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Brookshire Suites
120 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
On our 2009 trip, Red, White, and Plucky, we spent an evening in Baltimore at The Brookshire Suites, an all-suite property that is very well-located, just two blocks to the wharf and an easy cab ride to pretty much everywhere else you'd want to go in a short stay.

The public areas are all done in modern/retro tones with big purple couches and sculptures in the lobby and fluted sconces and colorful framed art in the halls. It's fun, although at times it feels as if it's trying a little too hard.

And that modernity only makes the traditional (some would say stodgy) decor of the rooms seem more anachronistic. It's all bleached wood, standard motel issue stuff and not terribly comfortable but it is all very well maintained.

The good news is that all rooms are suites with a proper living room and bedroom, which translates to a lot of elbow room. There are two flat screen TVs (one in each room), a microwave, a mini-fridge, free high-speed Internet, iron and board, and access to full breakfast in the morning and snacks and drinks in the evening. Beds are soft so you'll want to spend some time there but the bathrooms are very small so one person at a time, please.

We stopped at the Cloud Club level of The Brookshire Suites where they have quite the complimentary breakfast spread out every morning (in addition to the evening cocktail hour). Pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereals, fresh fruit, and more all served in a room with floor to ceiling windows offering nice views of the harbor. Neither of us are breakfast persons, generally speaking, but if we're going to do it, this is a good way.

Just off the dining room is a small workout facility if you're feeling the need to work off that big breakfast.

Similar to most city hotels, parking is valet only for a hefty charge but you do get in and out privileges. There are nearby parking structures where you can do it yourself but it won't save you much money, if any, since you have to pay every time you return.

Speaking of paying, the room rates are very good for the location and what you get. $159 per night for both weekdays and weekends is the lowest we saw although of course busier times will bring higher charges.

Service was good during our stay if a little overwhelmed at times. There was usually only one person at the front desk responsible for check-ins, check-outs, answering phones, and everything else so it was easy for them to have too much to do at one time.

We think the Brookshire Suites is a good option for Baltimore stays and would be a very good choice for families, especially with the convertible sofa in the living room. It's worth noting that the company that owns this hotel manages two nearby properties with totally different vibes - the classic/historic Admiral Fell Inn and Pier 5, which is located literally on a pier and is more grown-up in atmosphere.

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