Are you looking for a relaxing Pittsburgh Staycation soon? The other weekend, we had an amazing stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh – Cranberry Hotel. This summer has been busy for me and my husband, work-wise. Before we know it, vacation season is almost over. I’m sure we’re not the only ones. So if you ever find yourself needing a break from the hustle and bustle while staying in the area, a weekend Pittsburgh Staycation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cranberry might just be the thing you need.
A Sweet Welcome from DoubleTree by Hilton
Do you know that whenever you stay at a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, a delicious complimentary cookie awaits you? So if you’re a cookie lover, you’re gonna love this sweet welcome! I enjoyed mine by the pool.
Aside from the cookie treat, we were welcomed with wine, cheese, and fruits!
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your loved one, you can get this arranged ahead of time – even if you’re going to a different DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Make sure to call the specific location you’re visiting and inquire.
Pittsburgh Staycation at DoubleTree by Hilton Cranberry
I was glad to have discovered the recently renovated (in 2016) DoubleTree by Hilton’s Pittsburgh Cranberry location because it’s just about 30 miles away from the Grove City Premium Outlets. There’s also a nearby orchard/farm (Soergel) and wine tasting location within a 15-minute drive from the hotel. It was perfect timing because it happened to be Peach Festival that Sunday. More on this in another post. So anyway, we started our Saturday morning at the outlets (Back to school shopping, anyone?) before checking in at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry.
Upon arrival, we enjoyed some wine and cheese before checking out the indoor-outdoor pool.
We had enough time to enjoy the water before dinner. It was so cool that you can swim to and from the indoors and outdoors.
Dinner at Ember & Vine Restaurant and Bar
We had dinner reservations at Ember & Vine. Our table was next to the chef’s kitchen, which was pretty neat.
We started out with Beer Flights and their White Sangria – all of which were pretty good. If you wanna test out their beer selection, we suggest Pizza Boy – a fruity beer that smelled so delicious. The E&V -made just for them – is smooth and light!
We then moved on to soups and appetizers. The soup of the day was this cheesy broccoli soup that tasted as good as it looks. It was my favorite that night. I hope they make this a regular in their menu because IT. WAS. THAT. GOOD.
The crunchy Brussels sprouts was our chosen appetizer. It was delicious and so flavorful. It was sweet and savory all at the same time, thanks to the bacon and golden raisins. However, it was too rich for my taste that a few bites was enough. Thankfully, they serve bread which balanced out the richness of the Brussels spouts.
Moving on to the main dishes, we opted for pan roasted chicken and a wood-fired Margherita pizza. The roasted chicken was delicious, not dry, and seasoned well. We both loved the potato salad that came with the chicken too.
The pizza was also good and flavorful. The pizza, in my opinion, would be good for 2-3 people. We ended up with so much food that we brought back to the room.
The following morning, buffet breakfast was also at Ember & Vine – and it was amazing. You can find the usual breakfast proteins of bacon, sausages, and eggs. There was an oatmeal bar with different toppings. There were a lot of fruit selections, juices, cereals, yogurt, and pastries too. But best of all, Chef Christina was there to make you custom omelettes with a variety of toppings/fillings of your choosing. There was only one minor problem during our breakfast – the coffee cup that I was provided with had a lipstick mark. It looked like a faded blue/black mark or stain after being washed in the dishwasher. So I totally understand that this was washed in the dishwasher but the lipstick stain did not budge. Still, it should have been seen by whoever set the table, or our server who filled up my cup with coffee. No worries though, they replaced my cup when I mentioned it.
Oh, and there was a jazz band that Sunday brunch!
Overall Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
To say that we had an excellent time at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry is an understatement. The hotel room was clean, comfortable, and spacious.
The rooms and glass elevator overlooking the lobby was a nice touch.
The wide open space in the beautiful lobby was refreshing. You can see the restaurant.
Mini lounges with TV are scattered throughout the floor, along with a business center which looked like a relaxing cafe.
There’s a well-stocked pantry store, a 24-hour fitness center, guest laundry services, conference center, grand ballroom, indoor and outdoor pool, and sauna. Oh, and let’s not forget that this hotel location is pet-friendly! All of the staff were so nice and attentive to everyone, not just to us (we were observing). It was such a wonderful experience and we highly recommend staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry and dining at Ember & Vine! I can’t wait to be back and bring family and friends over there too.
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