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The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

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Whether you’re looking for a luxurious stay or simply want to experience Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated culture, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is the perfect destination. Situated in the heart of Downtown, this Marriott property offers guests an array of amenities and a breathtaking view of the city skyline. With its stylish decor, modern amenities, and exceptional service, this hotel will make you feel like a modern-day Renaissance man (or woman)!

Large brick building.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a beautiful city, full of charm and history, that has witnessed a lot of changes over the past 200 years.  The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, built in 1906, has been around to witness much of it and has likewise gone through several changes.

The Renaissance has served as an office building, a World War II Veterans Hospital, and a nightclub.  Today it is one of Marriott’s upscale hotels with 291 rooms and 4 suites within its 14 floors.

Check In counter.

The interior is modern chic and there are plenty of areas to sit and relax.

Purple settee in a lobby.

In the center of the ceiling of the lobby is a beautiful 30-foot-diameter stained glass dome.

Stained glass ceiling.

The marble grand staircase exudes glamour and class and is an idyllic location for weddings.

Grand staircase made with marble.

There are touches throughout the hotel that are reminiscent of its earlier days, such as this phone that was located near the elevators on the 8th floor:

Old fashioned phone on a table.

Guest Rooms

Guest room options include 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 king bed with concierge access, 2 queen beds with concierge access, 1 king bed with a river view, an executive room with a king bed and a river view on a corner, and a one-bedroom junior suite on a corner with a river view.

My daughter and I were guests in room 817. The spacious room had 2 comfortable queen-sized beds and everything else that you would expect in a nice room.

Amenities include a mini fridge, in-room safe, and iron and ironing board. Free wifi is provided throughout the hotel for guests.

Two beds in a hotel room.

It had a writing desk from where I could sit and gaze at the Roberto Clemente Bridge and see fireworks after the Pirates won a game.

Large yellow bridge spanning a river.
View from Room 817

Bathroom Amenities

Bathrooms feature a marble vanity and are stocked with Aveda toiletries and plush towels.

Renaissance bath room, toiletries, and robe.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel History and Facts

  • The hotel was originally named the Fulton Building and served as an office building rather than a hotel. It was designed by the renowned architect Grosvenor Atterbury and built in 1906. In 2001, it was renovated and converted into the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, blending historic charm with modern luxury.
  • The courtyard copper restoration is the largest copper restoration project on the East Coast since the Statute of Liberty was restored in 1986.  Baking soda was used to clean it – in fact, it took 40,000 pounds to clean the copper cladding!
  • Speaking of the Statue of Liberty – the granite on the exterior of the first three floors of the Renaissance was quarried from the same quarry that provided the granite for the base of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Pittsburgh was the United States’ hub for the steel industry.  Blackout curtains and devices were put into place during World War II – the Fulton Building (the Renaissance Hotel in its earlier days) rotunda dome was covered in a heavy rubber material to block out light. It was in place for almost 60 years until it was removed during renovation.
  • Two mythical dragons made of cast aluminum are on the marquee.
Metal dragon on the side of a building.

Ideal Location

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is located across the river from the Pirates stadium and is also within walking distance to the Andy Warhol Museum, the Strip District, the Heinz Museum, the cultural district, numerous restaurants, and so much more.

Collage of Andy Warhol art, an old street car, and Stamoolis restaurant.

Check-in/Check-Out Times

Check-in time is at 4:00 pm and check-out is at noon.

More About Renaissance Pittsburgh

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is the perfect destination to experience the rich history and architectural splendor of the Fulton Building. Nestled in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, this iconic hotel seamlessly integrates modern luxury with the timeless charm of a historical landmark. Immerse yourself in the elegance of a bygone era while enjoying contemporary comforts, creating an unparalleled stay that captures the essence of Pittsburgh’s storied past.

The hotel is:

  • smoke-free,
  • handicapped-accessible, and
  • dog-friendly.  

Wi-fi is complimentary and the fitness center is open 24 hours.  

You can learn more and book your stay by visiting the hotel’s website at http://www.RenaissancePittsburghPa.com/  

Be sure to also go to VisitPittsburgh.com when planning your next trip to the Burgh – there you will find information for Things To Do, Restaurants, Events, and more information for planning an awesome trip.

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