Four Seasons Baltimore – Hotel Review
Unveiled in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood in November 2011, the sparkling new $200-million, 18-story Four Seasons towers over the waterfront, within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.
As I pulled around the semicircular drive in front of the glass-and-steel structure, a valet and a porter hurried over to park the car and put my luggage on a trolley. (Valet parking is $40 per 24 hours.)
The open, spacious lobby was decked out with towering flower arrangements, marble floors, large abstract paintings with splashes of color, and minimal, contemporary furnishings. Overhead, clusters of curled glass ceiling lights glowed.
A friendly receptionist at the long, sleek front desk checked me in, and I took the elevator to my room.
Deluxe flourishes accented my Harbor View room’s streamlined decor. A glass door set into floor-to-ceiling windows opened onto a balcony, which overlooked the harbor and one of the outdoor pools. Between the bed and the balcony, a lounge chair with ottoman offered a spot to relax. An elegant wood paneled wall faced the opposite side of the bed.
I slept comfortably and deeply in the down-pillow and duvet topped king-size bed which faced a large flat-screen TV ensconced in a wood cabinet. A wood paneled alcove held the spacious closet, and an espresso machine stood atop the mini bar. The room was also outfitted with a safe, a clock radio with an iPod docking station, and a Blu-ray DVD player. 24-hour room service was also available.
The marble-clad bathroom featured a separate shower and tub, thick robes and towels, and a TV screen set into the mirror.
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The polished granite topped work desk in my room faced a wall with a large mirror and four outlets within easy reach for short cords. A non-ergonomic wheeled desk chair offered adequate back support, and wired and Wi-Fi Internet access were available at no charge. I had no trouble with the Wi-Fi, which I found to be consistently speedy.
With 20,595 square feet of meeting and event space the Four Seasons Baltimore can host events and meetings ranging from banquets and receptions to those held theater-, boardroom-, and classroom-style. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 700 people.
Leisure options include a heated infinity pool with a hot tub and a 24-hour fitness center. The spa features a Finnish rock sauna, a tea room, a vitality pool, and human grooming services including manicure, pedicure, and body and skin treatments. Overnight shoeshine service is complimentary.
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