It Started Here: Luxury in Baltimore Finds a Cornerstone at the Four Seasons

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A change is occurring in Baltimore. For the last five years around the harbor, high rises abound, bringing with them a wave of luxury that the city hasn't seen in years. At the epicenter of this growth is the Four Seasons Baltimore in Harbor East. According to Julian Carralero, the property's General Manager, the hotel has worked hard to "establish itself as the destination in Baltimore. Our goal is to establish this city as a major hub on the east coast in our partnership with Harbor East." Nestled between unparalleled views of the harbor and a bustling commercial zone, this five-star retreat is an urban oasis that was truly the first of its kind in the city. This shouldn't come as any surprise—The Four Seasons has always been an innovator in the hospitality industry. In fact, the brand was the first to introduce complimentary hair dryers and bath amenities in every room for guests, sparking a standard that is still maintained in hotels across the globe today.

Speaking of amenities, each room is appointed with nothing less than what you'd expect from the Four Seasons. Goodies from L'Occitane grace the bathroom countertops, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer the best views of the waterfront you'll find anywhere in Harbor East. One of the most fun perks of the space can be found in the bathroom—a small TV screen is built into the mirror so that you can watch the news during your morning routine, or kick back with a movie in the bathtub in the evening. 

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Recently, the hotel introduced the Residences at the Four Seasons, which span the top floors of the hotel. Each luxurious apartment is accessed through a secluded side entrance to ensure the utmost privacy for permanent residents. In addition to a 360-degree, harbor-view infinity pool, residents with furry friends get their very own dog run, barbecue lounge area and spacious living room space where they can entertain large groups of guests. The first residents began move-in in October, with 62 total units available for occupation. The largest of the apartments clocks in at a whopping 6,600 square feet and will set back the lucky occupant a cool $12.5 million. 

The Spa at the Four Seasons often tops the city's "Best of" lists, and for good reason. The 10,200-square-foot urban retreat is the perfect place to take a break from the sights and sounds of the city. In addition to a litany of massage, body scrub and manicure services, the spa also provides unique energy healing offerings. After enjoying a morning yoga session in the fitness center, book a Chakra Balancing session to help bring your chi into full equilibrium. If you're looking for a more traditional (but still unforgettable) way to relax, check out the Night Spa Experience. From 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM, guests can enjoy a romantic evening of aromatherapy, a candle-lit bath filled with petals, and two 80-minute massages all topped off with a multi-course tasting menu from Wit & Wisdom. Champagne is included, naturally. 

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While there are plenty of dining options in Harbor East, you'd be hard pressed to find one with a better view than Wit & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina. Located just left of the lobby, the restaurant and tavern hosts an option for every taste, be it bites or brews. The libations on offer change seasonally—I had the pleasure of sampling a special Old Fashioned that incorporated duck fat into the drink. While it may sound odd, it definitely worked. Each sip of the cocktail was smoother than the last, somehow managing to improve a drink that is already a well-loved fan favorite. One of the most interesting aspects of the tavern is its Kitchen Table Series. Each event invites guests to sit down with Executive Chef Zachary Mills, who takes the party on a themed journey inspired by regions such as the Deep South, France and more. Some series also include face time with Lead Bartender Rob Garrison (the mastermind behind the duckfat Old Fashioned) to learn about how to make some of the best drinks in the biz. 

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For those planning their nuptials (once the warmer weather hits, of course), the Four Seasons has you covered there, too. Prospective grooms can take the pressure out of popping the question with the hotel's very own proposal and wedding planners. I was told that one of the best places to set up is beside the pool, where breathtaking views of the harbor set the perfect backdrop. The Big Day itself can also take place at the hotel—the 5,300-square-foot grand ballroom can accommodate even the largest of wedding parties, while the fourth floor Vermillion room is more suited for intimate affairs. The hotel hosts approximately 55-62 weddings per year, so be sure to get in touch early with your plans. 

The area surrounding the hotel is what some would call a shopper's paradise. Just steps away from the hotel's entrance are a litany of retail havens, including Madewell, Anthropologie, MAC Cosmetics, Brooks Brothers, Under Armour and more. Also within walking distance is the historic Fells Point neighborhood, whose cobblestoned streets offer insight into Baltimore's storied past. In fact, it's rumored that The Horse You Walked In On Saloon is the last place that writer Edgar Allen Poe was seen before his passing. If you'd prefer to stay on the property, there's still plenty for you to do—from what we hear, Bygone, an Atlas Group Restaurant, is set to open on one of the hotel's top floors by the end of the year. 

Kat Ward

Kat Ward is the Assistant Editor at JustLuxe. She gets to call sunny San Diego home, but has lived in 4 other countries and most recently returned from a stint in the United Kingdom. When she isn't working or traveling, Kat can be found practicing yoga, enjoying a glass of Cabernet, or playing ukulele to one of her dogs. ...(Read More)

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