Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, Maryland – Hotel Review
The Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, an all-suite hotel designed for long-term stays, is located just 17 miles (27.35 km) from Baltimore proper, 30 miles (48.28 km) from Baltimore Washington International Airport, and 55 miles (88.5 km) from both Reagan National and Dulles airports. It’s just one block from a Baltimore Light Rail station that can bring you to to BWI in an hour with no need to transfer and also provides convenient access to Penn Station and Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Entering the lobby, I found, in addition to the reception desk, bright meeting and work nooks decorated with whimsical lights in the shape of eggs with legs. An open communal space with a fireplace, comfortable seating, and a large flat-screen TV dominated the center of the lobby area.
Upon checking in, I found out that the hotel did not offer room service, but the helpful front desk staff offered a selection of menus for ordering in. Just beyond reception there is a small convenience store that sells microwavable meals, soft drinks, chips, ice cream, and other snacks.
I was pleasantly surprised at how cozy and homey my suite felt. Aided by a décor of warm reds, earth tones, comfortable furnishings, and plenty of soft lighting, it provided a welcome respite from the sameness of the office park areas surrounding the hotel.
Extending from just inside the door, separating the kitchen from the foyer, a long counter provided ample space to put a briefcase, purse, keys, cell phone, or anything else one might want to drop after a long day.
The living area was nicely furnished, with a burgundy chaise lounge fronted by a coffee table and facing a flat-screen TV, as well as an easy chair. A work desk with a lamp, easily reachable outlets, a phone, and a wheeled ergonomic desk chair completed the picture. The full kitchen was outfitted with new appliances, including a refrigerator, a stove, a microwave, and a dishwasher, as well as tableware, cookware, and a table for two.
The comfortable king-size bed had nightstands on both sides. In the corner between the living area and the bedroom, a sink and a large mirror were just outside the bathroom door. Inside the bathroom, the combination shower/tub had a curved curtain rod.
My only complaint, and a minor one at that, was that the luggage rack in the bedroom closet was small and a bit too flimsy to adequately hold my suitcase when it was open.
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I found the free in-room Wi-Fi to be speedy and snag-free in terms of gaining access. Use of the washers and dryers in the laundry room is complimentary, and detergent is provided to guests at no charge.
The hotel also houses a gym and an indoor pool. Just outside the pool, an outdoor patio provides a grill for guest use, as well as a fire pit. During my stay, a mother and her daughter enjoyed the pool, while her husband grilled on the deck.
Indoor meeting space consists of one 462-square-foot room that can seat up to 30. Outdoor event space is also available.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but serves a complimentary buffet-style breakfast. Three times a week, dinner socials are held, and on special occasions, events are held in the lobby to bring guests together. A complimentary buffet dinner is served Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, along with free beer, wine, and soft drinks.
During my stay at the Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, I consistently encountered cheerful, friendly, and accommodating staff that genuinely seemed to enjoy working there. Indeed, I wasn’t alone in noticing this: the hotel has won numerous top awards in guest satisfaction from Marriott in recent years, which means that other guests were of the same opinion. A variety of well-designed amenities gave the hotel a residential feel, while also making for a very comfortable work base, well-placed between D.C. and Baltimore.
Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley
45 Schilling Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland
(Photos: Eva Leonard)