By Jimmy Im
Conjure everything you know about Baltimore (camp, mediocre dining and The Wire) and throw it out the window. Baltimore is burgeoning as a luxury destination, thanks to the new Four Seasons Baltimore, which is spurring a new kind of scene for affluent travelers. In fact, visitors are bypassing neighbors DC and Philly to ride this new wave of change in Baltimore’s trendy Harbor East neighborhood.
- Four Seasons Baltimore
While the 256-room Four Seasons officially opened in February 2012, it finally rolled out all of its amenities last week, including the Splash Terrace, which includes a heated, 121-foot infinity pool, a wrap-around deck and the Splash Pool Bar & Grill. The hotel flaunts commanding views of the harbor, and the second-story outdoor level offers cabana rentals and an outdoor hot tub. This is the first hotel in the area to offer an outdoor, urban oasis. Further relaxation can be found at the decadent spa — the VIP treatment room even has its own outdoor deck.
Foodies will appreciate the recent opening of Pabu, a Japaneze izakaya-style restaurant, and the first celebrity-chef restaurant to open in the city. The collaboration between Michael Mina and Hana Sushi’s Ken Tominaga is modeled after traditional Japanese drinking establishments, with the largest saki selection in Baltimore and refreshing Asian-inspired cocktails to complement Tominaga’s trademark sushi. Wit & Wisdom, an American tavern by Michael Mina, features a live-fire grill and terrific wine list, and visitors and locals alike lounge at the popular Lamill Coffee, featuring specialty beverages and a modern take on the local Berger cookies.
While 85 percent of the rooms have harbor views, some are also equipped with their own private balconies, a rarity for Four Seasons city-center hotels and even more rare for a hotel in Baltimore. It also features the largest art collection outside a museum in the city.
Luxury has finally arrived in Baltimore, and the Four Seasons is the perfect launching pad to experience the city’s diverse neighborhoods and underrated culture.