On a recent wedding tour of the Northeast, Pittsburgh, PA, was our first pit-stop (sorry, that's cheesy).
Flying into Pittsburgh International (PIT) and having Baby J along for the trip, we decided to stay outside of the city near the airport for quieter accommodations. We found a great rate at the Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Airport and booked a two night stay. We paid for the stay with our Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3 Ultimate Reward points per dollar (about a 6% return). Due to the great rate, we didn't use our Marriott Rewards points (which I value around .8 cents) for this category 2 property (10,000 points per standard night).
From the airport, it's about a 10-minute drive. The hotel features a convenient airport shuttle, or you can take about a $10 to $15 Uber or Lyft ride. Arriving to the property, the exterior certainly has seen better days. However, entering the lobby and courtyard, it felt clean and fresh.
We arrived before check-in and had about an hour wait to get into our room. They had rooms available, but we requested a connecting set of rooms so we could be adjoined to Baby J's grandparents, who were staying with us (and were serving as wedding babysitters). However, the front desk personnel couldn't have been more accommodating; not only did they quickly point out a few excellent lunch options nearby, they prioritized our rooms on the cleaning list so we could get into our rooms sooner. By the time we came back from lunch, both rooms were ready.
The rooms were a bit tired and in need of an update, but a standard and comfortable set up offered by Courtyard. Each room had a small sitting area and a desk/work space. While the rooms were tidy and had all the necessities, the outdated decor needed to be refreshed.
The Prof's Grade: B-
Overall, our stay at the Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport was pleasant. The location is convenient to the airport and the hotel contains all the basic amenities at a reasonable price. For those wanting to explore downtown Pittsburgh, it's a bit of a haul. From the hotel to sights and stadiums is about a 20-minute drive (with no traffic) or a $30 to $35 Uber of Lyft ride. The staff members were friendly and accommodating throughout our stay. However, the rooms are dated and in need of a good deep clean.