This was my second visit to Baltimore in the last 12 months. This time I wanted to stay closer to the stadiums as I was hoping to see an Orioles game while in town.
After doing my research, I
decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Baltimore at the Stadiums. As an added surprise it was directly across the street from the Casino though I did not visit it this time due to time constraints.
Pulling up to the Hotel I saw a non-descript exterior. However, entering the lobby was an immediate upgrade. The floors seemed to be polished marble or at least a high quality ceramic tile.
The staff at the front desk was friendly, conversational, pleasant and helpful. The coffee/tea service was a pleasant surprise but had many fruit flies. There were also a couple of flies in the elevator.
There was ample space in the parking lot and I liked the fact that the lot was fenced in with security cameras.
The room itself was very clean with a highly responsive air conditioning system. My travel companion was having temperature issues and made dramatic changes to the temperature and the system responded quickly an efficiently.
I am usually very observant and critical of rooms and I only noticed two small concerns. It appeared that my bed had a knife puncture in it - going through the sheet into the mattress . . . which mad me wonder if the linens had been changed (I cannot imagine a puncture being in the same exact spot of a mattress cover/sheet and the mattress). However, did not notice any other telling signs of issue upon closer inspection. The mini-fridge also looked like it could have been wiped out a little nicer, so I left my items in my carry in cooler.
As I mentioned we wanted to go to Camden yards to see the Orioles. The park was gorgeous. I have been to about 10 of them in my life and the tickets were affordable and the stadium gorgeous.
As an added value the Hotel had a round trip shuttle service to the game for $5 per person. While this was not "door to door" it was close enough ("door to the Convention Center"). The Stadium was in walking distance and I certainly would have walked to the Ravens (closer than Camden Yards) . . . but it was a night game and I was informed I would be near a couple of "sketchy" neighborhoods in the middle of my walk so the shuttle was well received.
The mattresses were comfortable so I slept well. The breakfast was fairly hardy and they did replenish the hot items near the end of it. This free "hot" breakfast was also much better than a "continental" one I had to pay almost $20 for the next day at a "5 star" resort hotel in Washington D.C. the next day.
They can also accommodate larger groups as there was a bus tour there while we stayed there.
The pool is an outdoor pool in a "semi-private" (covered fence) area. Unfortunately it was not open yet for the year. I understand Memorial Day is the city ordinance for pools at Hotels.
I would be willing to stay here again in the future. [Less]