If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh I highly recommend checking out the pet-friendly Drury Plaza Hotel. It’s located in the heart of downtown and is close to some of the best attractions in the city including PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates), the Andy Warhol Museum, City Brew Tours, the Heinz History Center, and so much more. We only had a couple of days to enjoy the hotel and the city which is a huge regret because we missed so much. I’m grateful we live so close because we’re already planning a second trip (and a third…). The Drury Plaza Hotel is especially fun because until 2012 it was home to the Federal Reserve Bank building. If you go downstairs you can tour the old vaults (I shared a tour in my Facebook Live video here).
I love history and when we travel I’m always dragging Brandon to museums and historic sites. Being in a historic building within a few miles of so many museums made the trip for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better location! Without a doubt, this is our hotel every time we visit Pittsburgh.
Drury Plaza Hotel is extremely pet-friendly which was important to us since we almost always travel with our two dogs – a chihuahua and a cheagle. I stopped a couple of exits before Pittsburgh to take them out on a potty break so we wouldn’t be pressured to find a greenbelt after checking in. Unfortunately, my chihuahua took a poo in the lobby while Brandon was unloading our luggage and I was checking in. I was so embarrassed but they were incredibly kind and understanding, shrugging it off because it happens. There is a greenbelt and a big park a few blocks away so the dogs can be exercised.
The hotel graciously set us up in a King Suite which was amazing and featured a separate living room and bedroom, large bathroom, mini fridge, and microwave. While the dogs were left behind in the room we penned them in their Iris pen. The Iris pen is collapsible for easy travel and is ridiculously simple to set up. It gives the dogs more space than a crate and it’s easier to take traveling. We line the bottom of with potty-training dog pads in case of an accident and give them a blanket. If you book pet-friendly travel, the Iris pen is definitely a must-have item (see our other top tips for traveling with pets here) and Pittsburgh is really welcoming to your 4-legged friends. Check out the VisitPittsburgh blog for a list of recommended dog-friendly places to see while you’re in the city. We’re planning a trip back in the summer so we can check out some more of the outdoor spots.
The one thing to be aware of at the Drury Plaza Hotel is that parking is valet-only and an additional charge of $29 / night. Due to the location downtown, the valet parking is a huge perk because you don’t have to find a parking garage, walk a few blocks back to the hotel, or worry about car safety. The valet parks the car in the hotel’s underground garage and you are welcome to take it in/out as many times as you need during your stay. We never took our car out once because the area around the hotel is so walkable. It stayed in the garage until we checked out.
In addition to some of the things that I consider standard these days (free wi-fi, fitness center, business center, local phone calls), some of my favorite amenities at the Drury Plaza Hotel included free:
- Breakfast (6:30 am – 9:00 am)
- Soda and popcorn (even though we don’t drink soda)
- 5:30 kickback
as well as an indoor pool and rooftop balcony.
The free breakfast was my favorite because I never turn down Belgian waffles! I definitely started my day out right every day we were in Pittsburgh. The 5:30 kickback was fabulous and we made sure to stop in Tuesday night for Taco Tuesday. The kickback runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm every evening and features a rotating menu of fresh, hot food and beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks. Your first alcoholic drink is free and you can purchase two additional drinks for only $0.75 a piece.
I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. Everything, from the staff to the amenities to the room were flawless. I have to give a special shout-out to the people that made our stay so incredible – Kristen in sales, Kelby from the front desk, and Darnell in the dining room. Throughout our entire stay, they were all so accommodating and extremely patient with our dogs even when they acted up a little bit.
Thank you to VisitPittsburgh.com and Drury Hotels for hosting us during our complimentary stay.
If you’re planning to be in Pittsburgh and you’re looking for a family- and pet-friendly hotel with great amenities and an unbeatable location, I highly recommend the Drury Plaza Hotel.