I recently spent about 48 hours in Baltimore for a whirlwind tour of the city’s historic sites. My home-away-from-home for the trip was the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott – Baltimore Inner Harbor. Despite its incredibly long and complicated name, this hotel is one I’d recommend for families, couples and business travelers headed to Baltimore. What makes the Fairfield so great?
8 Reasons To Stay At The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott – Baltimore Inner Harbor
Our national anthem was written after Francis Scott Key witnessed an incredibly large flag waving over Fort McHenry on the morning after a long battle with the British (during the War of 1812, by the way, not that other one). That very large flag, 30 feet by 42 feet to be exact, was made by Mary Young Pickersgill in an old brewery. That brewery is now the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Every time you sing “Oh say, can you see…”, you’ll know you slept in the place where it all began!
This hotel was the first (and currently only) hotel in Baltimore to be certified “green” and it’s recently earned the LEED gold star. Some of the properties most interesting features include a 30-foot tall grain silo in our courtyard that was once used as a beer storage tank now captures rainwater runoff that is recycled and used for the hotel’s landscape irrigation and a “green roof” that reduces radiant heat.
3. Spacious rooms
An all-suite hotel means everyone gets plenty of space. My room included a large bedroom and a separate seating area with a couch, chair, TV and work station. There was another nook with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee station. The bathroom was also spacious.
4. On-site restaurant
When you stay in a hotel that used to be a brewery, you should expect to be able to get a beer. At the full-service restaurant, you can get a beer, a burger, and a variety of other items in the pub. Hotel guests can order room service from the restaurant.
Not only does this hotel not hide their coffee maker in the rooms, but the Great Room off the lobby offers a full coffee bar all day and night. Choose from regular and decaf coffee, tea, and all the fixings – including flavored creamers! – for your hot beverage. I admit it, the convenience of coffee in a hotel is a big selling point for me!
Need more than a cup of coffee for breakfast? A “continental breakfast” is served every morning in the Great Room. You’ll find more than bagels and bananas. Choose from microwaveable breakfast sandwiches, quiche, waffles, yogurt, cereal, juices and more before you start the day.
Although not on the waterfront, this hotel is conveniently located near many Baltimore attractions and other conveniences. Forget your memory card at home? No problem – Office Depot is a block away! You’ll also find bars, restaurants and museums a short walk from the hotel’s front door.
I love a hotel that offers free in-room wifi. If you didn’t pack your laptop, take advantage of their free business center in the lobby. (This is also a great place to print your boarding passes before heading to the airport.)
Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor
101 President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
I was a guest of Visit Baltimore on this trip and my stay at the hotel was complimentary.
All photos by Britt Reints