Okay, guys, it's a Hampton Inn...you aren't going to the Ritz.
With that said, I think this place really served up plenty of bang for the buck.
I was in Baltimore (again) for a wedding (again - yes, wedding number 5 in the last 6 months!), and this place was the one suggested by the couple. The hotel also offered shuttle service to the ceremony and reception, so that was part of its draw. Yes, I am totally down with being lazy and having door-to-door service.
Total plus column wins:
1) Affordable rooms.
2) Well-located hotel. The Inner Harbor area and Federal Hill are easily walkable, and Camden Yards is literally right across the street.
3) Large rooms that are clean, well-maintained, and quiet.
4) Really comfortable beds with big plushy pillows.
5) Free wifi and free plug-in wired Internet.
6) Free continental breakfast. It's not super fancy, but it'll totally get the job done. There's a make-your-own-waffle station, two hot trays (first morning was cheese omelettes and turkey sausages; second morning was scrambled eggs and some hash browns (I think?)), fruit, cereal, oatmeal, toast, yogurt pastries like muffins, etc., and the usual juice, milk, coffee, and tea. You really can't beat it for the price.
One questionable thing:
The private driver service that took me to a destination that should have been ~$7-9 via taxi tried to charge me $15. I asked the front desk lady beforehand how much a cab would typically cost to X destination, and she said "no more than $10." Tried calling for a cab, but then the valet guy instead suggested using the private driver guy. I was wary b/c those are usually expensive, but then they said the private driver guy (who I assume is contracted to service the hotel or something) would charge no more than a taxi's rate. So yeah...$15 is not what the taxi's rate would be. I know this because the next day, when I took a taxi to the train station (a destination that is FARTHER away than my X destination), the metered charge was $7.60. Yup. Note that there is a taxi stand across the street on the lefthand side.
One thing I'd change: The room's temperature control is a little odd. Sometimes it would be too warm and then it would be just right. It's not terrible, but it was extreme enough for us to notice it.
Of note (or maybe I'm just crazy b/c I couldn't find it):
There IS a closet in that room. It's behind the mirror. Yes, the full-length mirror that looks like it's only a wall mirror. Yup, there's a lip to the mirror that you can pull away to reveal - ta da! - a closet. I was baffled when I entered the room and couldn't find a closet, so here's hoping that little tip helps you. :)
Overall, I thought this hotel was a fine choice for an easy, no hassle, clean and comfortable location to call our home base while in Baltimore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within walking distance to many of downtown Baltimore's main sites, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Convention Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, this hotel provides comfortable accommodations and modern amenities, in the heart of the city. Guests can also visit the nearby Babe Ruth Museum, the B & O Railroad Museum, M&T Stadium and the exciting Inner Harbor. Guests at the Baltimore Downtown Convention Center Hampton Inn can also relax on comfortable Cloud Nine beds and enjoy in-room movies on flat-screen TVs. The hotel also offers a delicious free hot breakfast as well as wireless internet access and free guest laundry services ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Hotel Baltimore
- Hampton Inn Camden Yards
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