Pittsburgh Journals

Culture and Lights in Pittsburgh

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An October 2008 trip to Pittsburgh by zabelle

Omni William Penn Hotel Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: The Festival of Lights and the Festival of Firsts make Pittsburgh a perfect fall destination

Holiday Inn Express Suites Airport

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Hotel | "Great Airport Hotel Location"

Holiday Inn Express Suites Airport Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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I was looking for a hotel in Pittsburgh, close to the airport which would allow us to make it to our early morning flight without the crazy rush that choosing a downtown hotel would cause. After searching the Internet I decided that the Holiday Inn Express offered the correct combination of price and location. Location was within six miles of the airport adjacent to the airport road and the price was $89 per night for the three of us. Since this rate includes free parking as well as breakfast I decided it was the perfect choice. The Lobby of this hotel is very attractive with couches as well as a fireplace. The fireplace also opens into the dining area. Well not exactly the din...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2009

Holiday Inn Express Suites Airport
5311 Campbells Run Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205
412-788-8400

Mattress Factory Limited

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Attraction | "A Museum Like No Other"

Mattress Factory Limited Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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When it comes to strange names for an art museum I don’t think The Mattress Factory has much competition. Who would guess from this unique moniker that this would be such an interesting venue? The idea for this museum began over thirty years ago and has morphed into a place where invited artist produce works that they create on site. It has become one of the premier museums of installation art in the world. It is located on the north shore in a neighborhood called the Mexican War Streets which is almost an art venue in its own right.Artist come to the museum and are provide with a place to stay and everything they need to produce their work of art. They are allowed the freedom to produce a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2008

Mattress Factory Limited
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
(412) 231-3169

Sonoma Grille

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Restaurant | "Sonoma Grill"

Sonoma Grille Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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If you are walking in downtown Pittsburgh and are looking for somewhere to get an exceptional meal in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere then the Sonoma Grill is definitely not your usual hotel restaurant. Located in the Courtyard by Marriott the chef owner is an award-winning chef with an extensive background in both French and nouveau California cuisine. I began my lunch with the French onion soup. It was perfect, just the right amount of melted cheese and a wonderfully soggy crouton and one of the best broths I have ever tasted. I was impressed and I am not that easy to impress. The bread was also excellent served not with butter but with oil for dipping. We were quite a la...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2008

Sonoma Grille
947 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 697-1336

Festival of Lights

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Attraction

Omni William Penn Hotel Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh Festival of LightsIf you think you know what a festival of lights is all about you may be in for a surprise in Pittsburgh. It is not about placing colored lights on the sides of buildings, it is about making buildings into works of art. 2008 is the 250th anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh and all the stops have been pulled out. I had the honor of being present for the official launch of the Festival of Lights at Agnes R. Katz Plaza and it was an event worth participating in. From the moment the over sized switch was flicked the wall we were facing became a piece of the universe. The cosmos swirled in front of us in a piece that changed colors from orange to red and tones of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2008

Omni William Penn Hotel

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Hotel

Omni William Penn Hotel Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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When it comes to old world elegance you will be hard pressed to find any hotel lobby in Pittsburgh or almost anywhere else for that matter, that can surpass the Omni William Penn. You will be wowed from the moment you enter this Georgian gem with its classical design and ambiance. Wonderful chandeliers and comfortable groupings of chairs and sofas contrast with the modern amenities. Everywhere you look there are groups of people sitting using their laptops. Yesterday meets today in a very attractive way. There are many unusual artifacts around the hotel one that we heard about but never found was Lawrence Welk’s bubble machine, it was designed by the engineers here at the William Penn. An...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2008

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
(412) 281-7100