Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Baltimore's first green hotel

Here's another installment in my green building travels:  downtown 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:


Anonymous said...

I can't believe it took Baltimore this long to build a green hotel.

Anonymous said...

If you like the Green Fairfield Inn & Suites (and it's truly amazing!) you should check out the other hotel by the same owner, TownePlace Suites at BWI if you're ever in need of a longer-term stay in the Baltimore area. This hotel is the first BWI airport property to achieve LEED status.