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So many things to say about this hotel promotion, but we’ll just let the details speak for themselves. It’s hardly the first time we’ve seen romance—or more—as part of a hotel package deal, but this time you might just get a souvenir that will be with you for quite some time.
The Lord Baltimore Hotel is celebrating "love and reproduction"—their words, not ours—by offering up a special package for couples that revolves around some fertility statues arriving in town. Now the statues won’t be in your room, as they will be housed over at the Charm City location of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! But add the viewing of the statues to your room along with $299, and you'll get what they’re calling the “And Baby Makes Three…Or More” package.
Baltimore had an extremely tense week last week, but now that the judicial wheels have started turning and the curfew has been lifted, the residents of Charm City are slowly getting back to normal. And it's not all doom and gloom in B-more right now, especially now with the city's hotel scene.
After the expected opening of the Ivy Hotel next month, two more cool hotels are expected to open here in the next few years.
Firstly, hometown athletic gear manufacturer, Under Armour, has broken ground on their hotel concept in the historic Fells Point neighborhood. Housed in a 100-year old pier building, the new hotel will feature 128 rooms situated in one of the hottest entertainment districts in town. The transformation of Recreation Pier will include a new first-floor pool on the edge of the pier, adding a restaurant and whiskey bar and even bringing new life to the vintage ballroom of the building.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of the clothing company, wants to inject some life in an otherwise forgotten building. He even will offer Chesapeake Bay crab boat rides from the company headquarters directly to the hotel. Slotted to open in the fall of 2016, "Hotel Under Armour" will call upon an unnamed big-dog in hospitality to manage the day-to-day operations.
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The importation by Marriott Hotels of the European, design-forward but very functional, AC Hotels brand is kicking into high gear. The first property opened in New Orleans in November with AC Kansas City set to open at the end of this month, followed by AC Miami Beach in April, along with several more in the pipeline for the Midwest, California and North Carolina. But as we hinted back in November, there's one more AC Hotel coming soon--The AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor. We're gonna call it the AC DC Hotel, if you don't mind.
The AC DC Hotel, technically located in Maryland (and close to Marriott International's headquarters), was officially announced this morning with an opening date of March. Yes, that soon!
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This might make you think twice about ever answering the phone in your hotel room again. A woman staying in a Holiday Inn Express near Baltimore was the victim of a prank caller who, citing a "gas leak," successfully tricked her into using a toilet bowl lid to trigger the sprinkler system, which then caused her room, as well as a few others, to flood.
According to WBAL, firefighters responded to the call on Friday night, assuming there must have been some emergency. Instead, all they found was a woman in a wet hotel room sheepishly holding a toilet bowl lid.
Meanwhile, the prank caller, who called the hotel a few hours later to claim responsibility, is part of a nationwide prankster network that apparently likes to target places like hotels and fast food restaurants. Though we like to believe our readers are too smart to ever fall for a stunt like this, we feel this might be a good time to state the obvious: always check with the Front Desk anytime someone claiming to work for the hotel shows up at your door or starts calling you. Better yet, just don't answer the phone at all—that's what we have cell phones for.
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.
We're not sure about you, but the first thing we always do when checking into a new hotel room is head for the window, throw open the curtains and take in the view. City views. Sunrise views. Views of the country. It really doesn't matter as long as we're high enough up that cars below turn into little dots on the ground.
And then sometimes, you get stuck with an anti-view like this one. After a prior positive experience getting a free upgrade at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, we were suddenly confronted with this vista of cinder block, exhaust vents, and medieval-style window slits a mere 20 feet from her window.
We don't know if it was the stress of the recent Waikiki lawsuit, or simply the after-effects of running the largest hotel chain in the world, but Bill Marriott is stepping down as CEO of Marriott International Inc., after 60 years on the job.
The Washington Post has published a statement from the chain hotel king, who declared his optimism about the future of the company, as well as his hotel-hopping retirement plans. Not that he didn't manage to get around before. But his new post as Executive Chairman will allow, we're guessing, for a pretty flexible schedule.
And, for the second time this week, we're a
little lot jealous of life at the top.
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When we last checked in with the upcoming Four Seasons Baltimore, we saw that their website was using stock photos of the guest rooms at the Four Seasons Seattle. Yet with the hotel just one week away from opening, we are relieved to see that their guest rooms are all theirs.
Above is a Four Seasons Executive Suite with a harbor view. It sure is pretty with its floor to ceiling windows, sofabed, deep-soaking bathtub, two 40" flat screen LCDs (with another in the bathroom) and get this, a universal phone charger. Hallelujah. We hope more hotels start adding these to their amenities soon.
We couldn't actually make a rezzie online for opening day on November 14 (you can call the hotel at 410-576-5800 to see if there are rooms open) but we did find a room available on November 21 for $359 a night for a city view room.
Yesterday, we commented on the guestrooms at the upcoming Four Seasons Baltimore by saying they looked "decidedly Four Seasons" meaning they look pretty darn similar to other Four Seasons hotels. But we were still shocked when a tipster pointed out that the room photo is ripped off from the Four Seasons Seattle's website!
So you can see for yourselves, we put the room shots together above. The room photo on the bottom is the Four Season Seattle's partial bay view room while the one on the top is the Four Seasons Baltimore's generic room shot. Thanks to the trickery of photoshop, the view has been swapped out to show Baltimore's city streets and not Seattle's Elliott Bay.
Looks like we owe you guys some money! Back in December we bet the forthcoming Four Seasons Baltimore would probably open in early 2012 instead of late 2011 but guess what? The hotel is now accepting reservations for November 20...2011.
A city view room is going for $359 a night while the marina view rooms are slightly more at $399 a night. All rooms include complimentary coffee, tea and pastries in the lobby from 5:30 am to 8:00am as well as fresh fruit at check-in and bottled water if you valet your car.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
Ah...such a bummer. We love our Kimpton Hotels for their complimentary wine hour, quirky animal-print bathrobes and free WiFi (for InTouch members) but this view from the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, in the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad HQ, has us feeling trapped in the dragon's dungeon in Super Mario Brothers. And despite our enthusiasm for Nintendo games, that's not a good thing.
But it's not all doom and gloom at this hotel. The Flickr member also took this shot from the hotel. Things are looking up already. Next up, World 2 underwater!
Rates at the Hotel Monaco start at around $209 a night. Before you book, read our in-depth hotel review, with a video tour, right here.
[Photo: Criminal Intent]
The 18-story hotel in the Harbor East district next to the Legg Mason tower will have 256 rooms and suites. There are also plans to put residences on top of the hotel but according to the Baltimore Sun, the hotel portion will be finished first.
Currently, the concrete superstructure and the glass "skin" of the hotel are already finished but the hotel's developers have only just completed enough financing to start working on the interiors. They are aiming for late 2011 but we'll hedge our bets and say early 2012 just in case.
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Eco-conscious travelers heading to Maryland over Labor Day weekend can bunk at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott - Baltimore Inner Harbor, the city's first green hotel.
The limited-service Fairfield Inns aren't exactly the most exciting of Marriott's brands. But the Baltimore outpost tries to make itself stand out from the ho-hum hotels by monopolizing on its building, converted from a brewery, and adding a bar, and by going green.