4-Star Baltimore Hotel at a 2-Star Rate

January 16, 2007 at 9:28 pm 2 comments

Baltimore has a wide selection of hotels in and around the Inner Harbor. Due to several circumstances, I waited until the day before our trip to actually book a hotel. Since Priceline worked well for me in Toronto, I decided to try it once again. I requested a 4-star hotel at the Inner Harbor. I had previously checked the rates and they ran $299/night and up for this calibre of hotel. Put in $85 on Priceline and the Intercontinental Harbor Court immediately came up. I was amazed that my first offer was accepted. When I checked the Intercontinental Web site for rates, the best I would have gotten was $299. Felt good to land such a deal.

The Intercontinental proved to be a real treat. Large, elegant lobby; Winding Lobby Staircaselarge and luxuriously appointed room. Several restaurants. Very nice fitness center with pool, whirlpool and sauna. Also a spa with skin care, tanning, massage and a variety of body treatments. If we hadn’t slept in, we would have certainly taken advantage of the spa.

The concierge on duty upon our arrival, Roland, was very cordial — even though he was aware that we booked on Priceline. We were very well treated. He offered up a description of the inhouse restaurant options as well as recommendations for area dining. When I mentioned an interest in dining in Littly Italy, he recommended Boccaccio — a restaurant that would send a complimentary car to pick us up for dinner. That sounded pretty good to us and proved to be a great decision. The food and service at that restaurant was absolutely divine. When the car dropped us off later, we gave Roland a thumbs up for his recommendation.

We had a delightful breakfast at Brighton, one of the hotel’s dining rooms. Beautifully decorated, the food was even better. Wide screen flat TV — very nice.The blintzes were extremely light, delicious and surprisingly deep fried. Covered with fresh berries. The coffee, however, was less than ordinary and I believe a creamer, not cream, was served.

Probably because I booked at the last minute, we couldn’t choose our bed type. We were given a king bed hotel-bed.jpgthat was comfortable with nice linens. Flat-screen TV plus another smaller version in the bathroom — next to the telehone. Fresh orchids were placed on theOur bath vanity every morning. A special coffee brewing system was on the wet bar, with small sealed cuplets of gourmet coffee and teas for us to use.

The hotel location was perfect, right across the street from the Inner Harbor Visitor’s Bureau, which is right on the water next to all the great Inner Harbor shopping.

Would Ginny and I recommend this hotel? Absolutely. For a girlfriend getaway — or for a more romantic vacation with your guy.

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  • 1. Lou Probasco  |  January 18, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Stayed in the inner harbor area this summer with 3 yr grandson, okay not a girlfriend. (You grandmothers out there understand and the rest of you will someday.)But better. My daughter was studying for board exams and so I flew out of KC on Midwest to DC to their home and drove up there. Stayed in a hotel on Harbor next to Aquarium and History Museum. I would reccomend Marriot which was next door due to better pricing options. In any event, we had a great time, walking around that area, eating, the duck ride, the museum and aquarium. Never need to use the car if you stay right down there. Hard Rock, and lots of shops, in shopping area. Really fun trip for all ages. Easy drive up from DC as well.

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  • 2. tish  |  January 18, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Lou —
    Thanks so much for your comment and adding good information to the post. Do you remember what you paid for your room at the Marriott? While my blog is focused on girlfriends getting away together, I think the information is valid for couples, singles, grandparents or anyone. And thank you for flying Midwest Airlines.
    tish

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