4.6 on November 26, 2013
My wife and I recently went for a night away. Everything was amazing! The only thing I would have changed would be to make the room we stayed in quieter.
5 on November 25, 2013
decent location, easy to walk to stadium, nice rooms beautiful old mansion with a twist!
5 on November 20, 2013
Going to games at Heinz Field or PNC Park? If so, this is the place for you. Well run, clean and quiet with a touch of the Caribbean and just a bargain, consider the Parador Inn. We stayed for two nights in mid November and really enjoyed the B and B. Also recommend the restaurants nearby across the street and walking to the games and to the park nearby. We are definitely returning!
4.8 on November 19, 2013
Plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Rooms were impeccably clean and you can tell the staff like working here.
3.8 on November 18, 2013
Great neighborhood for walking. Easy access to park and museums. Received great recommendations for close-by dinner from the manager. Hot water in the carriage house ran out really quickly, but the room was fantastic.
5 on November 14, 2013
We have been going here for over five years. This is a great place to stay in Pittsburgh. Great location, walking distance to restaurants, stadiums, casino. Beautiful rooms, comfy beds, friendly staff.
5 on November 12, 2013
The Parador Inn is a lovely, welcoming B&B conveniently located near the light rail for easy access to downtown Pittsburgh. My room was spacious, comfortable and very clean. The house has been restored beautifully so a delight for anyone who is interested in Victorian era architecture and decoration. I heartily recommend it!
5 on November 04, 2013
We recently stayed at the Parador Inn when we attended a Steeler game. Couldn't have asked for a better location. Just walked a few blocks to the game. The Inn is truly a gem. I could walk around for days looking at the floors, trim, doors, antiques, etc. Thanks Ed for sharing this wonderful home not to mention the great breakfast every morning!
5 on November 03, 2013
Ed, Razor, and RJ are the perfect hosts! The house is just stunning and the food was excellent!
4.2 on November 01, 2013
My husband and I were celebrating our 21st anniversary. Had a very enjoyable stay. Very accomodating staff. Loved visiting with razor and r.j. would definitely come back.
4.4 on October 29, 2013
The building and grounds are lovely and so was our room. This location is fantastic, close to downtown and sights. Would go back.
4.6 on October 28, 2013
After searching for standard (boring) hotels and finding nothing less than $200/night on Columbus Day weekend, I took a chance and looked at a couple B&B's. $150/night for a place with real charm and history was amazing (even if Pittsburgh is an oddly expensive place to stay). The Mansion is very large with many interesting features and nooks to explore. Some of the unadvertised ammenities include free bottled water and soda in the kitchen and guest access to kitchen utensils (e.g. plates & bottle-openers) should you choose to have an informal picnic in the garden. Breakfast was served promptly each morning and was delicious. Mandarin French Toast one morning, and a Vegatable Quiche the next. Both days a parfait, coffee, tea, and toast were also included. The owner was also to get us $9 tickets to the Carnegie and the Warhol museums (roughly half-price). The only possible complaint is that the stairs are amazingly creaky. Felt like I'd wake-up the whole house when climbing to my room at 2am. But, honestly, once in my room the noises from others never bothered me. Downtown is a quick 15mn walk accross the bridge. Even "the Strip" is an easy 30mn walk and even though Pittsburgh seems pretty rundown in a number of places, the wife and I never felt particularly concerned about crime. Highly recomend the Parador to anyone who wants to stay somewhere that has personality rather than the cardboard cookie-cutter chain hotels.
5 on October 27, 2013
The house is surprisingly beautiful and so clean. Breakfast is delicious and you have a choice of what time you would like it.
4.6 on October 27, 2013
Spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. Loved the service, the decor, the food, the location. Great place to stay when traveling with other couples...the lounge and the courtyard were beautiful and comfortable places to hang out with and while waiting for the rest of our traveling party.
4.0 on October 20, 2013
This having been my first stay in Pittsburg and my first time in a BB I must say I was very happy with the experience.
4.4 on October 07, 2013
The outdoor garden area is very nice. We visited with other couples and it was a nice place for us to congregate. The owner was very helpful with directions and suggestions. He was very helpful with using public transportation. The neighborhood is also very interesting and nice to walk around.
4.4 on October 07, 2013
Great place, convenient to lots of Pgh. attractions. Most of the original woodwork, etc. maintained, the Caribbean theme was fun. Beautiful old furnishings. Outstanding breakfast. The dogs make it even better. Thanks to Ed....terrific host.
5 on October 07, 2013
We stayed at the Parador several years ago when visiting Pittburgh for a Steeler's game. We've been looking for an excuse to return since then. The owner is personable, friendly, and helpful. He also provides a fantastic breakfast each morning. The home is unique and beautiful, a virtual island paradise within walking distance of the Pirates and Steelers home fields. Also a bargain when compared to hotel prices in the area. Well worth a look if you're going to spend any time in Pittsburgh!
5 on October 07, 2013
You can look, but you will not find a better place to stay in Pittsburgh. Amongst all the excitement of going to a planned sports weekend, my husband and I can relax and feel at home at the Parador. Ed is the BEST! Thanks again Ed for a great weekend, already looking forward to next year!
5 on September 29, 2013
Once again our stay at the Parador was perfect. RJ was a great companion and dont let the squirrel win;)
5 on September 28, 2013
My partner and I had a perfect weekend in Pittsburgh thanks to our stay at the Parador Inn. Location-wise, you can walk almost anywhere - downtown, museums and the sports venues. The "T" train is also within walking distance and free. There are nice restaurants in the neighborhood as well. The Inn itself has been lovingly restored by the owner and is both fascinating and a pleasant place to spend time. We enjoyed just relaxing in the gardens. The Innkeeper, Ed, and his staff are personable and helpful and we left feeling as if we had made new friends. We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else when in town!
4.8 on September 18, 2013
It is an AMAZING place to stay! Ed, the owner goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. The accommodations are wonderful as well as breakfast. It's way better than any hotel in the area, & is close to all the stadiums & the metro.
5 on September 09, 2013
This place is outstanding ... the rooms, the location, the people and of course the dogs, ha!
4.4 on September 05, 2013
We have come to Pittsburgh the past eight years for a mini vacation around Labor Day. We have stayed in hotels twice and two other B & B before finding the Parador Inn. We have just completed our 4th stay which usually lasts 4 nights. The location is ideal for our interests and provides walkable access to all of Pittsburgh. Every room we have had is unique and has been very comfortable. Our host Ed is an excellent cook for breakfast which includes a different parfait as well as select breads along with a main entrée. He makes you feel at home and is always helpful in providing insights and suggestions for things to do and see. For the price, value and hospitality, we will continue to stay with Ed for future Pittsburgh visits.
4.6 on September 03, 2013
Visit to downtown Pittsburgh and Falling Water for the weekend. Parador was beautiful and perfect place to stay for a weekend with my wife.
5 on September 02, 2013
After staying at the Parador, I feel like staying at independently owned hotels from now on. It's a charming place where we instantly felt at home. The antique decor of our room and unique feel of the hotel made me feel like I was traveling back in time -- way cooler than a cookie cutter marriott room. We received an email saying there would be breakfast in the morning and asking if we had any food sensitives. I let them know that we were gluten-intolerant, and they prepared a special breakfast for us. Fantastic experience all around.
3.4 on August 31, 2013
Parador is in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, close to Pirates and Steelers stadium. Warhohl museum, and the Aviary. The Parador is one of Pittsburgh's great Victorian homes. Ed, the owner, has tastefully injected an island theme. Importantly he has invested heavily in the building's systems. Comfortable and plenty of detail to look at. A decent but not vast collection of books. Ed does a good breakfast and reacts to special dietary requests. It is a long way to the top of the stairs, typical of these mansions. Rooms are comfy and spacious. If you have difficulty getting in and out of bathtubs check the rooms closely. Some are tub/shower combos and some of the tubs are very high/deep. Great for soaking. A little challenging for some to shower. The neighborhood is recovering urban. A great Thai restaurant within a block and a very good burger/bar. Also a 7/11 and McDonalds within a block. Walking distance to park and light rail. Free parking at the Inn.
5 on August 26, 2013
I am going to be travelling to Pittsburgh on business regularly for the next 16 months. Sold out hotels and need led me to the Parador. Charming, different, quiet and delightful. Plus working wireless and free parking!!!
5 on August 23, 2013
My husband and i spent one night here, as we were in town for a concert at nearby Stage AE (MOST convenient, you can walk to the concert and avoid the parking fiasco!). Ed got us checked in quickly because i'd mentioned in an email that we wanted to basically drop our bags and head to the concert - he helped us do just that. We stayed in the Lady Palm suite, which is the entire top floor of the house. IT was HUGE. It's actually 2 separate rooms, one living room and one bedroom, plus the separate large bathroom. I dont think i've ever sen a B&B where my room was even close to the size of ONE of these rooms, let along having both to ourselves. I've lived in apartments smaller than that! Very clean, very comfortable. The house itself is just a work of art, it's gorgeous! Breakfast was wonderful - baked oatmeal, a yogurt/fruit parfait, bacon, coffee, tea, etc. We'll definitely be back for the next concert! Thanks Ed for a wonderful stay.
4.8 on August 16, 2013
Found the Parador in a Google search for B&B's Pittsburgh. The house is a magnificent Victorian built by one of PB's lesser-known, but filthy rich steel barons in the 1890's. You could spend a full day finding details (leather crown molding, engraved hinge plates, for instance). Every room has its individual charm, and all are at least 400 square feet! That's nice, but add in the laid-back, but diligent management of Ed, and his partners, RJ & Razor, and you've got a recipe for a memorable stay, and that's just what my wife, my brother, his wife and I enjoyed. We even stayed an extra day!
4.0 on August 12, 2013
The Parador is lovely! We enjoyed our stay and found the location to be very convenient. The cost per room is competitive and a good value. Our only complaint is that the shower in the Lady Palm is not suitable for a tall person (6'2").
3.8 on August 12, 2013
I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone staying in the Pittsburgh area.
4.6 on July 30, 2013
the parador was an excellent b&b in an interesting location - handy for travel in and out of pitt and near the free subway, the hosts were first rate - friendly and helpful but not overbearing in any way - a definite spot for a a repeat visit.
4.8 on July 20, 2013
Excellent location for proximity to Pittsburgh sights. Attention given to details of comfort. We look forward to a repeat stay.
4.0 on July 19, 2013
I'm already recommending people visit Pittsburgh and stay at the Parador. It's a real find. The building is gorgeous, the rooms are huge, and Ed makes you feel incredibly comfortable. And you're right in one of the more interesting parts of town - within walking distance of the mattress factory, mexican war streets, the aviary, and all the big stadiums in the other direction. It's terrific.
5 on July 15, 2013
Great location--large rooms--very nice and helpful B&B host--would stay there again
4.8 on July 13, 2013
Parador Inn has become our home away from home when we travel to Pittsburgh. The accommodations are first class and the décor is a unique blend of antiques and Key West. A place to rest your head as well as a museum that will pleasure your senses. Breakfast is always enchanting. Beds are always comfortable. Home is always immaculate. Walking distance to the Casino, the Stadiums, museums and the subway.
5 on July 13, 2013
Could not have asked for a better B&B experience! Easy to find, lovely house/decor, comfortable and unique room, friendly innkeeper (Ed), and great food. Ed was happy to provide recommendations/give directions and also had discount tickets to the museum we were interested in visiting. Would highly recommend!
3.6 on July 09, 2013
Our visit provided us with an opportunity to walk to the venues which we traveled to Pittsburgh for. Our host was accommodating and pleasant.
4.4 on July 09, 2013
Had a great stay at the Parador Inn. Unique rooms, delicious breakfast, beautiful garden. Excellent locations, mintues from stadiums and rivers
4.8 on July 02, 2013
The Parador is a lovely B&B, situated in the North side of Pittsburgh. Great location, in an fun neighborhood. Ed the owner was most accommodating. He offered excellent recommendation for local restaurant and places to visit within walking distance. All and all my wife and I greatly enjoyed our time there and will be sure to return to further explore Pittsburgh..
5 on July 02, 2013
Thank Ed , Razor & RJ ! We can stay 10 more times before we see all the time and effort you have put into all details at the Inn. Thanks for sharing your passion and puppies with the lucky few who stay at the Inn. R & L
4.2 on June 22, 2013
The house is a grand old house, renovated beautifully. Our room was so big, and again, a beautiful place to spend the night. I would certainly go back to stay and encourage others to do so.
5 on June 17, 2013
We recently took advantage of the "3 for 2" offer, valid Sunday thru Thursday nights, which made the stay exceptionally good value. Photographs do not do the Parador Inn justice–it is breath-takingly beautiful. Ed has successfully gone to great lengths to create an oasis, both inside and out, that is very conveniently located on the North Side of Pittsburgh. It is within easy walk of the "T" which takes you into downtown for free, although the walk is extremely pleasant and picturesque and takes only about 20 minutes. The neighborhood has a lot of interesting buildings and restaurants, and Ed is happy to make suggestions. All of the rooms are gorgeous, colorful, and spacious, even the smallest, the Bird of Paradise, which has a king-size bed and enormous claw foot tub that quickly fills to the brim with luxurious hot water. House-keeping is efficiently handled by the delightful, friendly Dee. If you can bear to leave the beauty and charm of your room, you will be greeted with a delicious home baked breakfast of fruit parfaits, breads, and one of oatmeal, quiche, french toast, etc. served with bacon on the side. Be sure to relax in the garden and enjoy the company of the labs, RJ and Razor. No hotel can match the beauty and tranquility of the Parador. I cannot recommend it highly enough and definitely want to return.
5 on June 17, 2013
Beautiful rooms, peaceful veranda, delicious breakfasts, thoughtful extras, extremely convenient location near public transportation and excellent restaurants. We'd definitely stay there again on a Pittsburgh.visit.
3.0 on June 13, 2013
The building and grounds were nicely done , the owner was a pleasant gentleman , his two dogs were very well behaved.
4.4 on May 27, 2013
we spent a weekend in pittsburgh and stayed at the parador inn. the place in gorgeous and well located. ed gave us a quick orientation when we arrived which helped us see just about everything we in just 2.5 days. he recommended excellent restaurants and provided us with discount passes to local attractions. the inn is amazing. it is beautifully decorated and also very comfortable. it's in walking distance to the light rail so you can leave your car and see the city. we would absolutely recommend this place.
5 on May 25, 2013
Our stay was FANTASTIC. My wife and I always try and find a bed and breakfast when attending conferences. We prefer the ambiance to a big corporate hotel, enjoy walking local neighborhoods, and we'd honestly rather give our money to the little guy. The Parador inn is EXTREMELY convenient. It was a 5 minute walk to the "T" rail line that took us blocks away from the convention center. Trains left about every 5 minutes and it is the end of the line so you can't get off at the wrong stop at night. A cab from downtown back to the B&B cost 8 bucks...can't beat that! The neighborhood is walkable, the house is gorgeous, our room was awesome, the dogs were super friendly, and the owner was extremely nice. I wish we had stayed longer. Do yourself a favor and forget the big corporate hotel, treat yourself to the quaintness of this neighborhood, convenient B&B.
5 on May 23, 2013
Stayed at the Parador last weekend on a trip to explore Pittsburgh. The Inn is amazing with high ceilings, sprawling rooms, original woodwork, and vintage furniture. It is not fruffy, but instead very relaxing. There is a garden room and sandy "beach" outside. Ed is very nice and gave us recommendations for getting around and things to do. Food is delicious and accommodating. Will definitely stay here again on our next visit.
5 on May 13, 2013
Our child recently graduated from Pitt. As our family is scattered across the country, we were seeking a place for all of us to stay together. We found it at the Parador. We booked 7 of the 9 rooms and had a FABULOUS stay! Ed, the owner, was more than accommodating to our needs. We felt as if we were in our own home, hosting our family. Travel around the city from the Parador was relatively easy and we enjoyed checking out the local interest items that were within walking distance. All of us agree that we would definitely stay here again. Thanks Ed for a wonderful experience.
4.8 on May 06, 2013
3 moms and 3 teenage daughters had a great time. The Parador was gorgeous and memorable and fun. Close to stadiums and stage AE (10 min walk). Adjoining rooms were just ideal for us!
4.6 on May 02, 2013
Our recent stay at the Parador Inn of Pittsburgh was excellent, as usual. Ed and his staff always make us feel more than welcome. We are happy to return to the Parador whenever we go to Pittsburgh.
5 on April 30, 2013
This was our first experience at a bed and breakfast and I don't know how it can be beat. Ed was such a fine gentleman and handled our large party with ease. Definitely will make another trip to Pittsburgh just to be able to stay at the Parador again.
5 on April 29, 2013
A very comfortable place to stay. Everyone (and dogs) was helpful and friendly. Great beds and good interesting food.
4.4 on April 27, 2013
Upon visiting Pittsburgh, we set out to find a Bed and Breakfast for accommodations. Everything checked out, and we booked with the Parador Inn. We normally stay at BnBs, so we knew what to expect and what we should recieve. We were completely satisfied with Ed and his beautiful Inn. Ed has a great sense of humor, 2 wonderful dogs which was a nice surprise. The Inn was extremely clean. The rooms were beyond amazing. And, the food was excelent. It was such a great place to stay, we would come back just for the Inn. Well done, and thank you!
4.8 on April 21, 2013
Well, if you combine a classy 1880's Victorian mansion in a great location on the North Shore of Pittsburgh and somehow pretend you are in the Caribbean, you get the Parador Inn. Even without the Caribbean theme, the home is a beautiful wonder, with rich wood furniture, stained glass, custom murals, greenhouse room, cupboard and art deco parlor. Add to this attention to detail touches like a 1926 Hemingway's book, "A Call to Arms" even with his wire rim glasses, and you get an idea of what an eclectic place this is. Somehow, a Caribbean theme doesn't fit in cold Pittsburgh, but if you play along, you realize that it is really a metaphor for finding a place to kick off your shoes, relax and feel like here's a place you should put away your troubles. The place is a 15 minute walk to Heinz Field and the Carnegie Science Museum. Free parking for guests. The room was roomy with satellite TV and hardwood floors so new that you can still smell the varnish. Coffee maker and small refrig are available. Bath and shower. Free wifi and a pass to YMCA four blocks away is available. Breakfast was french toast, cooked and served by Ed, the owner/host. A personalized email thank you upon departure was the final nice touch for this at home B and B.
5 on April 21, 2013
The gorgeous decor made me feel like I had been transported to an exotic vacation land.
5 on April 14, 2013
We are a couple of retirees who had never been to Pittsburgh, so added it to our trip when we traveled to Falling Water (an hour plus away). We love B&B's and always try to find one when we travel and weren't disappointed with the Parador Inn. Lovely neighborhood, great for walking and mansion gazing. Convenient to putlic transportation (the T is a short walk toward Heinz Stadium). The building is large and well decorated in the Victorian style. The Caribbean theme seems unusual, but Ed has made it work. Plenty of space to lounge and take in the artistic rooms. Outdoor sitting areas in front and back. Two beautiful black labs to entertain. Lovely healthy breakfasts beautifully served. I loved the tall creaky stairs up to our 3rd floor room (Lady Palm). It was huge, and could have slept two more people in the adjoining sitting room (sofa bed), but we had it all to ourselves. We've stayed in over 40 B&B's and this is one of the best. Great value. And we learned that being over 65 allows you to use the public transportation for FREE, including the incline. We took the 71C bus to Clayton, the Frick Art Center, which returned us to the Steel Plaza T, where we caught out free ride back "home." We werre impressed with the helpfulness of the folks in Pittsburgh in getting us to our various destinations. (Realized later that we could have used the Google Map feature on our iPhone as well, but the people part was so much better) Highly recommend the Parador for visits to Pittsburgh and will surely return. Ed is a stellar host.
4.6 on April 11, 2013
Weekend getaway was great. Other guests were wonderful. Enjoyed ourselves very much. Will definitely return another time we are in town.
4.8 on April 07, 2013
Ed has transformed this Victorian beauty into a little taste of the Carribean only 5 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Rooms are lovely, breakfasts were superb, loved the "pups" and the location was perfect.
5 on March 16, 2013
Beautiful home, warm and welcomely. Ed is a great host, gave us a guide to the local restaurants, pubs and sights. Made us feel right at home. The location is key. Two blocks from Heinz field and the T (which takes you downtown for free! ) .
4.2 on March 13, 2013
Had a great stay, room was well appointed, delicious breakfast, high-speed wifi and off-street parking were welcome amenities. Highly recommended.
5 on March 12, 2013
Yes there really are Island delights awaiting you in Pittsburgh at this inn. DO NOT be dissuaded from visiting, because it works, and works very well. It is even complete with a steel drum in the parlor, for the guests to play, should they wish. And a fabulous antique grand piano for those with more traditional Pennsylvanian musical talents. Our room was on two floors, and was a perfect accommodation for our visit, at the top of its own private stairs, with its own private entrance. It had a fireplace and small refrigerator, plus tv and dvd in the sitting area, as well as an additional tv upstairs in the bedroom and bath area. All rooms have terrific antiques and wonderful amenities, you can't go wrong with a choice. Food for breakfast was outstanding, and served in the dining room under the incredible ceiling. Memorable setting for memorable meal! Can't wait to return, especially as it so close to all things good in Pittsburgh. Less than a five minute drive to the National Aviary, and an equally short trip across the river to the Warehouse District, stadia, and all the museums .Even the neighborhood worth a visit, just ask for the walking tour information available to guest. Special thanks to the Senior and Junior VP's of Customer relations!
5 on March 11, 2013
I recently booked a short trip to Pittsburgh for my parents. They returned, singing high praises for the Parador Inn and say that they will definitely stay there (and only there!) for any future trips to the city. "Magnificent Room and an Outstanding Host in Ed!" was their immediate reply when asked about the hotel. They said that the location was perfect, as well. I was really pleased that they gave The Parador a 5-star rating in every catagory. Well done, Ed!
4.6 on March 05, 2013
We had yet another great weekend getaway at the Parador Inn. Our room was very comfortable, with a great gas fireplace that kept the room toasty while we watched a movie. Our yummy breakfasts including tasty bread, savory bacon (perfectly prepared) and some traditional Costa Rican fare. Ed also steered us towards some lovely local eateries to enjoy. The Parador has become our go-to weekend getaway destination, and we look forward to our next visit. We also enjoy the chance to play the steel drum on the first floor! :-)
5 on February 28, 2013
We loved the Parador Inn. So relaxing, calm and quiet in the rooms. It's so beautifully decorated, and I loved the whimsical, and the happy that the inn exuded. It was romantic, and we will stay again.
5 on January 03, 2013
Itbwas such a great time! Do advice it is a beautiful old mansion so stairs do creak and walls are in. It was great having breakfast with others and conversating about the many attractions in Pittsburgh. Thank you Ed!
4.8 on December 31, 2012
Walking distance to the ball park and fun restaurants. Ed has created a comfortable and fun ambience, and was very accommodating with my complex dietary needs. A real gem in the city!
4.8 on December 26, 2012
Had a great stay despite the Steelers loss.
5 on December 26, 2012
Great place to stsy! Felt right at home in the heart of Steeler Nation!
5 on December 21, 2012
The inn is so beautiful and the room was so comfortable. I have never stayed in a bed and breakfast with such a delicious meal served in the morning. Ed was very friendly and thoughtful. I will recommend the Parador Inn to everyone I know.
5 on December 14, 2012
its like a dream when u walk in the door the place is furnished impeccably and then you get to meet 2 dogs that are so nice i could keep going on like this but i wont let me just say its one of the best placeies iv stayed at five stars for sure
4.6 on December 13, 2012
It was a great experience and fun. We even had special little to go bags with our bfast ready for us when we left at o'dark 30 for the airport.
4.2 on November 28, 2012
Stayed two nights with our children and we all loved it. The gas logs in the fireplace in the bedroom were very nice. Ed knows the area and will answer questions about travel.
5 on November 23, 2012
I wish I could have stayed for more than one night. It was such an interesting and relaxing environment. The pups were wonderful additions. Safety was great!!! Spacious and accommodating!!! Loved everything including the off road parking! Close to stadium and casino....will definitely be visiting again!! THANK YOU ED, RJ, and RAZOR!
5 on November 22, 2012
The Parador Inn is a short walk to Heinz Field and close to many other attractions. The room I stayed in was very cozy with an electric fireplace. The hot breakfast which is included in the price was excellent. The owner was helpful in pointing out the best restaurants and nearby attractions. I look forward to staying here again when I come to Pittsburgh for games at Heinz Field.
5 on November 20, 2012
The Parador Inn went way beyond our expectations. A truly warm welcome, great breakfast and the rooms were a marvel - not stuffy or fussy, but real and authentic and as charming as anyone could wish for. Ed, Dee, Razor & R.J. made the history and, yes, grandeur of their Pittsburgh mansion accessible and comfortable. We plan to return as soon as possible. Craig & Joshua - Dayton, Ohio
5 on November 12, 2012
The room was very spacious and comfortable. Ed was a gracious host and the food was delicious. The location was convenient. The discounts he offers are very generous.
3.0 on November 04, 2012
The details of the building were so fascinating. Every person was friendly. The quality of food was better than expected. A really enjoyed being there.
5 on November 01, 2012
Great accommodations. Friendly staff, clean rooms, close to restaurants and attractions
4.6 on October 23, 2012
A conference took me to Pittsburgh, but - alas! - the conference hotel was sold out. I adore Victorian-era architecture and have never been one much for hotels anyway, so . . . enter the Parador Inn - a true blessing in disguise! Located in Pittsburgh's historic Mexican War Streets district, the Parador is lovingly managed by the hospitable and very knowledgeable Ed. About my room: it was far beyond my wildest hopes (it had gorgeous views of the garden on one side, and was well-appointed with a window-bench lounge area overlooking the street) - stained- and leaded-glass galore! I was also lucky enough to stay during the early part of October - so the inn was decked out in full Halloween regalia. It was splendid. The breakfast offerings were freshly-made banana pancakes, bacon, and a delightful parfait. And guests are invited to have a nip of port in the evening. Ed's two sweet and happy dogs - RJ and Razor - are on the premises, but if you are averse to dogs, fear not! You almost have to seek them out, as they don't seem to have run of the inn. Highly recommended, and I shall be back!
4.6 on October 18, 2012
My wife and I stayed one night at The Parador Inn as part of a first anniversary trip. The inn was immaculately decorated with great murals on the walls. Ed was a great host with a great sense of humor. Upon our arrival, he took time to personally show us through all the common areas of the inn as well as take the time to map out several recommended restaurants and sights of interest around the city. In the morning, Ed served a very tasty breakfast. Given that the inn is an old building, you hear the inherent creaks and cracks associated with such a structure. That aside, we found our room to be quiet as we didn't hear noise from other guests. We did hear some minor traffic noise, but that's to be expected in an urban location. Overall, we loved our stay and would definitely stay there again if we return to Pittsburgh in the future.
5 on October 14, 2012
I spent two nights at the Parador finding it charming and extremely comfortable. The proprietor, Ed, was very friendly and helpful without being the least bit intrusive. His assistant, Dee, was a delight. The accommodations are beautiful and luxurious. I spent the second night unplanned, I enjoyed the Parador Inn so much! When I left to continue on my journey, it felt like leaving home....
5 on October 12, 2012
Very nice place and maintained well. Rooms were very clean. When I travel back to Pittsburgh I will stay there again. Food was very good. And I love ed"s assistants razor and RJ for a very warm welcome.
4.6 on October 07, 2012
The inn is lovely place reflecting Ed's unique aesthetic and appreciation for where Victorian meets Caribbean. The house and its furnishings are beautiful and lovingly designed. The location is peaceful, quiet, private, and conveniently located near the T and Nicky's Thai restaurant. We would definitely like to stay there again.
5 on October 06, 2012
We chose the Parador for our recent trip to Pittsburgh. Upon arriving we were immediately impressed with the historic mansion. With a ring of the doorbell we were greeted by Ed, the owner and innkeeper. He was very pleasant and proudly showed us around the 8000 sq feet. The home is still in wonderful condition with mostly original floors and architectural details. We chose the original master bedroom, and it was very nice, the only downside is the Victorian bed creaked a bit, but that is to be expected. Ed, who creatively managed to marry the Victorian and Carribbean flair is successful. The neighborhood is very safe and within walking distance of everything, and the off-street private parking is a major plus. I highly recommend the Parador Inn as the location, hospitality and wonderful breakfast will offer a great treat!
4.4 on August 30, 2012
Great time with a good location and great host. Had seen the house as a Victorian B&B years ago so it was fun to see the island theme added to the lovely building. Breakfasts were especially good. We will return.
5 on August 30, 2012
Great service, room was amazing. Could not have asked for a better experience.
5 on August 29, 2012
My children and I stayed at the Parador Inn for the weekend to attend my brother's wedding. We had a great time. The room was very roomy, with beautiful furniture , quiet, clean, perfect. The kids had a great time in the courtyard with the dogs, too. And the breakfasts were delicious. I don't know when I'll go back to Pittsburgh, but when I do, I'll definitely stay at the Parador again.
4.0 on August 27, 2012
We only stayed for a night at the Parador Inn, but it was very nice. Our host was friendly, very helpful and knowledgeable about the area, and the rooms (we peeked into a couple of the vacant ones) were all very unique and interesting--no cookie cutter sameness here, like you'd get at a chain. A very nice bed and breakfast. There isn't much right in the immediate neighborhood, aside from a couple of nice restaurants on the street--if you are not up for lengthy walks, you'll need to drive or take the T into town, but it's free or cheap. We'd stay here again next time we're in Pittsburgh.
5 on August 22, 2012
A surprise of joy where ever you turn. We enjoyed our stay with our hosts, Ed, Razor and RJ
4.6 on August 14, 2012
We came from out of town to see a show at Stage AE. After looking at some of the local hotels, I decided to see if there were any B&B's within walking distance and found this gem. For the less than the price of a hotel room, we were treated to island charm in the middle of Pittsburgh. The B&B is an old mansion and has a wonderful relaxing atmosphere, inside and out. The innkeeper, Ed, greeted us with two super friendly black labs. Ed recommended a local Thai restaurant for dinner. Next time we'll ask where the nearest wine shop is, because this place was BYOB. We were able to walk to and from out concert down by the waterfront. For breakfast the next morning, Ed had waiting for us melon parfaits and orange glazed french toast. He told us about some local art galleries that made me wish we had planned for more time in the city. We'd definitely stay here again.
4.8 on August 12, 2012
Fascinating historic home. Proprietor was knowledgable, kind and exceedingly helpful. Beautiful garden and casual yet elegant living spaces.
5 on August 11, 2012
I rarely submit reviews for places I stay, but I enjoyed my stay here enough to want to share the experience. The location, hospitality and all the little extras made this somewhere I hope to return to in the future.
4.2 on August 09, 2012
Everything looked just like the internet pictures. There were 3 pleasant surprises: (1) outstanding food; (2) outstanding food service; and (3) proximity to mass transit.
4.8 on August 07, 2012
Very nice B&B with a friendly and helpfull owner Ed. B&B is located near T to downtown.
5 on August 05, 2012
Ed has made this place a warm and welcoming jewel of a home-away-from-home. We stayed in the African Tulip room, with the zebra rug (real, as far as I could tell), but I could have enjoyed any of the rooms. The common areas are comfortable and fun to hang out in as well. Breakfast was excellent, and the dogs are sweethearts. It's also super close to free transit into downtown. What else is there to say? Great place! I'll stay here again if/when I come back to Pittsburgh!
4.6 on July 30, 2012
What an unexpected treat! This Inn is just fun. The house is huge, beautiful, and Ed has put a lot of thought and care into it. Our suite was comfortable, very colorful, and more than we were hoping for. The location of the property was convenient to quite a few things to do, and we ended up walking most of the time. If our travel plans ever take us back to Pittsburgh, I know exactly where to stay!
5 on July 29, 2012
Throughly enjoyed our stay in the Lady Palm...clean, comfortable, very quiet, extra large room! The entire Inn was beautiful, full of character and charm. Ed, the owner, couldn't have been friendlier and more helpful...very attentive and detail orientated. We truly enjoyed our stay and cannot wait to return. Melonie Q., West Salem, Ohio
4.2 on July 28, 2012
It is a very beautiful B&B, and room is clean. The Parador Inn is excellent!
4.4 on July 25, 2012
I have to say that the room at the Parador is easily one of the best I've ever stayed in. I was really impressed by the owners helpful advice on dining and entertainment, loved every room in the Inn, and thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Pittsburgh. When I go back, I will definitely see if there is "room at the Inn".
4.4 on July 22, 2012
Lovely old home, very nicely restored with beautiful furniture and accessories. Our host was pleasant, helful and a good cook! The location was great for exploring the city on foot. I would recommend this to friends. Ed and his canine friends were most welcoming!
5 on July 21, 2012
The Parador Inn was a tropical oasis in the midst of blistering heat and crushing crowds. As first timers to Pittsburgh, not only were we delighted by our accommodations and excellent food, but we were given suggestions on what to see, where to eat and directions on using various transportation options. We look forward to a return visit and being welcomed once again by VP of Public Relations "Razor".
4.4 on July 15, 2012
We recently visited Pittsburgh on vacation and stayed at The Parador Inn. We were very happy with our choice and would book again should we travel to that city. This inn captures the best of a 19th century mansion with a unique Caribbean-style theme. The location is downtown and near to many of the sites we had planned to visit. We were delighted that we had only to walk around the corner to view terrific July 4th fireworks over the river. The inn has a wonderful garden and we would have spent more time relaxing there if the weather - beyond everyone's control - had not been so hot. It features a pond/birdbath & landscaping that takes advantage of the urban setting. The breakfasts were creative and delicious - one day an inventive quiche, the other French toast, and a Caribbean porridge I'd never before encountered. Ed, the host, is very responsive to specific dietary needs. Another feature of this inn are the amazing "Sr. & Jr. VPs of Hospitality" who just happen to be black Labs. These dogs are people lovers and their wonderful dispositions really added to our experience at The Parador. My only recommendation is that the lighting in our room needed to be enhanced, perhaps with an additional floor lamp. Older homes with tall ceilings often present lighting challenges and although we did not spend much time in our rooms during the day, in the evening I like to read before bed. This is easily fixable. All told, we definitely enjoyed our stay, would stay again, and would definitelyrecommend the inn to friends.
4.4 on July 08, 2012
We stayed at the Parador while attending a weekend concert. The facilities were very clean. Dee and Ed provided a carefree, homey atmosphere and great breakfast fare! Located on an historic side street in Pittsburgh, we were able to walk to Heinz Field for the concert and walk and view Pittsburgh very easily by walking to the "L" train which was mostly free! We loved our stay and would definitely return or recommend to friends.
4.2 on July 08, 2012
This Victorian Mansion in Old Allegheny City (Pittsburgh's North Shore) provides a great setting for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Ed and his team (two very friendly black labs) have carried the Caribbean decor and theme throughout, and it really works with the old Victorian era woodwork and space. Interior and exterior spaces are welcoming and comfortable. We had a brief but very enjoyable stay, and I recommend this B&B highly.
4.2 on July 03, 2012
This is a beautiful old victorian home. We couldn't have asked for a better Host. The breakfasts were outstanding. Absolutely delicious! Will stay there again if the opportunity arrises!
4.6 on June 29, 2012
My husband and I both work in a high school, and traveled to the Parador at the conclusion of yet another busy school year. It was a perfect place to unwind and destress. The proprietor is very helpful, but does not hover: 2 great qualities as the host of a B&B. We also loved the location as we could walk everywhere, and enjoyed the North Side of the City.
4.8 on June 25, 2012
We wanted to attend a baseball game in PGH and couldn't have stayed anywhere better than Parador! (The football stadium is even closer.) The food was even better. We enjoyed our stay and hope to go back in the future.
3.6 on May 31, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Pittsburgh and the accomodations and breakfast at the Parador Inn. The only negative was that we arrived at 2:00, ( an hour before check-in) because we were not familiar with the city. The host was quite taken aback that we were early even though we had no intention of checking in or to hurry up the process. When I asked for directions he acted like it was an ordeal to take five minutes to do so even though he did, in the end ,give us directions. He was obviously quite stressed because of a huge event at the inn the night before. After the initial meeting things improved but I did not find him to be as friendly and cordial as other reviewers have stated nor compared to hosts/owners of other establishments where I have stayed.
4.4 on May 27, 2012
We arrived for a one night stay at the Parador while in town for a concert. We stayed in the Allamanda suite, which was cute. The other rooms we saw were great as well. Breakfast was good and we got to play fetch with one of the doggies, which was fun for us because we are dog people. Everyone was super friendly. We would definitely go back!!
5 on May 23, 2012
Our host Ed was very professional and a wonderful host. He made a fantastic breakfast as well. I can't see myself staying anyplace else the next time I'm in Pittsburgh.
5 on May 20, 2012
really nice rooms in a well decorated mansion. ed is totally awesome and when i come back to pittsburgh this is where i plan to stay. breakfast was also amazing!
4.2 on May 17, 2012
A really lovely B&B on the North Side of the city, convenient to both PNC Park and Heinz Field (both easy 15 min walk), ready access to the network of interstates to get you wherever you need in the city. Breakfast was delicious and the rooms were gorgeous!
5 on May 16, 2012
This place is so romantic and beautiful!! We really felt like its a home away from home! We can't wait to go back!
5 on May 07, 2012
The rooms and house are magnificently decorated and our host was great.
4.8 on May 06, 2012
We live in Pittsburgh but were looking for a place to take a night away and enjoy the city, and staying at the Parador ended up being the key to not only a wonderful night but discovering a whole new side to a city we already love. Located right next to downtown, the Parador is a gorgeously restored mansion, and you'd never think a Caribbean theme would complement the architecture of this old home, yet the use of local artists' work and their wonderful subtlety truly does make it seem like paradise. The rooms are spacious, sumptuously furnished, and squeaky clean, and each unique. The room -- or suite, I should say -- we stayed in on the third floor was beautiful; we couldn't believe we'd found this place. Ed gave great recommendations of things to see and do on the North Side and around the city, but we loved his local recommendations so much we never ended up leaving (except for a walk to the casino). He's also a wonderful host, who we got to kick back and talk to on the porch. If you're coming to Pittsburgh and need to be near downtown, skip the big hotels and come here; you'll never see Pittsburgh in quite the same way.
4.4 on May 02, 2012
The Parador Inn..... Words and photos cannot describe how gorgeous and full of charm this place is. I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before. So now, any others I stay at in the future will have A LOT to live up to. The owner, Ed, was such a sweetie pie. Upon arrival, he showed us around this beautiful mansion that was built in 1870. He has two adorable black labs, Razor and RJ, that were very well-behaved and they don't come into the mansion living areas at all (in case you're not a dog lover or you're allergic). This place was wall-to-wall, off-the-hook amazing. Everywhere you looked you found eye candy. Stained glass windows, fireplaces galore, antique furniture everywhere! I couldn't stop sighing and getting a tad bit upset because homes like this just aren't built anymore. Ed told us that the place had only had four owners in the 142 years since it was built. So luckily, it had kept all of its original charm. Our room was just as spectacular as the rest of the place. We stayed in the African Tulip. The photos just do it no justice. The room was huge! Stunning, ornate fireplace mantle, window seat to look down at the street below, stained glass window, adorable bathroom with vintage fixtures. I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was simply breath-taking and very romantic. The Parador is in a great location, as you can walk to several nearby restaurants and attractions. If you're not sure where to go, ask Ed. He'll get out the map and show you exactly how to get there. He can also recommend great places to check out. The breakfast! It was delicious each morning. We stayed two nights so we were lucky to have two lovely breakfasts here. GREAT coffee. Really, it was pretty remarkable. I should have asked where it came from. Thank you Ed! If I ever return to Pittsburgh, I would not hesitate to stay at the Parador again.
5 on May 01, 2012
What a grand place! The inside is kept in meticulous fashion, not only with cleanliness but also with attention to the detail keeping with the period of the house itself. The breakfast was wonderful (kudos to the French Toast!!). The host, Ed, was very attentive and accommodating. What more can I say? I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
5 on May 01, 2012
This past stay (April 25-27) was our 4th stay at the Parador Inn. We love this place. First off, the owner (Ed) totally enjoys what he does - and his love for the house is well-represented. It is an awesome house. (I cannot imagine this house having been a one-family place, at some point in time... It is huge.) The bedrooms are humongous - and each one FILLED with character. (Plus, the beds are comfortable. Got some great sleeping done!) The yard is beautiful, too. Breakfast was plentiful - the coffee outstanding. There IS one bad thing I can say about our stays there... THEY DON'T LAST LONG ENOUGH!!! Seriously - I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the Parador Inn... Nothing I can ask Ed to improve upon. I love this place.
5 on April 18, 2012
The Parador is a beautiful and charming B&B with a wonderfully relaxing Caribbean twist. Ed, Razor and RJ were all gracious hosts! Had a great stay and we are sure to be back.
4.0 on February 29, 2012
My husband and I stayed two nights at the Parador Inn in February. It is a lovely historic home and Ed is a great host. This would be a very convenient place to stay if you were going to either of the stadiums for a game!
5 on February 24, 2012
First time staying at a B&B. LOVED IT!! The Parador Inn was an excellent choice, beautiful decor, decilious breakfast and very friendly staff. will go back again.
4.8 on January 25, 2012
Ed was an amazing host. Razor and RJ should be allowed in the house.
5 on January 23, 2012
A memorable piece of old Pittsburgh in a restored neighborhood. Walking, stores, beautiful churches and townhouses, and easy access to downtown make for a wonderful travel destination. Truly a gem expressing the gracious ideals of the gilded age, but with the easy accessibility of the modern Midwest. My wife has extreme dietary restrictions, and a complete and accommodating breakfast was planned and served for us both; thank you! We hope to return to the Parador and Pittsburgh. Bill and Conchy Hopkins, Cleveland, OH
4.0 on January 19, 2012
We sourced the Parador by Internet---the facility and the hospitality-- were as described. How nice is that?! Ed Menzer gets the B&B space. We reside in New York; we now have a second home in Pittsburgh!
4.4 on January 09, 2012
The house is absolutely beautiful. The staff made us feel at home right from the start. I am most defintely returning to this place.
4.8 on January 03, 2012
Ed was kind and very informative. We had a great time with the other guests in the morning at breakfast. I would definitely stay there again!
5 on December 24, 2011
Ed was fantastic as usual. This is my third year staying and the service, rooms, atmosphere are all second to none. Very close to all of Pittsburgh. Would highly recommend.
4.8 on December 21, 2011
I never expected to find such a charming b&b so close to downtown Pittsburgh (or any city, for that matter). My husband & I enjoyed dinner & the ballet in the cultural district, then popped across the river to relax at the Parador. Ed was as warm as could be and the house is packed with charm & character. If you are looking to stay in downtown Pittsburgh for a few nights, this is where you should stay.
5 on December 13, 2011
The hosts were really friendly and helpful. The rooms are big and grand with amazing features. The food was 5 star stand and recommend everybody stay here when going to Pittsburg
4.0 on December 12, 2011
I would definitely stay here again and plan to enjoy the breakfast which looked and smelled awesome
5 on December 12, 2011
Beautiful property. Convenient to everything. Outstanding breakfast every morning. Will definately stay longer next time.
4.4 on December 09, 2011
The Parador Inn is a lovely place to stay. I was here for almost 2 weeks on business, staying in a large upstairs suite in the carriage house. The Inn is an old mansion that has been wonderfully done as a B&B. Ed offers helpful advice on restaurants and local attractions. Breakfast is terrific- 3 course every day, with yogurt parfait, home-made bread, and entree. In 2 weeks there, there was no repetition of entree & all were terrific. Walking distance to downtown, and plenty of good restaurants walking distance from the inn.
4.2 on December 08, 2011
Ed really makes the difference here, very helpful and all round great guy. Enjoyed my stay and will be back again in the future - still need to sample some of the recommendations that Ed gave me on restaurants. Thanks for looking after me.
4.8 on December 07, 2011
All of the rooms were beautiful, huge and clean. The public spaces of the hotel are amazing. I would certainly stay here again and recommend it to others.
4.0 on December 05, 2011
If you want to avoid resort fees, valet parking and be able to walk to North shore atractions including the rivers casino and heniz feild this is the place. Historic bed and breakfast, nice host and great breakfast food...loved it...
5 on November 27, 2011
When you step into the Parador, all stresses disappear. I feel pampered just walking in. The rooms and common areas are amazing and gorgeous, and the pictures on the website don't do them justice. Although much of the common areas are pretty formal, the back porch is a great place to have a beer or just relax and read. Breakfast is also always amazing, and Ed is super nice, friendly, and attentive. My husband and I always stay at the parador; everywhere else is just a disappointment.
5 on November 20, 2011
An awesome inn with tons of character. I couldn't enjoy the courtyard (a November stay) but I want to come back in warmer weather to do so. Breakfasts were delicious. Room that I stayed in was on the street side of the inn and cars were a bit noisy (other rooms don't front on the street). Nice, small upscale bistro (Brix) is a block walk away.
4.0 on November 15, 2011
The Parador Inn, is a hidden gem amongst the city, there is a great courtyard area, minutes walking distance to Heinz Field. Value and service you can't get at a chain hotel.
5 on November 10, 2011
Had a great stay,close to the field. Really felt at home! I recommend to anybody.
4.8 on November 09, 2011
Fantastic house with some amazing rooms. Easy to forget that you are in a bed and breakfast with the amount of space in each room and ability to spread out and relax. Definitely a place to stay whenever I come through Pittsburgh. For Steelers games it is a very easy, 5 minute walk to the stadium. Ed is a great manager but on the busy days (steeler games) it would be great if he had someone to help him.
5 on November 07, 2011
The best place to stay in Pittsburgh is the Parador Inn - The Parador Inn is a must stay B&B in Pittsburgh, The Parador Inn is an amazing home inside and out, great location for nearby attractions and wonderful hospitality. Breakfast is top notch and Ed makes you feel right at home. The perfect place to stay for your vacation or weekend getaway in Pittsburgh.
4.0 on November 04, 2011
I had a business trip to Pittsburgh and prefer to stay in small inns when traveling rather than big, boring chain hotels. The Parador Inn did not disapppoint and reinforced my belief that this is the way to travel. The house is a beautiful and historic house that has been lovingly restored. My room, the least expensive I believe, was huge. It had a large flat screen TV (tastefully blended into the decor) and a fireplace with the original tile. There were two charming dogs who were friendly and welcoming but completely unintrusive. The location is in a great historic area and there is a very pleasant river walk back to downtown. I would stay here again.
5 on October 27, 2011
The garden is a delight, the common rooms are gorgeous and the bedrooms are fabulous. The homemade breakfasts are delicious. The innkeeper and the staff are so great, and they gave us some awesome referrals to great neighborhood eateries. The Northside in Pittsburgh is awesome, and we're so glad we stayed there instead of downtown...it's very walkable and centrally located, yet it is has a quiet neighborly feel. The National Aviary, the Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, the stadiums, the Carnegie Science Center and the beautiful river bridges into downtown are all right there! We had an amazing trip...thank you, Parador Inn!
3.8 on October 26, 2011
I stayed at Parador Inn for a get-together weekend with my sister. I wasn't sure what to expect at a B & B, a chatty host, hanging out with the other guests, or what. I really appreciated Ed's letting me check in after 9pm on Friday night. I enjoyed his breakfasts. The Inn is beautiful and quiet. The Halloween decorations were really fun. We had a fabulous Thai meal at the restaurant up the street. The location was close to everything we planned to do. I don't anticipate coming to Pittsburgh again, but I would stay at the Parador Inn again, definitely.
4.8 on October 25, 2011
This was the best little Inn that ihave stayed at in a long time.....Really down home, a quiet place tucked away in a busy town......
3.4 on October 18, 2011
Ed is a very good host - the location is great -near the riverwalk, stadiiums, museum. The neighborhood is in transition to being upscaled and gentrified. If you aren't into the Carribean this is not the place for you. I love Ed's offbeat decorating. The place has some terriffic antiques mixed with Ed's Carribean accents. It is almost where it needs to be - it could still use some paint and woodwork revival but that is also part of its charm. Ed makes a great breakfast and is a terriffic host. We took advantage of the pay 2 stay 3 special and I would say that price was in line with the property. If nose keeps you awake - stay in the back of the House.
3.2 on October 15, 2011
I stayed here on a business trip and was very pleased by the unique Caribbean/Victorian ambience (it works - really!), which has been created with obvious attention and care. The neighborhood is outside the mainstream, but not a problem. It took 30 minutes to walk downtown or 10 minutes on the bus, which stops right in front of the inn. Everyone else at my conference was staying in chain hotels, and I felt so lucky and fortunate to have chosen an interesting alternative!
4.0 on October 05, 2011
We stayed at the Parador Inn for our Anniversary .It was very nice and homey
4.2 on September 29, 2011
Charming place. Garden porch is lovely place to relax over a cup of coffee. Very well kept, friendly staff and house dogs. Convenient location with eve entertainment nearby.
3.8 on September 26, 2011
Great old mansion. Beautifully restored and furnished. Warm and personal hospitality (complete with dogs!). Conveniently located within walking distance of Casino, Heinz, PNC. Will definitely stay again.
4.4 on September 11, 2011
My husband and I got married at The Parador on August 6th of this year. Throughout the wedding planning process, the Inn owner (Ed Menzer) was prompt about returning emails and gave helpful suggestions about caterers, equipment rentals, etc. Ed had a few simple rules regarding check-in/check-out, wedding vendors, and events, but this should not be taken negatively. He is very organized and works tirelessly to make sure that Inn guests are comfortable and satisfied with their stay. Our wedding party stayed a the Inn during the wedding weekend and all were thoroughly impressed with the beautiful ambiance, uniqueness of each room, cleanliness, and delicious breakfast that Ed prepares himself. Several people told me that while staying at the Inn they forgot they were in Pittsburgh because it felt like such a retreat. On our actual wedding day, Ed worked nonstop from sunrise into the late hours of the night to make sure that our wedding was flawless...and it was! Several of my family members came up to me after the wedding and commented on how hard Ed worked behind the scenes. We truly felt like he and his assitants took a genuine interest in making sure that everyone enjoyed the night. It was easy to trust that he had everything under control. Overall, our experience at The Parador Inn was excellent. The Parador is a home away from home and a hidden gem. I would recommend it to anyone that asked, and I can't wait to find an excuse to stay there again.
4.2 on September 07, 2011
My only complaint was that there wasn't curtains on the two side baywindows in the room. Very bright at night with light from parking lot. I turned off the hall light (due to window above door) but couldn't block out ight from outside.
4.4 on August 30, 2011
Stayed int he carriage house with my pup. Loved the breakfasts, grounds, and our clean and spacious room! The friend I was in town visiting lived on the North Side, less than a mile from the Inn! What a great location for entertainment and laid back city life! Right near a park, dog park, and the stadiums! Hope to go back soon with my husband as well.
4.2 on August 30, 2011
First time visiting the Parador and it was a great experience. Picked it primarily because we were attending a Pirates game (too bad it was after the losing streak) and the Warhol museum (not to mention close to Rivers Casino). Not only were we able to walk to all of our destinations, but the accommodations were outstanding! Highly recommend the Parador for anyone visiting or doing business on the North Shore. Ed and the dogs were great and the mix of Victorian and Caribbean styles blend nicely together. A+++ Jeff Shurilla
4.6 on August 26, 2011
12 ladies from my church stayed at The Parador for two nights and were more than satisfied with our stay. Ed, the owner, was very personable and bent over backward to make our stay just perfect. The decor is even better than what you may see on the website. Amazing! The breakfast was delicious; one morning we had quiche, the next we had stuffed french toast. A wonderful stay and we would come back in a heartbeat. Thank you Ed and staff.
4.4 on August 24, 2011
The Parador Inn is a very interesting place with a quiet location. We stayed in the master bedroom and it was enormous. I liked the ambiance and the owners two dogs were friendly. The owner was helpful with recommendations. The food was good but a little sweet for my taste. Each day we had a sweet bread, orange juice, bacon, and yogurt parfait. We also had rice porridge one day, and baked oatmeal the next day. I would happily stay here again.
4.6 on August 22, 2011
This home is a gem. The decor is incredible. Every public room is beautiful and unique. The Chenille room that we stayed in was lovely. It had stained glass and a gorgeous wall papered ceiling. The African room is the best! You will not be disappointed if you stay here. You'll feel like a wealthy Caribbean aristocrat!
4.4 on August 18, 2011
My wife and I needed a place to stay that was within walking distance to PNC Park and was cozy. We had never been to Pittsburgh before and also wanted a bed and breakfast to have a central location. Parador Inn was all of those things rolled into one! The host (Ed) was amazing, the decor was stunning and the atmosphere there was so friendly. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone!
5 on August 14, 2011
business stay, very accommodating of my agenda, great neighborhood Thai restaurant, safe,off-street parking (a real plus for the traveler with worldly goods on board) Mike, Nashville, Tennessee
4.0 on August 13, 2011
The location was close to downtown. The service was outstanding, The rooms were very comfortable. We had a great stay and would come back again
4.0 on August 13, 2011
Had a good time. Would stay there again. The detail of the place is beautiful.
3.0 on August 13, 2011
Excellent location. Really does feel Caribbean. Met other fun people. Bring your own bottled water. Ed was hard to figure out and talk too. Communicating with him is difficult. He seems to get mad if you don't want to eat his breakfast. Which is amazing but sometimes you need something simple. And you have no choice. Its a parfait everyday and then whatever he gives you. I've been to other B&B's where you can have cereal or toast and OJ or Milk. Simple choices. Here, you just get served. Maybe it was because he didn't like us but this is why I'm saying he was hard to talk to. Maybe he didn't appreciate the behavior of the other 4 people and as a result my wife and I didn't get a chance to talk to him. Just tread carefully and hope you don't get a cold shoulder. Cleanliness: Well we found someones socks under our bed. probably from the last guest. Silverfish in the building, but what downtown building doesn't have silverfish. The garden was great, the dogs were awesome, the maids were cool. Although I have mixed feelings, I do recommend staying here. It's a good value. And I hope my honesty helps. I like Ed. But it could get awkward and you wouldn't even know it.
5 on August 10, 2011
We stayed here while attending an event at the football stadium, and it was perfect! Walking distance to the stadium, a delicious breakfast each morning, wonderful atmosphere. Ed goes above and beyond for his guests. We immediately felt at home at the Parador. No one could ever regret staying here!
3.6 on August 02, 2011
Great room, great price. It was a steamy couple of days in Pittsburgh. The AC had a little trouble keeping up. Ed and the rest of the staff took great care of us. We had a wonderful stay. What a beautiful house and convenient location.
4.4 on July 27, 2011
I will never stay anywhere else when I come to Pittsburgh. Everything is there to make you feel at home.
4.8 on July 26, 2011
Huge room, exquisite mansion, unusual and attractive decor, fascinating fixtures, bargain rates, we want to come back soon
4.0 on July 22, 2011
We loved everything about our stay, from the small touches of comfort in the rooms (lovely artwork in rooms, good quality coffee, extra soft toilet paper, etc) to the food (yogurt and fresh fruit parfait!) to the soft music and ample, inviting veranda. We'll recommend this place to anyone visiting Pittsburgh!!
5 on July 12, 2011
What a beautiful Bed & Breakfast! So sorry we could not stay longer. We walked 1 block to enjoy the July 4th fireworks from Heinz Field. We had The Allamanda Room. Actually it is 2 rooms and a bath. The whole place was beautiful and clean inside and out.. The breakfast was super delicious. If we ever get to Pittsburgh again we will definately stay at the Parador Inn.
5 on July 11, 2011
Innkeeper was available but not hovering. Breakfasts were superb. House and furnishings were a whimsical mix of the islands and antiques.
5 on July 11, 2011
We were there for my son's wedding. Ed, the owner, was very helpful. When we got there 2 days before the wedding, the tent was up and the ballroom was already partially setup. Ed has caterers that he works with. Rooms are very spacious. I ended up being able to see all the rooms. The VPs of hospitallity(Razor and RJ- black labs) were people friendly. We would definitely go back to the Parador Inn.
4.0 on July 11, 2011
Rooms are very spacious. Breakfast was very generous and prepared nicely.
5 on July 07, 2011
The food, the atmosphere, the host, the 4 legged ambassadors- all fantastic as usual. The Parador is the reason we chose to come back to Pittsburgh.
5 on July 07, 2011
We stayed in the African Tulip room for three nights and this room was HUGE...and from what we saw...the smallest of the rooms. Ed has created an eclectic atmosphere that is warm and inviting...and fun! Breakfast was creative and tasty. Our room had a refrigerator so we could keep our wine chilled. The Parador has been lovingly restored to it's former glory. I would most definitely stay here again...and would recommend it to my friends.
5 on July 07, 2011
We stayed at the Parador during our first trip to Pittsburgh. It exceeded my expectations beyond belief. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were beautifuly decorated and extremely clean. We stayed in the Birds of Paradise room, and it included a huge claw bath tub fit for two. I would recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Pittsburgh.
4.2 on July 06, 2011
Excellent bed & breakfast!! We had the pleasure of staying at the Parador Inn while in town for the Kenny Chesney concert. Ed and the staff were very helpful when it came to well.. everything!! We had such a good time! The concert site, Heinz Field, is located just a few blocks away from the B&B. For anyone looking for a great place to stay while in town this is the spot!!
4.4 on June 23, 2011
Stayed here with my wife for one night to celebrate my first fathers day. The Parador Inn is a great B&B near downtown. Ed the owner was a great host and very helpful with suggestions on where to eat and things to do. One of the places he recommended to eat at was Church Brew Works. Highly recommend for a unique dining and drinking experience. The Parador is a short walk to Rivers Casino, which was nice. The mansion is very unique and decorated beautifully. The room we stayed (Chenille) was nice, but bed was rather small. Breakfast was excellent in the morning and we loved how we felt right at home at The Parador. Also, enjoyed RJ and Razor the labs who stay on the property.
4.8 on June 15, 2011
Ed and his assistants (RJ and Razor) were gracious hosts. The accommodations were comfortable and the breakfast was delicious! Definitely a place to stay!
5 on June 12, 2011
I just needed a place to make a stop on my trip east, but this place is somewhere I would stay for a few days if ever back in the area. The room (Chenille) was amazing. Huge room, beautiful bath, impeccable furniture and everything was circa 1800's yet well well upkept and maintained. It's a short walk to museums, a nice big park and some restaurants. Two thumbs up!
2.2 on June 01, 2011
We got off on the wrong foot by arriving too early. There was no one there to let us in or greet us and it was hot outside. I called and left my number so that the host could tell us when to expect him. He did not return my call and we left to find something to do for awhile. When I tried to apologize, Ed was very testy with me, telling us that those were his only four hours. I had informed the Inn on my registration (ahead of time) that my husband did not eat meat. There was no substitute for the meat when breakfast was served. It was good food but not the high quality we have been served at some B & Bs. We were disappointed in the room. It was not at all what we expected for the price. There were dust bunnies under the bed and in the corner of the room. The room was not conducive to people of average height. I would not recommend the Inn to my friends or family and we will not return although we have reasons to visit Pittsburgh on occasion. It is in a very good location for visiting various venues. I think Ed needs some help there with all that is required of him.
I am on site from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. for breakfast and 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. for normal check-ins. CB made the reservation on line and it says on my web site that check-ins are from 3 until 8, she clicked the button that says she has read and agrees with my policies. She received a confirmation letter that is in normal upper and lower case except for the check-in time, that section is in all capital letters. When CB arrived at 1:30, I was in a meeting and had my phone turned off. When the meeting was over and I turned my phone back on, there was a message from CB that they wanted to check-in and they were on the porch. When I looked on the porch, no one was there, so I hurried and took my two dogs down to the park for their run before my normal check-in time. While in the park, my phone rang (my doorbell goes to my phone) and it was CB who asked "Is there anyone here to let us in". I told her no, I was in the park with my dogs and would be home soon. In no way was I testy, I was attempting to explain and apologize that I was initially in a meeting and then took the dogs for a walk. She told me "Don't get testy with me", so I stopped at that point. CB's home is a two hour drive door to door to my Inn. Arriving an hour and a half was not an accident. Yes, I knew ahead of time the JB didn't eat meat and failed to get a meatless dish to complement the entree. I have never found a meatless breakfast product I like and just don't think about them. I should have them on hand and will in the future. CB complains about the size of the room, I don't know what I can do about that. I don't say dust bunnies are acceptable, we are always battling them. But it seems to me that CB was just grasping at straws for things to complain about. I've been in some pretty dirty Inns and hotels. I am sorry she had a disappointing visit and if she wants to stay else where, she is more than welcome to.
4.2 on June 01, 2011
I chose the Parador for a staycation and I was utterly shocked at what an incredible place it is. There is ample space to wander about ... read a book... and be outside. It's in an up-and-coming neighborhood that already has the staple venues in place (and upscale dining at Brix on the way ...) . Ed is an outstanding host whose laid-back demeanor allows you to feel like you are a guest at a friend's house. The colorful Caribbean flair tops it off. Thanks Ed, beautiful place!
5 on May 30, 2011
I booked the Parador Inn for a photo session with a model. We got many outstanding photos at the Inn. Will go back again.
4.0 on May 26, 2011
Great B&B, friendly keep, nice dogs, breakfast was filling. Clean room, great location, even better value.
4.2 on May 23, 2011
Lovely place w/ a delicious breakfast each morning.... not the typical eggs & bacon..... a real cook. I recommend it. Denise/Westfield, NJ
5 on May 19, 2011
After much research, my husband and I settled on The Parador Inn because it had the most charm and soul. It delivered. We stayed in the Chenille. I only wish we had more time to hang out at the Inn. There were so many rooms and nooks to explore and a lush garden. I could have easily spent a weekend just relaxing and reading in the sun room. Ed cooked us a delicious breakfast including a granola parfait, an asparagus and mushroom quiche and bacon. Next time I return to Pittsburgh, I plan on staying there. No reason to stay in some generic, boring hotel when you can stay at The Parador and experience a real slice of Pittsburgh.
3.4 on May 18, 2011
Victorian architecture, historic furnishings, huge room, wonderfully incongruous and gentle reggae as background music, unavoidably creaky stairs, unusual and delicious breakfasts, energetic proprietor, quiet neighborhood.
4.8 on May 16, 2011
We wanted to stay near Rivers Casino...but were only Big Hotels that you had to taxi to, so saw The Parador Inn..only 2 blocks from Casino...our first B & B. What a jewel! The host Ed was amazing, and his 2 black labs were thrilling for us, since we had to leave our pups at home. He has transformed this Victorian Mansion into such a wonderful asset for the Pittsburgh community. The rooms were massive and decorated beautifully. The English Garden, complete with large stone bird bath and cozy recliners was perfect to watch the birds at play, sip a glass of fine wine and play with RJ his 2 year old black lab. Breakfast was above expectation, with orange infused french toast, orange maple syrup, banana parfaits and the best coffee I have had in years. I can't wait to return. I would recommend the Parador for weddings, intimate parties, or family reunions. The owner is very helpful on the "must sees" in Pittsburgh including The Phipps Conservatory, the Worhol museam and the Mattress factory. For being only an hour from home, we were transformed to a place that had culture, grace and even a fun club at the casino for dancing. What a great birthday one-day getaway place.
4.0 on May 08, 2011
RJ and Razer were a great welcoming committee! Ed was a terrific host! You could easily forget you were in a city sitting on the back porch, so nice and quiet. Lovely antiques, spacious rooms and nice clean bathrooms!
3.8 on May 07, 2011
The Parador Inn was quite charming. The antiques and furnishing were exceptional. Ed, our host prepared a wonderful breakfast for us. I wish we could have stayed longer.
3.8 on May 05, 2011
Nice old home, great location. Good value for the money as compared to a hotel room. Sweet dogs!
4.0 on May 05, 2011
I really loved staying at the Parador. Ed was a wonderful host, and the inn is very charming. The breakfast was excellent, my room was spacious and lovely, and I look forward to staying there again in the future.
5 on May 01, 2011
We just concluded our fifth stay at The Parador Inn of Pittsburgh, our home-away-from-home in western Pennsylvania. As always Ed is a hospitable host, pleasant, friendly, and accommodating. His inn is beautiful, carefully appointed to reflect its history. The rooms are spotless, the beds are comfortable, and the breakfasts are delicious. We will never stay anywhere else when visiting Pittsburgh.
4.4 on April 18, 2011
Great personal attention to our needs - dietary, map, quick check-in for before a meeting for which we were late. We would stay at The Parador Inn again.
2.8 on April 13, 2011
Close to the casino...walk to casino...but take a cab back at night.
4.6 on March 25, 2011
I absolutely loved the Parador. The room was absolutely outstanding - I was totally enthralled with the ceiling in our room and the bed was a wonderfully comfortable pillow top. Loved the antique furnishings and surroundings of the inn. It is beautiful, warm and friendly. The neighborhood was great for strolling. Ed was a wonderful host - sharing his property and experiences with us. We are definitely planning to stay here again on our next trip to Pittsburgh.
4.8 on March 23, 2011
My husband and I recently spent a night here. We were in town for a little romantic get-away. We found the B&B to be fantastic. It's gorgeous, and Ed & the boys are the best hosts guests could ask for. Ed was such a great host and made us feel at home. The B&B was conveniently located near all we wanted to do, and we even found a gorgeous church around the corner for Sunday morning servie. The church is a landmark in and of itself. My husband was initially uneasy about the neighborhood, but felt fine once we were there and looked around. Definitely a place for pet lovers. Oh, and breakfast was super-yummy, orange french toast, fresh bread, yogurt parfaits, and breakfast meat.
4.8 on March 13, 2011
We had a wonderful stay at the Parador. The building itself is remarkable, as are the antiques. The breakfasts were very good. We would return to the Parador.
2.0 on March 07, 2011
We made a reservation by calling the Inn after we got the information on Bed & Breakfast website. All of the reviews seemed to be glowing. We were frankly disappointed at our stay. Ed is friendly enough and tries to help you find various places of interest. The biggest issue was that the bed creaked all night long every time my wife or I moved. We finally threw the mattress on the floor about 4 AM and slept much better. (I hate to spend $150 a night to sleep on the floor and wished he had offered some sort of partial refund.) When reported to the Inn owner, Ed, he said that no one had ever complained about the bed before. I just find that hard to believe. The other issue was that the room was really not clean. My wife actually wrote in the dust on the floor behind the door. There was dust on many other surfaces -- accumulated over a period of time. Cleaning should be more thorough. There were other small issues -- no glasses in the room, couldn't connect to the internet. After breakfast I told him we were not staying the second night. He gave me a refund since he had charged my card already for both nights, but I could tell he was unhappy about it. I really would not stay here again. This is a delightful property that needs some more TLC and hospitality to live up to its potential.
5 on March 05, 2011
My stay at the Parador Inn was wonderful - the room was beautiful, the breakfast provided was lovely, and the overall atmosphere was welcoming. Plus, it was in a good location, and the owner had lots of great advice on places to see, as well as information on how to get where I wanted to go. I would happily stay there again!
4.6 on February 24, 2011
I love my stay at the Parador Inn. It was such a wonderful bed and breakfast. The owner was so friendly and helpful. The place was very conveniently located and had so much character! Loved it and will have to go again next time we are back on the east coast.
4.0 on February 16, 2011
Accomodations and service were great. Nice big rooms and with high ceilings. Centrally located with attractions close by.
4.0 on February 13, 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Parador Inn in Pittsburgh, PA. The antiques were gorgeous, the mansion is beautiful and the grounds are very nice. Yet it has a surprisingly "homelike" aura. Loved all the hints of the Carribean we encountered about the mansion. Would certainly make a return visit in warmer weather to see the garden.
3.2 on February 09, 2011
Very unique b&b. Lovely old place with a unique decor. Owner was not too friendly however. Otherwise a good experience, not exceptional.
5 on January 27, 2011
Stayed here for first time to attend Steelers game. Cannot beat the location and Ed was wonderful. He was super helpful and attentive.
4.8 on January 27, 2011
We stayed here for a Pittsburgh football game. The place was REALLY nice. Our only issue was that our flight landed early and no one was around to let us in prior to the official "check in" time of 3PM. We walked around the neighborhood for a bit (not the BEST area, not bad by any means but not a lot to do) to kill time. Upon arrival, we were very impressed with the decor and overall ambiance. Our room was the Oleander and was FANTASTIC! Beautiful window seating area, fireplace, gorgeous claw tub. The owner has two super cute labs that we played with. Location is perfect if you are going to Heinz Field. Not really close to anything else. A 40-50 cab ride from airport. The breakfast in the morning was AWESOME. Very tasty. We will definitely stay again if ever in Pittsburgh.
5 on January 25, 2011
Our stay at the Parador Inn was outstanding. From the "at home" feel upon entering the home, to the deliciuos breakfasts prepared fresh and hot each morning, to the knowledgable owner and the cozy rooms with so much space to put your "stuff", we just can't praise this B&B enough. And if you are bringing kids, they will love Razor and RJ, the energetic but gentle resident Labs. Definately a home away from home!
5 on January 20, 2011
If I could give Service a higher rating I would. The Parador is located close to great food, lots of shopping and many popular things to do in the city. It's only a short walk to Heinz Field so you dont have to get into traffic after the games. Ed is a great cook and you will not start your day hungry. Although I am very picky about my coffee, Ed's is better! There is NO hotel feel here and I love that we are greeted with wagging tails.
4.8 on January 19, 2011
We were looking for a hotel to stay at but came across this B&B and decided to give it a go, my expectations were met and then some. Ed & his dogs were terrific hosts and made us feel at home. This place has a great old fashioned feel with a Caribbean flavor, nothing overly done. We're looking forward to returning !! Steve & Christine
4.0 on January 12, 2011
Stayed over for a night recently for my wife's birthday and a night out with friends. Great location, close to many things including the casino. we're native Pittsburghers but it's always fun to "get away" for a night when you can. The house was absolutely beautiful, wine and port with friends in the parlor before we went out was a nice time as well. The Allamanda room (really a suite with 2 rooms) was huge and had all the necessary amenities and was very charming. We highly recommend this B&B and it rates very high on our scale, having stayed at many over the years. Great job Ed! Hope to see you again.
5 on January 10, 2011
We stayed here 3 nights in Aug 2010. We stay at a lot of B&B's, this is the very best by a wide margin. Clean rooms, supurb breakfastes, soft Carribean music in the background. Located on the quieter Northside but only a 10 minute walk to downtown. A safe neighborhood, I am a retired police officer and my wife and I walked the area everynight after dark and were always comfortable in our surroundings. Be sure to get Ed to direct you to the best Thai restaurant this side of Thailand (easy walking distance) I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else in Pittsburg. Its a bargain, a steal, just a great place to stay. Ron & Rose Balcom
4.2 on January 10, 2011
We had a very short, but enjoyable stay in Pittsburgh at the Parador Inn - arrived around 8 pm and left after breakfast. We had the entire place to ourselves. The mansion is gorgeous, with amazing fireplaces, furniture, and murals. My wife loved it because of its quirky, Carribean theme interwoven through staid, Victorian decor. Also, if you like reggae, you will not be disappointed. Ed the innkeeper was very accommodating and when we mentioned we had not yet eaten on arrival, he immediately called up a Thai restaurant down the street and sent us to a lovely dinner less than a block away. We would have loved to stay longer and explore the city more. Breakfast was fine, but nothing exceptional. We would certainly stay here again.
4.0 on January 07, 2011
This was THE best bed and breakfast i have ever been to! It felt like home with the dogs and staff singing throughout the building. even if I had no reason to be in Pittsburgh I would drive the three hours out there just to stay at the Parador. It really felt like home and was so beautiful. The food was delicious as well. Hands down best bed and breakfast I have ever had the pleasure to stag at.
4.8 on December 23, 2010
Great experience for my first visit to Pittsburgh. Very friendly service and warm hospitality. Felt like we were staying at a friend's house vice a hotel. Breakfast was very yummy. Room was always cleaned and serviced when we returned to our room. The Chenile room felt like I was staying in a room aboard the Titanic or something. Very different but pleasant experience. Only negative was the shower. Felt a bit cramped in the old school circular shower curtains but not a big deal. Overall, the stay was awesome and totally worth it for the price. And loved those dogs!
5 on December 16, 2010
We enjoyed our stay at the Parador Inn very much. The dogs were friendly and the host knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. One evening we walked around the neighborhood, enjoying the architecture of the buildings nearby. We would definitely stay there again should we have occasion to vacation in Pittsburgh in future. Many thanks.
3.8 on December 15, 2010
The B&B was exactly what we were looking for - a comfy place to get away for the weekend. We were originally given a suite in the carriage house without a fireplace, but when we asked, we were moved into the main house into a room with a bit more ambiance and a fireplace. The accommodations were great. And the location was wonderful - well within walking distance to the National Aviary, the Mattress Factory, a handful of great restaurants, etc.
3.6 on November 24, 2010
The Paradour was a great. Very classy rooms. Good food. Walking distance to a lot in Pittsburgh.
3.6 on November 24, 2010
We had a great two night stay at the Parador. It is a beautiful old mansion, with excellent service and beautiful black labs. Our only regret was that we didn't have a room in the main inn. We will definitely go back if we are in Pittsburgh again, but will be sure to book early enough to enjoy the main house. They are really close to Three Rivers Stadium, Heinz Hall, PNC Park, and downtown. Would definitely recommend!
5 on November 19, 2010
Pittsburgh? Why go to Pittsburgh We have travelled all over the world. This mid week trip impressed us. Sightseeing was top drawer. Multi Culture restaurants were yummy and staying at the mansion "Parador Inn" for bed and breakfast was the icing on the cake.
3.4 on November 16, 2010
Our room was very large. I was afraid it might be too light because curtains didn't close all the way or noisy, but it was fine. The house is pretty, with lovely woodwork and chandeliers. The best part was the breakfast. The bacon was the best I've ever tasted. The warm cinnamon bread was excellent and so were the stuffed French toast and banana yogurt parfait. There was so much food that we didn't need lunch.
5 on October 30, 2010
I travel a lot for conferences and this was a real treat. Incredible decor, great food and a really charming / laid back owner. Absolutely best place I've stayed this year.
4.4 on October 19, 2010
It had been some years since our last visit to this Inn. It had in fact sat vacant for a number of years before being purchased by the current owner and innkeeper, Ed. Thankfully he has given this beautiful 19th century mansion a much deserved facelift. Staff is awesome, including , but certainly not limited to Razor and RJ, Ed's ultra-friendly labrador retrievers! The Caribbean theme actually works quite well, and you can't get better bang for the buck in The Steel City.
5 on October 19, 2010
The Parador Inn is exactually what a bed and breakfast should be! Our stay was very pleasant and we enjoyed every aspect of the Inn. The common areas are wonderfully decorated and the garden and courtyard beautiful, and we felt welcome to enjoy them. The neighborhood has several great dining options too, and we were given help in finding things to do in the Pittsburgh area. Ed Menzer has successfully given a beautiful Victorian mansion the charm of the Carribean.
5 on October 12, 2010
This place is the best. It is your home away from home, it transports you to another time and place, it is so beautiful, and you forget where you are at. Everyone needs to come visit this place and forget about your worries and problems. Thank you for having me and i look forward to coming back, can't wait.
5 on October 09, 2010
A beautiful home, delicious breakfast, easy to roam and relax in the many open living rooms and secluded backyard. Ed is kind and attentive. I've never had a better B&B experience.
4.2 on October 07, 2010
What a great find! Being a home owner myself, I can really appreciate all of the hard work Ed has done to restore this beautiful mansion! Every room is appointed with tasteful antiques and gorgeous furniture. There is plenty of on-site parking and there are some good restaurants within walking distance to the Inn. We will definitely be back if we stay in Pittsburgh again!
3.6 on October 05, 2010
The owner was a delight. The parlors and rooms are visually stunning with the mixed Victorian and Caribbean motifs, all set in a quiet neighborhood with some good restaurants. Very nice, and recommended.
4.8 on September 28, 2010
Highly recommended! This place is great. The breakfast was very good and the host, Ed, was extremely helpful. I'll be back when I visit Pittsburgh again.
5 on September 18, 2010
Ed, and his two labs, were great hosts as usual. I stayed in the Chenille room, and had a comfortable night. If traffic noise bothers you (like it does my coworker), ask for a room towards the back of the house. All the rooms are lovely. It is nice to stay at a B&B and not a cookie cutter hotel.
4.6 on September 08, 2010
Excellent place to stay when in Pittsburgh, extremely knowledgeable inn keeper. Ample off street parking, proximity to museums/stadiums/trails. We would definitely go back here.
4.8 on August 23, 2010
For the money, this is EASILY the nicest Bed and Breakfast we have stayed at. Honestly, they could charge $50 to $100 more a room and still get business. The Free Parking is a huge plus and the Inn itself is easy to find and right next to a park for a great little morning run. Within 800 feet of the Inn, there are four little sandwich shops which were all very good (plus a Wendy's, MacDonald's, and a Seven Eleven if that is your type of thing). The Inn is within easy walking distance to the Pirates stadium, the National Aviary, the Children's Museum, and the Andy Warhol Museum. As stated, the rooms and atmosphere are worth far more than what is charged, with stunning woodwork and interesting decor. Razor and RJ, the two dogs, know their limits and are very friendly as well. Ed was a very knowledgeable and friendly host too! We stayed two nights and breakfast was great both days! About the only negative thing I can say is that the bed we slept in was fairly small, but it was comfortable. Without hesitation, we would stay here again... the Parador Inn is HIGHLY recommended!
5 on August 19, 2010
Staying at the Parador in Pittsburgh is one of my favorite experiences. It would be cool if it were just a beautiful old Victorian house, but Ed, the owner, has transformed it into a Carribean resort, with amazing decor and whimsical touches. Breakfast is always outstanding. The rooms are large and beautifully furnished. The yard is like a private park - with a white sand beach! It's so peaceful there that you forget you're 2 minutes from the downtown area and 10 minutes from Oakland. There are also a couple of great places to eat within walking distance.
5 on July 26, 2010
The Parador is a destination in itself. Nestled in an historic neighborhood with several excellent restaurants within a block or two, this inn combines unique decor, plenty of rooms to spread out in, huge bedrooms and a superb breakfast, which is different every day, to make your stay truly refreshing. Ed has mastered the art of not just making his guests feel welcome but at home!
5 on March 07, 2010
If you're looking for a wonderful place to relax and step back in time to when life was simpler and you could relax by the fire while listening to the soft music of the Caribbean, then this is the place to visit. Your Host Ed Menzer and your VP's of Hospitality Razor and RJ will make you feel welcome from the moment you step through the door. The gourmet breakfast that is provided is like eating at a 4 star restaurant. You can relax in the evenings in the downstairs parlor sipping Port Wine by the fire. The rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated. The atmosphere is calming and restful. Ed gives great suggestions on places to visit. You just can't go wrong in my opinion. Enjoy your stay!
5 on July 15, 2009
Feeling of the Caribbean in a Victorian mansion. With decades of experience, the host attends to all details of your stay.
4.6 on April 05, 2009
My husband and I stayed at the Parador recently and had a wonderful time. Our room was amazing, all the local suggestions from the proprioter , Ed, were outstanding and the breakfasts were also wonderful. It is a great place to relax and experience the heart of Pittsburgh. There is easy access to any part of the city you want to explore (as long as you can navigate Pittsburgh's confusing layout) and Ed was more than willing to direct us to where we needed to go. Highly recommeneded.