Re: Planning a Trip to Pittsburgh - Need locals' input!
Try Hotwire, as well. I landed the Omni William Penn for $65/night on New Year's Eve a few years back. If you book long enough in advance, you can get some deals.
I'd recommend avoiding New Stanton. It's pretty much a tiny little highway town in the middle of nowhere in Westmoreland County...about 45 minutes from downtown. Coming from LA, you'll probably be bored to tears and you really won't be close enough to enjoy the city.
If you're not picky about accomodations, there's a Days Inn on Banksville Rd. that's only about 10 minutes from downtown and should be fairly reasonable. Not the most aesthetically pleasing area, but totally safe.
Baltimorons. What a bunch of douchenozzles.