Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
My family and I stayed here in August 2003 for a national convention at the nearby convention center. At a Priceline rate of $85, this hotel was superb. Most comfortable hotel beds I have experienced. Very courteous staff. Excellent location in downtown Baltimore. Highly recommend, especially if you get a good rate on Priceline.
Can't say enough about the staff!
My wife and I needed a close-in getaway for our 1st anniversary. I had never been to the inner harbor, so we chose the Renaissance pretty much at random. I reserved a king room away from the waterfront. At check-in, the desk clerk gave us a free upgrade to a waterfront SUITE when informed of the purpose of our stay. We also received a coupon for a complimentary breakfast the next morning.
The room was clean and well-appointed. The view of the inner harbor was fantastic. The room was quiet, but not soundproof. We only stayed one night, so we didn't get to experience all of the amenities the hotel has to offer, but there are many.
Although the hotel itself is a fine hotel, the thing that impressed me the most was the friendliness and responsiveness of the hotel staff. I've traveled a good deal and I can honestly say I've never encountered a more upbeat, positive, and friendly group of people. Nearly each and every time we came within earshot of one of the staff, we were greeted with a smile and a cheerful greeting. I'm told that Baltimore is trying to change its once well-deserved reputation of being an unfriendly city. The Renaissance staff is definitely setting a new standard in that regard.
Considering the price, this hotel is just okay
We stayed in this hotel in early May 2004.
This hotel was just okay, considering the price we paid. We received a room with a view of the inner patio/pavilion area--kind of odd when people would lounge right outside our window.
The hotel contains one staffed, smallish indoor pool and hot tub--nothing fancy. The gym is pretty small, too, but at least it's there.
The rooms were average, though the beds were pretty darn cushy and comfortable. If someone is in the hallway anywhere near your room and talking at any noise level above a whisper, you'll hear them, and you'll hear them well. Heck, we probably could have even heard whispering. It felt like the doors were paper-thin. Luckily, we only had noisy people wake us up (a handful of times) the first night.
Location was nice--an easy (depending on the heat) 10 minute walk on mostly skybridges to the Convention Center. Harborplace and the Inner Harbor were right across the street. It was pretty cool that you could walk out of the lobby right into the Gallery (a nice-ish five-level mall).
After having stayed and explored the Inner Harbor and environs, I have to say I would definitely go for a hotel in Fells Point if I went back to Baltimore. Several inns there looked lovely; great ambience and area--not nearly as dirty and city-ish as the Inner Harbor.
Loved the Renaissance Inner Harbor
My husband and I (as well as my daughter and her family) stayed at the Ranaissance Inner Harbor 2-27 to 2-29 and loved it. Our rooms were clean, well-appointed and comfortable and the hotel is beautifully located BUT we must commend you on the staff...everyone, from the doorman (Marcus Bedford) who greeted us, to the desk to bell hops,chambermaids, waiters, hostesses/hosts...just wonderful! They are well-trained..couteous, greet you as they pass...they really made us feel well cared for. Thanks
Best of Baltimore
Luckily I made our reservation before I read any reviews otherwise the points made about noisy rooms, bad service, etc. would have put me off.
Our experience of this hotel didn't include any of these problems, we asked for a quiet room and we got just that, it was really comfortable and smart. The staff were always friendly and helpful. A terrific bonus is that the hotel is located in the same coplex as The Gallery shopping mall and it is wonderful. We had a great time, yep expensive, but it's not like you don't know this before you book. If you make it over to Baltimore try The Helmand restaurant, it is fabulous - excellent food, good service and great value, I assure you that you will love it!
Great location, great staff
We loved our stay here for a long weekend getaway. Our room offered a view of an interior courtyard, overlooking the indoor pool, and shopping arcade. A bonus: We could see if the pool was crowded (never).
In addition to the pool, there's a hot tub, wet and dry saunas, and exercise machines. Hotel provides towels poolside. Our room was spacious and comfortble. The bed had a thick fluffy comforter and loads of pillows! Room amenities include TV, radio, coffee maker (with packets of coffee, tea, cream and sugar) coffee mugs, glasses, a corkscrew, computer hookup and desk, three phones (one in the wc) and an easy chair and ottoman. You can hear people out in the hall or next door if they speak loudly. Otherwise, the hotel is quiet. The hotel is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Windows Restaurant offers a generous and tasty breakfast buffet and outstanding service. Staff are great. Warm, friendly, and dedicated to giving good service. Overall, a good value at the weekend rate ($159.00).
Not too impressed
Fabulous hotel interior however came short for its guestrooms... unless you stayed in the presidential suite, I suppose. The price I paid for that room could have gotten me a suite at another Marriott location.
But I do recomment its Window restaurant where the breakfast was satisfying.
Not great for the price
Just came back yesterday from Inner Harbor. The Renaissance Harborplace is a nice looking hotel and in a great spot however the noise leaves a lot to be desired. The walls between the rooms are paper thin; you can hear the conversations in the next room very easily. Security is nonexistent. There were people / children running and screaming around the halls until at least 3-4 am and then it quieted down. The front desk was no help. There was alot of undesirables in the hotel; you have to wonder it these people were guests! We felt if there was a better job of hotel personnel to actually see what goes on around the floors and make an effort to maintain some type of control; then maybe the stay may have been more enjoyable. Also beware of valet parking! The sign states $25 for overnight guests and when asking if this was per night or a one time fee; we were advised that it was a one time fee.
However the front desk charged us $50 for our 2 night stay and we were told that they cannot be held responsible for what the valets told us!
Unfortunately we could not find the valet that told us this! Hopefully someone else will have a better stay. Next time will try the Marriott Waterfront.
My husband and I chose a quick long get-away weekend so we could use up some of our Marriott offers. We stayed at this hotel because of the location and what it looked like on Marriott's web pages. Well, we were disappointed in this 12 floor hotel. We had a view of a parking garage and the streets were so noisy you could hear cars all night long. Ths staff was just average. The concierge was not very helpful. When we were leaving to go the Marriott Waterfront hotel for the next two nights, I asked her to call to see if we could check in early. She called the hotel and asked them if they had sold our the night before.
She then hung up and said that they did not sell out so we should be able to get into our room. We went over there and lo and behold our room was not ready, so we had 4 hours to kill in the heat. Not very professional at all.
Great on the Fourth of July
We stayed at the Renaissance last year for the 4th of July and requested a view of the fireworks display. It was SPECTACULAR, they gave us a perfect room, we sat in our bathrobes and watched the show.
The staff was great, quick walk to the harbor shops (across the street), expensive but well worth the splurge.
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