Located just 12 miles east of Pittsburgh, Monroeville offers first-class hotels, fine dining, superb shopping and easy access to Pittsburgh. For small to medium, budget-conscious meetings, venues in Monroeville offer the perfect blend of world-famous luster amidst a relaxing community of rolling hills, cultural attractions and first-class shopping.
Easily accessible via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 376, Monroeville is also minutes away from the Pittsburgh International Airport, which serves more than 14 million people per year and offers several daily nonstop flights to domestic and international cities, from San Francisco to Paris. The airport features direct public transportation access to Monroeville along the Port Authority of Allegheny County's bus system, which runs throughout downtown Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs, including eight routes that run through Monroeville.
Monroeville boasts a strong economy that is focused on manufacturing and shipping. It serves as a major location for such companies as US Steel, Westinghouse, Koppers Company, Bituminous Coal and PPG Industries.
It is also home to a number of special event venues and attractions perfect for smaller group events and meetings. Unveiled in 2009, the beautiful Monroeville Convention Center features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 5,400 guests. Located on a campus-like setting with a 191-room hotel, pedestrian-friendly landscaping and 1,800 free parking spaces, the center features such meeting spaces as the 44,000-square-foot North Hall and 35,000-square-foot South Hall. Meeting amenities include a state-of-the-art sound system, Wi-Fi connectivity and an on-site audio-visual company.
Monroeville is just minutes away from a quartet of Pittsburgh's most renowned museums: the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. These museums can also welcome groups of up to 400 in a number of unique private event spaces.
Popular dining venues in Monroeville restaurants include the Rivertowne Pour House, specializing in crafted beers and American fare; The Wooden Nickel, a cozy American and Italian eatery featuring white linens, exposed beams and glowing chandeliers; DeNunzio's, which specializes in authentic Italian fare; and the sleek, sophisticated Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, which serves the finest, freshest seafood, including delicate, hard-to-find seasonal fish. For a different kind of view – and delicious Italian-American cuisine – Monroeville visitors and residents frequent Nardi's Fine Dining, situated atop the suburb's Jonnet Building.
Monroeville's rise to its current flourishing suburb status is built upon its early days. It was first founded as Patton Township in 1769; then, after serving as a major stagecoach stop, Monroeville graduated from small village status when it experienced a boom in cool mining, an early indicator of its current industrial strength. It was incorporated as a borough in 1951.
Many of Monroeville's nearby attractions celebrate the region's history. West Mifflin's Kennywood Park, a national and state historic landmark founded in 1898, is a traditional amusement park that is still in operation. The park is home to several classic rides, including a merry-go-round and paddle boats, as well as roller coasters and thrill rides (including the 251-foot-tall Pitt Fall). Monroeville visitors frequent Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater, in celebration of the region's rich architectural history. Built over a 30-foot waterfall, the 1939-built house incorporates its surrounding natural landscape through such features as terraces, open-air walkways and exterior rooms.
Speaking of the natural landscape, the Monroeville region is also home to the National Aviary. Located in Pittsburgh, the aviary is home to more than 600 birds – ranging from hummingbirds to Andean Condors – representing 475 species. Visitors can observe natural and free flight exhibits representing such regions as the tropical rainforest, wetlands and grasslands. Also just minutes from Monroeville, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are home to more than 4,000 animals, as well as 22 threatened or endangered species. Visitors can view such animals as the snow leopard, Siberian tiger and dwarf crocodile in such exhibits as the African Savanna, Asian Forest, Tropical Forest and Water's Edge.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Monroeville experiences warm summers, cold winters and mild spring and fall seasons. The city's average year-round high is 62°F and average year-round low is 51°F. On average, Monroeville's warmest month is July, with an average maximum temperature of 84°F, while its coldest month is January, with an average minimum temperature of 19°F. Monroeville experiences an average of 38 annual inches of rain, distributed fairly evenly throughout the year, as well as an average of 13 inches of snow per year. The best time to visit Monroeville is the spring and fall seasons, which bring mild, comfortable temperatures.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Monroeville Convention Center
The new Monroeville Convention Center, unveiled in 2009, features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate up to 5,400 people. Located just 12 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh and three miles west of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Monroeville Convention Center is situated on a campus-like setting, complete with the 191-room Doubletree Pittsburgh Monroe Convention Center hotel, pedestrian-friendly landscaping and 1,800 free parking spaces. The convention center features such meeting spaces as the 44,000-square-foot North Hall, 35,000-square-foot South Hall and 12,000 square feet divisible into four meeting rooms. Convention center amenities include a state-of-the-art sound system, wireless Internet connectivity and an on-site audio-visual company.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Approximate taxi fare: $6 USD
The sprawling Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 14 million people per year, providing nonstop daily service to several national and international major markets, including Washington DC, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago and Atlanta. The 47-gate, two-terminal airport is connected via walkway to the 336-room Hyatt Regency and features such amenities as free wireless Internet, shops and full-service restaurants. Ground transportation via the Port Authority of Allegheny County is located on the landside terminal outside of baggage claim. Visitors to the airport may utilize the 2,100-space short-term parking lot, 3,750-space long-term parking lot and 7,350-space extended parking lot. Short-term parking costs a maximum of $24 daily, while long-term parking costs a maximum of $12 daily and extended parking costs a maximum of $8 daily.
Airline carriers serving Pittsburgh International Airport
The Port Authority of Allegheny County Bus System provides daily bus, light rail, incline and paratransit service in a 775-square-mile area in downtown Pittsburgh and its surrounding Allegheny County suburbs. Eight bus routes service Monroeville, including the Route 28X Airport Flyer, which stops at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Bus fares run by zone; a one-way Zone 1 fare costs $2.25 for adults and $1.10 for children ages 6 to 11, while a one-way Zone 2 fare costs $3.25 for adults and $1.60 for children. A weekly Zone 1 pass costs $22.50 per passenger, while a Zone 2 pass costs $32.50 per passenger; a ten-trip Zone 1 pass costs $22.50 for adults and $11 for children, while a ten-trip Zone 2 pass costs $32.50 for adults and $16 for children. Children under age 6 ride free.
The Monroeville area is serviced by the Pittsburgh Amtrak station, located at 1100 Liberty Avenue and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The station services the Pennsylvanian route and Capitol Limited route. The Pennsylvanian route provides daily service between Pittsburgh and New York City, with major stops in Philadelphia, Newark and Harrisburg, while the Capitol Limited route provides daily service between Chicago and Washington DC, with major stops in Cleveland and South Bend.
The Monroeville area is serviced by three Greyhound stations. The Monroeville Greyhound stop, which does not feature a ticketing facility, is located at 254 Monroeville Mall Boulevard – just 0.5 miles from the Monroeville Convention Center. The Pittsburgh International Airport also features a Greyhound stop without a ticketing facility, while downtown Pittsburgh's Greyhound station and ticketing facility, located at 55 11th Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Several rental car agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty, are available. Agency counters are located in the baggage claim area of the Pittsburgh International Airport landside terminal.
Visitors to Monroeville can access several taxi companies outside of the Pittsburgh International Airport landside terminal baggage claim. Visitors should expect to pay approximately $6 in taxi fare from the airport to Monroeville. While in Monroeville, taxis can be hailed from hotel taxi stands.
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