Hunt Valley Inn, a 392-room Wyndham Grand Hotel north of Baltimore, Md., has completed a $15 million property-wide renovation. The hotel is in close proximity to Baltimore’s business hubs, downtown attractions, and BWI airport, and adjacent to the region’s horse country. The property features 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a verdant campus-style layout, and multiple dining options.
Hunt Valley Inn was originally designed as a hospitality center by McCormick & Co., the Baltimore-based producer of spices. Upon opening in early 1970, Hunt Valley Inn served generations of Maryland residents as a social center for activities, dining, entertainment, and relaxation. The original countryside facility reflected the natural beauty of the region’s rolling equestrian country and included a restaurant and cocktail lounge, one of Baltimore’s largest ballrooms, an exhibit hall, meeting rooms, a first-run motion picture theater, and a modern swimming pool.
The hotel accommodates business travelers with its proximity near many corporations such as AAI/Textron Systems, Bank of America, Becton Dickinson, Dunbar Armored, McCormick & Company, Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble, and Travelers Insurance. The open-air shopping of Hunt Valley Towne Center is just steps away and many of Maryland’s popular leisure venues and attractions are easily accessible.
Led by architecture and design firm Leo A. Daly, the comprehensive renovation elevated Hunt Valley Inn into the Wyndham Grand Collection. The interior re-imagining included all guestrooms and suites, event settings, and dining outlets, which now exude an authentic countryside vibe infused with modern sensibilities.
Guest accommodations feature warm colors, dark woods, and contrasting contemporary furnishings and appointments. Floor-to-ceiling windows encourage an indoor/outdoor connection to the surrounding green lawns, and original artwork reflects Hunt Valley’s equestrian roots. Oversized work desks include ample electronic outlets, ergonomic desk chairs, and a pedestal laptop safe is located in-closet. Additional amenities include a 42-inch HDTV and an iHome docking station.
Re-concepted restaurants and lounges boast a new modernity in look and cuisine. Cinnamon Tree, an all-day restaurant, serves American classics with a contemporary twist, as well as craft brews, cocktails, and wine. The Polo Bar, with seating for up to 60 people and multiple large screen HDTVs, has a tapas-style menu with a variety of Maryland-influenced flavors. The hotel also as a casual coffee house called Café 245, and a gastropub that’s currently under development.
The 24-hour fitness center offers the latest model exercise equipment and sits adjacent to the refreshed indoor/outdoor swimming pool.