Concierge.com's insider take:
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).