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Four Seasons Baltimore Opening November 20 at $359 a Night

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  Site Where: 200 International Drive [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21202
August 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Down in The 'Dungeon' at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore

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  Site Where: 2 North Charles Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
April 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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Baltimore to Get Swish With a Four Seasons in Late 2011

December 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like it's not just the Four Points chain that's expanding in 2011 but so will another "Foursome"--The Four Seasons. The luxury hotel chain is set to open in Baltimore, Maryland in late 2011.

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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Fairfield Baltimore Offers Green Rooms for Labor Day Weekend

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  Site Where: 101 President St. [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21202
August 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Score $99 Kimpton Hotel Rooms for Friday Frenzy

August 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

TGIF. It means that the weekend is here and that it's time for another installment of Friday Frenzy, a one-day-only deal that'll get you discounted rooms at a Kimpton Hotel.

Every Friday, Kimpton offers deals on rooms in its Baltimore-DC-Arlington-Alexandria area hotels. You can score a cheap room online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or until rooms all get booked, whichever happens first. The hot deal for today is a $99 room at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore.

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You Win Some, You Lose Some at Airport Hotels

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  Site Where: 1743 West Nursery Road [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21090
January 21, 2010 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

The thing is, Airport Hotels could have really good views for its hotel guests, especially if they are Plane-Spotting enthusiasts but more often than not, airport hotels have yielded some of the ugliest anti-views yet.

This one from the Marriott BWI Airport has a triple whammy against it. Not only does it not have views of planes taxing on the runway, it has a view of a rooftop AND a view of the neighboring Hilton. As HotelChatter Flickr pool member Tom Barnes says:

The view of the new Hilton from Room 411 is surely an anti-view if there ever was one.

Room rates are also not that cheap here, starting at $199 a night for an Advance purchase rate that is non-refundable. Also, the hotel's Moniker's restaurant is undergoing renovations and will not be open until later in March.

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Holiday Inn Baltimore's Inner Harbor Has Bad Outer Views

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  Site Where: 300 W. Lombard St. [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
January 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

In theory, this view from the Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Habor could be a killer view. No, we're not crazy. Look in the right-hand corner. That's the Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Except it's hard to see that because of this run-down rooftop crap in front of you.

Oh well. The slightly refreshed rooms are only $99 a night and the WiFi is free. Plus it's close to the Baltimore Convention Center. You could do worse.

[Photo: Jyoshiki]

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Enjoy Old-Timey Train Fun at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore this Thanksgiving

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
November 19, 2009 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When the Hotel Monaco Baltimore opened this summer in the 1906-built former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, we had no qualms using as many railroad-related puns as humanly possible. From the looks of the hotel’s latest press release, it seems we’re not the only ones who love a good train pun.

“Keep family ‘chugging along’ over long Thanksgiving weekend,” the subject line reads. From there, they pretty much dive head first into a Thesaurus entry of train terms. Once we stopped groaning, though, we found the “Ticket to Ride” family package to sound pretty fun.

With deluxe accommodations in family friendly rooms, the package also includes two tickets to the B&O Railroad Museum (which will be kicking off the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend with the Festival of Trains and a Santa train ride), “a train whistle and conductor’s hat for each of the ‘young engineers,’” plus something called — wait for it — Chugga-Chews cookie snacks.

We’re not really sure what that all has to do with Thanksgiving — except the press release’s line about how it will be “time to get moving” after indulging in your Turkey Day feast — but the special is only available Friday, Nov. 27, through Monday, Nov. 30. Rates start at $169; enter promo code PBOR.

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Careful On The Stairs At The Hotel Monaco Baltimore

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
September 1, 2009 at 9:44 AM | by | Comment (1)

Wot, no fugly carpeting?

Normally, the only time we really notice a hotel staircase is when we’re peeved that the lift has broken down on us, but things are a bit different at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. Because it’s stationed in the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad HQ the whole building is pretty splendiferous, and the staircase up to the lobby on the second floor is no exception. In fact, it’s probably the only time we’ve seen a sign like this on a hotel staircase.

Be careful going up and down though – important monuments have no need of adornment in the way of carpeting, so they’re not only steep, but slippery as well. We’d recommend holding on as you pause to look at the pretty stained glass roof:

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Inside The Hotel Monaco Baltimore

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
August 31, 2009 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

[UPDATE: A hotel rep has emailed us to say that the matter has been resolved and the hotel will not be up for auction. Also, the hotel was never in danger of closing as it is only "a tenant and the dispute was between ownership and a contractor." So go ahead, book your rooms.

When we read last week that the Hotel Monaco Baltimore might be facing an uncertain future, we thought we’d better pop along and see it sharpish. So when we needed to make an unforeseen stop in Baltimore, and the room rates were still holding to the introductory rate of $159, we shacked straight up.

We asked as many staff as we met (sorry for bothering you, bellmen, valets and cleaning ladies) about the lawsuit that could see the hotel up for auction. All of them told us flatly that it wasn’t true – except for the manager, who said he wasn’t at liberty to talk about it. After spending the night there, we’re crossing our fingers it’s not true too.

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Baltimore's New Hotel Monaco Already Going to Auction?

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
August 25, 2009 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Uh oh. Kimpton’s brand-new Hotel Monaco in Baltimore is facing, like, a serious problem. Opened less than a month ago, on July 30th, the $65 million hotel in the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters could be put up for auction as early as next month (!!). Bet Charm City seems a little less, er, charming to Kimpton right about now.

According to the Baltimore Sun, it seems the building owner — not Kimpton — has been accused of not paying a local lumber supplier $184,000 for doors, wood trim, and other materials used in the project.

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Baltimore's Belvedere Hotel Lives On in 'Mad Men'

August 11, 2009 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re still sad that the Mad Men package at the St. Regis was canceled, here’s an ever-so-tiny piece of Mad Men hotel news that might brighten your day, at least a bit. The season three premiere features….a trip to the classic Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore!

(Yes, like the rest of America, we've gone Mad Men mad.)

Since the Beaux-Arts Belvedere was converted to luxury condos way back in 1991, this is about the easiest way to see the hotel in its carefully researched, 1960s-era glory (unless, of course, you’ve got a thing for old archives).

Via the Baltimore Sun:

At the heart of the episode is a business trip Don Draper ( Jon Hamm) and Salvatore Romano (Bryan Batt) take to Baltimore to do a little hand holding with one of their agency's clients, the father and son team running the company making London Fog raincoats.

The episode is titled "Out of Town," and it is written by series creator Matthew Weiner, who was born in Baltimore and attended Park School before his family moved to Los Angeles.

The Baltimore trip dominates the episode, with Don and Salvatore shacking up (no, not together! er, at least not that we’re aware of) at the Belvedere Hotel and dining at now-shuttered Baltimore institution Haussner’s.

Sigh. Just another reason we can’t wait for our Draper-and-friends fix come Aug. 16.

Photo: AMC