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Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore opened at the close of 2011, so it’s not surprising that the hotel, which is located in the up-and-coming Harbor East neighborhood, offers a contemporary fresh look that combines an overall Scandinavian aesthetic with sleek natural elements. In the public spaces of the hotel, you’ll find light wood paneled walls, lots of tan marble and over-sized, multicolored art on the walls emblematic of the Washington Color School of the mid-20th century. The hotel itself occupies a glass structure that rises above Baltimore’s harbor and is a cool vision of blue glass and gray steel; because of these windows, all guest rooms are bright and airy and offer calming sights of boats floating along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The hotel’s eateries, like Wit & Wisdom, also showcase conceptual light fixtures, over-sized furniture and a warm sensibility that creates a unique sense of place that simultaneously values aesthetics and comfort.
On sunny days, the luminous glass panels that make up the towering exterior of Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore reflect shimmery images of the city back upon itself; meanwhile that same glass casts dancing prisms across the harbor. The luxury hotel’s contemporary veneer mirrors the enterprising energy of the surrounding neighborhood, Harbor East. The property was designed by high-profile architects Beatty, Harvey & Coco of New York and Baltimore and HKS Hill Glazer Architects of Palo Alto, California, whose credits include tony waterfront projects in exotic destinations like Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar.
The concept of the Baltimore hotel’s developers and interior designer, Brayton & Hughes Design Studio of San Francisco, is to make guests feel as if they’re “walking into an art experience.” The sophisticated, taupe-toned lobby is a serene backdrop for museum-quality artworks — the largest hotel art collection in the city. Throughout the common spaces are pieces from the Washington Color School — a movement launched in the 1950s adopting components of abstract and color field philosophy — and Italian blown-glassworks and lighting. Illuminated behind the reception desk is a wall-length light and paper installation of American light-sculpture artist John Wigmore. The chic lobby atmosphere sets the tone for your stay at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.