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  1. #16
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore



    Fair enough, went for this one as it was a bit cheaper than others in the area- other cheap ones were miles away like motels so pretty pointless without a car.

    Cheers for the advice though, and I'll make sure I stay south of the hotel, particularly in the evenings!

    Gotta say, Sunday's game has only made me look forward to this even more!!




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    Ravenblue: Since you may be struggling with the sticker shock of downtown hotels, a more cost-effective option which still allows you to use cheap public transportation would be to stay at a BWI Airport area hotel. A good listing is here:

    http://baltimore.airporthotelguide.com/map.html

    There is a mixture of mid-level hotels, to go along with the pricey ones. There are some discount hotels, e.g. Red Roof Inn and Microtel. I had a friend who stayed at Microtel a few months who was very pleased with room and fellow hotel guests. And the Red Roof Inn is fairly new. I stayed at the Four Points last winter for an early flight -- closest hotel to the airport. I got a room for $125 or so.

    You should be able to get an shuttle to the airport from any of these hotels. From the airport, you can take the Light Rail to the stadium or other downtown locations for $1.65, or the MARC train into the Nation's Crime Capital for $5.

    Advantage: safe suburban area, cheaper

    Disadvantage: inconvenience to return to your room after all-day downtown activities. Expect 45 minutes to hour each way waiting for shuttle van & trains. Also, the Light Rail can get seedy at late hours (cab or MARC are potential alternatives)
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  3. Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    I was looking around for you for cheap hotels, and travelocity.com has a real good deal on the Raddisson Lord Baltimore Hotel. avg $74 a night. Just an FYI. Not sure your price range, but thats a nice price for that hotel, only 3 blocks from the inner harbor. The hampton inn you picked will be fine its closer to the inner harbor and power plant and bars etc.
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    Cheers guys.

    Hope the Hampton will be ok. I plan on making a few trips over for games(doubt they'll be as regular as I'd like though!) so if not then will certainly bear in mind some of your suggestions.




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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    Don't worry about staying in that area, Ravenblue. Hampton Inn on East Redwood Street is not in a dodgy part of town. The only advice I think is necessary to give to someone staying in downtown is to not get visibly stumbling drunk and roam around not paying attention to your surroundings. All the scary stuff they portray on The Wire happens further out in the residential areas, not downtown. You'll be fine.
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    I'm assuming Baltimore will be no different from any major city- there will be nice areas and places to avoid. I live in Nottingham which is the 'Gun Crime Capital of the UK', but as as long as you're not involved in the drugs scene, you never encounter any problems.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenblue View Post
    I'm assuming Baltimore will be no different from any major city- there will be nice areas and places to avoid.
    Basically true. Just follow my advice way up above: stay close to the harbor in the downtown area, as it wraps around from the base of Federal Hill all the way out to Canton. And take cabs after sundown. Depending on time of day, the Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Little Italy, Fells Point, and Canton are well populated and police patrolled.

    The further away from the harbor, the more likely you would be to get into trouble. If you want to study it, look up the City police detailed crime map.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenblue View Post
    Nottingham which is the 'Gun Crime Capital of the UK'
    That's too bad. When I visited Nottingham, it appeared to be a picturesque "olde" English town inviting to tourist with its teahouses, fish & chips, etc.
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    That map's actually pretty interesting. Looks like the main issue with where I'll be is larceny.

    To be be honest, Nottingham is a lovely place, it's just a couple of areas that are dodgy. Lived there 26 years and only time gun crime has ever affected me was when a bus route into town for a night out had to be diverted after a suspected shooting in the Meadows area (definately not as nice as it sounds!).




  9. Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    Saw this thread, figured I'd throw in a little of my professional advise regarding travel and hotels.

    Bedbugs!!!

    No joke here or anywhere right now.

    I'd highly advise you do a thorough inspection of the rooms you will be staying in prior to unpacking your stuff and getting comfortable in your accommodations.

    Start by looking Here prior to booking or staying in a room.
    This list I assure you does not contain all the places that have had infestations or treatments for bedbugs, but it will at least give you an idea how serious of a problem this is.

    You stated you were planning trips and possibly spending time in hotels in both New York and DC.

    By far two of the worst places in the country to encounter these pesky critters.
    Do some research on the subject and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    The elimination of bedbugs if brought back to your home is an extensive and extremely costly endeavor that you do not want to have to endure.

    There is alot of info. on the web regarding what to look for and inspect for prior to pitching your tent in a room.

    I can add more insight to this if you would like as I'm fairly well versed in this subject, but just thought I'd at least put the thought in your head to hopefully help make your trip and experience here a little better and safer.
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    I cannot disagree more with you, Fanatic.

    I travel every week and the bed bug issue is totally overblown. I sleep in hotel beds more often than my own and 99.9999999% of them are free of any issues, including the vast majority of hotels in Baltimore.

    I am far more concerned with the sometimes crusty nature of the duvet cover than I am worried about bed bugs.
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  11. Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    Nothing personal Houston, but I can assure you I know far more on this subject then you could possibly fathom.

    Consider yourself fortunate and lucky that you haven't had the misfortune of having to deal with Bedbugs.

    The company I work for as well as many others in the line of business I'm in has delegated millions of dollars and countless man hours to dealing with and eliminating thousands of infestations world wide.

    One of my superiors in the district I'm out of has done countless symposiums given to hotel chains, real estate management companys, apartment management firms, etc. in an effort to try and help them reduce the dollars it costs them in having to pay companys like mine to eliminate the critters and limit how much lost revenue they encounter from having to shut down rooms, apartments, etc.

    My personal advise to you and anybody else reading this would be to do a thorough inspection of any room you stay in that is not your own.
    Strip the beds, look behind the head boards, check the crevices of the bed frames, look behind pictures on the walls, look around at the base mouldings of the walls.

    There are members on this board that have had, or their family members have had encounters with bed bugs that have sought out my advise on what to do.

    Next time you're in B-more, call 105.7 the fan and talk to Steve Davis who had to deal with them when he traveled not that long ago.

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    Challenge me on this if you wish Houston, but my best suggestion would be for you and anybody else to take my advise above when traveling.

    Be careful when you go to the library, movie theater, any place where the general public might have a seat for awhile including your doctors waiting room.

    You want more info.?
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    If you say you have expertise, I believe you.

    But I read the same news outlets and everything I read says the problem is (1) mostly over now and (2) largely confined to the NE states.

    Yes, if you have something that contradicts that, I'd love to read it since I do travel for work often.
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    Regardless of where I travel, I always follow a few basic rules:

    • try to place suitcase on wood or tile floor only
    • wash all clothes - clean or dirty - as soon as I enter the house
    • don't bring suitcase into the house -- straight to garage attic or inside vehicle parked under Sun for a few days -- to cook any unwanted critters
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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    I've travelled a lot and been fortunate to avoid this issue. Having said that, I was staying in a hostel in Adelaide, Australia where I met someone who had gotten bedbugs in a hostel he'd stayed in a few nights previously and it was horrific- his entire body was covered in angry red marks. Poor fella.

    I also saw a suspected case at a hostel I was staying in in Perth, and the staff went mental to contain it and ensure there were no further problems so I've seen the efforts establishments go to. I was there for another month and there were no more problems.

    I hopefully will be ok in Baltimore as I will be staying in a major chain, who will be well aware of the negative PR that would be associated with a case of bed bugs.

    I'll be in hostels in NY and DC, but again, they are part of a major chain (Hostelling International) so hopefully should be up to scratch, especially in comparison to some of the dives I've stayed at in the past!!




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    Re: Planned trip to Baltimore

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenblue View Post
    The first question is about tickets: Everywhere I've looked (ie through official sources like the Ravens website and NFL.com, all ticket availability seems to be via exchanges. Is this the norm, and if so, are there any ways to pick tickets up for collection? Or would I need to request the tickets are sent to the hotel for when I arrive?
    I just wanted to address this point. Tickets for the Thanksgiving game will be VERY cheap the day of game, particularly if all you want is a single. Even pairs for that game are difficult to sell in advance for more than face value.

    I would estimate the game ticket should cast you no more than $25-$50 for a quality lower deck seat near gametime. Season ticketholders frequently come with exactly 1 extra ticket and they hold them up until they get to the front of the security line.

    For the Bengals game I might up that one notch and say you'll pay up to $75 for a lower single depending on the race. I would not be surprised if you are given a ticket by some fan as they enter.

    Travel around Thanksgiving in the US is typically more expensive.

    Good luck in any case.




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