Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel: Effortlessly Melding the Traditional and Modern

You know me all too well if you know that I’m a huge fan of  late 19th/early 20th Century architecture. I’m all about the ornate and gilded, yet I’m just as much a fan of modern conveniences.

Last week my family stayed at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in the heart of the Theater District for First Night Pittsburgh and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to ring in 2016. The hotel offers the beauty of a century ago and effortlessly melds it with modern touches and conveniences including free wifi, valet parking, two on-site restaurants, and views of the city to die for- especially New Year’s fireworks!


The three of us fit perfectly into a king room with the addition of a roll away bed for The Kid. There was still plenty of space to move about, watch t.v., look at the gorgeous city views, and even just spend quality time together. I love the muted color scheme and the light grays on the walls, bedding, and even the headboard gave the room a modern look and feel. Many of the rooms are being renovated as I type and they’re sure to be just as lovely.

With two adults and one 14 year-old, we needed a large bathroom to move around each other. The wood and marble vanity offered plenty of space for toiletries and other bathroom necessities, and if you forget a toothbrush or other common items, the hotel offers complimentary replacements at the front desk.


Two in-house restaurants, Braddock’s American Brasserie and Braddock’s Side Street, offer cocktails, appetizers, and unique meal options without having to leave the lobby

I love the modern styling of the bar area. Directly off the lobby’s entrance, the modern contrast compared to the classic lines of the lobby is so impressive.

Club Lounge

Here’s the place we we spent a lot of time: Renaissance Pittsburgh hotel’s Club Lounge. Located on the 14th floor, the lounge may be accessed with a special code on your room key (even if you’re staying on another floor!) and is well worth the upcharge. Not only did we have complimentary snacks throughout the day, but we had a delicious continental breakfast, hors d-oeuvres, and even dessert! It’s a benefit of the hotel that I am very thankful for.

The view from the Club Lounge on the 14th floor. The hotel is in the iconic Fulton Building with pretty views of the Allegheny River.


Along with a sizable fitness center in the basement level of the property, the hotel is also pet friendly, has complimentary wired and wireless internet, and valet parking for $34 per night. We chose the self parking option as it was only $13 on our night of stay and the garage was literally across the street.

In a Nutshell

Here’s the scoop on the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel as of the date this review was published:

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check-in begins at 4:00 PM
  • Check-out by 12:00 PM
  • Express Checkout available

Internet Access

  • Guest rooms Wireless, Wired
    • Complimentary High Speed: Check email + browse the Web
    • Enhanced High Speed: Video chat, download large files + stream video for 7.95USD/day


  • Valet parking, fee: 34 USD daily
  • Off-site parking, fee: 7.50 USD hourly, 13 USD daily
  • Self-parking 13 USD for 24 hours at city garage across from hotel entrance, no in/out privileges, height 6 ft 6 in

Property Details

  • 14 floors , 296 rooms , 4 suites
  • 10 meeting rooms, 12,918 sq ft of total meeting space

Smoke-free Policy

  • No smoking in all areas of the property

Pet Policy

  • Pets allowed, non-refundable sanitation fee: 50 USD; contact hotel for details
A huge thank you goes out to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for hosting me and my Family for First Night Pittsburgh! I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!

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