My impression is that this hotel was opened as a way to make $ off of unwanted apartments. The room I stayed in had open plumbing in the bathroom (floor & wall) where it appears that a washer & dryer combo was once planned, years ago. There are hardly any fixtures or decor within the enormous space. There are motion sensors for everything! So God help you if you move around in your sleep because the motion sensors which are meant to save energy will trigger the lamps in the bedroom and you'll think you're being visited by aliens. This happened about 5 times throughout the night. Oh, and the heat, or lack there of... There's a fancy digital thermostat which controls absolutely nothing. They must override the system to be 'green' and save energy. My room didn't make it over 67 the entire time I was there.
It seems that someone built a parking garage with apartments as an afterthought, with hotel rooms an even further afterthought. They pride themselves as being 'green' but letting guests walk on concrete floors is just cheap and sad. So, if you fancy sleeping in a parking garage with hardly any furniture, cracked floors, peeling paint, no tv or radio in your bedroom, and hate any type of decor, then this is definitely the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Inn at the Black Olive is Baltimore's Premier Boutique Organic Hotel. From the building materials to the Organic materials and ingredients are the focus.* Cozy Pure Certified Bed, organic bedding, and organic towels* Balconies with harbor views * 800-1000 Square foot rooms with separate dining/living area, bedroom and large spa bathroom with with Sanijet Aqua-therapy tub/Separate walk in shower*Sony Google Internet LED Television with netflix and satellite*Complimentary WIFI and wired broadband*We are ideally located on the boarder of Fells Point and Harbor east along Baltimore's historic waterfront, within walking distance to the convention center, sporting arenas, and the Inner Harbor. We are 14 Blocks south of Hopkins Hospital and all rooms have a view of the Baltimore's harbor. 24 hr Concierge. ... more less