The Priory Hotel
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My alarm went off at 6am and I was glad that I arrived home before 10pm last night. I packed my suitcase and caught a cab to the airport. It was now 7am and the city was getting busy as it was the beginning of the morning rush hour.
I checked into the customs area and I was good to go to my departure gate. The flight was running late and I plenty of time to get some food and drink. The flight to Singapore took about 8 hours
... the inner workings of the incline.
I met an interesting local who was also volunteering for the day who has invited me round for a traditional dinner tonight. I am looking forward to meeting the locals with him as they love the Detroit flyers and were impressed with me going to the game.
I hope it's not going to be too late a night as I am up early tomorrow for my flights home..
... is reached by a series of 28 stairs which are modelled after the Scala Sancta in Rome. To reach the altar you must ascend the stairs on your knees and say a different prayer on each step. This is one of only four churches in the world with holy stairs. Now back to the food, we had home-made Italian meats (Parma Sausage), hummus (Labad's), a pepperoni roll (Sunseri's), biscotti (Enrico Biscotti), mele (Colangelo's) and savoury pierogis (S&D Polish Deli). All of the food was ...
It is so easy to dream and talk about what you will do 'one day' but often much more difficult to execute. For years I promised to accompany my niece to Africa and now she is 17 years old. I realized it won't be any easier to do it later as she gets busier with life and college, and I'm not getting any younger - so we decided that now is the time, this is the day to do what we have talked about doing.
... kindest of people, but we managed to get everyone squared away. Security was perhaps the hardest part with such a large group and for some of the kids who it was their first time, a little nerve racking. But we made it! Frau thought she finished her water before security, but had 3 sips in the bottom, which they made her chug on the spot. She of course, spilled all over herself in the process and being the last one, the whole group got to witness it. Upon checking ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Priory Hotel Pittsburgh
Where we stay in Pittsburgh!
We have stayed at the Priory MANY times and love the quaint atmosphere and charming rooms. We have probably stayed in most of them! When I call for reservations, the person at the desk clearly remembers me, which is a nice, personal touch. It is quite pleasant to stop in the sitting room for a glass of wine (complimentary) before heading out for the evening. In warmer months, we have enjoyed some wine in the courtyard by the fountain before turning in for the night. The breakfast is served long enough for those who sleep in a little (later hours on the weekends & holidays), and is always satisfying. The coffee is great, and I'm very picky about coffee. The location is convenient to the North Shore, downtown, museums, and the Strip is a stone's throw away. Others have commented on the neighborhood, but we have never found it to be a problem. In fact, we once walked from the Priory downtown (a good hike!) without a second thought. The blocks behind the Priory have some very cool old homes. The staff has gone out of their way to be accommodating many times. It is a quiet, relaxing place to stay with some good views of the downtown skyline. We have stayed in some of the large downtown hotels which were great, but we always came back to the Priory. It is just a very cool place and I highly recommend it. (We'll be there tomorrow!)
Great city INN for a perfect stay
We stayed at The Priory for 2 nights on Aug 1 and 2nd. We found the place very accomadating, clean, charming. The staff went out of there way while we were there celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. They even let us park our motorcycles in their courtyard for protection. They even offered us a ride into town each morning. The breakfast was good with lots of variety so we were very pleased with all that they had to offer and would definately stay at The Priory again. Even though it was not in the best part of Pittsburgh.
Quaint but indifferent
Just got back from our one night stay at the Priory. It was a unique experience. Neat, historic building, friendly front desk, nice cont. breakfast. What bothered us a bit was the area the hotel was located in. I tried to do our research ahead of time but apparently that wasn't enough. The parking lot is across the street and there were local street kids playing around the lot which made us a bit nervous. The room was nicely decorated and clean. Don't expect extravagant linens or a cushy bed, but what we did have served our purpose. It was easy to get to the Convention Center, the strip and everything on the North Shore. I would consider it as a back-up if I couldn't get a hotel downtown.
Character, Charm and Comfort
Okay, let's make this one easy: Since you are obviously considering an alternative to the Hilton, Sheraton, Comfort Inn, Motel 6, etc., you will be very happy to find The Priory. It has character, charm and comfort -- and won't break the bank. Make your reservation and go!
Character: It is a converted church, and some of the trappings are still evident, although I didn't have a religious experience there, if you know what I mean. The building has been lovingly restored, and the decor -- while perhaps slightly austere -- rather suits the place.
The friendly proprieter knows Pittsburgh very well and will direct you to a restaurant you will doubtless enjoy, not the place around the corner owned by his buddy. The inn is small, and is a family business.
It is run with a high standard of care for the visitor.
Charm: The Priory is charming and civilized. Mints are left on your pillow. Wine is served gratis in the early evening and there is an honor bar featuring quality brands -- Bombay Sapphire Gin, for example.
There is a small library. Newspapers are delivered to guest rooms each morning, and if you don't like the USA Today the WSJ is available when you eat your continental breakfast. The breakfast is ample, with fresh fruit, choice breads, muffins, and good coffee -- served buffet style in an attractively appointed dining room. There are several "nooks" in the building that are fun to explore.
Comfort: We stayed in one of the inn's mid-range rooms. The king size bed was very cozy and required no "getting used to" period as is often the case. The room had its own thermostat. Shades (the old kind, with the ring you pull down) blocked light well. And, the room was remarkably quiet, although a hot water pipe made a groaning sound when first turned on (subtract one-tenth of a point). We discovered, also, that a previous guest had absconded with the TV remote . . . and when we mentioned this at the front desk, they offered us a -new room-. I understand that the inn has an exercise room, but never bothered to see it.
If there is anything to complain about, it is that the inn is located on the periphery of a "not-so-great" area. That being said, my wife and I walked around the neighborhood during the day with no anxiety whatsoever, and with no one approaching us, bothering us, or even looking at us "funny." It is also true that the inn is very conveniently located, a 20-30 minute walk to the cultural district downtown, and with an easy connection to major thoroughfares. Location is the -only- reason I didn't give the inn five stars, and if I could have given it four-and-one-half stars, I would have done so.
I will not hesitate to return to The Priory when I return to Pittsburgh. It is decidedly a "top choice."
If you are the type of person who really values getting the flavor of a city - and who wants the experience of staying in a tiny corner of Pittsburgh history, without the constrained feeling of being in a museum - this place is for you. We have stayed here many times throughout the years. All of the positive reviews listed here are accurate. The location is within walking distance to the James Street Cafe, which always has weekend jazz and great cajun food. For history buffs, the Museum of Photo Antiquities is just a few blocks away. Each room in the Priory is different - and there are little architectural reminders both in and outside of the building that this was once used for religious purposes. This is no cookie-cutter hotel chain - it is an experience you will enjoy and remember.
Home away from Home
We spent only one night at the Priory. However, I can assure you no future trip to Pittsburg would be considered if we could not stay at the Priory. We had gone to a Pirate's game that night (within walking distance). When we got back there were a few folks relaxing in the parlour. We joined them and soon found ourselves enjoying conversation into the early morning. The room was great and the breakfast was very nice. This was a very pleasant evening and in a very nice hotel.
After striking out at anoth North side hotel we decided to give this one a chance. In all honesty we would have been better staying at the first location. Th room was larger but the plumbing rattled and leaked all night. I realize this is a older property but the manager refused to switch our rooms and as a result had a dreadful sleepless night. The next day the manager ofered us a discount on the room but we were more interested in sleep than a discount. overall the property is pretty but not at those prices.
A nice change of pace
I have stayed at just about all the downtown hotels in Pittsburgh. They are all basically nice, business-class facilities. But despite the best efforts of some staff, they remain largely impersonal. The Priory is decidely different. I have stayed at The Priory three times - once for pleasure, twice for business. Each time, it has been a refreshing change of pace from the Hiltons, Westins, and Marriotts of Pittsburgh and the rest of the world. Here, the innkeeper greets you each evening as you arrive "home". The building and the rooms have the charm of your grandmother's house, including antique furnishings unique to each room, squeaky floors, and even a parlor where you can enjoy a glass of wine while you read the paper. The staff is very accomodating without being overbearing. The rooms are comfortably European in design and decor. Parking is *free* in a lot about 20 paces from the front door - you will not find that anywhere else in the downtown area. No per night charges, no valets, no call-ahead for your car.You won't get high-speed Internet access(yet), pay-per-view movies, a pool, an on-site restaurant (although if you ever starve in Pittsburgh, it's your own fault), or a gift shop - but do you need any of that? You do get a complete continental breakfast each morning, full housekeeping service, and friendly people - all for less than you'll probably pay for "typical" accomodations downtown. Many local restaurants deliver including an outstanding Italian place called Georgio's (get the $8 lasagna dinner). The Penn Brewery is among the famous 'Burgh eateries nearby.So to echo another reviewer's comment, if you want the standard fare, stay inside the Golden Triangle. But if you want a truly personal and IMHO more relaxing sort of stay, give The Priory a call.
The only place to stay
The Priory is the only place to stay in Pittsburgh. The place is lovely and has a beautiful view of downtown. Breakfast is great too!
The North Side, where it's located, used to be nasty. But with the influx of folks interested in taking care of the area, it's much better than it was.
Also, it's within a short drive of the Penn Brewery. Wonderful beer and German food!
An Old Friend's Home
If you are looking for an anonymous business hotel, stay across the river downtown. If you're staying a few days (especially if you're there for Allegheny hospital down the street) try the Priory. Very nice rooms, good free breakfast and great people. While the neighborhood may be a little daunting at night, there are lots of neighborhood restaurants.