The Parador Inn

939 Western Ave , Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA (Show map)


This 1870's Rhodes Mansion has been totally renovated to meet modern travelers expectations. This Victorian era mansion and museum quality antiques has been blended with a Caribbean flair. Free off-street parking, full hot American breakfast, walking distance Downtown are a few of the reasons to select The Parador for your next visit to Pittsburgh.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

home away fom home.

5 on October 19, 2015

I alwaya stay there. It is like a home away from home. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean. There are also alot of things to do in walking distance of the Inn. I recommen it

A very pleasant stay in Pittsburgh

5 on October 14, 2015

The Parador Inn is located in a wonderful neighborhood within easy walking distance of the North Shore and stadiums. Ed is a great host, happy to give advice and tips on places to go, things to do, and ways to get around the city. Breakfast was delicious and the rooms were very clean and decorated with a fun, quirky feel. The best part might be the great value! The Parador was literally half the cost of the downtown hotels when you factor in the parking fees those places charge. I saved hundreds of dollars and still stayed in a great location, experienced much more personal service, and enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast. If I'm ever in Pittsburgh again, I would love to stay at the Parador. Thanks for the great experience!

Our 3 night stay

4.2 on October 11, 2015

The Inn is the most beautiful bed and breakfast we've ever stayed at. It is down town and walking distance from both ball fields and the National Aviary, which is a must see. The lower levels of the Inn are sound proof, but the rooms are a bit noisy, which is to be expected on a busy centrally located hotel. All breakfast meals were imaginative, good and filling and served with efficiency. Ed is nice but very business like, but will answer any questions you have to the best of his ability. The Bird of Paradise room can use a new shower head and being on the second floor was noisier than our friends' one story up. which is the largest in the hotel. We had 2 of the 3 rooms with king beds. We will definitely return to this inn the next time we are in Pittsburgh, but would try the other king room, which was already booked when we made our reservation. The back porch and grounds are beautiful and that is where you will meet his 2 friendly and beautiful black labs. They are not permitted in the main house, so you will dine unmolested. The back porch is a great place for a glass of wine. Ed had a bottle of port in one of the salons when we were there, but I don't know if this is always the case By all means, try to see the interior of the of the Methodist church across the street from the Inn. It has beautiful 3-D Tiffany stained glass which cannot be fully appreciated from the outside. We had a wonderful stay at the Parador Inn in spite of its few drawbacks and highly recommend that you stay there.

Our 3 night stay

3.6 on October 01, 2015

The Inn is the most beautiful bed and breakfast we've stayed in and those are many. The breakfasts were abundant, delicious and showed imagination. The rooms were spotless. We gave the service a small downgrade because Ed is not the warmest of innkeepers though he served breakfast very competently. His check in was kind of business like, and maybe it should be, but it is not what we are used to. When we left he did not come over to thank us for staying and to say he hoped we enjoyed our stay. He just waved from the distance. We believe there are 3 rooms with king beds. Our friends and we had 2 of them. Ours was the Bird of Paradise. Do not take that room. The shower head was horrible and the tub is old and nostalgic but difficult to get into. Although the Inn is soundproof downstairs our room was not and was noisy throughout the night. Our friends stayed in the largest room at the Inn, They did not complain about noise although they were on the third floor. Their room was a huge suite, perhaps 1500 square feet, though you can check this on the site. There bathroom was more modern and they did not seem to have any complaints. I think it was called the Lady Palm. The outside yard and porch are absolutely beautiful and it is here where you will meet his 2 beautiful black labs who couldn't be more friendly. They are kept away from guests in the main building. It is hard to believe you are in downtown Pittsburgh with this beautiful setting. Ed's coolness did not offend me although it did annoy the other 3 people in our party. His room cleaner and breakfast helper Dee was great at her job and catered to any request. The house is in a busy commercial area but we walked around the neighborhood day and night and never felt uncomfortable. Do not miss the interior of the Methodist Church across the street from the Inn. The stained glass is by Tiffany and is 3 dimensional.Pittsburg is a clean, beautiful city with much more than a 3 day stay can cover.

Terrible experience

1.6 on September 23, 2015

If you are looking for a positive B&B experience, this is not the place.....if you are looking for a cheap place to stay, then maybe this is for you. Having stayed in quite a few B&B's, it is the inn keepers job to make you feel welcome and at home.....that while you are there, that this is your home away from home.....well Ed the owner does none of that. The moment that we arrived, he makes you feel that you are imposing on him.....not once does he provide you with a welcoming smile. After he provides you with a list of roadblocks to your stay.....he then gives you the EXACT times that you can have his long as he has room for you. One morning we asked for 9:00 am and he told us NO......we ended up eating out both morning because he could not accommodate us. I do not know about you, but when I am away I don't live on a schedule. You better only be hungry on the hour! The rooms were below average.....I ended up with 1 foot of water in my shower on the first night....I guess if you like to take a bath while you shower, you would be happy. Ed has two great dogs, but would it be too much to ask to pick up after them? As we walked his gardens one morning, we had to step around the many piles of dog crap.....I felt I was walking among land mines. The one bright spot in the entire place was welcoming face in the entire place. Ed should sell to her. Please do not take my word for any of this, please real his blog on his website.....there you will read first hand on just how miserable he really is.....he uses the blog to complain about both his guests and being an inn keeper. He will complain that he has too serve too many breakfasts, that he is charging way too little money, that guests change their reservations, that he does not want groups or that he wants few people in each room.

Parador Inn

5 on September 22, 2015

We very much enjoyed our four night stay at the Parador Inn. Lovely restored mansion, great location, enjoyable breakfast, fun staff and wonderful dogs to greet you.

Amazing Victorian Caribbean guest house

4.8 on September 09, 2015

Stayed at the Parador to visit our son at College. Wonderful atmosphere in late 19th century style mixed with Caribbean style artifacts. Highly personal flavour. Efficient and friendly service. Fantastic breakfasts including good company as well.

Could not ask for better!

5 on June 10, 2015

This beautiful place is in walking distance to Heinz Field,mass transit, and many parks and waterfront areas was the perfect spot to stay! The entire place was spotless, the staff offered many ideas of local interests and activities. Breakfast was great both days with accommodations being made for a vegan diet for one of our party. The Parador has a very relaxing atmosphere, with Caribbean music and decorations. This was our party's second stay, and when in Pittsburgh again, reservations we shall make.

A Hidden Gem in Pittsburgh's Northside

4.6 on June 10, 2015

From the moment my husband and I arrived at the Parador to celebrate our anniversary, we felt welcomed by the staff and entranced by the environment. Ty was knowledgeable about both the hotel's period decor, like the stunning chandeliers in the main rooms, and local services, connecting us to Uber when we needed a ride. Little surprises hid around every corner, from the steel drum, complete with sheet music for the novice, in the library, to an airy sunroom full of greenery, to funky period hats hung around the entryway mirror (which of course we tried on). The room itself was huge, thoughtfully decorated, and full of homey touches, from full-length bathrobes to a roomy reading perch. Breakfast blew away our expectations, with "yogurt" actually being a delicate fruit and parfait served in a delicate glass dish, and a hot breakfast of filling french toast and bacon. Our only regret is that we had to work the next day and didn't have more time to explore and linger in the surroundings! A true gem and great value; the Parador is not to be missed!

Beautiful Home

5 on June 03, 2015

I thought the home was beautiful, the outside courtyard reminded me of the south and was nice, the food was wonderful and the location is fantastic for the north shore area events and attractions. It was a very short walk to Heinz Field and the train. Good deal compared to the hotels. I will stay again for sure.

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Rooms & Rates


Full size Victorian bed and matching dresser, working fire place, 42" flat screen, claw foot tub & shower. This east/west facing room has Courtyard views east and a west facing heated window seat under stained glass windows.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

African Tulip

This king bed is flanked by the engraved end tables that match the nine foot armoire in the dining room. Working fire place, flat screen TV and inlayed dressing table.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Bird of Paradise

King Bed across from your working log fireplace and flat screen TV. North facing bay window keeps the room bright without the glare of full sun.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150


This curved, burle wood queen bed has the matching dresser in the bed room and armoire in the living room. Hidden in the closet, behind false drawers is the original safe from the Rhodes family. The working fire place is next to the curved built in heated bench. Courtyard views from both the bedroom and living room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150


This full sized Victorian bed has a matching dresser next to it. The heated window seat with stained glass windows is flanked by leaded glass book cases. This working fire place is below an original hand painted rose boarder from the 1870's. This east/west facing room has Courtyard views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Lady Palm

This HUGE suite on the third floor is over 860 square foot. The king bed is in the old storage room for the mansion. The one complete wall is large storage drawers that have been refinished to make the head board for the king bed. The book cases in the living room are under original stained and leaded glass windows.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150


This "town house" has the fire place in the second floor living room and full sized bed on the third floor. This east/west facing suite has Courtyard views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150


The queen bed in the bed room is under the proto type of the metal sculpture gracing the Courtyard wall. The space was designed for the business traveler with an over sized kitchen table across from the kitchenette. This suite has a private entrance over the Ballroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150


This king guest room in the Carriage House is an old servants quarters that has been totally renovated with an oversized private bath with a tub and shower, working fire place and all the amenities of the other guests rooms. A very Key West feel in this guest room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $150

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From I376 and I279 travel to Pittsburgh follow the signs for exit 7b, Ohio River Blvd. Take your first exit from there for the West End Bridge. That's our street. Make a right and we're at the top of the hill on your right.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Conference Rooms, Piano, Wedding Facilities , Free off-street parking, Large Courtyard, Tons of public space, Razor, JR VP Hospitality 7 yr old Lab, Original artwork and murals, Ice machine

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited children can not distrub other guests and must be monitored
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: select weekends
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Cancellations: Cancellations can be made up to two weeks prior to your visit. Cancellations within the two weeks receive a twelve month credit. No refunds for same day cancellations or no shows.



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Cooking, gardening, painting, entertaining

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  • Time Served: 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room