What happens when you renew a Marriott Visa for a small fee? You get to choose any hotel (up to a class 5) to spend a night at. Last year we spent that night in Pittsburgh and attended a Steelers game. This year we spent that night in Cleveland and attended an Indians game. Both trips were great, but I think
we stayed at the Residence Inn. It’s a nice place and right across the street
from Pittsburgh and a couple of blocks from Heinz
Field. No complaints whatsoever. In fact, I’d go back (as long as I didn’t pay
full price—that place is way too expensive otherwise). PNC Park
we stayed the Renaissance Hotel, a short walk from Progressive Field (formerly
Jacob’s Field). Apparently, they’re a bit higher on the fancy scale than
Residence Inn. When we got there and they saw my hubby is a Gold member of
Marriott, they upgraded our room (to the 12th floor), gave us free valet
parking, and gave us a free breakfast in the restaurant Sunday morning (which
made me feel like we were back on a cruise). We didn’t get anything like that
(well, except for the breakfast, but then EVERYONE got a free breakfast
Have to say, I can see how people could get used to treatment like that. So glad I didn’t have to pay for it!
Anyway, here are some pictures of the room I took.
|You can tell the room really isn't all that big, huh?|
A desk and dresser are on the other end.
|If this is the view for an upgraded room,|
I'd hate to see what we would have gotten!
|Can anyone tell me why the toilet is angled?|
I thought that was the strangest thing!
For dinner, we ate at the Tilted Kilt. It looked interesting and wasn’t far from the baseball field. The place was really cool. I ordered the shepard’s pie and I have to say, it was the best I’ve ever had. Okay, so the only other place I’ve ever had it was at the Cheesecake Factory, which is really good, but nothing compared to the Tilted Kilt. I would go back to the Tilted Kilt for that dish alone! Yum!!
|This is inside the Tilted Kilt. Don't you love that ship?|
|There were a couple of these suits (that I found)|
inside the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
Our seats at the Indians game were decent. Except for the sun. I almost brought my hat and really wished I had. It would have come in handy.
|Progressive Field from our seats|
|See... I'm not the only one the sun bothered!|
|We might be a bit high, but had a good advantage to|
watch the game.
|That tower was like right next door to the|
Renaissance Hotel. It changed colors throughout the night.
|The fireworks after the game was a plesant|
surprise. Glad I was able to get a decent photo!
The Indians ended up losing, but they made it interesting (10 innings). All in all, a wonderful experience. I look forward to making the trip again.
So… Have you ever gotten more than you expected?
Hope your Monday isn’t sucky!! J