My husband, son (10) and myself stayed at the Renaissance this past long weekend - as a getaway - trying out a new city. We chose to stay in the Harbour area, as it was central to everything.
The Renaissance Marriott is an excellent location, that is central to many many activities and restaurant choices.
Our room was on the 12 floor, with two Queen beds. A standard hotel room. Expensive for the room itself, given that nothing was special about it. No view, no fan in the bathroom (a basic necessity). Valet parking was $120 for the 3 days we were there. Didn't end up using the car at all - so I would advise using the self park - still $28 a day.
The expense of this hotel was for us worth it in the end though, because of it's location.
The pool area, while well maintained, is guarded by two life guards who do not even allow the kids to 'jump' into the water. Not cannonball - jump. Rather excessive.
The hot tub had a thick layer of foam on the surface and anyone who went in it, came out covered. Gross.
The Watertable restaurant is the highlight of this hotel. With an amazing view of the waterfront and top notch service from the staff - on weekends. The food at dinner was 5* all the way.
Buffet breakfast is fantastic - on the weekends. Two made to order omelette/waffle/egg stations and a great assortment of very fresh fruit and other hot and cold items.
Sadly, as soon as Monday arrived, the service went extremely down hill and the omelette stations disappeared. Do they think you only eat omelettes/eggs etc on the weekends?? Terrible management decision.
While there be sure to use the local water taxi's - a great affordable way to see many different sites. An adult all day pass is only $12. Kids $6 - Little kids free. Get on and off as many times as you like.
The National Aquarium was outstanding. Spent 4 hours there easily. For a family of 3, it was $91 - a little $$ but worth seeing if this is you first trip to Baltimore, as it was ours.
Hard Rock Cafe was a great/fun family dinner. Dick's Last Resort - was a lunch we will never forget. A truly terrible experience. While 'Rude' may be their calling card - our waitress was 20 steps beyond that and was funny in no way at all. While I am well attuned to sarcasm (and have no problem using it or taking it), she was just plain ignorant. Skip this spot unless you enjoy handing over your cash (and a lot of it) while being treated like s*#t.
A beautiful city - very clean and safe feeling - at least in the Harbourfront area! Well worth the 7-8 hour drive for Canadians coming from the Toronto area as we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore Baltimore, Maryland's vibrant Inner Harbor with us! The top-rated Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is steps away from the city's storied waterfront, placing guests at the center of downtown Baltimore's most exciting district. Our hotel is close to local attractions like Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, and Harborplace shopping, plus a range of fine dining and nightlife opportunities. Hotel guests can enjoy superior in-room amenities like deluxe marble bathrooms, 37-inch LCD TVs, and amazing water views. We invite you to stay active at our 24-hour fitness center, take a dip in our year-round indoor pool, or enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine and spectacular harbor vistas at our Watertable restaurant. With over 31,000 square feet of event space, we're also an ideal option for hosting a special event or business convention here in downtown Baltimore. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, we'll make sure that your trip to the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is a success. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Baltimore Renaissance