Most travelers recognize the Four Seasons brand as a top luxury choice worldwide. In Baltimore, they seem to stand out even more than usual. Maybe it’s the way the sleek and modern building towers above the Inner Harbor, or the gleam in the multitude of glass windows that bids farewell to the sun each day. Whatever the reason is, when you check in at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, you have chosen quality and luxury.
From the moment you arrive at the property, a smartly dressed bellman takes care of you offering assistance with baggage or directions to the front desk. If you drove, they park your car at the onsite underground parking area.
Enter a world of splendor and comfort
Once inside the lobby, a grand bouquet of seasonal flowers will greet you as you start the check in process. Most rooms offer sweeping views of the Inner Harbor, or historic downtown Baltimore. Choose a Premier Water-View room if your preference is a view of the popular Inner harbor, some of them come with a balcony for warm weather outdoor lounging.
City-view rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore offer great views of the downtown, old and new. Eighty-five percent of the rooms have at least a partial view of the Inner Harbor, so guests can see the water-world below. Each room type comes with marble bathrooms, large soaking tubs, glass-walled walk-in rain shower, plenty of counter space, and an ultramodern mirror with an integrated television screen.
Spacious room with views
The furniture is finished in dark chocolate and walnut and the room soothes weary travelers with calming Earth tones. Relax on the sofa bed with a glass of wine in hand watching TV, or get the last bit of work done at the granite-topped writing desk. The rooms are large and feel even larger with the curtains opened up to the world outside your windows just begging to be explored.
Amenities of note would be the onsite spa on the fourth floor. Get lost in a 10,200 sq ft / 948 sq meters space of complete health and relaxation. With eleven spa treatment rooms, a Finnish Rock Sauna, an Ice Fountain and the Lifestyle Shower, guests have several ways to get wet and sweat before a massage of blissful degree.
Indulge in an eighty minute Swedish massage then soak in the vitality pool before retiring to the Tea Lounge for a cup of herbal tea. If you feel like taking a swim, their swimming pool is located outside on the fourth floor, and is open May 16th to some date in September depending on the weather
Nearby attractions along the Inner Harbor
Outside the hotel on the Inner Harbor side is a walkway stretching for miles. Take a stroll through the historic Inner Harbor where attractions are many and varied. Climb up the stairs of a relocated lighthouse only five minutes from the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.
The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is one of the free attractions in Baltimore, thrilling old and young who enter and glimpse the life of the keepers who manned these isolated posts on the water for years before modern aids-to-navigation took over the job. Four historic ships await curious visitors with rare access to a submarine, a sailing ship, the last surviving ship from the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and a classic floating lightship.
Also nearby is the National Aquarium, one of the best in the U.S. with way more than fish. They boast nearly 20,000 animals in house that will entertain and educate you on their lives and habitat. One of the city’s best entertainment venues is Pier Six Concert Pavilion, where during the extended summer season, many a famous musical act can be seen and heard a stone’s throw from the hotel. Check out their website for upcoming performances and ticket prices.
A world of dining choices
When it’s time to eat, the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has some of the city’s best options. Wit and Wisdom is a tavern-style restaurant by the star chef Michael Mina. Dive into American themed dishes like Crab Bisque for a starter, followed by Catoctin Mountain Farm Pork Chop and finish with Strawberries and Cream. The wine list is extensive and features half-priced bottles on Sundays from 5:30-10 p.m. in the dining room.
Wit and Wisdom also has Sunday brunch some locals deem the best in the city. The culinary delight from farm and sea will dazzle you with quality and quantity. Enjoy a crepe made to your specifications at the crepe station, or make-your-own omelet. Seasonal favorites like grilled local rib-eye steak, or roasted rockfish can be found on the hot food station. Oysters and steamed shrimp are piled high, but save room for the decadent desserts. They have a s’mores station where guests take a house-made marshmallow and toast it over a flame before sandwiching it between a graham cracker and a chocolate square. As the live jazz band plays on, it’s clear Wit and Wisdom has one of the best brunch deals anywhere.
If that wasn’t enough, the other onsite restaurant is Azumi, by Atlas Food Group, one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Maryland. As a professional chef who is married to a Japanese woman, I have been to dozens of sushi restaurants in America and Japan. Azumi is one of the best in the U.S. from my experience.
Open for lunch Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., you will have plenty of chances to try this excellent Japanese food. Be sure and try the miso marinated black cod, one of the best dishes they have. For other dining choices, read more about Baltimore’s Five Best Restaurants.
A popular choice
The Four Seasons Baltimore is in the final stages of an expansion, adding 10 floors of residences to the property. Unlike the hotel rooms below, these residences can be purchased by either individuals or businesses. When I visited in February, 2016 over eighty percent had already been sold!
This is one popular place for both the business and leisure travelers. If it is in your budget, you would be hard pressed to do better in a luxury hotel overlooking the famed Inner Harbor of Baltimore.