Woody Harrelson's Next Big Act: True Hotelier
Oh we love news like this! Actor Woody Harrelson has a new role...as part owner of the Inn at Black Olive in Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Harrelson, along with local financier John Dwyer of Capital Funding Group Inc., each purchased a 50 percent stake in the 12-suite inn, which was in bankruptcy.
Harrelson had visited the Inn a few times while filming Game Change and befriended the owner, Dimitris Spiliadis. The Spiliadis family built the hotel and its reputation, and were asked to stay on as managers under a lease agreement.
Now let’s move on to design. This unpretentious inn is actually LEED Platinum Certified green. It really doesn’t get better than that, and no question, there are high costs associated with reaching sustainable design goals at this level. Of course, the benefits now go to the inn’s new owners in their expected return on energy savings. Nice hotel detective work, Woody.
The guest suites are quite generous in size, from 800 - 1,150 square feet. Amenities include a dining area with refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, whirlpool tub and separate stall shower, unlimited WiFi, satellite TV, and Netflix movies. That should keep you in for awhile. Features that make this hotel so very green include: radiant heating supplied from geothermal system; non-toxic furnishings and finishes of recycled content and/or renewable materials. Unfortunately, the rooms don't seem to come with the other kind of green stuff.
Dinner and Sunday brunch are served in the hotel's rooftop restaurant, the Olive. Yes, there is a bar --so the question is, Mr. Harrelson, will you be serving drinks any time soon?
Rooms from $249
[Photos: Inn at Black Olive and The Baltmore Sun]