If you follow our adventures, you probably know how much I love to travel. And, if you follow our adventures, you know that I always travel with Bruce Wayne. Not only does Bruce Wayne make the best travel mate, but he actually loves hotel rooms! I’m not exactly sure why, but he lights up and runs wild as soon as we get into the room. I’m no expert in traveling, but I do travel enough with Bruce Wayne to get a good feel for which hotels are the most accommodating for dog lovers like me.
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of staying at the Kimpton Monaco Baltimore hotel. We live in Baltimore, so this was more of a “staycation” for us. As many of you may or may not know, when we travel, Kimpton is usually one of first hotels I look for in whatever city we are going to, as they are one of the most dog friendly hotels around. Not to mention, they do not charge any excessive “dog cleaning fees” and they literally treat your dog as a guest.
Our purpose for staying in town was for a special photoshoot of Bruce Wayne. For this, I brought down my favorite photographer, Jason, owner of NYC Dog Swag. Yes, there are pet photographers here in Maryland, however, I personally love and prefer Jason’s style. It’s also important to me that a photographer understands what I do and why I do it. Meaning, Jason understands that my Instagram account for Bruce Wayne isn’t just a hobby, it’s literally my brand. You may not think that this is important, however, when you have a photographer that understands this, they will shoot your photos in a style that is conducive of your account.
The Hotel ….
Kimpton sets a high bar for standards and the Kimpton Monaco Baltimore didn’t disappoint. Both Bruce Wayne and I were warmly welcomed. Him maybe a little more than me, but honestly, that is exactly why I love Kimpton. They love Bruce Wayne almost as much as I do! This was my first time in the Kimpton Monaco, even though it’s in my own city . The staircase and atmosphere lived up to everything they feature on their Instagram page. It’s by far the prettiest staircase I’ve seen and the fireplace was amazing. It’s the perfect setting for their daily wine hour.
Literally every time we stay at a Kimpton, they leave nice surprises in the room to welcome us. This time, the staff had customized a box of water for Bruce Wayne. The key to my heart is through Bruce Wayne and the key to my wallet is personalized Bruce Wayne things! 😉 Kimpton Monaco also had a bottle of champagne, handwritten welcoming cards and a dessert (which isn’t pictured because I dived right into it) waiting for us in our suite.
We stayed in the Mediterranean Spa Suite, which totaled about 575 square feet. The room had a living room space with sofa bed, chair, desk space and television. The bedroom had a king bed with 2 nightstands and television. Each space had amazingly large windows and both the living room and bedroom had 2 separate thermostats, which was a first for us, but very much welcomed.
The bathroom was luxurious. My personal photos do not do it justice. Yes, that is a jetted spa tub you see and yes, I could have put about 30 Chihuahuas in there with room to spare! There was also a separate standing shower with a floor to ceiling glass door. And, as you can see, there was plenty of counter space for me to spread my makeup all over.
Our Photoshoot ….
To be honest, this was supposed to be a specialized photoshoot, however, since I was sick leading up to the weekend, I wasn’t able to get certain props. Since everything was already booked and NYC Dog Swag was on his way down to Baltimore, we turned it into a general photoshoot of Bruce Wayne and his dog, Lola, around the hotel and then some photos of Bruce Wayne around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. What turned out was simply amazing! I’m so in love with the photos!
So, next time you have a free weekend or even some free spare time during the week, check out the hotels in your area and treat yourself to a fun, hometown “staycation”. Pro tip: be sure to check out Kimpton’s last minute deals page to get exclusive offers on your stay. You have to be a member of their Kimpton Karma Rewards club, but that is free to join!