Location For fans of baseball, particularly Baltimore Orioles followers, the Hilton Baltimore hotel is the place to stay. Not only is this new Hilton located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but many rooms overlook the baseball ground. Yep, right onto the field. Even if you’re not a fan, the sight of the iconic green is an interesting and quite unique one. Football fans? The M&T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, is also nearby. Hilton Baltimore is located in Camden Yards, a 21st century development in the Baltimore Inner Harbor district, right downtown. The hotel is also next to the Baltimore Convention Center, which can be accessed by a skybridge. Thus it attracts the usual flow of confectioners and business travelers. But it’s a short walk away from cultural spots, too. Oh, and the Sports Legend Museum is across the road on Camden Street. Appropriate for the state where Babe Ruth was born.
The Hotel The Hilton Baltimore opened in 2008 and takes the Hilton brand into a new era of function and form. It’s simply designed, but not without a certain spectacular-ness. The lobby is a massive, cavernous room, with a cozier bar in one corner, some couches and seating in its center, and lots of sleek marble flooring connecting the space. The latter makes for a very noisy area though! A warm orange, both in bright and brunt shades, runs throughout the hotel, even to the guest rooms, which are spacious. Hilton Honors members have a private lounge with TVs and comfortable seating. Located on the 18th floor, the lounge serves complimentary early evening appetizers and a breakfast buffet, and the lovely view over Baltimore’s storied skyline is also free. Oh, there’s another piece of green visible from some rooms: an eco-sensible green roof is installed!
Restaurants and Bars The Diamond Tavern is dubbed a modern American restaurant, which translates as a casual place to grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s an upscale sports bar with 20 high-definition televisions; great for drinks, too. Though the outdoor patio is a nice addition for warm months, because of a more café/bar atmosphere, it’s not the place for a romantic dinner,
Fitness rooms, pools, and spas Not only does the Hilton Baltimore have an indoor heated lap pool and hot tub, and spacious exercise rooms, but there’s an outdoor deck with tables and chairs overlooking – yep, you guessed it – Oriole Park. Also, the treadmills are placed in front of a window wall offering the same view. (It’s not like Hotel Junkie is a baseball nut, but how unique is that?)
Tech There is a charge for WiFi. A full-service UPS store is located within the building.
Highs Hotel Junkie found the staff to be pleasant and welcoming. No attitude, just great service, as it should be. Guest bathrooms have Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, but no magnifying mirror or robes. This Hilton accepts pets up to 75 lbs and Hilton’s pet beds are very comfy! There’s a very civilized noon checkout, too.
Lows On game nights, the area is either a) madness, or b) fun – depending on personal taste! And, that prehistoric WiFi charge? Why?
Rooms +++ Suites Unseen
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 21201
Useful websites: Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, Baltimore Orioles,Baltimore Dining Guide
Photo credit: Hilton Baltimore