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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Ranked #22 of 66 Hotels in Baltimore
Arlington, VA
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“Short and sweet one night stay”
Reviewed 26 April 2012

I ended up with this hotel after bidding on priceline for a Friday night stay. For the price I paid, I was very happy with the overall experience. My husband and I arrived in the late evening Friday night, and I'd read about the very expensive hotel parking. So we ended up going in a lot on the street behind the building and paying $19 for a day. I realize this wasn't drastically less than the hotel parking, but it was very convenient so I was happy to save a little money and walk the extra block.

The hotel is huge and takes up the whole block. We had an easy check in and were put on the 7th floor in a king bed room right next to the indoor pool. The room was very large and the bed was comfortable. The decor in the hotel and room was definitely dated, but this wasn't a problem for me as I was just looking for a comfortable place to spend the night. The only problem we encountered in our room was hearing very loud noises that sounded like plates and silverware banging righ toutside our door at 8:30 am. I'm not sure if there is some kind of kitchen right around that area but it was very loud. Luckily, I was already awake, but if it had woken me I would've been more upset.

I enjoyed being in a room next to the pool because it was convenient to take a swim, which I did in the morning. The indoor pool is small and a bit cold, but it wasn't crowded so I still enjoyed a swim. There is also a nice jucuzzi next to the pool and a small lounge area with comfortable chairs and tables.

The hotel is located one block from the harbor, right in the action of the downtown area. There were plenty of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. My husband and I had breakfast at Miss Shirley's a few blocks away, which was excellent, and took a walk around the harbor because it was such a beautiful day. I think the hotel's location is perfect for tourists who want to experience Baltimore's main attractions.

Overall, I had a very enjoyable stay at the Renaissance and was pleased with the hotel as a priceline win. I previously stayed at the Marriott Waterfront on the other side of the harbor (also through Priceline) and I preferred the Renaissance. I would be happy to stay here again on a trip to Baltimore.

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We had a very nice experience at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. We found the lobby to be lovely and clean, and we had a quick, courteous check-in . We had a room with 2 doubles, and the room had a nice, big, immaculate bathroom and a flat screen TV as well as coffee maker. We booked using a AAA rate, which was half of the regular rate, and the rate included the breakfast buffet that would normally cost nearly $20 a person. It is a great buffet with lots of variety and an omelet/waffle bar. The hotel connects to a mall that, while it has some nice stores and a few fast food places (including McDonald's - parents, save yourselves that room service charge for someone who would rather be eating nuggets anyways!), transforms to a less family-friendly place after dark. You need a hotel key card to pass between the mall and hotel. The hotel is across the street from the inner harbor shops and attractions - you really don't need a car at all if you stay here - and, since parking is $28 for self-park - $40 for valet (consistent with other garages in this area), you better get your money's worth from that garage! We were in Baltimore for an event at the convention center which is an easy 3 or 4 block walk. The pool at the hotel is very small, but the pool lounge is very nice and comfortable with upscale furnishings and a large flat screen TV. The hotel employs a lifeguard, and she seemed very frazzled watching a pool full of kids - one night she closed down the pool 15 minutes early, yelling at everyone to "Get out - It's closed!" - I asked why she was closing early, and she said the pool was very dirty and needed chemicals. I'm not sure what difference 15 minutes would've made, but my kids enjoyed the pool several times, nonetheless, while I lounged nearby. I didn't hear any noise from the street as I had a courtyard view which was in the center of the hotel.
I look forward to returning next year.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Very nice place. Would have loved to try to pool but didn't make it there.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

You are very close to a major hospital and ambulances scream by all night. Adjacent to a mall that we witnessed people screaming, cursing and acting totally crazy. Everything very expensive.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the harbor. Constant sirens and very noisey.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

Big disappointment. My husband and I stayed here the weekend of 4/14 while visiting our college student. We usually stay at the Marriott Waterfront, but thought we'd try the Renaissance since this is the hotel recommended for us to stay during commencement weekend this May. I am so sorry that our reservations are here and now we are having difficulty getting a room any place else. Lobby was not clean and definitely not what I've found to expect at Renaissance properties. Even the checkin counter left alot to be desired. Then we get to our room which was OK, not really as clean as expected, carpet soiled, and towels were old and shredding. The Starbucks and cafe in the hotel was awful. Tables were dirty with crumbs, etc. from previous customers and overall appearance was not good. I am really hoping to get into another hotel.

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Property: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Address: 202 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202-6101
Region: United States > Maryland > Baltimore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Baltimore
#24 Romantic Hotel in Baltimore
#25 Family Hotel in Baltimore
#26 Business Hotel in Baltimore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 622
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore Baltimore, Maryland's vibrant Inner Harbor with us! The top-rated Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is steps away from the city's storied waterfront, placing guests at the center of downtown Baltimore's most exciting district. Our hotel is close to local attractions like Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, and Harborplace shopping, plus a range of fine dining and nightlife opportunities. Hotel guests can enjoy superior in-room amenities like deluxe marble bathrooms, 37-inch LCD TVs, and amazing water views. We invite you to stay active at our 24-hour fitness center, take a dip in our year-round indoor pool, or enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine and spectacular harbor vistas at our Watertable restaurant. With over 31,000 square feet of event space, we're also an ideal option for hosting a special event or business convention here in downtown Baltimore. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, we'll make sure that your trip to the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is a success. ... more   less 
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