The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has set Nov. 1 as its opening date and has begun building a staff to get ready for it.

The hotel announced this week that the November date will be a "soft" opening for the $197 million, 256-room luxury hotel in Harbor East.

The hotel has begun to hire top managers, starting with general manager Julien Corralero.

According to Liliana Baldassari, director of public relations, the hotel has started to book group business, including meetings and weddings, and will announce room rates and begin accepting individual reservations this summer. It also will be hiring the bulk of the staff starting in August, she said. Representatives for the development team said last December that they expect the hotel to create 577 full time jobs.

ed.gunts@baltsun.com

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