Aug 2, 2013, 11:32am EDT
Sarah Meehan, Reporter-Baltimore Business Journal
Gene-Michael Addis, the hotel’s general manger, said he hopes the project will restore the historical character of the 440-room hotel at 20 W. Baltimore St. “We want to make it a cinematic experience,” Addis said. “We like to think of it as the rebirth of the Lord Baltimore.” Miami-based Rubell Hotels bought the property in March for $10 million, state tax records show, and the hotel dropped the Radisson brand Aug. 1. The new owners will update the hotel’s guest rooms top to bottom — everything from new furniture and fixtures to state-of-the-art locks, new 42-inch televisions, safes, refrigerators and docking stations, Addis said. The first two model rooms — one with two queen beds and another with a king bed — will be complete next week, Addis said. He said he will know the project’s cost once the model rooms are complete. Other changes include updating public spaces — the lobby, meeting rooms and the Versailles dining room — and adding 10 new elevators, which Addis said will take the most time. Tom Noonan, CEO of Visit Baltimore, said he’s glad to see the new owners investing in updates to the hotel because it needed a facelift. The renovation is set to be complete by April.