Oakland Welcomes Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh Oakland/University Place

Left: Kimberly Baverso, Assistant General Manager; Cindy Dohmlo, General Manager; David Cocco, President and CEO at North Star Lodging & Development

The Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh Oakland/University Place, located at 3341 Forbes Avenue in Oakland, opened earlier this summer on June 21. This 10-story, 144 all-suite custom Residence Inn has everything a visitor needs for an extended stay in Oakland’s commercial district.

David Cocco, President and CEO at North Star Lodging & Development, is proud of the building’s construction and recent opening, and he looks forward to giving residents a pleasant experience.

“For our residents, our focus will always be to provide all the comforts and conveniences of home,” said Cocco. “Extended stay hotels are driven by the ‘eds and meds’ market and we know that Oakland is the hub of those.”

There are plenty of perks to staying at the Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh Oakland/University Place, including:

  • Outdoor courtyard with a large hearth fireplace and gas heat-lamps
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Fitness center
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • 24-hour market
  • Complimentary hi-speed internet
  • Complimentary (and customizable!) hot breakfast buffet

The hotel has a ‘Residence Inn Mix’ – a social program offered to the residents Mondays through Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There’s Make Your Own Soda on Mondays, Off The Grill on Tuesdays and Local Fare–provided by a featured local restaurant–on Wednesdays.

“The residents love it, and we encourage them to relax and enjoy what we have to offer!” said Cindy Dohmlo, General Manager.

The hotel has three different floor plans: Studio Suite (350 s.f.), 1 Bed (495 s.f.) and 2-Bed (700 s.f.) and all the modern amenities an Oakland over-nighter needs and more.

“Each room even has a full size kitchen equipped with a fridge, dishwasher, microwave – even china, silverware and pots and pans!” said Dohmlo. “The televisions have smart ports for gaming, Netflix, Hulu… And even the pull-out sofa beds have outlets for convenience.”

“We’re proud that we had the collaborative efforts from everyone involved in the development of this hotel: MassaroConstruction Group as our general contractor keeping everything on time and on budget, Hospitality Furnishings & Design for executing their ‘urban/European interior design-work’, TKA Architects, Marriott International and of course the Oakland community,” said Cocco.

Oakland Summit


A Gathering of Oakland Leaders in Art, Culture & Tourism


Tinsy Labrie, VP of Marketing at VisitPITTSBURGH & Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director at Oakland Business Improvement District present the benefits of collaboration at the Oakland Summit sponsored by the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel.


(Left) Leaders in Oakland’s Arts & Culture gathered on the patio for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Wyndham’s patio prior to the meeting. The Oakland Summit is focused on gathering these teams together to help envision a more collaborative future.

(Right) Carol Hurley, OBID Marketing Committee Chair & Owner of Hurley Associates on Fifth Ave, welcomes everyone to the meeting and kicks off the agenda with a focus on Oakland’s improvement

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