Omni William Penn Hotel Pays Homage to One Hundred Years of Hospitality

Pittsburgh, PA. Jan. 19, 2016 — In 1916, guests checking into the Omni William Penn Hotel for the first time marveled at the lavish Palm Court Lobby. One hundred years later, the exquisite lobby is still the omnipotent hub of business meetings, reacquainting coffee dates, and even the location responsible for forming Variety, The Children’s Charity. And that is simply the entrance.

With almost 600 glorious rooms, 52,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including a 1920’s Speakeasy and more, the Omni William Penn Hotel has become a Pittsburgh landmark better known as the “Grande Dame.”

This seasoned facility has accommodated everything from grandiose wedding receptions and proposals, like the rumored Bob Hope proposal, to hosting A-list celebrities and entertainers, such as Lawrence Welk, which led to the now famous Lawrence Welk bubble machine innovated by the staff. Plus, United States Presidents, like John F. Kennedy, stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel when visiting Pittsburgh.

To celebrate the hotel’s historical centennial, the Omni William Penn Hotel will host three commemorative events starting with its date of inception, March 9. That Wednesday, an extravagant birthday cake will be on display in the lobby, and guests and visitors are encouraged to purchase a birthday candle for $1 to decorate the cake, with all proceeds going to Variety.

On Thursday, March 10, guests are invited to end their day in grand style and attend a fashion show in the lobby featuring today’s chic trends, reminiscent of days of old.

And to savor the celebration, Friday, March 11 will showcase the Terrace Room where an array of classic entrees of the decades will be offered, accompanied by songs of the big band era, indicative of a specific epoch in Omni William Penn Hotel history.

As stated in the hotel’s history booklet, A Grande Dame Named William Penn, “while all hotels are interesting places, a grand hotel is a collection of lore and legend.” Take part in the celebration and send personal photos and anecdotes of the Omni William Penn Hotel to #williampenncentennial or
For more information visit or call (412) 281-7100.

About Omni William Penn Hotel
Omni William Penn Hotel, with 597 rooms and 52,300 square feet of meeting and banquet space has served as Pittsburgh’s premiere hotel since 1916. The opulence, striking beauty and charming presence of this historic landmark captivated guests from around the world. The hotel has long been considered the “Grande Dame” of the city and is known for attracting famous politicians, as well as stars of Hollywood past and present. Today, the Omni William Penn Hotel retains that heritage, while providing the latest in modern amenities and conveniences.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications and was ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” in the J.D. Power 2015 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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