Oh Baltimore! I never really had an urge to go there, and after speaking with many people who lived there, I'm even less inclined to return. However, we were flying out of BWI after a trip to Washington DC, and decided we'd rather spend our last night in Baltimore near the airport to save ourselves time and money traveling from DC to catch our flight!
First off, this hotel provides FREE shuttle service to/from any of the nearby rail stations and the airport. Not only did we get a great rate for a double room (less than $90), but our total cost for transportation was $3.50 per person after buying a day pass for the MTA (good for both light rail and buses). The hotel shuttle runs 24 hours a day, and they will come get you in a very timely manner (our longest wait was MAYBE 10 minutes).
The rooms themselves are nicely laid out, large, and very trendy. We stayed in a double, which was plenty of room for 3 people. The bathroom & shower area are located to the side when you first enter, with the bedroom located behind the wall of the bath area - very unique layout, but also provides for a larger bathroom area, without sacrificing on space in the bedroom area.
Our room was very clean, with no signs of wear. The bed was a little firmer than I like, but I did get a good night's sleep, so I really have nothing to complain about. Also, the bliss brand bath products in the bathroom were a nice touch!
There really isn't a whole lot to do in Baltimore, so we ended our night playing a card game in the bar. Jason, the bar tender was great, and took very good care of us. Also, the bar had plenty of nice, comfy seating, and was family friendly for those traveling with kids.
Located off the lobby are a couple of computers with free internet. Also, each guest room has free WiFi too (which seems to be a rarity!).
The lobby also had a snack area which sold food - I didn't buy anything, but their prices were really reasonable, and they had all sorts of goodies (sandwiches, cereal, baked goods, fruit, sushi, salads, soup).
This hotel was MUCH cheaper than other properties located on or near the Inner Harbor. Sure, you don't get the same view, but you do get a GREAT room, at a GREAT price, with VERY easy (and cheap!) access to downtown Baltimore. If I ever do find myself in Baltimore again, I would definitely stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Baltimore-Washington International Airport Hotel offers something bold and new to the culture-conscious traveler alienated by cookie-cutter, one size fits all experiences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft - Baltimore Washington International Airport Hotel Linthicum