This is one of the places that I go to whenever I come to Charm City . It’s called Diamond Tavern and it’s located in the Baltimore Hilton, across the street from Camden Yards . In case you didn’t know , a baseball field is known as “the Diamond”.
If you happen to be visiting one of my favorite cities , Baltimore , Maryland , this is one of the areas of the city that you must visit , The Inner Harbor .
This is basically where the city of Baltimore began, right on the water.
The Inner Harbor , though , wasn’t a big tourist attraction in Baltimore until it was refurbished in the 19 80 ‘ s and 1990’s.
Now, there are restaurants , an aquarium , and ships that served not only in World War I I , but you’ll see a replica of the USS Constellation , that served in the War of 1812.
I hope these pictures will inspire you to visit Baltimore and you’ll come to love it as much as I do.
In an earlier post , I mentioned the Hampton Inn Downtown Convention Center as a hotel option if you’re visiting the city of Baltimore .
(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08-09-Hello-Charm-City-Baltimore-Hampton-Inn-Downtown-Convention-Center )
There’s another hotel that I would recommend if you happen to be staying in town .
It’s located on North Gay Street and it’s not really that far from the Hampton Inn .
It’s the Holiday Inn Express Downtown .
When you walk into the lobby , you look around and you get the feeling that you’re in your local bank.
You aren’t that far from the truth .
This used to be the Old Town Bank of Baltimore and the hotel has kept many of the bank’s features , like the interior .
As with many hotels , check in time is 3pm and check out time is Noon.
The hotel isn’t only close to the major Baltimore attractions like the Inner Harbor and the Convention Center , but it’s also close to one of the major hospitals in the country , John Hopkins Medical Center .
You could walk to the Inner Harbor from the hotel , but they make it so easy for you not to do that .
There’s a complimentary hotel shuttle that not only brings you to the Inner Harbor , but John Hopkins as well as the Convention Center .
Are you going to Orioles Park at Camden Yards to see a game?
(Of course you are . This is a 30 Plus Teams Tour, after all . )
They’ll drop you off as close to the stadium as possible as well as the Baltimore Basilica and the restaurants in Little Italy as well .
The shuttle runs until midnight .
They won’t pick you up at the Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport or Greyhound Terminal , but if you’re coming on an Amtrak, the shuttle will pick you up at Baltimore’s Penn Station .
Just give them a call .
The hotel does offer a breakfast buffet as well as a fitness center .
Don’t look for a pool though .
There isn’t one.
Like the Hampton Inn , the rooms are spacious , with a microwave , refrigerator , coffee makers , and big mirrors .
You don’t have any fantastic views of the two stadiums , but with the shuttle , you’ll be watching baseball and football in no time .
There aren’t any restaurants next door or across the street from the hotel , but there’s a 24 hour 7-Eleven , which is okay in my book.
Perfect for those late night munchies .
The hotel isn’t close to public transportation , but the shuttle is your best friend , just make sure to check the times that the shuttle runs.
Holiday Inn Express Downtown is another option for you if you happen to be staying in town .
Holiday Inn Express
221 North Gay Street
Baltimore , Maryland