We stayed in the Omni William Penn for four days while attending a conference. It was not the highest rated on Trip Advisor, but it was the location of the conference child care, so I picked it solely for that reason. And boy, am I happy that we stayed in this glorious historic hotel!
It was a bit tough for us to enter with our luggage -- we had to walk past the front revolving doors and around the corner to access the hotel via a ramp that we could drag our bags up. Once inside, we were very impressed. The lobby is very grand, with pressed itn ceiling, chandeliers and arches. There are photos of the lobby from the 30's on the wall near the Palm Court restaurant that are worth a look.
Our room was spacious and well appointed. Because of the shape and configuration of the hotel, many of the rooms face other rooms. Ours did, but I did not mind because it was after dark when we returned to our room each evening. Of course, we had to be sure that the curtains were closed firmly before undressing for bed! The bathroom was the the big negative for us: depressingly dim. There were two sconces with two miserably dim bulbs in them that could not have given off more than about a candle's worth of light.
The exercise room was a joy to work out in -- not only was it well appointed and the equipment top notch, but the room itself was gorgeous -- wood panelled with a fire place. The room is accessed from a door off the lobby and through a narrow staircase making me think it was orginally a private apartment. I asked the consierge about the history of the room, and he did not know -- but, he offered to take us up to the ballrooms on the 17th floor and give us a tour. We accepted happily! The ballrooms were magnificent! There is a large ballroom (where, I think, Bob Hope proposed to his wife) that had a beautiful second floor gold balcony and we were able to walk around. He also explained to us that the upper floors, no linger used for accommodation, used to be a girls dormitory and is the source of some paranormal rumors. He also told us that the William Penn was the first hotel in Pittsburgh to offer ensuite bathrooms. What history!
As for the meals.... We had two meals in the Palm Court. The first night we were served well over an hour after we ordered and my child fell asleep at the table. I had to have it packed up to take to the room. We gave it another try one other evening, which much better results. The appetizers were delicious and the meal served promptly. I would eat here again.
We really enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately, we had no time during the conference to tour the city, but we plan to return and when we do, we will stay at the Omni William Penn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This classic downtown hotel, known as the "Grand Dame" of Pittsburgh, has defined history and elegance since its opening in 1916. A recent multi-million dollar renovation modernized this property to meet the needs of today's traveler. This luxury property is known for its outstanding service, guest room accommodation, award-winning dining and its city center location. The Omni William Penn is situated in the heart of downtown with easy access to sporting, culture, shopping and dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omni Hotel Pittsburgh
- Omni Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Omni