Thursday, August 30th, was the first day of our 14-day Hawaiian vacation.
We left our home at 9:30 and arrived at the Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport around 12:30 pm. We took advantage of the hotel’s stay, park and fly rate plan. Our hotel stay cost just a little more than it would have cost to park our car for 13 days at Pittsburgh Airport.
Check-in time was 3:00 pm. We knew we were early, but often we can be checked in early. Our room was not ready but would be in about an hour. I asked the hotel clerk for a restaurant suggestion. She gave us three nearby suggestions: Eat ‘n Park, Primanti Brothers and Armstrong’s. We chose Armstrong’s Restaurant. The restaurant, which is generally known for its Italian foods, was located in a small strip mall. In additional to Italian menu items, there were non-Italian dishes available as well. Bob ordered Cajun Chicken with Ziti and Coleslaw. I ordered Chicken Parmesan with Linguine and Applesauce. A large basket of fresh Italian bread accompanied our meals. We had a great dining experience. Our waitress was friendly and continuously checked on us. The food was delicious. The portions large…good value for price paid. We boxed up enough leftovers for two more meals! We did leave room for cherry cheesecake, which we shared. We had never seen such a large slice of cheesecake. The cheesecake was delicious.
We returned to Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport before 1:30 pm. I had telephoned the hotel, while en route, and changed our room from two queen beds to a king room so that we could have a patio room with a walkout to the courtyard. A king room costs a little more than a room with two queen beds, but our lower price was honored.
Bob packed his Fire TV, so later in the afternoon we watched the newest episode of “Castle Rock” on Hulu.
Dinner was our lunch leftovers. There is no microwave in our room, so we reheated the leftovers using a microwave located in the lobby. We found paper plates and plastic dinnerware in the lobby area. We ate dinner in our room.
When we vacationed in Hawaii in May 2010, we stayed at this hotel as well the day before our flight. The courtyard has changed since then.
The buildings are now gray and white. There are less trees and shrubbery in the courtyard, when compared to 2010.
Stay tuned for more posts on our Hawaiian vacation.