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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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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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Hotel Monaco Baltimore Opens Today, Sold Out For the Weekend

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
July 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Monaco Baltimore, the $65 million Kimpton property Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, is opening up its doors today — on time, it looks like — and marks the debut of the very first Kimpton property to hit the Baltimore scene.

According to the Baltimore Sun, we've already been missin' quite a bit of goings-on at the hotel as its been getting closer to today's opening:

The Monaco is competing with an aggressive marketing campaign. It has been holding preview dinners this week in its first-level restaurant, the B&O American Brasserie. It's giving a free night's stay to meeting planners who take a tour. It's offering a rate of $129 per night for rooms that will cost $329 or more after October. The first guest today will be upgraded to the Majestic Suite and treated to champagne, strawberries and an in-room massage.

Look out for original Tiffany windows, original sculptures and green glass-flecked skylights, aswell as your standard Kimpton-y goodies like the option of a “companion goldfish," noon check-out times, pet-friendliness and green practices.

Opening special weekend rates start from $129, with weekday rates up to $159 — but the hotel is sold out this weekend, according to the Sun (which may have something to do with the Red Sox playing the Orioles at Camden Yards).

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Hotel Monaco Moves Into Former Baltimore Railroad Headquarters

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  Site Where: 2 North Charles Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
April 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

Kimpton is choo-choo-choosing to make its first foray into Baltimore by moving into the former headquarters of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

The opening of the Hotel Monaco Baltimore was just announced for "Summer 2009" and one of its most kickass features is the cool contrast between old and new: the dramatic and modern Kimpton-esque designs up against the historic building (built in 1906), with its Tiffany stained-glass windows and grand Beaux-Arts architectural elements.

The 202-room Monaco has some cool but subtle design stuff going on up in the guestrooms too:

[Rooms] feature subtle railroading elements in a classic color scheme of navy, blues and reds. Striking headboards with built-in sconces are the focal point of each room along with a stunning, red lacquer desk. Bedside tables that resemble streamer trunks, antique-style mirrors with scalloped edges and drawer knobs with a screen print of the B&O railroad map punctuate the room with a sense of old-world railroad history. Each luxurious guest bathroom features mosaic tiles and hand-crafted mirrors with tortoise shell scalloped edges designed to depict 1920’s glamour.

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Hilton Baltimore Is Such a Tease

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  Site Where: 401 W Pratt St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
January 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

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, so close, yet so far. We think this view from the seventh floor of the Hilton Baltimore is most offensive not because of the tease factor here. See, from the seventh floor, you get a clear view of the HVAC equipment — a little bit of rooftop action, some moss, views into the window of what looks like the fitness center (and the people on the stationary bikes, it's worth noting, get a red hot view into your room). And you also get a kickass view of the stands inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

But from the seventh floor, you can see none of the field at all. Maybe you can snag an awesome view of the game action from the next floor up... but not from here. Nope. No sir.

No doubt this is a kickass hotel for baseball fans because of the location, but this room would just be a bit of a bummer (as we're sure it must have been for voteprime, who snapped this shot).

With 757 rooms, this is the largest hotel in downtown Baltimore and it's generally a convention hotel (there is skybridge access to the B-more Convention Center), but with so many rooms to choose from, try your best to get one with a good view if you hit this place up.

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The Brand New Hilton Baltimore for $99 a Night

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  Site Where: 401 West Pratt Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
November 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)


Thanksgiving in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
$99 a night

We have a love-hate relationship with hotels near convention centers. They are usually boring and old. They also tend to jack up the room rates when a convention is in town. But on the flip side, when conventions aren't in town, the room rates drop drastically.

The Hilton Baltimore, which is connected via skybridge to the Baltimore Convention Center, has room rates of $99 on TravelZoo from Nov. 24-27 (Thanksgiving y'all!) and from Dec. 15-Jan. 5, including New Year's Eve.

While this is a big-box hotel chain property, the Hilton is only a few months old, having opened in August. This means it's new! And back in August rates were at $299 a night. A deal indeed.

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Massive Hilton Baltimore Now Open

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  Site Where: 401 West Pratt Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
August 25, 2008 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The gigantic 757-room Hilton Baltimore right next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards (with Ballpark-view rooms, even!) is now open.

The hotel is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center via an enclosed skybridge thingy (pictured) and also has an Executive Floor where special guests can enjoy a private check-in and access to complimentary food and beverage service in the hotel's Executive Lounge.

More deets -- and special opening rates -- after the jump.

Also: the place has a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, a fitness center, Diamond Tavern (with HD TV's so nobody misses a single second of an Orioles game, obviously) and a bar.

And: bonus! Even though we checked on the opening rates in April and were disappointed with the $299 we found, the hotel is now offering a special Grand Opening Rate of $199 per night through December 31st -- reservations can be made here (but make sure the "Grand Opening Rate" box is checked in the "Special Rates" category). Um, go Orioles? Is that what we're supposed to say?

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The Baltimore Hilton Hopes to Win the Hearts of Ballpark Fans This Friday

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  Site Where: 401 West Pratt Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
August 18, 2008 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hilton Baltimore, situated ideally between the Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Orioles, and the Baltimore Convention Center has answered the city's need for a convention center hotel, but at the same time, it has enraged locals with a skyline-blocking design as seen from inside the ballpark.

When it opens this Friday, hopefully everyone will get a chance to form their own opinion.

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Hotel Opening Rates :: $299 at The Hilton Baltimore This August

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  Site Where: 401 West Pratt Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
April 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baltimore is going to get a massive convention center hotel this summer that might actually be cool.

The Hilton Baltimore will open in the city's downtown Inner Harbor, directly across from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and connected to the Baltimore Convention Center by one of those cool, enclosed, pedestrian skybridgey things.

For baseball fans the hotel will also have views of Oriole Park so you can watch the Baltimore Oriole baseball games from your rooms. And it gets even better. The hotel will have ten hospitality suites overlooking the ballpark with prime balcony views of the field.

Guests can stay here overnight or they can choose to stay in one of the Double Beds BallPark View guest room, of which there are 448.

More on what's inside after the jump

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No Beauty Sleep for Beauty Queens

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  Site Where: 101 W. Fayette St. [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
April 20, 2006 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just a day before the Miss USA pageant, hotel workers are protesting a proposed workload at the Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.

200 workers are set to protest out in front of the hotel today at about 4:30 p.m. saying that their new contract unfairly requires them to clean 17 rooms a day (instead of 16).

And with the hotel turning into a Sheraton later this year, the workers fear the "Sweet Sleepers" bed from Sheraton with its heavier mattress, heavy duvet covers and six to eight pillows. A spokesperson said the staff already has a high rate of injuries and the new bed will just add to that number.

So what's going to happen to the beauty queens? Will they still have fresh towels?

Related Stories:
· Workers to protest added room service at Wyndham hotel [Baltimore Business Journal]
· Wyndham Inner Harbor reviews [TripAdvisor]