This hotel is located in Hunt Valley which is about 25 minutes (18 miles) north of Baltimore and 40 minutes (30 miles) north of BWI airport. It is on York road which does have plenty of shopping centers in the area. One of them you can walk to and has a few fast food places and a 7-11 that can come in handy for late night munchies. It is not immediately close to any highway, you have to drive about 5 minutes in either direction to get there. It is a safe area and you don’t have to worry about walking around at night.
ROOM, PRICE, CLEANLINESS and COMFORT
The price of the room was about $99 per night for a regular room with two (2) double beds. It was a special wedding rate and since most of the wedding travelers were staying there, we decided to also. We should have stayed elsewhere.
First of all, the room had the A/C set to 70 degrees when we checked in and it felt like 85 degrees. We adjusted to the A/C to be as cold as possible (60) to try and cool it quickly when we stepped out for the wedding rehearsal and dinner. Upon returning about 5 hours later, the room was only marginally cooler. I think it may have actually been around 72 degrees. We looked up that model A/C online and it is considered a “green” unit that does not let the compressor turn on for more than 5 minutes at a time. So you get 5 minutes of cold air, then it turns off for 5 minutes then turns on again, then off again 5 minutes later, so you only get a short burst of cool air for a short time. The room never gets to a comfortable level to sleep at and you will wake up periodically during the night with your pillow drenched in sweat.
As for the beds, they are not very comfortable. A bit too stiff for my liking although it was not the worst mattress I ever had. The pillows on the other hand were terrible. They seemed like they were overused and uneven. You are never able to get a good combination going. With the bad pillows and lack of A/C you don’t sleep comfortably at all.
The bathroom is the worst design I have ever seen. It was about the size of a closet and everything jammed together. The toilet was not secure and when sitting it kept moving around since it was not secure to anything. Also, if you sit on the toilet, you can easily touch all four (4) walls. The sink had no room to hold anything, the toilet paper was in an odd spot and you practically had to stand in the tub to open the door to get out since the door opened oddly and took up half the bathroom. Horrendous design.
The good things in the room was that the hot water in the shower was good and the room had a mini fridge which kept things very cold.
BREAKFAST and OTHER AMENITIES
The breakfast at the hotel was not too bad. You have your usual items there and I enjoyed the American cheese omelets very much. There was egg omelets, sausage, cereal, pancakes (although it needed a repair that was not taken care of) bagels, muffins, etc.
The parking was free and deceptive. It didn’t seem like much but there is plenty of parking there. If you can’t get in the front lot I recommend going toward the back lot closest to the traffic light. They have a front lot, a back lot that is part of a parking garage, a side lot, and a second back lot by the traffic light which gives you access to the back double doors right near the elevator.
The vending machines were out of water and not replaced. The “business center” is only one computer in the front of the hotel and is annoying if you need it for a second and someone is there hogging it playing computer games.
I would have given this hotel 1 star except that the staff working the front desk are the nicest and most helpful people. Had to give a star to them because they are wonderful. There is no way I would ever stay at this hotel again. I have made many trips to the Hunt Valley area and will go back to my “go to” hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Hunt Valley Hotel Hunt Valley
- Hampton Inn Baltimore
- Hunt Valley Hampton Inn
- Hampton Inn Hunt Valley