Downtown Baltimore Hotel Accommodations

by Maria Scinto

Staying in downtown Baltimore gives you easy access to a number of area attractions, including the Inner Harbor, the Mount Vernon arts district, Lexington Market and the stadiums--Camden Yards and M&T Bank. No need to worry about city driving, either, as you can get around with ease on the city's free Charm City Circulator buses.

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Tremont Plaza Hotel

The Tremont Plaza is very centrally located -- just a few blocks from Lexington Market and with the Circulator Purple Line stop right outside the door. At 37 floors, the Tremont Plaza is Baltimore's tallest hotel and its seventh-tallest building. The suites each feature a kitchenette complete with microwave, refrigerator, and selection of cups and plates. Wired Internet access is free in each room, as is wireless internet in the common areas. The outdoor pool, which is open from May 23 to September 7, comes complete with lifeguard, and the adjacent health club is open 24 hours. Room service is available, or you can dine at the on-site restaurant or grab a bite on the run at the deli in the lobby.

Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore

The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, built in 1928, has the distinction of being the only Baltimore hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is noted for its Art Deco design and for a series of murals in the Calvert Ballroom depicting scenes from Baltimore's history. While still maintaining its prewar charm, the Lord Baltimore also offers a full range of modern amenities, including free wireless Internet access, "Sleep Number" beds in select rooms, and a fitness center with sauna. Guests staying in the Plaza Level rooms also enjoy a complimentary breakfast, beverages (including beer and wine), and hors d'oeuvres, and nightly turn-down service.

InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore

While the exterior of the InterContinental Harbor Court blends in with the rest of the Inner Harbor's numerous red brick buildings, the interior is something else entirely - opulent English country house, with a two-story spiral staircase making a dramatic swoop through the lobby. The standard rooms feature modern decor, while the suites are decorated with antiques and feature drapery-hung four-poster beds. Other amenities include mini bars, complimentary shoeshines, turn-down service, and TVs in every bathroom.Room service is available from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the hotel also has a Zagat-rated restaurant, a coffee shop and a lounge. Recreation opportunities include onsite racquetball and tennis courts, an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. For the less athletically inclined, the hotel also offers a full-service spa and its own library.

Admiral Fell Inn

The Admiral Fell Inn is one of Baltimore's most historic lodgings, as parts of it date back to the 1770s. Specialty rooms are available for those who prefer antique furnishings and four-poster beds; more modern suites feature king beds. Jacuzzi tubs are available in both types of rooms, and standard amenities include complimentary bottled water.and custom-made toiletries. Room service is available, and the hotel has two restaurants on site--a patisserie/bistro and a tapas bar. Unique to the Admiral Fell Inn are several special activities, including a free cocktail hour/introduction to Fells Point and a special weekend ghost tour through the seven buildings that make up the hotel complex.

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