I’ve always heard Pittsburgh was a “classic American town” with nice people, good food and the zeal for sports, especially football, is indescribable. If you read about my family’s visit to Primanti Bros visit you already know that The Vacation Gals recently teamed with Sage Hospitality to check out some of their properties (check out #SageWanderer on Twitter to see our tweets and photos over coming months). The three of us will be visiting five hotels across the United States and, lucky for my family, the luxurious and family friendly Renaissance Pittsburgh was on the list. We visited over our spring break and enjoyed the hotel and Pittsburgh so much we extended our stay an extra two days. I’ll be writing more about the town and the family friendly things we did, but today I want to gush about the Renaissance Pittsburgh.
It’s quite the hotel. Here are the top five things that stood out during our stay:
1. Fantastic packages. This Renaissance offers a variety of room packages (casino, baseball, and digital detox themes). My family had the Carnegie Museum Package which included deluxe hotel room accommodations, breakfast for two, valet parking (dreamy!) and two drink tickets. We also had the choice of two passes to the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Science Center or the Andy Warhol Museum). The hotel location is a short drive to all of the attractions. And while we used our package tickets at the Carnegie Science Center & UPMC Sportsworks during our stay we also visited the Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Yes, we had a grand time.
2. Classy, yet family-friendly. When we first walked into the hotel I knew we were somewhere special. As you can see by the photo above why the lobby took my breath away. As soon as you walk in, look up to see the high rotunda dome in the lobby (this is known as the Fulton Building and it was built in 1906). There’s a glimpse of the dome in the photo. And it really is as stunning as it looks. Originally built as a hotel, it never evolved into one until Sage bought it and it opened as the Renaissance in 2001 but much of the original marble and iron are still visible. The history is worth reading about, too. Most recently though the first two floors were a night club appropriately called Heaven. As for the family friendly aspect, as we checked in the kids were handed baskets to select a toy. What a welcome!
Besides the elegant couches and cozy, cushion embellished nooks in the lobby’s corners which are ideal for sipping cocktails and relaxing there is a work area with a high tables and stools where business people would sit and tap away at their laptops and a stone’s throw away was a giant tic-tac-toe board that my kids couldn’t get enough of…
3. Good food. We enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant called Braddock’s which sits right off the lobby. Everything was flavorful, from the kids’s pasta dishes to my goat cheese salad to my husband’s scallops were divine – as were the classic breakfast dishes of pancakes, eggs, granola parfait and bacon. The bacon was especially delicious. And did I mention it’s oh, so family friendly?
4. Comfortable beds. This isn’t the first time I’m mentioned that hotel beds can be deal breakers, but you don’t have to worry here. The luxurious beds at Renaissance Pittsburgh were dreamy (no pun intended). My husband, kids and I slept through the night every night and work up feeling refreshed and pain-free (no aching backs from these beds).
5. Awesome fitness center. It’s not rare for hotel gyms to disappoint me, but the fitness center, located in the basement of the Renaissance Pittsburgh is fabulous. The free weights, weight machines and cardio equipment was new, fresh, clean and in excellent condition. It was a pleasure working out in this hotel gym. Plus, the water and apples were appreciated. Check it out for yourself:
Thank you Sage for hosting my family and showing us beautiful and family friendly Pittsburgh.