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05-19-2012, 11:15 AM
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Coming to the draft...hotel suggestions?

So I might be coming to the draft next month (long story on why it's a might...PM me if you're curious) to check out the festivities and meet up with a girl who has been my online friend for several years, as we've never met in person.

But there is a logistical issue. I am from Wilkes-Barre and will be traveling a few hours to come, probably by plane. I should also add that I don't drive (but am working on learning), so I won't be renting a car. I need to find a hotel that provides transportation to/from the airport as well as one that's nearby any public transit routes or within walking distance to the arena.

The Marriott and the Doubletree that are closest to the CEC are already fully booked, so there goes my first choice options. Sheraton at Station Square sounds nice, but the cheapest room available is $237 a night, and I'm kind of on a budget especially since the cheapest flight I found is $300 and something (there's no nonstop flights from the WB airport to Pittsburgh).

Ideas?

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There's a Days Inn on Banksville road, which literally will take you straight into downtown in about 5 minutes. Should be cheap/available. Don't know too many details though except it's there.

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Everything seems like its in walking distance in Pittsburgh. I'll be at the Hampton by the Sports Museum. Free parking and within walking distance to the CEC, Market Square, the Strip, whatever...

Does anyone know any open hockey skates I can get in that weekend?

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I assume the Cambria Suites next to Consol is already booked?

I'd check the Hampton in the Strip.. That might be a 6-7 block walk to the CEC, though. Don't know how you'd get back to the airport.. bus or taxi I'd assume. Outside of that, there's some new hotels on the North Shore whose names escape me. They're all around PNC Park. One is a Hyatt, I think.

At some point in my lifetime it'd be great if there was a T-rail connection from downtown to the airport.

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I assume the Cambria Suites next to Consol is already booked?

I'd check the Hampton in the Strip.. That might be a 6-7 block walk to the CEC, though. Don't know how you'd get back to the airport.. bus or taxi I'd assume. Outside of that, there's some new hotels on the North Shore whose names escape me. They're all around PNC Park. One is a Hyatt, I think.

At some point in my lifetime it'd be great if there was a T-rail connection from downtown to the airport.
The 28 bus is very reliable, leaves every half hour or so from a number of stops downtown.

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The 28 bus is very reliable, leaves every half hour or so from a number of stops downtown.
Last time we were in Pittsburgh, we flew in and took the bus downtown from the airport....It was very reliable and dropped us off right in front of our hotel (Wyndham)..Wasn't the greatest hotel, but it was downtown, and we had a tremendous view of river/incline/Point Park....
If you are on a budget, your best bet might be to stay at/near the airport at a place that has shuttle...You can then ride back/forth from hotel to airport and then take bus into the city...There are some nice hotels around the airport that won't set you back too much...There is also a Hyatt on the airport grounds...
You might also look into Holiday Inn Express across river from downtown...There aren't too many cheap options downtown unless you want to use Priceline...

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Also might check out the Courtyard on Penn Ave

Walking distance it's about 8 blocks from the arena, so not terrible, plus pretty certain they have vans. Whether those vans would transport you to and from the arena for the draft...no idea


Depending on the cost of the hotels nearby, you might be best served staying a little further out and paying for a cab. To get to the arena each day, have your hotel call you a cab. Leaving each night, cabs are hard to find in Pittsburgh, but are always lined up at the Omni Willian Penn, about 4 blocks from the arena.

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At some point in my lifetime it'd be great if there was a T-rail connection from downtown to the airport.
In our lifetime? Took them 4 years to get under the Allegheny, we'd probably be waiting till 2080 for them to get all the way to the airport.

Apparently they already have 28 million of the estimated 1.6 - 3.75 billion they need to build it....

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...-grant-357284/

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Everything seems like its in walking distance in Pittsburgh.
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Not really. It's actually kind of spread out if you think about it. I mean if you stay some where Downtown it would be pretty easy to get around.

I wish there was a metro some where near South Side. Make life so much easier for me when I want to go downtown.

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Stay at the Hampton on McKnight. It is in an ideal location and isn't as much as a downtown hotel, about $175 a night. It is at the beginning of McKnight road, which is usually busy because it is a heavy shopping distict. But this hotel is on the outskirts of McKnight road going inbound to town, so the traffic is minor.

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hot...KHX/index.html

It is outside of town, but just barely. Buses run straight to town from McKnight.

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Not really. It's actually kind of spread out if you think about it. I mean if you stay some where Downtown it would be pretty easy to get around.

I wish there was a metro some where near South Side. Make life so much easier for me when I want to go downtown.
There's one at Station Square. Not exactly South Side but fairly close..

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I'm staying at the Quality Inn University Centre - got a friends and family discount for the chain, and this one was closest so only paying 50$ a night.

Question though - this hotel is located in Oakland. Can anyone in Pittsburgh tell me how safe it is to walk to the arena? I was thinking of walking to and from Consol, so was going to walk up Halket to Fifth Ave, then straight across Fifth Ave.

Is this a safe area to walk around 10pm?

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I'm staying at the Quality Inn University Centre - got a friends and family discount for the chain, and this one was closest so only paying 50$ a night.

Question though - this hotel is located in Oakland. Can anyone in Pittsburgh tell me how safe it is to walk to the arena? I was thinking of walking to and from Consol, so was going to walk up Halket to Fifth Ave, then straight across Fifth Ave.

Is this a safe area to walk around 10pm?
That's going to be a pretty hefty walk...especially if it's typical late June Pittsburgh weather: 80's and nasty humid.

And the arena itself isn't that bad...but the area of Uptown you'd pass through from Oakland to the arena...you might be OK, but it's mainly rundown/boarded up storefronts...I'm not sure I'd do it.

Take the bus from Oakland to the arena and back. $2.50 each way, probably about a 10 minute ride.

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I'm staying at the Quality Inn University Centre - got a friends and family discount for the chain, and this one was closest so only paying 50$ a night.

Question though - this hotel is located in Oakland. Can anyone in Pittsburgh tell me how safe it is to walk to the arena? I was thinking of walking to and from Consol, so was going to walk up Halket to Fifth Ave, then straight across Fifth Ave.

Is this a safe area to walk around 10pm?

You absolutely DO NOT want to walk this route. I stayed at this hotel for game 4 of the SCF in '09 and ended up walking back from the arena around 11pm. I was offered drugs to buy drugs twice and stalked/shadowed by this creepy dude the entire way. I only wish I had something to protect myself with. It was my own stupid fault because I did zero research about the area but I certainly wouldn't do it again. Pay for a cab, bus but definitely don't hoof it through there.

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Wow! Great feedback guys, much appreciated. I think I'll just do it by cab... I'd imagine there are going to be a decent number outside the arena when the draft is going on. I'd consider just driving down, but not sure how much I love the idea of paying for parking. Should only be a 10$ cab ride.

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Cab? In Pittsburgh...? Better plan something else.

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Wow! Great feedback guys, much appreciated. I think I'll just do it by cab... I'd imagine there are going to be a decent number outside the arena when the draft is going on. I'd consider just driving down, but not sure how much I love the idea of paying for parking. Should only be a 10$ cab ride.

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Cab? In Pittsburgh...? Better plan something else.
What he said

Getting a cab at your hotel shouldn't be hard...I imagine you can get the front desk to call for you.

From the arena back...you'd need to walk about 4 blocks, opposite direction of Oakland, towards the Omni William Penn hotel. Cabs are lined up there, but that's one of the few places in Pittsburgh you'll find one

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Getting a cab at your hotel shouldn't be hard...I imagine you can get the front desk to call for you.

From the arena back...you'd need to walk about 4 blocks, opposite direction of Oakland, towards the Omni William Penn hotel. Cabs are lined up there, but that's one of the few places in Pittsburgh you'll find one
And just an FYI, I've heard that the OWP will be the NHL's base hotel for the week, so likely no rooms and tough to cab from this spot. But if you're looking to be a creep it might be a good spot to creep through ya buncha creeps.

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Just saw this....check hotwire....that's what I used when I came to pittsburgh. Great prices and was close to CEC

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Wow, I forgot I started this thread. Thanks for all the suggestions, but at this point, I don't think I'm going to be coming out. Things just aren't working out. But I appreciate the feedback...something to keep in mind if I make future plans to come out, as I submitted my name to volunteer at the Frozen Four next year.

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Cab? In Pittsburgh...? Better plan something else.
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Do not call yellow cab unless you have two hours to wait. Classy cab, city cab, yellow cab. Just try them all and see which one shows up first.

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Do not call yellow cab unless you have two hours to wait. Classy cab, city cab, yellow cab. Just try them all and see which one shows up first.
Exactly. Unless you have a specific cabby on speed dial you are waiting.

My brother use to cab, and my cousin was the dispatcher years ago. Rent a car for the day and make sure you have a Garmin with you that's updated. Less time wasted and the parking fee shouldn't be anymore than say $20.00, small price for freedom of not relying on others. If I went and had to fly, this is what'd I do.

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