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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This was my boyfriend and my first visit to Pittsburgh and selected this hotel by reading other TripAdvisor reviews and we were SO glad we did! The hotel is absolutely beautiful, inside and out. The service is exemplary. Our room was quiet. The location is walkable to so much in the city (we didn't have a car). We uber or lyfted to sights a bit further away. The restaurants are delicious - all of them! The staff was all friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this hotel.
First stay in this elegant old hotel. It is a fine representation of the architecture and grace of the 1940's and 50's.There are three restaurants, a gift shop and all the amenities you'd expect for an upscale hotel. The service was great at check-in/out. There is a Starbucks on premises. There is no pool at this motel. The local area offer some great local dining, a few blocks away.
This is a beautiful, stately, classic hotel that exudes history and elegance. Great location for exploring Pittsburgh and convenient to the T light rail. Rooms are really spacious, and service was great. The historical displays on the bottom floor are worth browsing. Service was good.
But the property could do with some attention--carpets in the hallways seem tired, and the electrical outlets are so worn that my wife's phone didn't charge overnight. These are little details that could easily be addressed, so it pains me to give a low rating, but hopefully it will draw some attention. A more substantial issue is that the head of the bed seemed lower than than the foot--probably some unevenness in the floor (I think the mattress itself was ok). This can be an issue in older hotels, and could be addressed by leveling the bed platform. Unfortunately, the architecture is such that most windows simply face another wing of the building, so there's not much of a view.
Finally, I attended a conference on the top floor, and the temperature was so cold it was uncomfortable, and the audio-visual service was problematic (not sure if that was the hotel's responsibility).