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Business Travel Guide: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Once an industrial powerhouse synonymous with iron, coal and steel-making, today Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a center for finance, information technology, robotics, healthcare and education. It is also recognized as a city strongly committed to sustainability and high standards of "green" practices. Located at the confluence of three great rivers — the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela — this breathtaking city is sure to excite even the most blasé of business travelers. The Steelers' Heinz Field, the Pirates' PNC Park (widely considered the most attractive ballpark in the country) and Rivers Casino enliven the North Shore, while across town the new Consol Energy Center adds a state-of-the-art sports arena and concert venue.

The downtown "Golden Triangle," once home to numerous Fortune 500 industrial companies, now houses major financial institutions such as PNC and BNY Mellon (headquartered in New York, but with major operations here). Heinz still makes its home downtown as well, but the major industrial companies — Bayer USA and Westinghouse — are in suburbs to the west and east respectively. The busiest part of town is Oakland, a neighborhood about three miles east of the city center, the location of major healthcare and higher-education institutions and Pittsburgh's largest employers. Here, doctors and nurses, students and faculty mingle in the busy streets in such numbers that savvy local motorists and taxi drivers know to avoid Forbes and Fifth avenues during peak hours.

Oakland is also home to The Carnegie Institute's first-rate Art Museum, and the Natural History Museum, where exhibits include freshly re-installed world-class dinosaur collection. The Carnegie also runs an excellent Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum with its incomparable collection of work by the Pittsburgh-born-and-raised Pop-Art icon.

Business travelers will find a down to earth but hospitable business community, and the opportunity for wonderfully enriching "time-out" opportunities.

Facts to Know Before You Go —
Pittsburgh Business Travel

Transportation:

Pittsburgh International Airport, rated one of the world's best, is located fifteen miles northwest of the city center. Taxis are readily available, as are scheduled bus services and airport limousines. Private planes can arrive and depart here or at the Allegheny County airport 15 miles southeast. Downtown hotels do not provide shuttle service from the airport, but those adjacent to the airport do.

Taxis are mostly yellow (www.pghtrans.com). The fare from the airport to Downtown runs approximately $42. Within the city, taxis are found only at hotels and cab stands or by telephoning the company dispatcher.

Newspapers:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review publish daily, the Pittsburgh Business Times and City Paper publish weekly. For events, restaurant listings, art and gallery listings and lifestyle features, Pittsburgh Magazine publishes monthly and also offers an annual City Guide. The city has five television stations, including WQED, the first Public Broadcasting System station in the country and home to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The first commercial radio station in the country, KDKA, resides here still.

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Where to Stay — Pittsburgh Business Hotels

Fairmont Pittsburgh
510 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-773-8800
www.fairmont.com
Rooms at The Fairmont Pittsburgh boast skyline views

Pittsburgh's newest hotel fuses luxury with cutting-edge business amenities. Its dynamic downtown location positions it at the intersection of the city's cultural and commercial life. Designed from the outset to be "green," it boasts a gold LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), as well as a sleek innovative aesthetic authentically referencing local history and experience: artifacts from the 1800s excavated in construction are permanently exhibited throughout the building; local steel and glass dominate the materials used; and a partnership with the Pittsburgh Glass Center engages local artists in producing dramatic decorative details. There are 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space to augment the state-of-the-art business center and in-room services. A stunning 6,000-square-foot health facility provides welcome relief to the stressed business traveler. Hotel dining venues include the lively Andys bar and Habitat, a chef-driven restaurant delivering breakfast, lunch, dinner, event catering and room service.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
107 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-562-1200
www.marriott.com
Enjoy views of the river from your room at Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

The soaring marble and glass-domed lobby welcomes you to this stylish hotel, an affiliate of Historic Hotels of America. The spectacular renovation of a 1906 landmark building melds its Gilded Age charm with amenities required by the contemporary business traveler — complimentary Internet access in the guest rooms, a club level and lounge, a business center, meeting facilities, smart phone service and a fitness center. The hotel is conveniently located for walks along the Allegheny River and the North Side, which includes PNC Park, Heinz Field, The Warhol Museum, and the theaters and galleries in the Cultural District. Also within walking distance are the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and most major downtown businesses. Rooms, many with a fine river view, are furnished in the style and quality of this upscale Marriott brand. In the lobby, an urbane martini bar offers a prelude to that important dinner when the big deal hangs in the balance.

The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-281-3700
www.starwoodhotels.com

Accommodations at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh

Conveniently located at one edge of the downtown area, The Westin Convention Center offers easy access to the Cultural District and sports venues. Nearby you'll also find the entrance to the Strip District, a section of food markets, warehouses, restaurants and nightlife. A skyway connects the hotel to the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center, nationally lauded for its "green" design and construction. Extensive meeting rooms, exhibition spaces, a full business center, complimentary high-speed Internet service and an expansive fitness center comfortably accommodate business travelers. Large, pristine rooms lure with the Heavenly Bed.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Pl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-281-7100
www.omnihotels.com

The Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA is historic yet modern

A reflection of the city's wealth at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the William Penn was built by industrialist Henry Clay Frick in 1916. Today, this Grand Dame of Pittsburgh hotels blends historic grandeur with modern conveniences and business amenities. Fronting Grant Street and bordering charming Mellon Square Park, the monumental structure occupies the very heart of the city. Stunning public spaces include a soaring lobby created from elegant marble, crystal and gilt. The Palm Court is ideal for discussing the finer points of business over cocktails, while the dramatic Art Deco Urban room is designed for special events. While there remains an undercurrent of fading dazzle, restoration of this lavish lady is ongoing.

Marriott Pittsburgh City Center
112 Washington Pl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-471-4000
marriott.com

A room at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center

Built in the 1960s, this downtown hotel — which is non-smoking — is typical of the Marriott chain. Select rooms have been tailored specifically for the business traveler with high-speed Internet access and a work desk. Fourteen meeting rooms with wireless Internet, and three foyers add up to 24,000 square feet of meeting space. There's also a business center and two concierge levels. All guest rooms boast complimentary broadband Internet access. The hotel's location is ideal for attending events at Mellon Arena. Another plus is Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar.


Where to Dine — Pittsburgh Business Dining


The Capital Grille
301 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-338-9100
www.thecapitalgrille.com

Steakhouse
14/20
$$$$$
 
Enjoy the clubby vibe at The Capital Grille in Pittsburgh, PA

Capital Grille steakhouse rocks Pittsburgh's fine dining market. Both the food and the ambience are impressive. A chef-driven kitchen and well-trained front of the house staff create an exceptional dining experience for business entertaining. Private dining accommodations include a fully-equipped conference room. The sophisticated and lively bar makes a great meet, chat and relax venue. Though part of a national chain, each city's restaurant fine-tunes the comfortable "clubby" environment. Here art extols such local notables as Mister Rogers and Steelers' founder Art Rooney. Premium steaks are meticulously dry-aged on-site, and top quality seafood arrives daily. Best bets: Steaks, of course, but also pristine Blue Point oysters on the half-shell, a wonderful cold shellfish platter, lamb chops and the lobster "mac & cheese." For dessert — all are made in-house — splurge on the sinful flourless chocolate-espresso cake.

Elements Contemporary Cuisine
444 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-251-0168
www.elementscuisine.com
Contemporary American
14/20
$$$$$

The elegant dining room at Elements Contemporary Cuisine in Pittsburgh, PA

Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown, this restaurant delivers polished décor, professional service and a sophisticated kitchen. The lively bar serves as a social magnet for a well-groomed office crowd. Lunch can be as snappy or relaxed as your schedule and purpose require. Dinner can be as simple or as expansive as desired. An attractive private dining room, accommodating as many as 30 guests, is a classy venue for meetings and presentations. The chef's talents encompass outstanding charcuterie and distinctive breads — an encouragement for cocktail chats with colleagues or clients pre-meal.

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen
1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-201-5656
www.elevenck.com
Contemporary
15/20
$$$$$

The onyx-topped bar at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in Pittsburgh, PA

At the Downtown edge of the Strip District, Eleven delivers executive-class American fare with a wine cellar to match. The setting, a dramatic contemporary space, draws on premium materials, warm earth tones and subtle lighting to create a comfortable ambience. For small gatherings, there's a Chef's Table next to the open kitchen and an inviting lounge, featuring a large green onyx-topped bar and tables with cushy chairs. Upstairs, private dining rooms accommodate parties, meetings and conferences. Amenities include A/V and videoconferencing equipment. The inventive menu changes frequently. Expect warm, rich flavors and seasonally fresh ingredients.

Spoon
134 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-362-6001
www.spoonpgh.com
Contemporary
 15/20
$$$$$

Enjoy the warm ambience and California-influenced cuisine at Spoon, in Pittsburgh, PA

For those with business in Oakland, it's best to escape the hectic goings on there, as well as its student-driven food hub. Instead, cross into nearby East Liberty and reserve at Spoon. The warm, comfortable ambience combines with an accomplished team — the talented chef/partner Brian Pekarcik, a sommelier, bar chef, pastry chef, events planner and skilled servers — to deliver a delightful dining experience. Expect sophisticated cocktails, a good wine list and a California-influenced menu utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients from highlighted local producers. Innovative preparations spike such dishes as: Duck Duck Foie (a duck confit cake with foie gras deviled eggs, cracklings and Port wine butter sauce); or a lobster cake, accompanied by a pickled beet salad, shaved fennel, arugula, Humboldt Fog goat cheese and hazelnut vinaigrette. Desserts range from an over-the-top Chocolate 4 Ways to an artisanal cheese platter or house made sorbets and ice cream.


Off the Clock — Pittsburgh Business Entertainment


Andys
510 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-773-8884
www.andyswinebar.com

Watch live jazz at Andys, located in the Fairmont Hotel

Inspired by Pittsburgh's most celebrated Andrews — Carnegie and Warhol, Andys is themed to a blend of industry and art. The intimate, sleekly-designed wine bar serves as a focal point in the soaring Fairmont Hotel lobby. Honoring the city's thriving art scene both past and current, a display of mid 19th-century artifacts, unearthed during construction, juxtaposes with contemporary paintings, photos and luminous art glass. Drinks, designed by the hotel's mixologists, include appropriate references such as the Cultural-tini. A substantial bar menu offers Bites (soups, salads, charcuterie, sandwiches) as well as pairings of wine and cheese and chocolate and cheese. Live jazz and musical performances play weekly Wednesday through Saturday.


Fallingwater
1491 Mill Run Rd.
Mill Run , PA 15464
724-329-8501
www.fallingwater.org

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece country house, Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece country house, built around a natural waterfall, can be rented for special events — including private tours and receptions for business groups. With a massive concrete slab anchoring the house, Fallingwater cannot fail to impress. It is widely considered the region's foremost attraction. Recent visitors have included Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. There's an onsite café, which provides comprehensive catering services from simple fare to Champagne and caviar. For those wanting more of the master's work, the historic House on Kentuck Knob (www.kentuckknob.com) is nearby.


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
1001 LaFayette Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
800-422-2736
www.nemacolin.com

Relax by the infinity pool at Nemacolin in Farmington, PA

Nemacolin in Farmington, approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, is a luxury resort and spa with several golf courses that include PGA-class Mystic Rock, as well as award-winning restaurants and a vast array of activities at an equestrian center and a Jeep driving range. Nemacolin is just the place for a getaway business retreat or team-building exercise. Limousine service to Pittsburgh International Airport can be arranged, and there's an airstrip and helipad.


PNC Baseball Park
115 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
877-893-2827
pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Watch The Pittsburgh Pirates play at PNC Baseball Park

Opened in 2001, the PNC Baseball Park is widely considered the most attractive baseball park in the country. The Pittsburgh Pirates play here, and you can definitely bond with the boss at any of the home games held from April through September — especially if you score access to one of the luxury hospitality suites. The stadium's seven World Series suites, which accommodate 30 to 40 guests and include VIP parking, feature amazing views of Pittsburgh's skyline — not to mention a sense of exclusivity while you sit back and watch America's favorite pastime. You can even plan special events on non-game days, with several different spaces available and an on-site caterer.


The Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-237-8300
www.warhol.org

More than 12,000 works reside in The Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, The Warhol contains the definitive collection of art and memorabilia by pop-art icon and native son, Andy Warhol. You'll discover fascinating tidbits, like how the artist got his name. (It was really Warhola, but he decided to keep the new version — the result of a typo on an early exhibition poster.) In the museum's permanent collection you'll find more than 12,000 works of Warhol art, and there are always current shows by other modern artists. The museum regularly features films, receptions, workshops and wine tastings. From the gift shop, pick up a set of souvenir tomato soup can refrigerator magnets for your secretary!

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* Image of Entrance to The Andy Warhol Museum with Self-Portrait © AWF. The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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