Matching up holiday guests with the right Baltimore hotel
Forget that lumpy sofa bed and have your guests stay in style
This is the living area in a corner suite at the Four Seasons Hotel on 200 International Drive in Harbor East. The hotel has 45 suites. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / November 8, 2011)
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
200 International Drive; 410-576-5800; fourseasons.com/baltimore
For guests who want elegance and refinement and aren't afraid to reach into their wallets to find it, you'll want to point them straight to Baltimore's newest hotel.
The city has been waiting a long time for bragging rights to a Four Seasons, and this one, planted squarely in the city's fashionable Harbor East neighborhood, seems designed to please. Complimentary shoeshines. Decadent spa possibilities. Turndown service. Rain showers and soaking tubs.
The location, mere steps from the water, is also surrounded by upscale shopping, dining and historic Fells Point.
Rates: Start at $295 a night, but Friday and Saturday night specials are offered through February.
Tremont Plaza Hotel
222 St. Paul Place; 800-579-7915; tremontplazahotel.com
Though any tourist can easily find the way to the Inner Harbor, the Tremont is perched between downtown and Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood — a chance for visitors to see a bit more than the casual visitor might.
Guests can stroll up Charles Street to find some of the city's most popular bars and restaurants. Heading south, they're just a short walk from the Inner Harbor attractions. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to locations within two miles.
Anyone staying there would also want to sneak a peak at the adjoining Tremont Grand, one of the most elaborate historic renovations ever undertaken in Baltimore. The former Masonic Temple is now home to a conference and event space.
Rates: Starting at $119 dollars the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Hotel Brexton
868 Park Ave.; 443-478-2100; brextonhotel.com
How could any history buff not jump at the chance to stay at a hotel once home to Wallis Warfield, who went on to add a "Simpson" to her name, marry the former Edward VIII of England and become the Duchess of Windsor.