In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was far removed from its spot atop some of the world’s most sought after accolades and recognitions. Downtown became a desolate area, clouded with the remaining smoke and ashes of a steel industry that was outpaced by foreign competition. The city was in ruin, and the Rust Belt region of our nation was born.
A mere 32 years later, downtown couldn’t be farther removed from its past position as an industrial giant. Rather, Pittsburgh has become a new type of city altogether, undergoing a renaissance and reinventing the downtown area into “The Golden Triangle” that it is today.
Once an area left abandoned at the close of work, Downtown Pittsburgh is rapidly reasserting itself as the city’s epicenter for life, culture and an exciting atmosphere. So what is it that has the city driving forward like never before? Follow along as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, the premier hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, explores all the parts that have Pittsburgh moving forward.
A Reenergized Urban Focus
One look at Pittsburgh’s award-winning skyline, and you’ll quickly realize just how much the city has transformed since its industrial days. In the last five years alone, over $2.1 billion has been invested in restoring and rebuilding Pittsburgh’s downtown district. Just in the past year, almost half of the 37 development projects in the region took place in the greater downtown area.
The result is a downtown that went from the depths of despair to a blossoming city of opportunity. Downtown is certainly on the upswing, on pace to break tourism records once again as millions of visitors flock to the city to witness the transformation for themselves.
Downtown’s Cultural Resurgence
Without question, one of the leading roles in Pittsburgh’s impressive revival is the resurgence of downtown’s culture. Downtown Pittsburgh is no longer just a place where work is done, but rather an energetic and vibrant community filled with adventure and opportunity around every corridor.
- A City That Art Lovers Adore
At the heart of downtown Pittsburgh’s emergence from the ashes is an ever-evolving art scene. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, downtown has not one, but 14-square blocks filled with live entertainment venues and art galleries of all types that attract over two million visitors each year.
Showcasing over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and endless art installations throughout, it’s no surprise that Cultural District events sell as many tickets a year as PNC Park and Heinz Field combined. Simply put, art lovers adore Pittsburgh. Just one stop in the city’s Cultural District, and you’ll see for yourself just how magnificent of a show Pittsburgh puts on for our guests.
- Entertainment To No End
The Cultural District is not the only place in Pittsburgh to get your daily dose of fun either. Downtown Pittsburgh is full of entertainment opportunities like no other, and it all starts in the city’s revitalized Market Square region. Filled with eateries, unique retail shops, cozy cafés and free events of all sorts, Market Square once again serves as the pulse of the city.
The fun doesn’t stop outside the square either. Regardless of when you visit, you can count on something going on in greater downtown Pittsburgh. Whether you’re celebrating the winter season with the city’s annual Light Up Night Celebration and Holiday festivities, or soaking up the summer sun during the Three Rivers Regatta or Arts Festival – you can always count on having some fun with Pittsburgh’s endless list of annual events. Just ask your downtown Pittsburgh hotel what’s going on during your stay, or venture out on your own to see what opportunity awaits.
- A Dining Delight
If you love great food, you’re in luck. Downtown Pittsburgh is home to some of the most unique, one-of-a-kind restaurants and eateries in the state. The greater downtown area alone has nearly 300 dining establishments throughout, nearly half of which have opened within the last five years.
Whether you’re looking to hit up happy hour sampling some of the city’s finest craft cocktails along the way, or dive head first into some of downtown’s most delicious dishes, you can rest assured that you’ll find exactly what your taste buds are craving not too far from your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, stay at a downtown Pittsburgh hotel like no other by booking your accommodations at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown. Our luxury hotel rooms in downtown Pittsburgh place you in the heart of the city. Staying merely minutes away from downtown’s top destinations, you’ll be able to see firsthand all the ways the city has reinvented itself into something entirely new. Book your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations today with the DoubleTree, and experience Pittsburgh’s renaissance for yourself.