I am from Pittsburgh originally and remember the William Penn from when I was a kid. It was a thrill for me to stay at the Omni William Penn on a recent business trip to Pittsburgh.
The lobby is majestic. There are lots of comfy couches and spaces to meet or relax. The check in was quick and I was given a room on the 12th floor. I had a convention rate of $165/night so I'm sure I was given a very basic room (two double beds). But there was nothing basic about this hotel or room.
I had read on their website that there was a fridge in each room (not a mini-bar, thank goodness). I really appreciate this touch, as I like to stock the fridge with soda and flavored waters to keep hydrated. When I walked into the room, I could not believe how big it was for a basic room. Usually older hotels in city centers have rooms that are tiny. Not this room. There was a foyer with a large closet (behind beautiful mirrored doors). The desk had plenty of electrical outlets built in. There was a side chair and of course coffee maker. The bathroom was actually quite large for an older hotel (plenty large for one person). The lighted make-up mirror was a nice touch. Hint: the hair dryer is hanging on the back of the door. There is a motion activated night light on the bottom of the night stand. It was just enough light for when I had to get up in the middle of the night. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable.
Another problem in older hotels tends to be few and slow elevators. Not at the William Penn. There were 12 elevators, so there was never a long wait for an elevator.
I had valet parked my car for $29/night. At first that might seem like a lot. But when I stay at the Residence Inn on the North Shore, they charge $19/night for parking in their surface lot, so I guess $29/night is not that bad. The bellman also brought my bags up immediately to the room from the valet park area.
While at the Omni, I signed up on-line to be part of their Select Guest program. This was easy to do and saved me the $9.99/night charge for internet access. This was a great deal.
The fitness center is open 24/7 which is great. It did get very crowded one morning at 6:00 a.m., but luckily I was almost done with my workout by that time. There were 3 Precor ellipticals, 2 bikes, and 3 treadmills. The elliptical and bike that I used were in great working order. There were also plenty of towels, cups, and sanitizing wipes. There were also about a dozen weight machines and free weights.
The hotel is convenient to just about everything in Pittsburgh. I walked to a meeting at PPG place, which is almost across town, and it only took 15 minutes (and I was walking slowly). I ate both nights at Capital Grille, which is only 3 blocks away. Capital Grille was fantastic, but there are a wide variety of dining options close by.
If you have a chance, try to tour the Grand Ballroom (I think on the 17th floor). It is beautiful.
- 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