The Baltimore Convention Center opened in 1979 as part of Mayor William Schaefer’s initiative to help Baltimore’s flagging economy, which at that point was struggling due to losses in the manufacturing industry. It quickly proved to be a huge success. Now, many organizations host conferences at the center.
The most famous convention hosted here is probably Otakon, which focuses on the popular culture of Eastern Asia (anime, manga, light novels, movies, etc.). Its name is a portmanteau of the English word convention and the Japanese word otaku.
But that’s just one of the many conventions. A few other organizations who hold conventions here are the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Tastefully Simple, Baltimore Summer Antiques, American Association for Justice, Youngevity, and Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
With all this activity, the Convention Center is bound to produce a lot of waste. Baltimore is very conscious of this fact, so they put a system in place to try and be more environmentally friendly.
This system, SOMAT, is a waste reduction system that eliminates up to 90 percent of the waste produced in the Center, turning that refuse into usable soil product.
The Baltimore Convention Center is the first convention center to put such a system into place.
How to Get There and Where to Stay
Taking a car is probably the easiest way to get to Baltimore Convention Center, but it wouldn’t be recommended, because parking can be both difficult and expensive. Instead, taking a taxi is your best bet.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that’s close to the Convention Center, it’s hard to beat the city-owned Hilton Baltimore. This hotel is more than just close to the Center: an enclosed skywalk bridge connects the two, meaning you don’t even have to go outside if you want to walk from one to the other.
With a free shuttle to the Convention Center, Camden Yards and the Waterfront areas of the Inner Harbor, as well as easy access to area companies and Baltimore (BWI) Airport, our hotel's accommodations are the smart choice. We also offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, complimentary Internet service and you will love our warm friendly staff.
We are centrally located just minutes from Downtown Baltimore, Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - BWI, Amtrak, major highways. We are a brand new property with complimentary parking, complimentary breakfast, 24-hour Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary Business Center.
Our restaurant serves a lite fare and we have a cocktail lounge. We offer a free shuttle to the BWI Airport. Kids stay and eat free at the hotel. Complimentary high-speed Internet access, state-of-art fitness center, and the convenience of a fully equipped business center are available.
This Baltimore hotel's airport location makes travel plans simpler. The free airport and local area shuttle can also take you to a car rental facility if your travel itinerary includes nearby cities. We have a special 'Casino Nights' package for the Maryland Live Casino.
Ideal for extended business trips, family vacations and temporary housing, this hotel's suites near Arundel Mills Mall provide travelers to Maryland with unbeatable amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen.