During my visits to Pittsburgh, I’m always looking for great places to stay. In that time, there are two properties that have stuck out to me both for their quality and their location: the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown and the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center.
Over the years, I have been invited to stay at both hotels, but the thoughts below are my honest opinion, and I wasn’t asked by either hotel to write this specific piece.
During my visits, I stayed in a standard king room at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. I also had the privilege of being upgraded to the Roberto Clemente Suite at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Each room and each property offered their own advantages in regards to location, and each was immaculately clean and had surprisingly high-end fixtures for the typical room rates.
The standard rooms at both hotels look very similar. However, those at the Wyndham Grand downtown feature fantastic views of either the city or the rivers. Of course, the higher your room, the more amazing the views. Rooms at the Wyndham Grand are also 300-square feet in size, while those at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center are roughly 225-square feet.
Despite the smaller rooms, however, it appears that only the Wyndham University Center offers rooms with two queen beds.
If you have the opportunity, the suites at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown are simply amazing. I was put up in the Roberto Clemente Suite, which was located on the hotel’s 22nd floor.
The suite consisted of two rooms. One room contained a sitting area, a table, and small kitchenette, along with an amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh. The second room contained two beds (though some suites have one king bed) and had an impressive view of the three rivers, the point, and Mount Washington.
What sets these two hotels apart is their location. The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is the closest hotel to The Point, the spot where the Monongahela River and the Allegheny River form the Ohio River, and one of the closest hotels to Market Square. This hotel has great access to the downtown business district, PNC Park, and the Cultural District.
If you are biking the Great Allegheny Passage, the Wyndham Grand is the closest hotel to the starting/ending point of the trail in Point State Park. During my visit, the hotel was very bike friendly and had no issue with me taking my bike into the room. Whether you are starting or ending your GAP bike ride in Pittsburgh, you will no doubt appreciate how close this hotel is to the trail.
The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center is located steps away from the University of Pittsburgh campus and a short walk from Carnegie Mellon University.
I especially enjoyed how close it was to the Cathedral of Learning, which made it quite easy to visit the building’s Nationality Rooms. It’s also close to other attractions such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory, and much more.
It’s also worth noting that both Wyndham hotels in Pittsburgh offer free wi-fi, a fitness center, indoor pool, and have an on-site restaurant. However, neither hotel offers free breakfast as part of their standard room rates and parking is an additional cost at both properties.
Ultimately, the quality of the rooms and the perfect locations make the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center and the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown both great choices when visiting Pittsburgh. Which one to stay at depends on where you want to be located in the city and if you want a view, but both hotels offer great amenities that are sure to make your stay in Pittsburgh one to remember.
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