Four Seasons: Baltimore

Old Mar 14, 19, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by DSI View Post
The city is just in shambles which is why I and many others are leaving. I won't even drive to the Four Seasons anymore because you have to drive through so many panhandlers and the squeegee boys.
Off topic but not sure I share you sentiment on how horrible Baltimore has become! Yes, the city has issues but so do a lot of other larger cities. If you are complaining about panhandlers and people on the streets maybe you should not go to NYC, LA, SF, etc. etc. Sadly it's becoming more and more prevalent everywhere.

Back on topic...Foreman Wolf restaurants are generally pretty good IMHO. The location that now houses Bar Vasquez used to be a tapas bar that was great but for some unknown reason they changed the concept.

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Old Mar 14, 19, 12:07 pm
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not the ' nicest / newest ' area in baltimore? lots of medical, business, events

paterakis developed / owns much of harbor east / point including FS and atlas

wit and wisdom did some outdoor fresh seafood stuff. hopefully used local..

wonder how often FS and other luxury chain hotels use local chefs like wolf

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Old Mar 14, 19, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by christianj View Post
Off topic but not sure I share you sentiment on how horrible Baltimore has become! Yes, the city has issues but so do a lot of other larger cities. If you are complaining about panhandlers and people on the streets maybe you should not go to NYC, LA, SF, etc. etc. Sadly it's becoming more and more prevalent everywhere.

Back on topic...Foreman Wolf restaurants are generally pretty good IMHO. The location that now houses Bar Vasquez used to be a tapas bar that was great but for some unknown reason they changed the concept.
I live in NYC and grew up in Baltimore, so visit usually once a month. I donít ever recall having my car attacked by window washers in NYC unlike on President Street once I get off i83. It feels like an outright ambush and no matter how many times you wave ďNOĒ they still fk up your windshield (even when itís spotless) and then demand $.

Agreed on Foreman Wolf. And also think that 4 Seasons Balto is a joke.

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Old Dec 3, 19, 8:23 am
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Still an Excellent Choice in Baltimore

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

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Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

200 International Dr Baltimore, MD US 21202

Still an Excellent Choice in Baltimore (10 Photos)

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Planning/Booking

We had a surprise night away, so I had it down to the Ivy (still looking to stay there) with dinner at Magdalena (they were having a Ruinart dinner) versus the FS with dinner at Charleston- I punted to the wife and she did not want to have a group dinner, so the FS it was. Besvisor contacted and replied quickly, who booked us the Fountain View Exec suite and confirmed the upgrade to Water View the next day (it was a Sunday, so I'll cut him a little slack on that- just kidding!)

Check In

quick drive down as usual, car left with valet as I forgot that one can self park for much cheaper in the same building.. We declined help with our paltry bags and headed to checkin, where we were welcomed back. Check in was quick and efficient but I did notice the cookie stand had been replaced with just apple cider. I mentioned to the checkin that we really enjoyed the Apple caramel cookies in the past and were disappointed to see that they were gone...

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Location

I think I've mentioend this before but the location is very good for Baltimore. Our favorite restaurants are nearby (Charleston and Cinghiale) and it's a nice area to walk around. The biggest drawback of the Ivy is the lack of any sort of neighborhood one would want to walk around...

Room

This is my preferred room I think. I've stayed int he Premier Water view and the Lighthouse View Suite as well, but I think the Water View Exec Suite has my favorite view. We got a fantastic view of sunset. The Lighthouse suite has too much of Baltimore in it; and I can literally see where I work... Still need to stay in the Harbor Suite...

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Dining

We only had breakfast via room service but it was actually much better than before I would say. Breakfast is served out of the Bygone, so if one's never been there I would say it's worth going and having breakfast there. However, I would wager it's a pain because you have to descend to the lobby and than catch the elevator up. I really quite enjoyed my chesepeake benedict and the order arrived in less than 30 mins. IMG_1784.JPEGIMG_1786.JPEGIMG_1787.JPEGIMG_1788.JPEGIMG_1789.JPEG

Gym

I rode a Peloton for the first time. I guess it's marginally more exciting than the normal stationary bike. All kiding aside, the gym gets lots of morning sun which was a bit much for me.. I couldn't figure out how to work the shades so I just dealt with it. It's a well equipped but pretty standard FS gym

Service

Overall I would say it's pretty solid still. The welcome amenity seemed a bit smaller than last visit, but than they made up for it by sending us up a batch of the Apple Caramel cookies! I'm not sure if my preferences got forgotten, but there wasn't a tea kettle in room as there have been at previous visits. A quick call down got one sent up, including a large Aqua Panna bottle for which we didn't get charged (because who makes tea with just regular tap water). It's been noted in the past that I am allergic to L'occitane Verbena products, and usually they've provided Bvlgari ones instead;  however this time it was L'occitane Amande products.. which were fine. However, I don't know if they've moved to Amande products hotel wide, or if this was the alternative product.. either way I guess they didn't give the product I'm allergic too I guess.. They did neglect to provide additional NEspresso capsules with turn down, but there is coffee available in the morning in the lobby.. Finally, the FSPP credit is for spa credit, but I did not have an opportunity to take a treatment at the stay. They were, however, willing to let me pre-pay for my wife's spa day that she had already planned for the weekend..

Overall

It's just so easy for us. less than 20 mins door to door. Solid service, great location, solid hard product. The spa is great as well, and my wife reaffirmed that when she visited over the weekend. I was very very dubous when FS announced Baltimore, but they've proven me wrong. It's been 8 years and they seem to still be ticking the right boxes...

Still an Excellent Choice in Baltimore

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