It seemed like there were no affordable hotels in the entire city. I am usually apprehensive to attempt booking rooms in the Inner Harbor during a summer weekend. The massive amount of tourists drive the hotel prices to rather unreasonable heights. When I was done with my preliminary scan, my worst fears were confirmed. The major hotel chains were all in the $270 and up price range. For a three night stay, this just wouldn't do.
I have a special corporate code at the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center (one of my family's favorite hotels). This is our default spot due to my Hilton Gold Elite Status. My family gets free breakfast and an upgraded room, so it's hard to beat. Unfortunately, all the rooms under the code were sold out!
|Marriott Residence Inn Inner Harbor Exterior|
Once inside, check-in went smoothly. We were only given a room on the 4th floor. This is usually a point where you have to speak up and ask if there is an upgrade or anything on a higher floor available. However, with traffic shut-down due to the water mane issue, it was a moot point. All was very quiet each night.
|Lobby Meeting Area|
|Check In Area|
|Kitchen With Microwave and Huge Fridge|
|Living Room/Work Area|
The sleeping area had two good nightstands and another flat screen television. I really liked the paintings of Baltimore landmarks on the wall. Normally you see generic nature scenes, so this was a nice touch to emphasize the downtown location. Off the bedroom was the wash area and separate toilet/shower room. This is always helpful, especially when more than two people are sharing the room.
|Sleeping Area-Notice the Domino Sugar Factor Painting|
|Washroom Area-Nice Finishes for a Residence Inn|
|Decently Clean Shower Room|
Overall, this was the perfect choice for my family's long weekend visit. They had plenty of space to spread out and unwind. Free breakfast helped save everyone money, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. There isn't much more you can ask for $150/night on a busy summer weekend in Baltimore. If the water mane break had been fixed, I doubt we would have secured such a great rate.
-Charm City Traveler