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Downtown hotels

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Downtown hotels

My husband wants to come to Pittsburgh Thanksgiving weekend and participate in the big bike race there. I would not be racing, so we would need a hotel where I could get out and walk around during the day on Friday and do some shopping while he races.. Also, at night we would want to be in walking distance to restaurants and things to do. We prefer not to drive the car after we arrive at the hotel. Thanks

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Is he thinking about the Dirty Dozen? Tough guy! You might want to look at the hotels at Bakery Square, as that is right up Washington Blvd. from where the race starts. You would be within walking distance of Shadyside shopping and plenty of restaurants. Maybe also look at an airbnb in Lawrenceville - that would be a couple of miles from the start of the race and Lawrenceville is a unique shopping area. Downtown would give you access to good restaurants and the Strip District for shopping, but it would be quite a haul for him to bike from downtown to the start. (and he needs to save his energy for the race!)

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Penzgirl nailed it! Some of these hills your husband will be attempting will be VERY physically trying, including pedaling up the world's steepest street, and, as such, the shorter his trek to the starting line, the better his odds of placing well in the competition.

I would consider the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Shadyside (5308 Liberty Avenue). It is located on flat terrain (a rarity for our city!) for your husband to have an easy ride to the starting line. It is also a very quick walk for you to access the largest of Shadyside's three business districts---Walnut Street---which features many upscale-oriented local and national retailers along with coffee shops, bakeries, galleries, and cafes. Also a short walk from the hotel would be Bloomfield, which is Pittsburgh's "Little Italy" (although it is much more culturally diluted these days due to gentrification). Friendship is also a quick walk from the hotel and is a nice residential area to stroll with tree-lined streets and big old Victorian-era homes to gawk at. My parents stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, although they weren't thrilled about paying for parking (that's common for Pittsburgh's hotels, though). There is an on-site Starbuck's, a pool, a nice fitness center, and a nice bar. You'd be across the street from a major hospital, which is always a plus in the case of an emergency! You'd be within walking distance as well from Whole Foods and Giant Eagle Market District (upscale local grocery chain).

Otherwise there is one hotel in Bakery Square called the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Bakery Square isn't home to much yet in terms of retail---West Elm (opening soon), Anthropologie, Learning Express Toys, TechShop (President Obama was just here last week), and a few others. It is also home to a major installation for Google, and new apartments are being built across the street. There's a Target and Trader Joe's within a 10-minute walk from Bakery Square. You could conceivably walk to Walnut Street in Shadyside from Bakery Square (via pleasant quiet Shadyside side streets that parallel Fifth Avenue), but it's a much longer walk than the one from the Marriott Courtyard. The neighborhoods adjacent to Bakery Square---Larimer and East Liberty---are both rapidly gentrifying but still have some elements of sketchiness around. I don't envision any crime issues, but be advised if you're out and about walking in East Liberty you may be subjected to panhandling and having to walk past foul-mouthed loitering youths.

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Thanks Penzgirl and Steelcity.... I know this will be very helpful.. hubby is a cyclist since he was 15 and he did the 6 Gap in the North Ga mtns 2 yrs ago so he "thinks" he is ready for this. He is 55 now. He lives bicycles(owns a bike shop) and breathes cycling( bicycles are truly his passion, beside me of course!) We have a friend who is from Pittsburgh who really brags about your town so we are excited to check it out.

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Does your subway system service Shadyside? Or how is cab service in that area to downtown? Thanks

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You could take a bus from downtown to Shadyside, but the subway does not extend that far. Taxi service is not one of Pittsburgh's strong points; you'd always be well-advised to either have your hotel call a cab or make sure you have Yellow Cab's phone number with you. You might also want to check into the new Lyft and Uber services.

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If your husband likes bikes, he might want to check out Bicycle Heaven It is the largest bicycle museum in the country and very well the world. You might enjoy it too. You will see signs along the bike path on the north side heading down river past the casino.

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The "T" (subway) only services north shore(near the casino), downtown, south side (Station Sq.) and the South Hills.

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