small city--lots to do, and it's pretty, but we're not Paris. Our prices are lower though, and the natives are friendly. Here is a link to a recent article about Pittsburgh from a New York paper:

nypost.com/p/lifestyle/travel/springtime_for…

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2. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

Many thanks for your reply. So all three of the above areas are ok. The Cambria suites looks fairly new is the area ok? is it quiet at night? We probably would not want to have to drive everywhere. Going to the U2 concert so we are in that area of the city for the concert.

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3. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

Just to add to give an idea, we love Georgetown DC, Annapolis MD, areas of New York, We dislike faceless semi-industrial parks/office buildings/ Malls with attached hotels where you cannot walk from.

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4. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

If you stay in Oakland, the Residence Inn isn't the most centrally located. You'd be better off with the Holiday Inn Select, or the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place. If you stay in Oakland, it is a short bus ride into town to the concert, or you might be able to use a hotel shuttle--but make sure they'll pick you up and not just drop you off.

The area where the Cambria Suites is on the edge of a slightly iffy area--it's probably fine during a concert because there would be lots of people around, but you'd be more centrally located at some other downtown hotels, the Hampton Inn Suites or the Courtyard Marriott. Both are still a short walk to the concert, but closer to other action. Downtown Pittsburgh is quite compact though, so you really can't go too far wrong.

I think all these places fit your goal of being in a walkable neighborhood. There is a good map of downtown Pittsburgh on this page (Oakland is a couple miles east of downtown, straight out Forbes Avenue):

www.downtownpittsburgh.com/getting-around

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5. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

and forgot to mention - The Mexican War Streets - what is this area like?

Many thanks for the very helpul information

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6. Re: Mexican War Sreets/Cambria Suites/Residence Inn University

The Mexican War Street area is not one I would recommend for a family visiting. You wouldn't want to walk around there at night although I feel it is OK during the day--at least any of the areas you want want to visit, e.g. the Mattress Factory, the Aviary, the Children's Museum, Science Center, Warhol Museum.

Pittsburgh is a very safe city, but the War Streets area is a bit dicey and there is no reason for you to deal with that on your visit to Pittsburgh. Stay elsewhere, is my advice.

There are hotels on the North Side right by PNC park which would be fine, but I wouldn't call that the Mexican War Streets.

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