I knew I was in for something special when my first impression of Baltimore's InterContinental Harbor Court was of a gentleman in a topcoat blowing leaves from the entrance.
Formerly the Harbor Court Hotel, which opened in 1986, the property was reflagged as an InterContinental in April 2006. Upgrades to the hotel include new bedding and flat-screen TVs in guest rooms, as well as fully renovated bathrooms. There's now high-speed and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel; and in public spaces, refinished wood, brass and marble surfaces and fixtures, as well as new floors; and a revamped hotel entrance, courtyard and gardens.
The InterContinental Harbor Court has a great location, not only across a road to the waterfront, but also in walking distance of the aquarium, science center, downtown business district, Harborplace mall, local ferry service, convention center and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The city's baseball and football stadiums are also nearby.
The InterContinental's 195 guest rooms and 22 suites are
harbingers of the 2,000 hotel rooms (including a 756-room convention center
Hilton scheduled for 2008) that are coming onto the market in downtown
The top accommodation is the Presidential Suite, which, in addition to two bedrooms and two and a half baths, has a living room with a baby grand piano and fireplace, dining room that seats 12, kitchen and wet bar. Six 1,000-square-foot Corner Suites and 12 Junior Suites, which are 720 square feet, all have Jacuzzi tubs and four-poster beds; some have canopies. Three Parlor Suites also have harbor views, as well as a second bathroom and dining table. Throughout the property, views are either of the harbor or the hotel's courtyard; harbor views are of course preferable.
The hotel's 5,000-square-foot rooftop fitness center is impressive for a smallish hotel: There's an indoor pool, racquetball and squash court, sauna and whirlpool, exercise room, outdoor tennis court, half basketball court and a small spa with an ambitious list of services.
Dining options include the elegant local destination
Business Travel Manager Kristina Kooken (410-347-9702, [email protected]) is the travel agent liaison; Steven Parker (410-347-9707, [email protected]) is the general manager. The commission rate varies.