A short walk from the prestigious Chatham College for Women (my alma mater), the upper echelon of shopping locals, Walnut Street, and in the private and highly sought after neighborhood of Shadyside, Pittsburgh is unlike the hotels we’re used to staying in while on the go. Like its city of Pittsburgh, Mansions on Fifth has something no one can take away – history. Originally owned by Millionaires Row, this “Pittsburgh” mansion was commissioned in the early 1900s to be constructed for his wife and ten children. (McCook was one of the nation’s first corporate lawyer and represented the likes of Willis F. McCook.) After the engagement of his eldest daughter, Bessie, McCook later commissioned for what is now the McCook Reed Mansion to be built.
Now, back to present-day Pittsburgh. Though both homes were affixed in Tudor style, the main house seems the most beautiful to me. Upon entry you aren’t overtaken by the hustle and bustle of guests that occurs in larger hotels. You’re warmly greeted by staff, shown your room and given a site tour, upon request.
My home for the time was the McCook Premium King Loft Suite. A pristinely maintained attic apartment with a private sitting area and stairs leading to the bedroom.With modern aesthetics like flat screen TVs, tilt soundproof windows with remote control blackout shades and in-house gym (personal trainer is available upon request), the old charm still shines through the crown moldings, stain glass window and wine cellar. Open your door and escape your abode to the Pittsburgh, with pieces for sale by appointment only or have your sins absolved in the private chapel.
Ideal for hosting a small wedding party, taking up temporary residence while on business or having a romantic getaway in the city, Mansions of Fifth Hotel is in the perfect area for guests to enjoy every aspect of what Pittsburgh has to offer, as well as easy access to everything else.