I stay at this hotel once or twice a year. It's a small convention hotel with a lovely open lobby area, and adjustable rooms for a multitude of uses from meetings to weddings to science fiction conventions. I have found the bedrooms average, but the staff very much above average.
I love hotels with covered entry ways. The one at this hotel is quite large. Large enough for three cars side by side with room to open doors. As you enter the lobby through automatic sliding doors, the front desk is on your left, along with a container or two of fruited ice water for refreshment. There are very comfortable sofas and chairs placed in the front part of the lobby. While the hotel offers free internet, there is also a small business center. There is an outdoor pool, accessible through the lobby, and an exercise room stocked with equipment from Nautilus.
Some of the rooms have windows connected to the lobby. Drapes and light dampening window treatments provide privacy in every room, and ensure darkness when you want it. The only drawback can be, if there is an event in the lobby area, it can be heard in the rooms with windows connected to the lobby. If you're not attending the event, or have children you will be putting to bed whilst you join the party, you might want to request a room not facing the lobby.
There are several outside doors, accessible with your room key, to allow you to park at an entrance close to your room and to elevators. The elevators are well placed to provide travelers great convenience.
I usually stay in a room with either two queen size beds, or one King size bed, though I've seen they have a few suites as well. The beds are comfortable, not overly soft on the sides, and somewhere between firm and medium. There are many pillows on the beds, in three sizes. The comforter is encased, and it looks and smells like the covers are washed on a regular basis.
The bathrooms are roomy, as you can see in the pictures on their web site. I like the long counter with cubbyholes beneath. There's a hook on the back of the door, convenient for damp reusable towels. The bar in the bathtub is very well placed to ensure a steady entry or exit, and nonslip patches on the floor of the tub are better than a mat that might slip. One of my favourite features of the bathroom is their bowed curtain rod. It, combined with their well constructed curtain and liner, ensures you won't be attacked by the liner while you clean yourself up.
Another downside is their water temperature. If the hotel is full, I've experienced issues with maintaining a constant temperature, and have, at times lost hot water all together. I have complained to the management. They apologized, offered a partial refund the first time, and the second time, a meal in their restaurant. The apology was sincere and empathetic, which for many travelers is more important than any compensation.
I like coming back to this hotel each year. It's an average hotel, but as I said before, it's their diligent staff that really makes the stay better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover our North Baltimore hotel off I-83 Explore a multitude of Maryland attractions and tourist areas from the conveniently located Radisson North Baltimore off I-83 and the Baltimore Beltway, featuring 249 newly renovated hotel rooms and suites. You can stay in shape with the fitness center, open 24 hours, or relax at the seasonal outdoor pool. Park free during your stay at the Radisson, also offering more than 20,000 square feet of function space that is ideal for wedding receptions and corporate meetings. A business center and free Wi-Fi make it easy to be productive if work brings you to Timonium in the North Baltimore area. Our hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the MTA Light Rail for easy access to Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. 100% non-smoking facility ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Timonium
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Timonium