If you're coming to town for a reading in Pittsburgh, you'll need a place to sleep. While some reading series hosts will offer you a couch for a night, that's not always an option.

Many of the more affordable hotels and motels in Pittsburgh are around the Pittsburgh International Airport (West of town) or near Monroeville (East of town), which is to say, relatively inconveniently located. However, the Red Roof Inn Pittsburgh South Airport is quite cheap. Located at 6404 Steubenville Pike, which is Route 60, or just off Route 30/Route 22. 412-787-7870.

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Affordable Hotels Inside City Limits

We at SPP recently learned of the donation-based hostel, Not Another Hostel, which gets excellent reviews and is located in the hip neighborhood of Lawrenceville. Note that you would share quarters with others here. Contact them for exact coordinates. Make sure you go to the Contact Form (bottom of their front web page) and then follow the instructions under Want To Book? which include leaving your social media (or website) address, your phone number, and your stay dates.

A number of small press readers have stayed at the Quality Inn University Center in the neighborhood of South Oakland, on 3401 Boulevard of the Allies (Pittsburgh zip--15213). Phone: (412) 683-6100 Fax: (412) 683-6101 Toll-Free: (800) 245-4444

The Eden House Short Stay in Lawrenceville is very pedestrian-friendly, and its lowest-priced rooms are affordable. They don't book for less than 30 day stays, and they are partial to artists coming to Pittsburgh for projects. Eden House is within walking distance to a great stretch of restaurants, shops, and the Design Zone on Butler Street; or the other direction to Pittsburgh's Little Italy with bars, cafes, and restaurants; or to the Penn Avenue Arts District; or to Polish Hill's music venues. (412) 621-1698

The Hampton Inn on Smallman Street (located in the Strip District and near downtown) is another pedestrian-friendly hotel. It sits across the street from the Heinz History Museum and within short walking distance of the Strip Districts many restaurants, bars, and shops. It is also a short walk from the Greyhound and Amtrak stations.

One small press author enjoyed his stay at the luxurious Shadyside Inn Suites. This hotel is located in a very central and walkable area, convenient to restaurants and bus lines. Its unique accommodations are set up more like apartments than hotel rooms, with a full kitchen in every suite and much more. They offer very reasonable rates and would be especially good for groups of people traveling together. Several locations in the neighborhood of Shadyside. (412) 441-4444 or 1-800- 767-8483 (toll free)

One reader was known to find an affordable single room at the beautiful and historic Priory Hotel on the North Side. Be sure to check out their web page of Specials. 614 Pressley Street (Pittsburgh zip--15212). Toll free (866)-3PRIORY or (412)-231-3338

The Gist Street Reading (RIP) organizers recommend checking Hotwire, Priceline, Expedia, and other discount hotel sites for cheap rooms in the beautiful and historic Omni William Penn Hotel, or the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, or other downtown hotels, all in a walkable area. They said that some of their readers have found rooms for very cheap, especially when looking very close to their travel date. Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Place (Pittsburgh zip--15219). Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place (Pittsburgh zip--15222). or or

The Morning Glory Inn is located on the South Side of Pittsburgh in what's known as the Southside Flats section. It's not the cheapest, but if you're sharing the cost, it's a very nice bed and breakfast and convenient to transportation. 2119 Sarah Street (Pittsburgh zip--15203). 412-431-1707

The Courtyard Marriott in Shadyside is very close to Bloomfield and not too far from the Penn Arts District or Lawrenceville. Rooms have been quoted around $169, but may be going down in recession times. 5308 Liberty Avenue (Pittsburgh zip--15224), (412) 683-3113.

The Holiday Inn Express on the South Side is also not the cheapest, but is very convenient to the South Side shopping and restaurants, and to Downtown. 20 South 10th Street, 412-488-1130.

If you have found a website for an International Hostel in Pittsburgh, that is unfortunately an outdated site. The hostel closed about six years ago at this writing.