This property is very well-located for either walking to and taking free/low-cost public transportation to most of the main tourist attractions of Baltimore (which is very much an unappreciated city). The Courtyard is on the east side of the Inner Harbor which makes any attraction on/near the Inner Harbor (Camden Yards, the Aquarium, the ships, restaurant row, Little Italy, Fells Point) an easy walk.
For most other attractions, there is either the free Charm City Circulator bus system or the free Harbor Connection water taxi or the low cost Baltimore Water Taxi. Get a map to the free transportation system....the bus stops on all routes and the major attractions are all marked on the map.
The hotel is right on 2 of the 3 Charm City Circulator routes...and the third is a short ride to transfer on to it. We did that to go up to the historic Mt. Vernon area to stroll the book festival and visit the Walters Museum (a real gem....and it is free!).
The hotel is clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. In particular, the folks in the breakfast area were very good....always asking if you needed anything. (The breakfast is not included with the room here but the prices are fair and the food is very good.). The breakfast area is more spacious than at many hotels...so one is not bumping into people or waiting for a table to open up.
The hotel's ice machines seemed to be working fine and we had no issues with the housekeeping staff (though 2 of the couples we were traveling with reported some issues with their rooms not being made up on one of the days we were there).
The only odd thing about the room we had was that the bed faced the window...something you don't see in many (any?) hotels. As a result of this, the bed faced the building under construction across the street and, with the lights on all night over there and the shades in the room having an inconveniently located 3 inch gap, Despite my best efforts, I could not get the shades/curtain to close all the way. So, I had a light in my eyes at night when trying to sleep.
Another unfortunate consequence of the placement of the bed is that the TV was located on a table to the left of the bed. That meant you were watching TV with your head constantly turned to the left. (Ouch!) See my tip for getting a room that may alleviate at least facing the building with all the lights on at night. Maybe the TV could have been moved further away from the bed but we did not watch a lot of TV....so we left it alone.
The location of the hotel makes walking to both Little Italy and Fells Point a breeze. From Fells Point, you can catch the water taxi that takes you over to Fort McHenry. Plus there's lots of food choices within a block or two of the Courtyard.
All in all, the positives outweigh the "bed position" issue. We would consider this hotel for any future trip to Baltimore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. This Inner Harbor hotel features our new lobby with inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard™. The highlight of our new lobby experience is The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect.™which provides guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails. This hotel near downtown Baltimore is also conveniently located near the National Aquarium and one and a half miles from the Baltimore Convention Center. We offer a well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. A 24-hour business center and boarding pass printing service is also available. Your stay at Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Baltimore Downtown / Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore
- Baltimore Courtyard
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