A few weeks ago I attended the NACE Conference in Baltimore which was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. I didn’t stay overnight in this hotel, so I didn’t check out the sleeping rooms, but I did get a decent view of the meeting rooms so I thought I’d share a quick site report.
The Marriott really is on the waterfront (you know – sometimes hotels say they are on the water but aren’t really). It’s only a short walk to the inner harbor attractions like the National Aquarium.
It’s a fairly large conference hotel – there are 41 meeting rooms with a total of 80,000 square feet of meeting space, including exhibit space.
The majority of the space is on the 3rd floor, including the Grand Ballroom, which can hold up to 2,400 people theatre style. Some photos:
With fancy lighting:
The foyer has a nice view of the waterfront.
Here is one of the breakout rooms:
There’s a built-in registration area:
Glamour shot of the carpet:
The space is typical hotel ballroom-style – nothing special but certainly functional.
My only other comment on this property was the food. So, NACE is a catering conference. I am assuming that the Marriott handled the catering for most if not all the food, since that is usually required for hotels.
I can imagine the conversation between the hotel sales team and the chef when they were booking this conference.
Sales Manager: “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our culinary expertise to a room full of catering and event professionals.”
Chef: “Absolutely! I can’t wait to show off our amazing menus!”
Chef: “Uh… how many of them will there be and can we lower expectations ahead of time?”
Some of the food I had was pretty tasty. But the “Treasures Under the Sea” Baltimore-is-awesome lunch was… so-so. It was definitely an innovative menu. The first course was a mixed greens salad with a fried clam and a corn dressing… pretty tasty. The main course was a chicken breast stuffed with crab meat and some sort of risotto. Everyone at my table just ate the crab meat out of the chicken; the crab was pretty good but the chicken was so dry. The risotto square… well mine still had parchment paper stuck to it. So overall, the meal was just okay.
On the service side, the little bit I interacted with the Marriott staff, they were stellar. Especially during the aforementioned lunch, where the room set was made up of all different size and shaped tables, and it was just a tad too crowded. Not an ideal service experience but the servers I met were excellent.
Have you ever been to the Marriott or held a meeting there? Share in the comments!