Omni William Penn Hotel
What We Love
- Award-winning dining at The Terrace Room, courtesy of chef Jacky Francois
- The lavish surroundings and noir feel of the Speakeasy, with its Prohibition-inspired cocktails
- The grandeur of the lobby, restored to its original glory
- Traditions like afternoon tea service
What To Know
- Self-parking is available across the road for $14 per day
- Pets are allowed, with a fee of $50 per stay
- With 597 rooms, this isn’t exactly a boutique hotel
- The fitness center is open 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
If these walls could speak they’d be sure to gossip about the many celebrities, VIPs, and bold-faced names who’ve passed through since the doors opened in 1916. The hotel underwent a recent multi-million dollar renovation to bring things into the 21st century, but tradition still reigns supreme in public areas, like The Terrace Room, an award-winning restaurant with a molded plaster ceiling, grand mahogany arches, and a mural covering the back wall titled “The Taking of Fort Pitt.” The hotel wisely decided to revive its classic speakeasy space, a suave hideaway serving Old Fashioneds and Rob Roys in a noir atmosphere rife with vintage details like flocked wallpaper and scarlet tufted banquettes.
In the Area
Pay homage to Pittsburgh’s most famous son at the Andy Warhol Museum, which offers an incredible insight into the genre-defining artist’s life, along with a ton of interactive exhibits and spaces, including a room full of silver balloons. Check out what the new generation of provocateurs is up to at the Mattress Factory, a cutting-edge contemporary art space in which artists-in-residence create room-sized installations. Then tuck into some fancy pub grub at hip Meat and Potatoes, chef Richard Deshantz’s ode to approachable farm-to-table fare like lamb burgers with arugula and tomato jam.
How to Get There
Was at the Omni for a convention. The hotel is a gem. Beautiful, historic hotel. The staff from bellmen, front desk, restaurant servers, and house keeping were extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to stay in downtown Pittsburgh.
I paid about $350 for one night. It was more expensive than other options, but booked at the last minute, so I didn't have much choice.
When I arrived, the valet informed me that self-parking was $6 a day right across the street, or they could valet it (in the same location ) for an additional $30. I parked myself and found it extremely easy and very convenient.
The lobby in this hotel is exceptional. It is really spacious and striking. The desk for the hotel is a little hard to find, since it isn't in the immediate vicinity when you walk in the front doors, but this is a very minor grievance.
I arrived too early to check in, but was greeted nicely by the staff and they checked my bags for me. When I came back to check in at the appropriate time, the check in process was quick and easy - and my checked bags were delivered to my room within 10 minutes.
The room I had was spacious and comfortable - a little larger than the average hotel room. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean. We had no problems with noise whatsoever. We heard no neighbors, no street traffic (8th floor), or hallway traffic. The view was unfortunately of the hotel next door. Not much to look at and a lack of privacy in some ways - so I pulled the blinds.
Despite already having a high price, everything was expensive in the hotel. It was $5 for a glass of orange juice...... $20 for an in-room movie. Pro tip: there are great places to eat all around the hotel that have more reasonable prices.
At the end of the day, it was a perfectly fine hotel, but very expensive in just about every way imaginable. I would do what I could to find a better value in the future.
This is our choice hotel when staying in Pittsburgh. Beautiful, historic and exceptionally well maintained. The rooms are well appointed, spacious, and clean-with comfortable bedding and reliable heating and cooling. The lobby is stunning. Service is always attentive and non-intrusive. The weekend brunch is quite experiencial in the hotel’s exquisite dining room. This hotel is spot on!
Stayed the night for a Beachbody Super Sunday Event. Room was very spacious. Hotel was clean. Food was great! Within walking distance to downtown area. The only difficulty was pulling up to drop off luggage. Too much traffic by the doorway.
This hotel is lovely, especially for the downtown area. It has the character of an older hotel with the amenities of a new. Add in friendly staff, a great downtown location, and a Starbucks in the lobby - this one's a winner!