I had first learned about this hotel from Groupon, but they had offered only a 2-night-stay (which we can never take), so I had to let that go. But when Sniqueaway came out with an offer to stay for one night, I grabbed it!
The pictures online of the building looked great, directly at the waterfront in the inner harbour of Baltimore.
We arrove on a Wedneday afternoon and were greeted very nicely by Kyle (I believe) at the front desk. We checked in without any issues, were even handed a 25 $ voucher towards breakfast for the next morning! That had not been mentioned by Sniqueaway, so that was a nice surprise!
We had booked a room for 199 $ with a king bed and harbour view. Now we did have a view into the harbour - when we looked out to the right over the lower roofs beneath our 3rd floor window. And we had a king bed as announced.
But it was really only a very small standard room. The ceiling was constructed very interestingly (see pictures), it was going up high and looked very nice. But it only made the room bigger in an optical way, the ground size of the room stayed the same.
On the door I had seen the floor map of the whole floor, and there I saw that our room (305) was like a handtowel (a small rectangular), and nearby were much bigger rooms.
I would not say anything if we hadn't paid 199 $ for this. Usually I am paying less for a suite in a Kimpton hotel (by using deals)! And the 199 $ was a deal price by Sniqueaway!
I looked up the rack rate online, and I saw the regular rate for our small room was 299 $ per night midweek. That is really too much!! And Hubby said he also found we have paid too much, even with that Snq coupon.
At least we got that 25 $ voucher for breakfast, and that was really really great! We had the choice between a continental buffet (all you can eat) for 11.99 $ per person and a warm breakfast (eggs etc) for about 15 $ per person. We were standing in front of the buffet and the decision was easy, as it looked really wonderful.
Pastries, breads, bagels, boiled eggs, fresh fruits and berries, joghurt, various juices, cereals, granola and much more that I am now forgetting. We really ate the money's worth to get ahead of the price, as we had paid too much for our small room. We were helped by Bill who was very friendly, just like all staff members we met.
Kyle (front desk) had borrowed us an umbrella when we went out in the pouring rain for dinner the night before. Alexandra at the front desk helped me out with some key issues, and the maid gave me another bottle of (free) Voss water.
The lobby was decorated very tastefully with beautiful furniture. I liked the open style, how you look down onto the lobby when you come out of your room. The architecture was really interesting in this building.
But the bath room was unimpressive, I am afraid! Tub and shower combo, this American insult of a bathroom, I still can't believe this whenever I am seeing that. You can bathe 2 small children in that, but not an adult, and definitely not 2 adults.
But even worse was the toilet design! Not only was the toilet right there by that joke of a tub, it also had the paper roll BEHIND the toilet at the wall. So you had to get yourself some paper rolled down and ripped before you sat down! In my age (48) I don't always have that time anymore, so even when you rush to the toilet and make it in time, then your spouse has to come in and get you some toilet paper fom the roll behind you. Or you stand up and drip into your underwear while you turn around and roll down some paper. Not good either way!
The counter which held the ONE SINK was very big, and it could have easily held 2 sinks. I don't know why they did it like that, I thought that was wasted this way. There was also a hair dryer hanging in a bag from the bathroom door, also we had a safe in the closet plus a (tiny) robe (yes one robe, not two).
We had free internet access, so we had brought our laptop along, which we have set up on the desk between the bed and the window. It worked fine. So I watched a german TV show online while Hubby watched some CCN news on the TV at the wall.
Another nice thing was that the window actually opened! After the terrible rain on Wednesday night we awoke to a blue sky next morning with warm temperatures. It was March 1st and it felt like May 1st! We opened the window and enjoyed the fresh air. Glad that we could shut off the climate machine, because that was very loud. But at least it worked.
I should also mention that they offer valet parking, but right before you get to the hotel you can self park in 2 various public places for $22 per 24 hours. I don't know what valet parking would have been, but I am sure it would have been more.
Hubby loved the alarm clock, it looked just like the one I had in the early 70s, but besides ringing it could also say "Good Morning" when you shut it off. He would have bought that right away if that had been offered! There was a second clock standing in the shelf across the room, I think it was also a CD player. We haven't touched it, as we stayed only for one night, but it is a nice thing to have.
I am sure this hotel has reallly nice rooms and suites, but considering our handtowel sized room was $ 299 ($199 with Snq), you can imagine you would pay the amount of your monthly mortgage payment for one night in a suite there. I have no idea why they believe these prices are adequate. I can get a Spa room or even a suite in a Kimpton hotel for less than this Pier 5 Hotel is asking for a very small standard room.
Unless we can find an incredible deal for this hotel (and not just $100 off), we will stay at the Monaco (Kimpton) next time. I have actually already booked our 2 next Baltimore stays there.
Standard rooms are tiny with unimpressive bathrooms and way overpriced. Suites are probably beautifu...
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