Baltimore's first true convention center hotel, the brand new Hilton Baltimore, is slated to open for business later this week, on Aug. 22. When it does, the 20-floor hotel will add a massive 757 rooms to the city's existing supply of 6,500 guest rooms, not to mention 60,000 square feet of new, flexible meeting space.
As of Aug. 1, sales executives had already booked 300,000 room nights for the new Hilton hotel, according to the Baltimore Business Journal
, which reports that the National Guard Association of the U.S. and Homeland Security will be among the first business groups hosted at the new convention center-adjacent property. Going forward, convention organizers will be able to reserve a block of 600 rooms for meetings booked 18 months in advance—something they haven't previously been able to do in Baltimore.
Something else they'll be able to do for the first time: Access the Baltimore Convention Center directly from their hotel, via an enclosed pedestrian sky bridge.
"There are only two major cities that don't have a headquarters hotel: Dallas and [Washington] D.C.," Thomas J. Noonan, president of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, recently told Baltimore's The Daily Record
. "My point is, everybody in the country has a headquarters hotel. Meeting planners want their VIPs to walk out of the hotel tower and be right in the lobby of the convention center."
When the publicly-financed Hilton opens later this week, room rates will be between $199 and $400 per night, depending on the time of year and the type of room, as the hotel sports 10 hospitality suites and 338 standard guest rooms that offer special views of Oriole Park, where the Baltimore Orioles play during baseball season.
All rooms, with or without ballpark views, feature plasma televisions, ergonomic workstations and high speed Internet access. Meeting rooms, meanwhile—including the 25,000-square-foot Francis Scott Key ballroom and the 15,000-square-foot Billie Holiday ballroom—feature wired and wireless Internet access along with data, voice and visual transmission. Finally, hotel common areas are decorated with the work of a dozen local artists and include an on-site restaurant, a lap pool and a 32,000-square-foot green roof.
For more information, visit www.Hilton.com