This hotel will work well if you are visiting adjacent Towson University or are visiting the area on business. Pleasure travelers may find it lacking in amenities but this could be a good location to use as a base to explore Baltimore. According to front desk personnel, the building originally was retirement housing, converted to student housing and then renovated to be a hotel – conference center. The property is in excellent condition but has a few quirks. Compare it to a Homewood Suites – not a full service Marriott hotel. This all-suites hotel does not have a pool or room service but it does have a fitness center, restaurant and bar. We booked our suite with the breakfast in the rate but the buffet breakfast which included fresh fruit, omelet station, and the typical choices of hot food, cereal, muffins, etc was $12.50 pp and the food was good. Free WiFi was included in our weekend rate. Free self parking is in a tight garage under the building; lots of scrapes on the pillars. The staff was friendly; particularly the bartender and, we enjoyed walking on the adjacent university campus reached by a pedestrian bridge.
Our spacious one bedroom king suite was first class with the typical comfortable Marriott bed, 3 TVs (living area, den and bedroom) and nice extras like makeup mirror in the bathroom and high intensity reading lights on the headboard permitting one person to sleep while the other reads. The kitchen had everything we needed but we were surprised that the fridge did not have a freezer section. There was a large walk-in shower, no tub. Since the building was built for seniors, the hot water heater and HVAC is in the unit. Yes as mentioned in other reviews , the AC units in some suites are very noisy. Fortunately the unit in our suite was fine but we could hear the rumble of the AC unit in the unit above us at night. If you are a late sleeper, suggest you request a room on the university side of the hotel as the early sunrise in June peaked thru the cracks between the blackout shades right onto my pillow. There were some maintenance issues, the screen on the sliding glass door was not on the track and when fixed would not slide, the windows were dirty on the outside, there were no screens on the windows (but given the loud AC units that may be a good thing) and our sheets though clean had some old stains, should have been taken out of service.
If you like to walk to dinner turn right out of the hotel, cross the next street, Towsontown Blvd and walk up Courtland or Washington Ave to the Baltimore County Courthouse complex. There are several decent restaurants between the courthouse and York Road on several streets. Check out the tripadvisor restaurant reviews. Walking up the first two blocks on York Road just to the left of the hotel to downtown Towson is not very pleasant.
If you are into history check out the nearby Hampton National Historic Site run by the National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/hamp/index.htm The free tour of the 1790 mansion is very interesting as are the grounds and other buildings on this Maryland plantation.
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