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The Four Seasons Baltimore

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My husband and I have been frequenting John Hopkins Hospital lately for some medical issues he has been having and so we have had the opportunity to spend some time visiting Sarah who moved to Baltimore and stay at a few of the properties in the city.

Our last two visits we stayed at the new Four Seasons hotel in the “new” side of the Harbor which is called Harbor East. It is made up of several upscale shops, where I spent a lot of time window shopping and some great restaurants.

Upon walking into the Four Seasons Hotel, after being greeted by the friendly staff, one would think that you have entered into an art gallery rather than a hotel. Your eye automatically is drawn to the huge installation of light and paper behind the reception desk by John Wigmore. The wide lobby is lit by stunning hand-blown murano glass fixtures, which will take your breath away. I have only seen such a beautiful piece one other time and that was at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Throughout the hotel there are many beautiful pieces of modern art by contemporary American and International Artists on display.

We were welcomed with a lovely fruit tray in our room, which is always a nice way to say “Hello” to your guests and make their experience memorable.

Our hotel room faced the harbor and had a beautiful view out of our floor to ceiling glass wall. The bed was extremely comfortable with soft linens which was a delight to sleep in.

The bathroom was beautiful and my husband was quite intrigued with the built in TV within the mirror! I took a quick shower and washed off before heading to bead and loved the soft towels. I felt clean and invigorated.

All in all it is a beautiful new property with a very helpful staff, I’m only sorry we didn’t have time to explore all the great things the hotel has to offer… next time…

So what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Really… Top 10 must sees and must not see’s

1. Jersey Boys: What great music and I am sure that not too many people know the story of Frankie Vall“i” and the Four Seasons, “oh what a night!”

2. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. If you are a fish lover this is a great exhibit, so much to see you could spend hours watching the fish in their habitat. We even saw a little shark devouring another for “lunch.”

3. LOVE:Great music, great show. If you have never seen a Cirque de Soleil show they are unbelievable to watch these people, truly amazing.

4. Titanic: the exhibit is at the Luxor and will be there I believe for 10 years. It is the story of the great ship that went down showing everything from the creation of the ship through the sinking. It has a lot of artifacts which were found on the sunken ship. They have displays to show the look/sound of each class first, second and third. Part of the display was an outside deck which was so cold to make you “feel” as if you were there as the iceberg hit. History lovers will appreciate this exhibit.

5. If you have a good day at the “tables” the Delmonico Steakhouse which is one of Emeril’s restaurants is fabulous!

6. Sticking with food, if you like buffet’s the Bellagio has a wonderful buffet with just about anything and everything on the menu.

7. TAO nightclub is the place to see and be seen!

8. At Paris you can get a huge drink the size of the Eiffel tower.

9. Shopping shopping and more shopping if you have the dime, Casers Palace and the Palazzo/Bellagio have some wonderful stores. Everything and anything you want, need and don’t need! LoL

10. The people. Just sit down, hopefully not in July like we did when it’s 108 degrees outside but pull up a chair and just watch the people of all ages and stages, clothes, this is the only town where I can say it seems “optional” and wow all I’m going to say is people just really amazed me!

Now for my top 10 disappointments

1. Terry Fator-Both my daughter and I voted for this guy on America’s Got Talent. I even made my husband (he isn’t a reality show guy) watch it. Terry seemed like the most humble guy in the world but when we met him he was such a disappointment, fame has definitely gone to his head and it just ruined his show for us.

2. Do not go and eat at the Noodle Shop in Mandalay Bay the service was awful but the food was worse! One of the worst meals of my life. Refund please!

3. So where were all these Elvis impersonators? We were looking all over and only saw one… and he wasn’t all that great! Was it so hot that “Elvis has left the strip?” hmmm

4. Las Vegas has a monorail system which goes partly up the strip but you better hope you win enough money to cover the steep fee. I’m sorry $56/day for 4 people is just way too much!

5. We had heard about this “chocolate” river at the Bellagio, I don’t know what we were expecting maybe a “chocolate” river running through the gardens but it was more like a small chocolate fountain in a window.

6. Planet Hollywood shops, what a bunch of junk and it still has the Aladdin background, confusing!

7. What is up with restaurants kitchens closing at 10:00pm! You get out of a show at 9:00, you have to “walk” and then you get there and they say “kitchen is closed.” I thought this was the city that doesn’t sleep…

8. I’m going to be brief on this one but PLEASE if you are in a 5 star restaurant with your family I don’t think you expect a side peep show going on at the next table… My daughter lost it when she heard the “gentleman” tell the woman he liked when woman make “animal” noises… REALLY!

9. Although I did enjoy the Titanic exhibit I think it was kind of tacky for them to have photographers to take your pictures on the “Grand Staircase” of your family and charge you… something about that just seemed a bit wrong…

10. They are a “Pepsi” town for the most part and I’m a Diet Coke kind of gal…

All in all it was a wonderful trip, a great way to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday. The Venetian is a beautiful property and has great people who work there. I would defiantly recommend the trip to anyone who has never been there, as my husband say’s “It is like Disney on steroids,” but not really for little kids. I can defiantly see why they say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” I know they are hoping to get your money one way or another to stay in Vegas… the shows, clubs, restaurants, shops and of course at their game tables… just hope you can control yourself a lil bit!