The bustling port city of Baltimore has some of the best spring experiences that the East Coast has to offer — historic sights, professional sports (Go, Orioles!) and, of course, high-end hotels in the form of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. One of the brand’s newest U.S. properties — the hotel opened in November 2011 — the 256-room waterfront gem in the city’s posh Harbor East neighborhood has imbued the area with a well-deserved dose of modern glam.
Here are five things to love about it this season:
The dramatic, glass-wrapped tower that houses Four Seasons Baltimore presents a modern visage soaring high above the city skyline. Inside, you are equally pleased with contemporary delights in a muted palette of grays and golds. Take in views of the harbor or marina from oversized rooms (starting at 500 square feet) with floor-to-ceiling windows, espresso machines, deep soaking tubs and a room service menu sprinkled with dishes from celebrity chef Michael Mina.
Buzzy bar and boozy brunch
In-house restaurant Wit & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina, a Four-Star experience from the James Beard Award-winning toque, has quickly become one of the city’s unofficial see-and-be-seen destination on weekends. The buzzy harborfront bar is packed each evening with guests cozied up to the fireplace with seasonally inspired cocktails — the rye-, lime- and mint tea-packed Triple Crown sure sounds tasty — and dishes like foie gras-topped burgers.
While we love the space by night, it’s even better come morning — especially Sunday, when you get a chance to sample the hotel’s luxe buffet brunch, a spread that comes complete with live music, a raw bar, dessert area (a crepes spot and make-your-own-s’mores station) and a robust sampling of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as mini sliders, hearty pulled pork and mac and cheese. Top it off with unlimited mimosas and you’ve got yourself a wonderful end to the weekend.
The Four-Star The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is a special place. One of the brand’s largest spas on the East Coast, the 10,200-square-foot, 11-room escape features his-and-hers areas for sauna, steam and experiential showers, plus a coed waterfront lounge for thorough relaxation.
Enjoy an extensive menu of treatments, ranging from the Harbor Salt Scrub to the Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, where therapists use their body weight to get deep into the muscle by hanging from bars above you.
Book with lead therapist Mario for an experience you won’t soon forget. If you can, request one of the private suites with a majestic tub and massive windows with water views.
Many a bride has dreamed of a Four Seasons wedding. We love the Baltimore location more than most for its extravagant second-floor event space, which offers expansive terraces overlooking the marina and harbor.
Host your big day in one of the ballrooms or, in warm weather, on the pool deck. When it’s time to pose for photographs, do so on the dramatic curved staircase or amid the hotel’s impressive collection of modern art, the largest in the city.
Many visitors think of the Inner Harbor when they consider a visit to Baltimore. And sure, the area is great for a visit to the tall ships or the aquarium, but Harbor East, just across the water, provides much more for luxury seekers than mere tourist attractions. From brand names like Anthropologie and J.Crew located just steps from the hotel proper to designer shoe boutique Sassanova and hip eyeglass purveyor Warby Parker, there’s something for every style.
Complete your day of luxury shopping with an equally extravagant night out — elegant French-American Four-Star restaurant Charleston sits just blocks from the hotel.