My husband, I and our 7 yr. old stayed one night at the Hampton Inn at the end of December 2011. We selected it due to it's proximity to the Harbor. It is 2 blocks away which is a real plus. The hotel lobby was somewhat spacious. They lose some space due to the stairs that lead down to the pool located right in the middle of the lobby. Breakfast is in the lobby. The buffet was confined to a corner in the lobby which made maneuvering alittle difficult. Breakfast was cereals, juices, breads and really dry eggs (my son's review). The room was nice sized with 2 queens beds. The ceilings are very high so that makes it seem bigger. The beds were not very comfortable. At one point, my son was jumping from bed to bed and the mattress slid off the boxspring. I realize he should not have been doing that, but the mattress had no weight to it. It was not comfortable to sleep on. The bathroom was nice sized..good shower. The walls were dingy. I could hear people in the hall from my room. Our toilet clogged and the room phone did not work. I had to call the front desk from my cell phone. They came promptly with the plunger but did not seem interested in fixing phone.
I can't remember how much they charge for parking but the valet was nice enough to tell us about a cheaper lot a few blocks away. We were able to leave our car there overnight.
The aquarium is great. Very helpful docents and lots to see. The B & O Train museum which was a 10 minute drive away is a must see if you have train enthusiasts. There happened to be a miniature train show there when we visited and that was so much fun. The train museum is inside a huge roundhouse and has trains outside as well. You can board the trains.
We tried to have lunch at Phillips (when in Baltimore..have crabs) but the wait was too long. We headed to Dick's Last Resort on a pier near the aquarium, which is a kitschy place where the waiters are rude and insult you and throw straws at you. What more could a 7 yr. old want?? Food is a slight step up from bar food.
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