The Parador of Pittsburgh

939 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233
Innkeeper(s): Ed Menzer
  • Introduction

    The Parador of Pittsburgh, front view

    The Parador of Pittsburgh is a Pittsburgh bed and breakfast located in the historic Allegheny West section of the Northside in Pittsburgh, PA.. We're just blocks from the Heinz and PNC fields and only minutes to the National Aviary, the Warhol and Downtown.

    Our Inn features hardwood floors throughout, working fireplaces in each guest room, museum quality antiques as well as over fifty stained and leaded glass windows. Relax on one of the three porches. You can also lounge in the library, formal parlor, the Lake Worth sun room or in the garden. The Parador of Pittsburgh offers off-street parking (one spot per guest room) and a 2,000 square feet ballroom in the carriage house for catered events.

    The Parador of Pittsburgh - common lounge

    Our gardens are a lovely area to relax. There are quiet nooks with water features, a nautical garden with an original ship's wheel and anchor, a gecko swing just waiting for you to relax and read a book.

    The Parador of Pittsburgh is the perfect place for business travelers. Minutes to Downtown and surrounding areas, the location is very convenient. The “T” has recently extended to the Northshore. It is two blocks from the Inn and our light rail system offers free transit from here through three four stops Downtown for our business travelers. Our entire inn has a secured WiFi system for your convenience wherever you choose to work, even out on the Veranda.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ed Menzer for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Convenient location walking distance to many attractions and easy accessibility to public transportation.As well as the unique blend of Victorian and Caribbean.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Warm hospitality (check me out on Trip Advisor).Large guest rooms and tons of public space and gardens.the uniqueness.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Museum, restaurants & attractions.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Their expectations were way exceeded.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Randyland - a very eclectic house and garden by the Mattress Factory.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The view from Mt Washington, The Warhol Museum (I have ½ price tickets), The Carnegie Natural History, Art & Architecture (also ½ price tickets), The Strip District food & culinary shopping, the Cultural District with all the performing arts.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    PNC Park (Pirates), Heinz Field (Steelers), The Warhol, The Mattress Factory, the Rivers Casino, Downtown.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Benjamin’s Burger Bar, Nicky’s Thai Kitchen, The Monterey Pub, Legends of the Northshore, James Street Gastro Pub, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, Shiloh Grill, and The Church Brew Works.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Around Town page on my website.

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    I have two labs, they are not allowed in the Mansion.  I do accept well  behaved, non-potentially viscous pets in the two guest rooms in the Carriage House (Ruellia and Bromeliad).

  • Amenities

    In addition, each of our rooms offers:

    • Individually keyed Guest rooms
    • Off-street parking (one spot per guest room)
    • Gas log fireplaces
    • WIFI Access
    • Coffee maker
    • Cable television
    • In-room telephones with free local access
    • Refrigerators
    • Hair dryers
    • Irons and ironing boards
  • Guest Comments

    The Parador of Pittsburgh, lounge area

    Nikki custer says:

    September 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    We come to visit Pittsburgh at least once or twice a year from Cleveland… We really love the city now I'm looking forward to our next visit so we can stay at your place. Which room would you recommend? they all look wonderful. Looking forward to meeting you and Razor and RJ! Nikki

    Travis (and Sherri) says:

    April 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    We stayed with Ed about 1 year ago. It was awesome! Delicious breakfast, awesome home/building with plenty to see. I would def stay here again and would highly recommend the Parador Inn to friends and family. Great place, great price, great guy and great dogs – nuff’ said.

    Barb says:

    May 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I just returned from my niece’s graduation, and the Parador is where I chose to stay. I thought the inn was most charming, and Ed was a wonderful host. My room was very spacious and the breakfasts served were great. I loved the antique clocks, the chandeliers and the lovely garden. I will definitely stay there again if I have another opportunity to visit Pittsburgh.

  • Events

    The Parador of Pittsburgh, event room

    Choose The Parador for your special event. Planning and attention to detail ensure that the event goes flawlessly. Ed Menzer, your host and the Parador's owner, will personally oversee your event and work with you to create a day of memories that will last a lifetime.

    Our 2,000 square foot Ballroom is the perfect venue for entertaining your friends and relatives. The original tin ceiling and hardwood floors from the 1920's gives a feeling of timelessness. The hand carved floor to ceiling bar offers sophistication to any event. And while the original 1920's Knight's of Columbus Ballroom takes you back in time, the newly installed heating and air conditioning keeps your guests comfortable. The Ballroom is handicapped accessible and has a handicapped rest room. The Ballroom can comfortably handle a hundred guests.

    The gardens make a lovely location to entertain your guests. It is the perfect location for an informal gathering where your guests can meander around the various gardens and delight in finding the hidden treasures. For a more intimate and formal event, ask about having your event in the public spaces of the Main House. The Lake Worth Sun Room, Library and Formal Parlor make a dramatic backdrop to your special event. Of course, the three dining rooms are an excellent space to dazzle your guests, as well.

    Rates for the Parador's event spaces are as follows:


    • Weekdays: $1,400
    • Friday and Sunday: $1,600
    • Saturdays: $1,800

    Mansion's Public Space

    • Weekdays: $800
    • Friday and Sunday: $900
    • Saturdays: $1,000

    The Courtyard

    • Weekdays: $500
    • Friday and Sunday: $700
    • Saturdays: $800

    Call for an appointment to see the various options available at The Parador.