by Lissa Poirot
Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor District and blocks from the harbor and Discovery Point and their many family-friendly attractions, not to mention Camden Yards and a host of water taxis that deliver your family to other historic districts, the Hampton Inn & Suites is an attractive, yet comfortable home-away-from-home during a visit to the vibrant waterfront city. The hotel’s 116 rooms accommodate families in seven floors with studio suites with kitchenettes providing plenty of space.
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- Oversized rooms with kitchenettes
- Free breakfast daily
- Close proximity from Inner Harbor attractions
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
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The Hampton's 116 rooms include one or two queen beds or a king bed, as well as a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, sink and ample counter space for preparing meals in-room. More spacious studio suites provide sofabeds and or whirlpool tubs. All rooms come with Hampton Inn's Cloud Nine down bedding, flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi access.
Complimentary breakfast is offered in the lobby with fresh-made waffles, pastries, fruit, eggs and more. The hotel will provide rollaway beds, cribs or high chairs at your request.
I stayed here for 5 nights while attending a conference at the convention center. The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the convention center and 5-10 minutes walk to the inner harbor. I arrived late at night due to airline delays and had to wait for over 15 minutes before someone appeared to check me in. The room was comfortable and clean. I had a corner room that I think was larger than others. The furniture showed some wear but there were no real issues and the bed was comfortable. The TV and WiFi worked well. The exercise room was nice enough and there was an indoor pool. The breakfast was pretty substandard for a Hampton Inn. No complaints.
One night to PTriots Ravens on Sunday night Football! Bad game for us but hotel staff made it a pleasant trip! Hotel rooms need renovation but public areas were fine!
Tried to stay at Hilton which is closer to M&T Park but sold out. This hotel was next closest and used Hilton Honors points!
A city hotel that understands its visitors stay with the intention of exploring its neighborhoods, the Hampton Inn does provide an indoor, basement level pool meant mainly to be a lap pool but happy to accommodate children during rainy days.
Harborplace & the Gallery
This waterfront shopping and dining area overlooks the Inner Harbor, where kids can explore a variety of waterfront attractions, as well as tour the harbor in a paddleboat. There is no hiding the sea dragon-shaped paddleboats floating along the Inner Harbor from your young ones, so walk on over to the pier and take a 30-minute ride for yourself. The dragons, however, are popular, so expect to wait for your dragon. Once in the water, paddle your way around the harbor between the USS Constellation and USS Torsk.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
For a relatively low fee, you and yours can board and explore the historic ships occupying Baltimore Harbor, including the wooden USS Constellation and USS Torsk submarine. Aboard the Civil War-era Constellation, the kids can receive sword-fighting lessons from costumed soldiers and watch the daily musket and cannon firings. Tickets include one to four ships, as well as the opportunity to explore the red, seven-foot Knoll Lighthouse.
Maryland Science Center
The four-level museum features "Dinosaur Mysteries," "Your Body: The Inside Story," "Wonder Warehouse," and other hands-on exhibitions that introduces children of all ages into the wonderful world of science. The rooftop observatory is open Friday nights through Saturday afternoons with a computer-controlled telescope for further exploration.
The hotel doesn't offer a restaurant or in-room dining services, however it does provide free continental breakfast in the lobby featuring fresh-made waffles, cereals, pastries, eggs and bacon.
The hotel also has a snack store that sells frozen meals that can be cooked in the in-room microwaves. A nearby convenience store makes a good pit-stop for filling the fridge with drinks, snacks and microwavable meals for in-room dining. Otherwise, walk out the door and sample the area's numerous family-friendly restaurants.
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All about the Extras
A fitness center is located on the basement level and all rooms receive free Wi-Fi.
The Art of Smart Timing
With the water being such an integral part of Baltimore, the best time to visit is during the spring through fall months, when temperatures are warm enough to enjoy the sea breezes along the Inner Harbor and play on the water. However, hotel prices are higher in these warm-weather months and the best deals can be found if you're interested in braving winter's cold.
Camden Yards is a big draw to out-of-towners from New York and Boston who take advantage of cheap airfare and come into town to watch their baseball teams take on the Baltimore Orioles. During these weekends, hotels sell out and prices increase.
Flying into Baltimore is easy with more than 600 domestic flights landing daily at Baltimore/Washington International. A light rail line delivers families from the airport to the city center, where a car is never needed to explore Baltimore's most popular tourist areas, mainly the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fell's Point and Camden Yards.
Baltimore is easy to maneuver on foot, but the Charm City Circulator is a convenient bus service passing through the city's various neighborhoods. Water taxis are a fantastic and fun way to move about the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Fell's Point, with inexpensive daylong passes. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) provides day passes that cover all buses, light rail and metro subway connections. The MARC Train can also connect you to Washington, D.C.