Celie’s Water Front Inn – Baltimore, MD

The room decor and surrounding neighborhood are the best part of the stay at Celie’s Water Front Inn in Baltimore. The neighborhood is fun and full of charm too!

The place fails miserably if you’re hoping to sleep or expect some level of amenities like clean towels, a phone in your room, or someone to call after 5pm. No where does the web site indicate that your room is tucked above or in between bars with live music that vibrates your floor until 2 in the morning. The management considers their guests warned by describing the neighborhood as “active”.

For the money, this place is a thumbs down.


Hotel Phillips – Kansas City, MO

This vintage hotel offers elegant rooms with every convenience and a touch of class. The rooms feature duvet down comforters on each bed. The decor is restored from the original hotel, which at one time was a favorite of Harry Truman when he would visit Kansas City.

The hotel has free cable TV and Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a 24-hour gym. It is one mile from the both Riverfront Park and the National World War I Museum. My wife and I stayed there for our 10 year anniversary and really enjoyed the hotel very much. See more at