Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient Inner Harbor location; some rooms have harbor views
  • Big rooms with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
  • Modern rooftop health club with pool, sauna, and whirlpool
  • Racquetball and tennis courts
  • Brightons Restaurant and Explorers lounge both have harbor views
  • Full-service business center
  • Impressive art collection
  • Bee apiary with 30,000 honeybees
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Dog-friendly (for a fee)

Cons

  • In-room coffeemakers only upon request
  • Some may find room decor a bit dated

Bottom Line

The 195-room Royal Sonesta draws visitors with its grand common spaces, convenient Inner harbor location, and impressive rooftop health club, complete with pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Rooms are notable for their size (they start at 420 square feet) and, in some, their harbor views, but the decor feels slightly dated (particularly the busy carpets). Still, the hotel's extensive features and location help make this one of the city's better four-pearl options.

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 Scene

Grand common spaces and harbor views -- but slight datedness in the (big) rooms

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court makes a grand first impression with the lobby, which features a sweeping staircase, marble floors, and chandelier. And indeed, it's the common spaces that are where this hotel truly shines. Explorers, a stylish lounge serving cognac, cocktails, and wine, is a highlight, with clubby safari-inspired decor featuring rich colors and antiques. But most impressive is the rooftop health club, which offers modern machines, an attractive indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, and a yoga studio.

The decor in the rooms isn't quite as impressive -- the style is traditional, but the busy fabrics feel slightly dated. The size is notable, however, as rooms start at a generous 420 square feet.

 Location

Convenient Inner Harbor location

The Royal Sonesta has a prime Inner Harbor location near popular sights.

  • 5-minute walk to Maryland Science Center
  • 10-minute walk to the National Aquarium
  • 11-minute walk to American Visionary Art Museum
  • 15-minute walk to Orioles Park at Camden Yards
  • 4-minute drive to M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens
  • 15-minute drive to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 Bottom Line

The 195-room Royal Sonesta draws visitors with its grand common spaces, convenient Inner harbor location, and impressive rooftop health club, complete with pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Rooms are notable for their size (they start at 420 square feet) and, in some, their harbor views, but the decor feels slightly dated (particularly the busy carpets). Still, the hotel's extensive features and location help make this one of the city's better four-pearl options.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 195
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Address: 550 Light St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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