The Mom Boss Book Tour is taking me all over the US. While it can be exhausting, finding places like the Kimpton Monaco Hotel Baltimore, also make it really fun and exciting.
I checked in late to the Kimpton Monaco Hotel Baltimore. I took an evening train from NYC to BWI and picked up a rental car to drive into town. Baltimore is set up extremely efficiently. It's only a 15 minute drive from the airport.
After checking in, I just crashed into my cozy bed--I didn't get to really look around. I slept like a baby in my spacious and quiet room. The next morning I took in my surroundings. Here's my video tour:
Kimpton Monaco Hotel Baltimore
I don't love large hotels. This one was sized-right. There are just over 200 rooms and each is thoughtfully laid out. I appreciated the rich decor--it's elegant and quirky while still remaining inviting. The hotel made the most of this historic space. It used to be the B&O Railroad Headquarters before the hotel opened in 2009. You'll swoon over the entrance--there's a whole lotta marble and don't forget to look up to see the Tiffany stained glass windows.
Each room is loaded with charm. I had five enormous windows and a bathroom that could fit an entire NYC studio inside it. The layout was great. I had a big living space (enough to do yoga!) and then the bedroom was tucked away. There are plenty of nods to the hotel's history. Look for train and luggage details in the decor.
When it comes to finding a room for the kids, ask for one of these bunk rooms. I know my two girls will love this space when we come back.
Since I was in town on work I needed a few things:
- high-speed internet (check)
- a gym (check)
- convenient restaurant with GOOD food (check and check).
The hotel has all the conveniences a business person needs and I love the little touches like the zebra robe and the yoga mat. I used both of them on my stay! One thing is was missing was as coffee maker in the room (apparently you can request them). I like a hot tea before bed and missed this detail.
For meetings, the hotel has over 10,000 square feet of conference room space. This space and the grand foyer make it a wedding favorite too.
But Baltimore certainly isn't all business. It's also a great family getaway. Since I grew up outside of Baltimore in Annapolis, I know the area well. You can't go wrong with a visit to the aquarium and the waterfront. My must-dos with the kids include the Historic Ships in Baltimore, the National Aquarium (don't miss the 4D movie) and the MD Science Center.
Here are a few more ideas of things to do with the kids in Baltimore:
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: 901 West Pratt Street. Book ahead for a day out with Thomas adventure.
The Baltimore Museum of Art: 10 Art Dr. Sure, DC has museums, but your kids will love the size and scale of this one.
There are tons of great restaurants, but you won't want to miss dining in. The B&O American Brasserie is fantastic. I had a delicious crab cake (heavy on the crab light on the mayo and breadcrumbs) just like my mom makes. Definitely get the potato salad too. I ate dinner at the bar one night was delighted by the full wine list and a great healthy option is the pear and arugula salad.
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Let's talk about what else makes Kimpton stand out--the people. I was greeted wherever I went. In the morning they told be to grab a warm coffee or tea and in the afternoon I was treated to wine and a hula hoops. Yes, they do go together. And I love the way that pets are treated like family.
This is also the ultimate pet-friendly hotel. I'm told they welcome any and all pets (no weight limit) and if you don't have a pet, they will lend you one. Take a look at my companion goldfish Taylor and Swift. Ask about the Guppy Love before you check in and there will be a pet waiting for you. BONUS: They take care of the feeding and cleaning the water.
Staying healthy is a priority for me. I love how the Kimpton properties have my back. In addition to the yoga mats, hula hoops and gym, they even offer free bikes to tour the city. This may have been my fist Kimpton stay, but it won't be my last.
Book your room https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/hotel-monaco-baltimore-md
2 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Book>>Direct: (443) 692-6170//Reservations: (888) 752-2636
This excellent hotel made all with racing around of the book tour so much easier. I was able to pack in FOUR events in three days.
First was the JCC Panel and Signing in Owings Mills Maryland. A huge thank you to everyone at Ivy Books and the Gordon Center. Panelists were: Kirsten from 3 Green Moms, Amy from TeachMama.com, Jessica from AParentinginAmerica.com and Ellen Allen from Ellen Allen Annapolis.
Next was a Mom Boss signing at Tyson's Corner in Virginia with Jen Griswold.
On Saturday I went home to Annapolis for a great signing at the Annapolis Bookstore where we RAN OUT OF BOOKS. Mom brought in a home-town crowd for that one.
Finally I co-hosted an event with Megan of TakeTimeForStyle at Ellen Allen's showroom.
Whew! Good thing I had rested up at the Kimpton! For more book tour details: http://www.momtrends.com/momboss-book/
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