Pennsylvania Guide

North Shore Draw
Stage AE
Stage AE, a new indoor/outdoor entertainment complex across from Steeler home Heinz Field, hosts concerts and special events. The venue can sit 5,500 people outside and 2,400 inside.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced that a new Hilton Home2 Suites will be constructed at the corner of 12th and Arch streets, adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The property is slated to debut in the summer of 2013 and will feature 246 guest rooms and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space, while approximately 10,000 square feet on the ground floor will feature a variety of restaurants and retail outlets.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants broke ground in September on the new 268-room Hotel Monaco, scheduled to open alongside Inde­pendence Mall next summer. The project is an adaptive reuse of the landmark Lafayette Building, originally built in 1906. Features will include a signature 120-seat restaurant and approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 3,200-square-foot ballroom that will be available on the ground floor, with picture windows facing the mall.

Meeting Hotels
Larger properties in the Center City neighborhood, in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, include the 1,408-room Philadelphia Marriott Downtown; 757-room Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel; 581-room Loews Philadelphia Hotel; 498-room Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown; 445-room Crowne Plaza Philadelphia; 432-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City; 364-room Four Seasons Hotel Philadel­phia; 313-room Westin Philadelphia; 301-room Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Phila­delphia; 306-room Hotel Sofitel Phila­delphia; and 300-room Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

Occupancy tax, 8.2%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.2%

Group Venue
In the charming (and delightfully walkable) Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Center City, Butcher and Singer is a stellar example of an upscale steak house, courtesy of celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr. The dimly lit décor features dark wood and comfortable leather booths, with an overall classic-era Hollywood gestalt described by the Starr Restaurants Group as a time "when women donned full red lips, men wore a suit and tie, and post-Prohibition liquor flowed freely." For starters, try the Shrimp & Crab Louie salad, then move on to a juicy New York strip or an 8-oz filet mignon. The venue can accommodate groups of up to 36 people in a semiprivate wing or, with an exclusive buyout, parties of up to 125 seated or 250 for a reception. (215) 732-4444

CVB Services
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, (215) 636-3300

Play Here
In the Poconos, the Mount Airy Casino Resort has slots, table games and nearly 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

Pittsburgh landmark The PointAs of this month, the 465-room Radis­son Hotel Pittsburgh is being reflagged by its new owners as the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Greentree. A $15 million renovation is under way and will include a makeover of all guest rooms and an update of all of the hotel's public spaces, including the more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2012.

The 198-room Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place currently is undergoing a $19 million renovation. The facelift is scheduled to wrap up next month, and as of Dec. 18 the property is slated to be reflagged as the Hilton Garden Inn University Place. All public space and guest rooms will be refreshed, and new meeting space and videoconferencing facilities will be added.

The Priory Hotel, a historic boutique property in Deutschtown, recently completed an expansion. The hotel now has 42 guest rooms and 600 square feet of meeting space, as well as a small tavern. The property originally was built in 1888 as a home for Benedictine priests.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in downtown Pittsburgh include the 712-room Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown; 616-room Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh; 596-room Omni William Penn Hotel; 399-room Sheraton Station Square Hotel; 396-room Marriott Pittsburgh City Center; 308-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown; 300-room Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel; 182-room Courtyard by Marriott Downtown; 165-room Fairmont Pitts­burgh; 143-room Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown, and 142-room Cambria Suites-Pittsburgh @ CONSOL Energy Center.

Convention Center
David L. Lawrence Convention Center; exhibit space, 313,400 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 53; (412) 565-6000

Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%

CVB Services
VisitPitts­burgh, (412) 281-7711 or (800) 359-0758