$ Under $150
$$$ Over $250
Most Elegant Hotel: With its gorgeous grand lobby and truly dignified sleeping quarters, it’s no wonder upper-crusters such as John F. Kennedy and Lawrence Welk have been landing at the Omni William Penn ($, 530 William Penn Pl., 412/281-7100, www.omnihotels.com ) since 1916.
Best Room with a View: Ask for a room on one of the top two floors of Downtown’s Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel ($$, 107 6th St., 412/562-1200, http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/PITBR ) and you’ll be able to take in a ball game from the comfort of your queen-size mattress. The top floor is the best, and make sure your room faces the Allegheny River.
Best Queer-Friendly Bed-and-Breakfast: Owned and operated by a wonderfully accommodating couple, Jeff and Karl, The Inn on the Mexican War Streets ($, 604 W. North Ave., 412/231-6544, www.innonthemexicanwarstreets.com ) is Pittsburgh’s most gloriously decorated residence.
Best Themed Accommodation: A uniquely Caribbean-themed bed-and-breakfast situated close to Heinz Field, The Parador ($, 939 Western Ave., 412/231-4800 or 888/540-1443, www.theparadorinn.com ) is a gorgeously restored Victorian house run by a Pittsburgher who conceived of the idea while residing in Florida.
Most Historic Hotel: Built in 1886 and now a historical landmark, the renovated Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel ($$, 5124 5th Ave., 412/683-5014, www.sunnyledge.com ) was originally the home of Dr. James McClelland. He’s best known locally as being the founder of the nearby Shadyside Hospital.