What are five things to know about Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore?

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When heading down to “Bawlmer” as they say there, keep in mind these five things about Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore:

1. Everything is new. The hotel opened for business at the end of 2011, so everything is in tip-top shape, from the sleek wooden furniture to the shiny spa facilities. The Harbor East neighborhood where the hotel is located is also an up-and-coming area with many trendy boutiques, restaurants and spanking new apartment complexes.

2. Don’t bother renting a car. If you’re visiting Baltimore from out of town, you won’t need to rent a car as most of the city’s major attractions — including the National Aquarium, the USS Constellation and the Maryland Science Center — are all just a short walk away, and the hotel has a designed town car to shuttle you around (if available).

3. Eat! We love the contemporary Southern cuisine served at the hotel's restaurant, Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom. And definitely save room for dessert — pastry chef Chris Ford has won Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef award.

4. If grabbing a cocktail at Wit & Wisdom, go early or late. The restaurant offers excellent tipples, both classic concoctions and modern marvels, but things can get busy with the after-work crowd. One way to avoid the throngs but still enjoy some drinking: Every Sunday, all full bottle purchases are 50 percent off in the restaurant’s dining room from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

5. Even kids get the luxury treatment. Who says mom and dad deserve all the pampering? Kids, too, get special perks at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore like complimentary child-size bathrobes and baby and children's toiletries, and the hotel will set you up with cribs and tools to childproof the rooms. The pool staff also provides inflatable tubes and kickboards for the little ones.

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