Harbor Court rated a jewel

August 27, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie

Baltimore's Harbor Court Hotel has joined the prestigious ranks of New York's Plaza, San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton and Paris' Hotel de Crillon by winning a Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The award is based on the anonymous observations of hospitality-industry professionals and some world travelers. Establishments are rated on atmosphere, food, hospitality and cleanliness.

The academy is an international award program founded in 1989 and based in New York City. Recommendations for the Five Star Diamond Award, given yearly, are voted on by a board of trustees. There are only 30 Five Star Diamond Award hotels in the United States. The nearest ones to Baltimore include Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J., and the Molly Pitcher Inn in Rumson, N.J.

"It's exciting because it's a very elite group of hotels, because it's based on customer satisfaction, and because it's worldwide," said Werner Kunz, the general manager at Harbor Court.

Jim Carra, vice president of convention sales and services for the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, called the award "a great coup for the city."

The award will be presented in a ceremony at 2 p.m. today at Harbor Court.

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