What We Love
- Innovative locavore fare at Habitat restaurant followed by dessert and wine pairings at Andy’s Wine Bar
- Kid-friend amenities include board games, Wii consoles, turndown milk and cookies and canine ambassador Edie
- 6,000 square feet of fitness space with saunas
What To Know
- Habitat restaurant requires a smart casual dress code
- On-site parking costs $32 per night
- Pets are welcome for a nightly fee of $25
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Fairmont Pittsburgh may feel thoroughly modern with its LEED certified gleaming glass architecture, floating lobby staircase and modernist gas fireplace, but it stays true to its Steel City roots with industrial-inspired décor and a collection of local art. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite the city in in guest rooms with mod cons like iPod docks and 42” LCD HDTVs. Indulge in internationally inspired (yet regionally sourced) eats at Habitat restaurant followed by interesting vintages at Andy’s Wine Bar. Then work it off in the state of the art gym, equipped with saunas and steam rooms, followed by a massage at the spa.
In the Area
Covering 16 blocks of hip gallery spaces with up to 1,500 shows per year, Pittsburgh’s cultural district carries the artistic torch of native son Andy Warhol. Pay homage to the king of pop art at the Andy Warhol Museum, and take part in the scene at historic Market Square with its funky boutiques and public art displays. Grab some old-school grub at the 142-year-old Original Oyster House(Pittsburgh’s oldest restaurant) or opt for modern gastropub fare like hanger steak with jalapeño vinaigrette at Meat & Potatoes. And to walk off the indulgences, the Three Rivers Water Trail in Point State Park offers miles of trails along the Allegheny.
How to Get There
I cannot understand why anyone would give this hotel anything but five stars. Located smack dab in downtown Pittsburgh, the Fairmont could not have a better location. Soaring above the buildings around it, the hotel's views of Pittsburgh and the river are fantastic. This is a big city, sophisticated hostelry. Staff is professional, well trained and friendly, like almost everyone in the city of Pittsburgh.
Our king bed room was large, with a comfortable bed, good lighting, plenty of outlets, and the requisite television with dozens of channels. The bathroom was quite large, having both a tub and walk in shower. Towels were thick and luscious. Amazingly, the Fairmont Pittsburgh had Le Labo toiletries from the famed Le Labo perfumery in Nolita. Wow, I know how expensive these toiletries are. Toto fixtures are an added luxury.
The hotel's Floor 2 restaurant has great reviews, and the lobby Andy's bar was hopping at midnight the Friday we arrived.
Yes, some things are aging a bit, but a hotel cannot be refurbished every two years! Be realistic. Cleanliness can be better, but lousy housekeeping is endemic at hotels around the world. Interestingly, this problem is both political and cultural. Think about it. The sentiments propelling Brexit and the proposed "Wall" may have something to do with it.
Yet, we were pleasantly surprised by the urbane affect of the Pittsburgh Fairmont, expected in New York and London, but not in the steel city. The icing on the cake was the Pittsburgh pricing, $184.00 a night. Bravo!
Great hotel, best staff, wonderful resteraunt, we were staying for an event in the Beanum cneter and it was in easy walking distance to Market Square and all the wonderful places there. Already makinmg plans to return in the Summer.
This past Thanksgiving I had a less than stellar stay at the Pittsburgh Fairmont. I posted a complaint on-line and waited to see what type of response I would get from the Fairmont management. To my pleasant surprise, their response was prompt and professional. The general manager of the Pittsburgh Fairmont, Matthew Sterne, attempted to contact me relentlessly until we finally connected. He apologized profusely for the breakdowns in customer service that I experienced and explained to me the changes they had put in place to make sure they did not happen again. He accepted full responsibility for the problems my family and I experienced and assured me he would do everything he could to make my stay enjoyable if I ever stayed there again. Based on his response, I am sure I will. Well done.
We stayed in a very large two-bedroom suite with amazing view of Pittsburgh, the room was comfortable and the service was great. We ate twice at the restaurant Fl2, while it was good, we felt that it did not live up to the Fairmont standard. The staff felt more like a hipster restaurant than a proper one and it's the first time that I eat in a Fairmont hotels which the server clean the tables then serve the food to other guest while having touch left over plates. This, in luxury hotel restaurant, doesn't usually happen. Different people as assigned to these tasks to insure that there is no contamination.
Otherwise a very nice stay. But I will not be back. Since Accor literally killed Fairmont's soul and frequent guest program, I have migrated over to Ritz-Carlton after more than 15 years of being a Fairmont lover and practically lived into their hotels in 2017 (more than 90 nights). This is going to be my last Fairmont stay, unless there is no other suitable alternative. Farewell Fairmont.
Eric, the concierge was very helpful, fun, and easy to talk to. He truly cared. He gave us numerous suggestions on things to do and restaurants. Perfect! Breakfast was so fresh with great service. All of the staff was friendly.