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Baltimore Hotels

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 385 3000
www.baltimoremarriottwaterfront.com

Not to be confused with the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards located near the baseball stadium, the Marriott Waterfront towers 31 stories over the Inner Harbor and offers unmatched room views of downtown and the busy port. The central location also places guests in the middle of the action; stow your car in the adjacent parking garage and get around by water taxi or on foot. The National Aquarium is a five-minute walk to the west; Little Italy is just to the north; and the heart of Fells Point is a ten-minute stroll east. The 733 rooms and 20 suites of this massive hotel host a mix of families, business travelers, and extra-large groups, and the not-too-modern, not-too-traditional decor aims to appeal to that diverse audience (think one part Pottery Barn, one part Ethan Allen). Besides the location, the appeal is in the amenities: Even standard rooms have 32-inch HD TVs, broadband Internet access, and large in-room safety boxes that can hold several laptops. The fifth floor has a decently equipped health club and indoor swimming pool. All quarters have harbor views, but shoot for west-facing rooms, which have the best sunset panoramas; those with a southern exposure overlook a construction site.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
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Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor
300 Light Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 528 1234
www.baltimore.hyatt.com

There's no better Baltimore location than this landmark 15-story hotel on the northwest side of the Inner Harbor. Just a few minutes' walk or a short water taxi or light-rail ride from nearly every attraction in the city, the Hyatt draws a mix of businesspeople, conventioneers, and vacationing families. The reflecting-glass building spearheaded Baltimore's downtown revival when it debuted in 1981, and a recent $20-million makeover of its 488 guest rooms has kept the Hyatt from revealing its true age. The completely remodeled rooms emphasize clean lines and natural light, with bright neutrals punctuated by copper and periwinkle textiles—and a window-spanning chaise longue to contemplate the IMAX views. (Ask for even-numbered rooms, which overlook the harbor and Federal Hill.) Business travelers will appreciate the writing desk, ergonomic chair, and wireless access (an additional $10 daily), while active types will prize the around-the-clock health club, tennis and basketball courts, and an outdoor heated pool, oddly situated on the top floor of the adjoining parking garage. On the concierge-level 12th floor, Regency Club guests can savor sushi and other hors d'oeuvres in the afternoons and chocolates in the evenings, while the on-site Bistro 300 serves standard American fare like ribeyes and barbecue (and, of course, Maryland crab).

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
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InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 234 0550
harborcourt@ihg.com
www.intercontinental.com/baltimore

The eight-story brick-faced InterContinental looks positively demure next to the gleaming hotel behemoths towering over the rest of the Inner Harbor area. But all modesty ends inside the hotel's revolving doors. Old World aspirations include a clubby bar heavy on dark leather and single malts, hallways hung with oil paintings of sylvan landscapes, and grand dark-wood, four-poster beds. The 195 rooms are immense: Even standards sprawl across 420 square feet, and the suites include a full bathroom with marble soaking tub, foyer, closet, and writing desk. Spring for harbor-view rooms; the waterfront vistas are worth the $50 premium over courtyard-view standards. There's also a rooftop health club with a small spa and indoor swimming pool. Chief concierge J. Preston Rooks provides guests with a copy of the hotel's own pocket-size map and tip sheet to Charm City, and will gladly suggest favorite neighborhood restaurants. If there's a complaint here, it's with telecommunications. At these princely rates, it seems small-minded to charge for local phone calls and Internet service.

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