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Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh - Downtown 2.5

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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  • Convenient location near convention center, sporting events, and Strip District
  • Clean, comfortable, and spacious rooms with coffeemakers
  • Suites have wet bars, mini-fridges, microwaves, and sleeper sofas
  • Some suites have whirlpool bathtubs
  • Small indoor heated pool with whirlpool with handicapped access
  • Free daily hot breakfast and to-go bags with breakfast sandwiches
  • Contemporary fitness center with cardio and weight-training machines
  • On-site convenience store sells microwaveable entrees
  • Free Wi-Fi and free secure parking


  • Most downtown attractions are at least a 20-minute walk
  • Only suites offer mini-fridges, microwaves, and sleeper sofas
  • No shuttle to downtown attractions
  • Slightly small pool

Bottom Line

The lower-middle-range Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown is popular with both convention goers, sports fans, and families and is conveniently located across the river from the major sports facilities, and between the city’s convention center and the Strip District’s entertainment attractions. You can expect to find standard Hampton Inn features such as free hot breakfast, small pool, free parking, and free Wi-Fi and 143 clean and spacious rooms with coffeemakers; suites add wet bars, mini-fridges, microwaves, and sleeper sofas. Downtown is at least 20 minutes by foot and there is no shuttle service. Beware of rate spikes that can be on par with rates at the upper-middle-range Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square on the waterfront. 

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Typical Hampton Inn popular with sports fans, business travelers, and families

Recently renovated in 2014, the Hampton Inn and Suites Pittsburgh - Downtown is a popular spot for business travelers, sports fans, and families. A nearby convention center makes it a favorite for convention delegates, while the three welcoming flags of the city's professional sports team and free parking attract sports fans. Thanks to the large size of the suites, free breakfast, and pool, this hotel is also a big draw for families. Overall, the hotel is your typical Hampton Inn -- clean and comfortable with a bright lobby featuring laminate wood floors and several sitting areas. Similar to other Hampton Inns, the just-off-the-lobby breakfast area consists of a long white table and a few smaller tables, modern hanging light fixtures, and a large flat-screen TV. 


Convenient to sporting events, convention center, and Strip District

The Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh - Downtown is situated in a busy area on the outskirts of downtown, less than two blocks from the Allegheny River and David L. Lawrence Convention Center (a seven-minute walk to the entrance). Some restaurants are within a three- to four-minute walk, and the Senator John Heinz History Center is a three-minute walk. The heart of the Strip District’s shops, clubs, and restaurants can be reached in about five minutes on foot. The Amtrak Station and Penn Avenue at 11th Street public transit station are a six-minute walk, and the closest T subway station (Wood Street) is a 15-minute walk. PNC Park, Heinz Field, Point State Park, Market Square, Rivers Casino, CONSOL Energy Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum are five to 10 minutes by car or roughly 20 to 30 minutes via public transit. Drive times to Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University are eight, 12, and 14 minutes, respectively. Pittsburgh International Airport is a 25- to 30-minute drive, or about an hour via public transportation.


Spacious rooms with coffeemakers and lap desks; suites with sofa beds and wet bars

The guest rooms have pleasant, traditional room decor featuring green and gold patterned carpets, burnt orange accents, soft beige walls, and earth toned drapes. Furniture is reddish brown while ergonomic office chairs at the desks are black. Standard rooms come in King or Double-Queen options and are spacious and clean, though upgrades to suites get you more space (either in a studio or one-bedroom layout). Some of the rooms can feel a bit dark, with just a single window providing natural light. Standard amenities include coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, lap desks, and flat-screen TVs, and suites add sofa beds, wet bars, mini-fridges, and microwaves. All Standard Rooms are nonsmoking, while some Suites allow smoking. 

Comfortable bathrooms feature shower stalls with sliding glass doors or standard shower/tub combos with curtains. You can expect wood vanities with light granite tops and beige floor tiles and Neutrogena toiletries. Note that the vanities in the Suites are located outside the bathroom, and some Suites have whirlpool tubs.


Free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and heated indoor pool area with whirlpool

This Hampton Inn doesn't break any new ground on brand features, but it doesn't disappoint either. As with most Hampton Inns, you can expect daily free hot breakfast (and weekday to-go bags with breakfast sandwiches), free hot coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hours, and afternoon cookies. Though somewhat small, the heated indoor pool also has a whirlpool and is handicapped accessible. There's also a small but contemporary fitness center with both cardio and weight-training machines and free weights. 

The well-stocked convenience store sells sundries, drinks, snacks, and microwaveable entrees. The small two-computer business center has a a printer and PC computers, and the hotel's two meeting rooms can host 12 and 55 guests, respectively. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and newspapers are available during the week.

Free parking is on site, a rarity for a downtown-area hotel in Pittsburgh. Guest laundry facilities are on site, and valet dry cleaning and laundry services are available. An ATM and safe deposit box on site as well.

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1247 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-4239, United States

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