Four Seasons Hotel Opens in Baltimore

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in Harbor East officially opened on November 14. The $200 million luxury hotel opens just as the U.S. travel industry is slowly recovering and is expected to boost local tourism. Bookings [...]

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in Harbor East officially opened on November 14. The $200 million luxury hotel opens just as the U.S. travel industry is slowly recovering and is expected to boost local tourism. Bookings have been going well for the holidays, reservations have already been made for over a dozen weddings and companies have set up corporate accounts.

Located in the heart of Harbor East, hugging the shoreline, the 18-story luxury hotel offers rooms and suites with waterfront views and features such as Blu-ray DVD players, 40-inch LCD TVs and marble baths with soaking tubs. It has 256 rooms, including 45 suites. Rooms cost between $259 and $539 while suites are between $2,000 a night to $6,000 a night for the hotel’s Royal Suite. Introductory pricing is being offered for the first month.

It also includes a 13,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a lobby with merchandise on sale and treatment rooms, and two pools. The hotel has a Michael Mina steak and seafood tavern, in addition to a bistro and a pool bar and grill. A Japanese pub, which will serve small plates, sushi and sashimi, and sake, will open in February 2012. It also offers more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space: The Grand Ballroom, The Cobalt Ballroom, eight meeting rooms and a private executive boardroom. The hotel has 250 employees and it is still hiring.

The bad economy and a lack of financing delayed the hotel’s development. Original plans called for  condominiums atop the hotel, bringing the total story count to 44. H&S Properties Development Corp., the developer, decided to delay the condo portion until the residential real estate market improves.

Even though it will be one of the highest-priced hotels in the city and tourism nationwide won’t recover fully until at least 2013, the hotel is expected to be successful. It will appeal to a mix of business travelers, downtown tourists, convention-goers, and patients undergoing long-term care at nearby medical facilities, as well as celebrities seeking privacy and pampering.