Got a “secluded, secure facility with a retreat-type setting” in Maryland?
Well, the Maryland Judiciary has a contract for you.
But be careful what you wish for. The request to accommodate a five-day retreat next year requires the winning proprietor to host what may be the most discerning cohort of Yelp reviewers around: judges.
Housing and feeding more than 50 new judges — many of whom will be elected in November’s election — could be a bit nerve-wracking considering these are the black-robed folks trained solely to spend their every working hour casting judgment upon society’s most complicated criminal and civil disputes.
One hotel worker who has dealt with judicial employees staying in area hotels says the winning bidder should have nothing to worry about.
Kaye Jackson has been working the front desk for five years at the County Inn Suites in Annapolis. The hotel holds a $95,000 contract to provide rooms for judges and other judicial employees when they attend sessions at the Judicial College in Annapolis.
“They are great,” Jackson said. “They're very nice people. They are always very courteous.”
Here’s what the Administrative Office of the Courts is looking for, according to the request for proposals published in July.
“Comfortable, ergonomically correct chairs,” windows in the meeting rooms, wall clocks in each room and adjustable thermostats.
The rooms must offer all the standard services: internet access, mini refrigerators, microwaves, an iron and ironing board and hair dryer.
They also want morning and afternoon snacks and beverages during their long days of training sessions, buffet style lunches and dinners, and a “private, formal dining room that will accommodate up to 60 people for two evenings.”
And, when the day is done: “A cash bar w/ bartender.”