It was 11:30pm when the cab pulled up to the somewhat darkened depressing looking lobby. Upon entering I noticed rings of blackness(dirt? mold?) around the edges of the gold cushions covering the lobby seating area. The receptionists were incredibly nice, but the room I got (10109) really smelled - a combination of gym sock and dampness. It was close to midnight so I figured I could just get to sleep and deal with it in the morning. I went to wash up, but found the bathroom without any toiletries -- including no soap at the sink and no soap in the shower. I called down and got moved to room 110034. It did not smell and had a nice view of the harbor.
The hallways, however, have old carpeting and the old dark wood doors with cracking surfaces, so walking from the elevator to one's room doesn't inspire joy.
The afternoon after I had checked out I returned to pick up my bags from the bellhop. The men's room next to the bar was locked, and the guard in the lobby was none too pleased to have to walk a few feet to open it.
I did walk over one afternoon to the Hyatt, which had been the other hotel I was considering, and, at least from their public spaces ((soaring atrium, loft-type bar, etc.) it looked far cheerier than the Renaissance.
- 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:
- Renaissance Baltimore
- Baltimore Renaissance