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As a business owner with clients around the U.S., I occasionally hit the road for face-to-face confabs. So when I needed to meet with a new client in Baltimore, I researched hotels in Charm City where I could stay while taking care of biz.
Given my affinity for hip boutique hotels, I checked out two popular properties: Hotel Indigo and Hotel Monaco.
Hotel Indigo had sharp rooms, but the rest of the property looked kinda stiff. And Hotel Monaco’s rooms, lobby, and overall feel - though attractive - were wound WAY too tight for me.
I then discovered Hotel RL Baltimore, the city’s newest lodging option that has generated exceptional user ratings (Booking.com - 8.9 out of 10 stars, Kayak - 8.6/10, Hotels.com - 4.3/5, Expedia - 4.3/5, Travelocity - 4.3/5, TripAdvisor - 4/5). It also turned out to be one of the most fun and unique hotels that I’ve ever experienced.
The Hotel RL brand is a new line of properties from the Red Lion Hotels Corporation. It’s targeting tech savvy millennial guests - and while my age demo is in the upper range of Gen X, I nonetheless found Hotel RL Baltimore’s excellently executed offerings to be right in line with my business travel needs.
The hotel, which has ten floors and 130 rooms, is centrally located at 207 East Redwood Street in Baltimore’s busy Inner Harbor district. It’s housed in the majestic Keyser Building, which opened its doors in 1905, and is on the list of the state's historic properties.
Hotel RL Baltimore is easily accessible by all modes of in-bound transportation:
Notable perks that the Hotel offers to its guests include:
Hotel RL Baltimore’s first floor arrangement is the most innovative lobby layout that I’ve encountered in my many travel adventures. Its bright, unpretentious, and airy communal ambiance makes it easy for guests to mingle, dine, and work (or co-work).
Key sections of the lobby include:
Colorful creations from local Baltimore artists adorns the lobby walls, and it’s all beautiful. Check out this impressive ceiling sculpture that was constructed using recycled bicycle parts:
All of the areas that comprise the Hotel’s lobby mesh seamlessly into one another, creating an extended openness and roominess that deliver opportunities for bustling interactivity, or - if needed - privacy, focus, and solitude.
I spent a bunch of hours getting work done in the lobby’s various sectors, and it was invigorating. It represented a highly creative usage of hotel space that emitted vibe, utility, and the opportunity for productive engagement with fellow guests.
Bright. Spacious. Sleek. The pix tell it all:
Other room-related deets:
It’s refreshing when a brand delivers what it promises, and Hotel RL delivered exactly what I needed in my trip to Baltimore - and much more. Its location, accommodations, and energetic atmosphere made it one of the most memorable of my many hotel stopovers.
If my experience at the Baltimore property is representative of what I can expect at other RL’s in markets across the U.S. (there are 80 that are planned to open over the next couple of years), I am there, baby. Hotel RL is an innovative concept with superb execution that delivers a stylish and productive stay for business travelers.