I visited the inner harbor with my husband and two daughters (turning 8 and 5) for the first time in July and stayed for two nights at the Holiday Inn. I investigated several inner harbor properties and chose the Holiday Inn based on cost.
The Holiday Inn is located a little less than a mile from shops, restaurants and attractions of the inner harbor and was an easy walk for our whole family. It's right around the corner from the Orioles ballpark. It was nice parking once and walking everywhere. I felt completely safe and comfortable walking along Pratt Street to visit the various attractions.
One note about parking is that Holiday Inn parking is located directly next door to the property -- a garage and outdoor lot. It's public parking and we didn't see any signs indicating that it's where Holiday Inn guests should park. We parked in the outdoor lot and had our pass validated, which would enable us to come and go the length of our stay. Parking is $23/day.
The hotel itself is fine. I believe we stayed in the older section as the hallway seemed a bit outdated, but the room itself was updated and very much in line with other HI properties -- separate vanity/sink from the shower/toilet; desk; mini fridge; flat screen TV; two beds with choice of soft or firm pillows; accent chair; etc.
Our view faced the fire station and you could definitely hear the sirens blaring at all hours of the day and night. The air conditioner runs a constant "white noise," so the sirens didn't bother me, but they did affect my husband.
We ate in the restaurant for dinner one night (they open at 5 PM). Nicely decorated, simple menu, very good food. They were out of fries the day we ate, which I thought was odd, but their homemade chips are delicious. We did not swim in the pool, but it looked nice. Front desk staff was courteous and quite busy when we arrived.
We would definitely stay at the Holiday Inn again and loved Baltimore's inner harbor overall. Note: On our way back from the ballpark, we saw the Marriott and Hilton, which are right around the corner from the Holiday Inn. They looked very nice as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you enter the Holiday Inn® Inner Harbor hotel until you return home, you experience all the charms that give our hometown its "Charm City" moniker. The hotel is conveniently located three blocks from Baltimore Inner Harbor attractions, and it's across from the Baltimore Convention Center, 1st Mariner Arena and Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. The hotel was recently renovated and features spacious guestrooms each equipped with a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave, and free high-speed Internet access. ... more less
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