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Mansions On Fifth Hotel 4.0

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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  • Elegant, historic property with beautiful period-style interiors
  • Located in an upscale neighborhood near universities and downtown
  • Individually decorated rooms with period antiques and quality reproductions
  • Some rooms offer gas fireplaces and/or whirlpool or soaking tubs
  • Free continental breakfast; hot breakfast and weekly dinner service available
  • Upscale-classic bar with a light food menu and happy hour
  • Fitness center with cardio equipment; in-room massages available
  • Beautiful event space for up to 450 people
  • Concierge and butler service available
  • Free Wi-Fi and free valet parking
  • Art gallery and art on display, some available for purchase


  • No individual controls on in-room air-conditioning
  • Only continental breakfast is free; hot breakfast is an extra fee
  • Guests staying in the annex house are served breakfast in the main building
  • No elevator service to third-floor rooms
  • Noise from special events can be heard in some rooms

Bottom Line

The Mansions on Fifth is an upscale, historic boutique hotel housed in two converted mansions along what was once known as Millionaire’s Row. Its elegant public spaces have dark, intricately carved wood paneling, coffered ceilings, hand-painted tile fireplaces -- and a chapel. The 22 individually decorated rooms feature antique style and pillow-top mattresses; some with fireplaces and claw-foot or whirlpool tubs. Guests can expect a free continental breakfast served in a formal dining room, a large event space, and butler service. On the downside, there's no elevators access for third-floor rooms, and a fee for parking. The Omni William Penn Hotel is another upscale option in a building that dates back to 1916.

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Quiet and sophisticated boutique hotel that hosts many social events 

Walking into the lobby of the 1906 McCook Mansion is like walking into Elizabethan times. Upon entering, guests are immediately immersed in intricately carved, dark wood paneling; coffered ceilings; and authentic (or very well reproduced) antique decor. A large fireplace is framed by hand-painted ceramic tiles depicting a jousting knight amidst the countryside in Medieval Europe; fine rugs cover plank wood flooring; a grand staircase leads to a platform illuminated by three large stained-glass panels. Adjacent to the staircase you'll find a grand piano and a large traditional painting that is indicative of the impressive collection of artwork on display throughout the hotel -- some of which can be purchased. Breakfast tends to be a memorable meal served in one of two beautiful, period-style dining rooms, each with a grand fireplaces and antique chandeliers. Weddings or other frequently hosted social events can cause a buzz in what is normally a quiet experience.  


Near the city’s major universities, about 15 minutes outside downtown

The two 1906 mansions that comprise this hotel are located in the upscale Shadyside neighborhood once known as Millionaire’s Row. Fifth Street is a busy thoroughfare that leads to the area’s major universities, all of which are about a 15-minute walk away or less. The closest shops and restaurants are approximately eight minutes away on foot through residential streets, and you'll find a bus stop right outside the hotel. Carnegie Mellon University is a 12-minute walk, six-minute drive, or eight-minute bus ride, while Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh are four minutes driving or nine minutes by bus. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a six-minute drive and downtown Pittsburgh is approximately five miles west. Downtown attractions, including PNC Park, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Strip District, and Point State Park, can be reached in about 15 minutes by car or 35 to 40 minutes by bus. Pittsburgh International Airport is a 30- to 40-minute drive or about an hour and a half by public transit. 


Individually decorated with period antiques and quality reproductions; vary in size and configuration

All 22 rooms at Mansions on Fifth are clean and individually decorated with comfortable, pillow-top mattresses and outfitted in vintage Elizabethan style. Most rooms have dark, intricately patterned carpet (some have hardwood floors) and walls in soft earth tones shades of blue, gray, gold, or green. Period antiques and quality reproductions accent and furnish the rooms. You can expect poster beds, writing desks, and a few minor modern touches like skylights in some of the rooms. Other features include drapes or blinds, original leaded-glass or stained-glass windows, gas fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and bay windows. Bathrooms typically feature white marble vanities and modern, walk-in, rainfall showers with clear glass doors. Some suites also have claw-foot soaking tubs or whirlpool tubs. The Premium Lofts and Suites are large, some featuring wet bars, separate sitting areas, and second bathrooms. Some lofts are bi-level as well. All rooms have phones, iHome docks, safes, flat-screen TVs (DVD players are available upon request), free Wi-Fi, and free bottled water. Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, Luxe Monarch robes, and slippers are standard bathroom amenities. 

Be aware that elevators do not reach the third-floor rooms, and rooms do not have air-conditioning controls. In-room breakfast and coffee service can be arranged, as can massage treatments. Rooms are generally quiet but some guests have reported substantial noise during special events at the main building.


A range of features from free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast to an art gallery and butler service

Mansions on Fifth Hotel has several features that add to its elegance and appeal. The free continental breakfast is served in two beautiful, formal dining rooms. Hot breakfast options are available as well, but they cost an additional fee. Note that guests staying in next door McCook-Reed Mansion must walk to the main building for breakfast. For drinks and other light bites, the Oak Room bar serves sandwiches and other light fare in addition to its extensive wine and Scotch list in a large room with dark oak floors and vintage furniture. 

The second floor of the main building has an art gallery, and art is displayed throughout the property, with some pieces available for purchase. Guests also can borrow books during their stays from the hotel library. Several lovely event spaces are available on-site and can host up to 450 people for social events and weddings. But some features are simply practical, such as the small fitness room at the hotel where you can find few a cardio machines, or the business center in the lobby, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. There's also free valet parking, and a hotel concierge and butler service is available. Pets are allowed in certain rooms.

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5105 Fifth avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232-2173, United States

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