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William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

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William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

I can get both of these hotels for a similar price. Is one more spacious than the other? We will have our kids with us so the more space the better!

Selection of upscale restaurants within walking distance? We will be in town for a walk near North Shore and curious about hotel proximity. Thanks!

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1. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

The Fairmont is newer and they have a dog who lives there, that might be enough to tip the scale with kids. Also, the Fairmont is closer to the bridges you'd presumably walk over to get to the North Shore, though downtown Pittsburgh is compact so the distance isn't going to make much difference. I've never stayed at either hotel, though have been to many events at both. If you call both hotels you can find out specifics about room sizes.

The William Penn is a grand old place, very different from the sleek modern Fairmont.

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2. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

Which hotel is closest to Market Square? Should I expand my options?

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3. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

We have stayed at the William Penn on many occasions and will stay there again, BUT, I didn't know that they had a resident dog at the Fairmont. If my wife finds out we will certainly be going to the Fairmont next time.

Please don't tell her.

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4. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

The Fairmont is closer to Market Square. I think both places you are considering are very nice, no need to expand your options. The Renaissance downtown is another older hotel with charm and some great views of the river (at least from some rooms).

Many good dining options downtown--the higher end places include Nine on Nine, Eleven, the Habitat at the Fairmont. Many other good places within a five minute walk of any downtown hotel.

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5. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

everywhere in downtown (golden triangle) is walking.

best way to decide is to read the hotel reviews on here.

there's upscale food in pitt ;-)? (and your kids eat it ;-)?

i wouldn't call any of this upscale, but it might be for pitt

http://www.bigygroup.com/

http://conmerge.com/clients/sp/

http://www.nineonninepgh.com/

http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/

http://www.siennapgh.com/mercato/#about

http://www.sixpennkitchen.com/

tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g53449-Pittsburg…

asn't not at all impressed (in fact rather put off with) the original fish market at the westin. if you're doing hotel food, which is always iffy, especially if you're not in a major foodie city, then i would check reviews on here first. reviews for downtown restaurants aren't overly consistently favorable.

Edited: 19 July 2014, 00:19
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6. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

Believe it or not (so far from New York and all) there is good food to be had in Pittsburgh. I'd agree, not all of it is good, but that has been my experience everywhere, even you-know-where.

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7. Re: William Penn vs Fairmont with small kids

Pittsburgh is not NYC but there is a decent foodie scene and some great chefs working here. There's no high end like Eleven Madison Park or Per Se but there are plenty of great places. Besides the Fish Market, what others have you tried?

I don't recommend using Trip Advisor restaurant reviews...for example the #1 place in NYC is Levain Bakery (which has awesome cookies, but the best restaurant in the city???) And number 5 is a taco truck? For better advice try Chowhound or even Yelp.

Edited: 19 July 2014, 15:16
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