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Inn On the Mexican War Streets in Pittsburgh, PA

Inn On the Mexican War Streets in Pittsburgh, PA


Established in 1980.

We began to operate a small Bed & Breakfast in our first home and apartment rental that Mayor Caliguri offered in the Great $100 house sales! After rehab of the building we began with 3 rooms sharing a bath on the 'Lonely Planet"website.

We were so successful at this venture even though my partner and I were full-time teachers that we expanded  by purchasing other rental properties and the current location. We were among the first B&B's to operate under laws that were written by city government and grew to a"Boutique Hotel" with a restaurant,The Acanthusm serving 7 course meals (since closed), but "Top 25 in Pittsburgh Magazine" and a small/intimate bar called "Bogg's Library Bar"

We've hosted more than 100 weddings, birthday, aniversary parties and other social functions and many  fundraisers and endorsement parties for cantidates of all political parties!

We now have 8 rooms all with private baths & offer daily expanded continental breakfast & Jeff's famous choc chips to snack on!


Company Info:

Rating: 4.55

Address: 604 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
  • Tue: Open 24 hours
  • Wed: Open 24 hours
  • Thu: Open 24 hours
  • Fri: Open 24 hours
  • Sat: Open 24 hours
  • Sun: Open 24 hours

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Comments (11):

My husband and I were in Pittsburgh for the NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day. We spent three nights here and loved it. We had the Mr. Boggs room which faces the street and over looks the park across the street (in the picture, the 3 windows on the second floor are Mr. Boggs room). The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The entire Inn was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Karl and Jeff are wonderful hosts. We had made dinner reservations at a local restaurant, but upon arrival at the Inn were told that Jeff prepared a special New Year's eve dinner for the guests. He is a wonderful chef...dinner was delicious. The next morning he prepared a special New Year's Day breakfast of quiche and potatoes, in addition to the cold, every day breakfast items the normally serve. The restaurant is only open for private dinners. I suggest taking bottled water, wine/beer, sodas & snacks with you, as there is nothing "right there" to get those types of things. Free parking on the street and easy walk to downtown and Heinz field. Highly recommend!!

06/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Joy E.
February-2013 - Just to respond to Jeff S's comments and claims: (1) At no time were we told that the internet was out and would stay out just because the other innkeeper was not there to fix it.  We WERE told, repeatedly, that the connection in our assigned room always worked, and that we were free to try other rooms.  It didn't work at all, anywhere in the Inn, the 2nd night.  (2) We were never offered assistance in finding another hotel in the area.  When we left the Inn, we had to go to McDonald's to get an internet connection in order to research other hotel possibilities for the 3 nights we were displaced. (3) The second night, we were the ONLY guests in the Inn, so there was no one else there to be "understanding."  We were only informed about the death in Karl's family as he was demanding that we leave while screaming at us about being "privileged" and from California.   (4) We were charged $111.66 too much up front for the 5 nights when we arrived for our stay at the Inn.  To date, we are still waiting for that amount to be refunded.  It is certainly NOT TRUE that we received a refund for the nights we stayed, although we feel that kind of refund would be entirely appropriate considering the harsh treatment and lack of services.  We are sorry that the innkeepers see this as "an inconvenience."  We see it as a very ugly and disturbing incident that ruined many hours of our time and cast a pall over the rest of our vacation.

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Sujata S.
Staying at this fine establishment will certainly be a unique and delightful experience for just about anyone.  My entire family loved it, and that's no small statement.  The building itself is absolutely gorgeous with everything from a grand spiraling staircase to stately chandeliers.  The decor is funky, with an occasional leopard print rug and stuffed animal sprinkled throughout the fine Victorian furniture.  You'll have the opportunity to enjoy a lovely little courtyard with a cute little fountain.  

The service is the best part.  There's always delicious food available, particularly homemade chocolate chip cookies, and Karl and Jeff, the owners are incredibly thoughtful, accommodating and flexible.

20/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Shawn B.
Stayed at the Inn a few years ago during the holidays and just rebooked for this holiday.  Karl & Jeff are awesome and extremely accommodating.
Street parking is always ample.  They let us bring our little dog which was HUGE for us.  I prefer to support independent business rather than supply the (paris) Hilton empire.  If your looking for a no-frills, low key place to stay this is it.

21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Carrie M.
My husband and I got married at The Inn on the Mexican War Streets in 2007.  It was everything I could have dreamed of.  We rented 4 rooms total for ourselves plus friends and family.  The owners went above and beyond to make sure our day was amazing.  The rooms were all beautiful, the bar had delicious cocktails, and our dinner was mind-blowing.  There aren't enough words to describe how perfect our day was.  Thank you so much Karl and Jeff!

01/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Allen H.
My wife and I were at the Inn on Mexican War Streets recently for one night, Karl upgraded us and we loved the Inn, our room and the breakfast. After checking in, we went for a self-guided walking tour of the historic district - the people out seemed very friendly.

Karl was very nice, answered all kinds of questions, was  of great help with our getting to our dinner reservation (stay off the freeways). The breakfast area was really fun - all self-serve, my wife made herself some waffles - great food.

The Inn is located across from a park, which we also explored. Street parking was fine, no problems. Our room (the back big room) was very nice, the high bed was large and amusing.

No complaints whatsoever, highly recommend Karl's labor of love (didn't meet his partner), Karl sounds like a real urban pioneer of older Pittsburgh and he was a teacher (I think teachers make great BnB owners) - if we are ever in Pittsburgh again, we will look forward to another stay at the Inn on Mexican War Streets - thanks!

02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Jerry F.
My wife and I stayed at the Inn in June and had a fantastic time.  The Inn is beautifully restored and the stay is like traveling back in time to a more graceful era.  Our host, Jeff, was extremely gracious and accommodating.  His chocolate chip cookies were made from scratch and delicious.  Looking at previous reviews, I accessed the Internet and had no trouble.  That said, if you need the Internet that bad, this bed and breakfast would be wasted on you.  The location is great.  We walked to the National Aviary and the river walk and enjoyed the beautiful park across the street.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Pam B.
My husband and I stayed at The Inn on the Mexican War Streets during our vacation this past week and we absolutely loved it. The Inn itself is gorgeous inside and out and Karl is a fabulous and gracious host. Our room, which included a private bath and sitting area was beautiful, clean, and very comfortable. The free wi-fi came in handy and was easily accessible from our room (the Emma room).

Breakfast, though self serve, was good. There is a waffle maker and a toaster for English muffins or bagels. Fruit, pastries, cereal, and yogurt were also available, along with hard-boiled eggs.

Street parking was never a problem and we felt very safe while staying at the Inn. We would highly recommend it for anyone visiting the Pittsburgh area.

05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Gary J.
During my recent visit to Pittsburgh I lived like a baron in the Mr. Boggs' Suite while staying with friends Karl Kargle and his partner in life and business Jeffrey Stasko at the former Boggs Mansion, beautifully restored and now called The Inn on the Mexican War Streets. Once the town home of financier and department store baron Russell H. Boggs, now it's an elegant Bed & Breakfast  rich in character with guest rooms that are as charmingly unique as their new proprieters.

My enormous room featured a king size bed, private bathroom with shower, large antique desk, table, marble fireplace, sofa, chair, and what argueably must be the most stunning view of West Park overlooking Lake Elizabeth and the Pittsburgh city skyline.

The Scene - Inside and out of the magnificent property is romantic and brooding with a wrought-iron gate standing sentry in front of the imposing stone facade and large front porch, picture-perfect for sitting with old friends over drinks and ideal for meeting new ones.

The interior showcases ornate chandeliers, carved fireplaces and while all eight spacious guest and executive suites featuring four-poster beds, private baths, telephones with voice mail & modem port, television, DVD player, on site complimentary movie library,  hair dryer, air conditioning, full access of the mansion's common areas, on site High Speed WiFi, an expanded Continental Breakfast Service and my personal favorite, the famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and snacks service presented every afternoon and evening, all while maintaing the character of a stately private residence from the magnate's opulent era.

To experience hospitality that is truly Pittsburgh, your first and only choice in lodging should be the magnificent Inn On The Mexican War Streets located at 604 W. North Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For reservations you may contact Karl and Jeffrey by phone 412.231.6544 email innwarst@aol.com . They're on the web   innonthemexicanwarstreet… .  Since you're in the neighborhood be sure to pop into the Deli on North Avenue for a Ceasar Salad or  Beef & Bleu Panini; they're located just down the street at 4 East North Avenue.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is located at  4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080. They're on the web at cmoa.org . or by phoning 412.622.3131. The Andy Warhol Museum is located at 117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212. You'll find them on the web at warhol.org . To reach the Warhol by phone 412.237.8351 or by email info@warhol.org .

24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Jennie R.
Reading the reviews before we made our reservations for the fourth of July break I was concerned by the one very long negative review. But we decided to try it out and form our own opinion. I am sure glad we did. Karl and Jeff were excellent. They were always on hand for any questions we had. Upon our arrival which was pretty late in the evening we met Karl. What a nice guy! He showed us to our room which was on the third floor. We had the Master suite. It was comfortable and spacious. We asked him about getting around and he gave us all kinds of great tips, like the T rail, and where to take it to and the prices of transportation and most importantly the neighborhood pub.
I cant Imagine either Jeff or Karl going "off" like the other reviewer said, so my opinion is as follows. I liked staying here, the guys were very nice and efficient, helpful and always around. They have done a wonderful job restoring this place. Its conveniently located close to all points of interest. We parked our car on Wednesday night and did not move it till we were ready to leave. Karl took the time to point out on the map exactly where everything was and believe me we used that map. I couldn't get better directions from google maps! I highly recommend this Inn. Its close enough to everything we wanted yet far enough to be able to relax and have peace and quiet. As for the bad review, I think she may have been the problem. Some people no matter what you do just have to complain about something. If Karl did get to the point where he was screaming and yelling it probably was more due to this Msornageblossom being an inconsolable obnoxious person. These two owners had to be the gentlest human beings on earth. Had I been there I probably would have slammed doors myself. Look at it this way you have 20-30 reviews saying how great the place is... then you have this... one. Enough said. We defiantly will be back Jeff and Karl. And Mr and Msorangeblossom need to get the sticks that are wedged out of their butts out!

Room Tip: If you don't mind the steps which really are not bad at all, the third floor master suite with the full kitchen was awesome. The continental breakfast was sufficient. We had a good time and will be back again

13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Greg G.
I stayed at The Inn on Mexican War Streets for one night in late May, 2014. I stayed in Mr. Bogg's room and felt a bit like a wealthy tycoon in the large grand room!

The Inn has a very grand appearance on the outside, which continues on the inside. While not in pristine condition, the inside is certainly not shabby, and is clean. My bed was very comfortable.

I met only one of the two innkeepers (sorry, I don't recall his name), but he was very nice and helpful.

I wouldn't say the neighborhood is packed with restaurants and bars, but there are several (good ones!) within a three to four block walk. There's also a nice park immediate across the street from the Inn.

If I need to return to Pittsburgh, I'll certainly stay at the Inn on Mexican War Streets again (you should too!).

24/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0