January 17, 2012

Travel Tuesday: A Very Baltimore Adventure

We had the distinct pleasure of exploring Charm City this weekend and visiting the brand new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, the city's newest and first true luxury hotel property.

We couldn't help but be charmed by this waterfront gem, designed and decorated to look like a modern art museum. Already home to the city's largest hotel art collection, the rooms were spacious and airy, with 85% boasting water views. We quickly fell in love with our room (a Harbor View), that offered amazing views of the sunset over the Inner Harbor. Amenities like deep soaking tubs, in-mirror TVs and Nespresso machines in all rooms (plus a thoughtful welcome amenity of Berger Cookies and Kettle Chips - Baltimore classics) made the stay even better.

Also must visits? The 11-room spa oasis, which offers treatment rooms named after essential oils and a heat experience room that rivals DC's Mandarin Oriental. For a limited time, book Monday - Thursday and get 25% off your treatment, and use your Amex to receive an 80-minute treatment for the price of a 50-minute one.

There are also a few great dining outlets on property - Michael Mina's newest concept, a farm-to-table dining experience called Wit and Wisdom Tavern, and LA-based LAMILL COFFEE. We dined well, sampling lobster corn dogs, grilled bison and a sinful Baltimore Bar made of peanut butter, pretzels and ganache that is leaving us craving another slice as we type.

While we normally don't find meeting room exciting, the hotel offers a great array of rooms with spectacular water views and a private entrance via a massive curving staircase and dedicated elevator. We can certainly see some beautiful wedding receptions and events taking place here.

All in all, we'd highly suggest a visit. Check out our other coverage on Gadling, and look for a soon-to-debut piece in Robb Report. 

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