January 7, 2006
Baltimore gained a little cachet yesterday when it was announced that the luxury Harbor Court hotel will take on the prestigious InterContinental brand after the acquisition of the complex by a Massachusetts real estate trust for $78 million. Hospitality Properties Trust of Newton, Mass., said an existing agreement was expanded to permit InterContinental Hotels Group to manage the 195-room hotel in the Inner Harbor. InterContinental operates 13 other hotels owned by HPT through 2029. The Harbor Court complex includes 72,000 square feet of office space and an attached garage with 530 spaces.
September 17, 2005
The Harbor Court Hotel could be sold in as soon as a month, and if the sale proceeds as expected, the new owner likely will retain the name that has signified luxury in Baltimore for more than 20 years, according to people involved in the sale. "We're working with a terrific buyer now," said Edward C. Roohan, president and chief operating officer of Castle & Cooke, the Los Angeles-based development company controlled by Harbor Court owner David Murdock. "This is an independent group but first-class all the way, with a wealth of hospitality experience.
August 25, 2005
When Bethesda-based photographer Amy Lamb began exhibiting her elegant, meticulously crafted images of flowers more than a decade ago, the digital technology that made the pictures possible was just emerging as a vital new creative tool. Lamb, a former National Institutes of Health scientist whose specialty was molecular biology, took up the camera seriously after taking a beginning photography course at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where one of her assignments was to photograph an orchid show in the museum's botanical gardens.
July 21, 2005
The Harbor Court Hotel, one of the Inner Harbor's early high-profile projects and Baltimore's only five-star hotel, is for sale and is expected to generate strong interest from buyers at a time when hotel values are rising and investors face a shortage of luxury hotel deals. Harbor Court, which opened in 1986 and helped give the city an aura of elegance and sophistication, is being sold by its original owner and developer, Los Angeles-based David Murdock. Murdock, a multimillionaire Los Angeles financier who wowed city officials two decades ago with the upscale waterfront project, is also selling his only other city property, the One Market Center office and retail building at Howard and Lexington streets on the west side.
July 27, 2002
The champagne was chilled. So were the towels in the fitness center. In the bathroom, a platoon of tony toiletries appeared to be arranged by a feng shui master. Staying at the Four Seasons in Washington is nice. Very nice. You don't have to be in the $1,500 a night Capital Suite in the hotel's Premier Wing to feel rich there. A room in the "Deluxe Wing" for a mere $375 a night is quite plush: There's even a remote for the clock radio/CD player. No question, if a $100-million, 200-room Four Seasons is built by 2005 along Inner Harbor East as hotel developer and bakery magnate John Paterakis Sr. has promised, it will give Harbor Court Hotel a run for its money.
September 2, 1999
It wasn't the custom-made Irish linen. Ditto for the Italian marble or the handmade rugs, the silk wall coverings, the frescoes on the ceiling, or even those 5-inch color TV sets mounted in the guest bathrooms.Oh, those things are nice. But to the discriminating traveler, they're practically a given. What makes Baltimore's tony Harbor Court Hotel truly special -- at least in the eyes of the American Academy of Hospitality Services -- is the service. Period."You can look at marble and crystal all day," says Joseph Cinque, the academy's director of operations.