MARYLAND Travel Guide
Sitting area off the lobby at the soon-to-open Ivy Hotel in Baltimore
If you're looking to enjoy a trip to Baltimore while at the same time avoiding the busy, touristy hotels that surround Inner Harbor, the old streets of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood just a few blocks north will boast the city's newest luxury property when the Ivy Hotel opens this June.
The specs of the hotel echo that counter-corporate mentality that one might be looking for when expanding their horizons beyond Inner Harbor. With only 18 rooms - nine suites and nine rooms - it's about as boutique as it gets without calling itself a bed and breakfast. The hotel likens the experience to staying at a private mansion, each room a little different and featuring high-ceilings, a fireplace, hand-carved paneling, and locally designed armoires. Some rooms even have balconies.
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We’ve been receiving a steady stream of news and tidbits over the past few months about the ever-growing portfolio of properties that are joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection (not to be confused with AC by Marriott).
Within the past month alone, properties that have fallen under the Autograph Collection umbrella are The Lexington (the Collection’s third property in New York), the Siena Hotel in North Carolina, the Castle Hotel in Florida, the Powerscourt Hotel in Ireland, The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, and—this just in—the not-yet-built Civic Hotel in Surrey, British Columbia. With its 50th hotel being announced later this month, this begs the obvious question: Is the Autograph Collection aiming to take over the world?
To get to the bottom of this, we approached Amanda Altree, VP of marketing for Autograph Collection, to give us the straight scoop.
You want sushi, you order a glass of sake to go with it, right? You ask your waiter or waitress to bring a glass over and you’re done.
Unless you’re at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s PABU Japanese restaurant, that is. There, you need to navigate through over 100 different types of premium and super-premium sake. Quelle horreur! What’s a sake neophyte to do?
This is where Tiffany Soto, the restaurant’s Sake Sommelier, comes in. As the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s Beverage Director, Tiffany is also a Master Sake Sommelier – one of the few women in the world to earn the coveted title.