InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
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.