Let me start out by saying, if you are after a sterile white box, you are probably better off staying at one of the chain hotels in the Inner Harbor. But if you want a place with a lot of character (and some slightly wobbly floors), I'd highly recommend this hotel. Each room apparently has it's own layout. The one I stayed in was a single queen - you walked in and had a little foyer with a computer desk (and free wifi), the bathroom was to the left and the bedroom was to the right. The bedroom had a little sitting area, TV and the bed. As mentioned above, there was a little dip in the floor in a couple spots and there were a few tiles in the bathroom floor that was cracked. But it was super clean, painted in bright colors and just a cheerful little bit of history.
The first day I was there I went to an amazing breakfast spot (see my other reviews) and then took their free shuttle into the Inner Harbor. They drop you off at their sister hotel but all the tourist spots are within about 4 blocks (a bridge is currently out of order that makes you walk another block but the sign said that should be up June I think). The shuttle runs constantly at the beginning or the end of the day but if you want it mid-day, just go to the closest sister hotel and request it and it will come right over. The driver was friendly and safe, so all good there.
Later that day I took their Ghost Tour. Very nice guide, very knowledgeable. I think the tour is always a mix of history and "ghost" stories but since our group was asking more about the history of Fell's Point and the Inn, that was most of the discussion. Tour takes about an hour (remember to tip!) and ends at the bar where the first beer or wine is on the house, along with some cheese and crackers. I didn't try the wine but I had a couple of drinks between the two nights I was there - the bartender is super nice and mixes a great drink. Little expensive for this Midwest girl ($10 for a martini) but reasonable for the area.
The second day, I took advantage of water taxi which is literally just across the street from the hotel. From there you can take a taxi into the Inner Harbor or out to Fort McHenry. An all day pass is $12 - you'll need cash unless you buy it from the ticket booth in the Inner Harbor. There is a Bank of America ATM on the same block as the hotel. The taxi pass is a stamp on your hand too so don't think you can buy one while you are at the Harbor and then use it the next day. The hotel kept my luggage for me while I was out exploring in the afternoon and called me a cab ($35 flat rate) when I was ready to head for the airport.
One last word about the neighborhood - it's a historical district with tons of pubs. Hopefully if you are coming here, you are good with that. It got a little loud on Thursday, apparently it gets much louder on Friday / Saturday nights. There were plenty of food places within a block of the hotel (including one in the hotel itself) so if you wanted, you wouldn't have to wander far. There is a large square right next to the hotel and that wasn't as well lighted as I would have liked to see. I bumped into a few beggars during the afternoon I was out but they were not terribly pushy. I wasn't out late at night (too tired) but if you were a single woman, you might want to talk to the hotel directly about how safe it would be wandering by yourself. I certainly felt safe in the daytime.
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