Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Just spent two nights at the Holiday Inn University virtually on the campus of University of Pittsburgh. This was a great location to see both Pitt and CMU. Easy cab ride from the airport and close walking distance from both Universities. Walked everywhere or else took free shuttle available from the hotel..call and they'll pick you up! Only complaint may be the slooow elevators. Room was fine and we had a Pitt rate...ask when you make a reservation. Loved Pittsburgh and would definitely stay again if my child goes to school there.
I thought for the price, we would have a really nice hotel. Its just an average hotel and I've paid the same price for much nicer rooms. It did have a great location.
Had a issue with the door card reader not working. Had a maintence man came in and his expert advise was to bang on it till it worked. Also, we had mold in the shower and the floor was dirty in the bathroom, yuck!
Fine time at the Holiday Inn
We just stayed here a few days ago, while visiting the University of Pittsburgh. The location could not have been better! The lobby was nice, and staff was very friendly although occasionally incompetent. The free shuttle service to the bridge across from PNC Park was an added bonus, as we wanted to take in a game but were slightly befuddled as to how to get there.
The room was adequate, but nothing to write home about. We did not sample the breakfast, although it looked a little over-priced for the quality of food (the reason we were deterred).
We did get a discount rate through the University, as well as free parking. Paying full price for a night at this Holiday Inn, as well as over 16 dollars a day to park is not worth it. However, if you are visiting the University there are not many other choices for hotels. Until a better hotel opens up or is built, this is the place to stay when visiting Oakland, Carnegie Mellon or the University of Pittsburgh!
Peaceful enjoyment and style Holiday Inn Select
I have stayed at other Holiday Inns in the pittsburgh area and this one is top notch treatment in all aspects. If you are looking to relax while on a business trip or vacation I would recommend this Hotel.
The staff is very friendly and smiles. I don't see many smiles in the hotel industry. It is a very welcome change.
The restraunt staff is superb as well as the meals are tastey.
If you are one to look for something to complain about don't stay here because they don't deserve that kind of treatment for the quality they give Their guests. A class act in all aspects.
Holiday Inn Select with a great Universtity locale
I had a conference to attend for a full weekday in July, 2005 at the University of Pittsburgh. I live about 2 hours away from PITT in normal traffic. In morning rush hour traffic from my home the Parkway East and Squirrel Hill Tunnels make that drive 4 hours if I want to be at PITT by 9A.M. sharp.
So I opted to stay at the Holiday Inn Select--University Center. The location can not be beat if you have meetings to attend on the Pitt campus. I could walk to my meeting at PITT from my room in 10 minutes. No parking hassles--I just left my car on the hotel's lot which cost me $17.oo. I was reimbursed my parking costs by employer but it is expensive here and not included with the room price. I felt it was worth it to avoid parking lots or street parking as parking in Oakland is terrible and a hassle. The number one feature of this hotel is the location in my opinion.
It is still a nicely furnished property. Indoor pool and sauna and a good restaurant. I had an all you-can-eat breakfast buffet that was only $12.oo with a 20% tip included. There was bacon, ham, pancakes, hash browns, waffles, cereal, assortment of fruits, milk, cofee, tea and juices included in the buffet.
My room was clean, there was a great comfortable King bed and the room smelled fresh. I paid an economical $96.90 with tax included and felt it was well worth the price. This is my hotel of choice when I go the University of Pittsburgh and need accomodations.
I won a bid at this hotel for July 21, 2004. We didn't have time to roam the city so I cannot comment too much about the area. Although it is not directly off the highway, we found it without difficulty with the directions from the hotel. The hotel has parking on site; we paid $17.00 per day. I believe this included in/out privileges but we kept the car in it's spot. The parking is actually underneath the hospital next door. The hospital and the hotel share a common driveway.
We arrived at 12:30 and the room was not ready. We were given a ticket to enter the garage so that we could take their (free) shuttle to Carnegie Mellon University. The shuttle also goes other places; the driver was very accommodating and helpful. The hotel is within walking distance from the University if you know where you are going. The driver showed the way (and the landmarks) on the way to the University so we walked back. It took us about 15 minutes to walk and it was quite hot/humid that day.
We returned at about 4:00 p.m. The room was ready and there were no problems at check in. No mention of Priceline. I asked for (and received) a two bedded non-smoking room away from the elevator. The room was clean. It had a table and chairs which we used for dinner. It was roomy enough, but not really 'roomy'. It contained a coffee maker with coffee and tea in the room. There is a pool and exercise room but we did not use it. Also, there is a business center there which is free to use. We did utilize it to make a photo copy and to catch up online. There are two computers in the room for guests to use. The business center was either open 24/7 or very late as we never saw it closed. If you have your own computer, internet access is *free* in your room.
There had been a fire in the hotel restaurant the previous evening so we could not eat dinner there. However, they opened the ball room for a free continental breakfast for all guests the next morning. It was a very nice breakfast, too.
No problems on check out and no long line either. Very helpful with directions too.
I would recommend this hotel if you desire this area of the city and don't need a luxury hotel. It was perfect for our situation of one day to tour the college.
Great location and good value
Just returned from a stay here and I have nothing but positive things to say. The room was comfortable and a good value. The hotel is extremely convenient - the Airport Flyer bus stop is a block away, the Cathedral of Learning is across the street, and it is a short walk to tons of restaurants along Forbes Ave. They also offer a free shuttle around Pittsburgh until 9pm, which is very handy and saved me money on cab/bus fares. Overall, it was a very enjoyable stay and I would definitely recommend this place to others.
Don't "select" this Holiday Inn Select...
Upon check-in I asked for a King non-smoking--when I got to the room it was two doubles that strongly smelled of smoke. Went down to again request a king non-smoking and was then given a non-smoking with two doubles. Went back down for third try at same request and was then told by same front desk woman (whose badge said she was a supervisor) that no king non smoking rooms were available. I then asked her why she didn't just tell me that to begin with--she made excuses, but refused to apologize or admit any fault. I finally accepted a non smoking with two doubles. In the bathroom I found about ten hairs (not mine) in tub, sink area, etc. The room itself was tired looking, but adequate. Overall this hotel is not up to par--housekeeping is poor as is the service from the daytime front desk "Supervisor". The location may be good for people with business at the local colleges and hospitals, but most others will prefer to be downtown. My advice--try somewhere else.
Good hotel in great location
This was a good but standard hotel located near the major Pittsburgh universities. The room was large and well equiped. My room had an excellent high-speed ADSL connection that was free, which is almost a first in my experience! Other hotel charges were average.
I don't understand the comment by the previous reviewer that there are no nearby restaurants. I saw many within a 5 minute walk and went to two good ones. There may be none within a block, but the area is very pleasant for walking.
Overall, I would recommend the hotel to others.
Good location squandered
.10 cents/ min phone card charges is just one of many annoying features about this hotel. Conviently situated on campus, it squanders its location by charging above average rates for mediocre rooms. restaurant is ok, and is the only one in walking distance. in keeping with the 'doesnt know what to do with a good thing' theme, they book jazz acts there every sunday thus ruling it out as an enjoyable evening dining spot. plan on getting a cab that night. Because it's at the university, one would think they would cater to travelers with computer needs.
instead they have one high speed data cord on the floor of the business center for a (one) laptop. the room phones have data ports (analog), but it will cost you per minute to use it, local or calling card. on the plus side, the meeting rooms are nice, and the front desk staff is quite helpful and friendly.
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