My last two visits to Baltimore have been stopovers for dinner while en route to somewhere else. My most recent hotel stay there was in 1998, not recent enough to justify a full-fledged review. Here, however, are brief recollections of properties I’ve used in the past and, after reviewing a more-current hotel directory, could probably recommend:
-The Clarion at Mt. Vernon Square, 612 Cathedral St.
-Days Inn Inner Harbor,100 Hopkins Place.
The Clarion, stayed at in 1998, is only a few minutes’ walk from the light rail line and, if you like walking, within walking distance of downtown. It’s within reasonable walking distance of Penn Station (AMTRAK), but, alas, the walk isn’t safe at night. My principal memory is arriving in a heavy rainstorm, hungry, and being told that since the hotel didn’t have a full-service restaurant for dinner, I could have their courtesy van take me to a restaurant of my choice. When I was done for the evening, I was invited to call and have their driver come fetch me. Class. I paid approximately $90/night at the Clarion in 1998 but a Year 2000 directory shows their rates for a single starting at $109.
The Days Inn is barely a quarter-mile from Harborplace and the restaurant I like so well there. It’s a seven or eight minute walk from the light rail line and there’s a ‘Metro’ station about the same distance away. It’s not convenient to downtown but one of the next-to-last stops on the bus from downtown to BWI Airport. My stay there was in 1992; I recall it as being about what you’d expect of a high-rise Days Inn in a downtown location in a major city. My year-old hotel directory shows their published ‘rack’ rate for single rooms as $59-139. I’m dubious about the $59 figure but, since I’m not staying there anytime soon, didn’t call to test its availability.