Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Baltimore's first green hotel
The Fairfield Inn at President & Lombard Streets is within walking distance of Little Italy and the Inner Harbor (but don't trust the 101 President Street address: Google Maps directed me to a different location across the street). This LEED-certified Silver structure is built on the site of the former Baltimore Brewing Company and retains some of the old factory feel, at least in the exposed brick of the lobby and first floor Tavern 101. You'll see another nod to the brewery in the central courtyard, where the original grain storage silo has been appropriated as a giant rain barrel. Other green features of the building include vegetated and white roofs, pervious pavement, and wind power supplied by BGE.
Aside from the green features of this hotel, the wall murals and art by local artists, courtyard firepit, and peaceful room decor create a cozy atmosphere that I, for one, would be happy to call my home away from home. This hotel is definitely on my list of recommendations for out-of-town visitors.
For more details and photos, check out the Fairfield/Marriott website: