Worst Anti-View: Up Against A Wall In Baltimore
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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.
Granted, this hotel exists in the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad HQ (one of the oldest railroads in the country), but we can't imagine anyone getting much joy out of this depressing sight—railroad worker or otherwise!
So let this be a lesson: always ask about the view before you check into the room. Is there a higher-up room available? What direction does the room face? Is there a room that looks onto the mountains (or lake, or park, or whatever does it for ya)? That way, you won't end up scrambling for something beautiful to look at (like a mirror) when your box-shaped room is boxed in by nothing more than a dreary, gray wall.
[Photo: Criminal Intent]