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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Baltimore , MD
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LOCATION

550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 US (map)

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410-347-9714

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There is no more elegant or impressive site for Baltimore weddings and receptions than the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. For decades, our wedding specialists and Zagat-rated culinary staff... Read more
There is no more elegant or impressive site for Baltimore weddings and receptions than the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. For decades, our wedding specialists and Zagat-rated culinary staff have been attending to every detail so that each event is flawlessly executed and beautifully presented. Whether a ceremony on our landscaped rooftop Terrace, a reception in our Whitehall Ballroom with its sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor, or an elegant formal tea bridal shower in the Explorer's Lounge, we ensure that your special day is as memorable for you as it will be for your guests.

The ambience of the property speaks of ease and opulence. Our kitchens offer unparalleled menus and exceptional service. Spa services, Deluxe bridal suites, luxary accommodations for out-of-town guests - all will meet your most exacting standards. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'Oeurves, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chair Covers, Chairs, Dance Floor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events, Reh. Dinner Specific
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet

REVIEWS

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Lauren
Wedding:
5/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Note: we had the Sonesta for the reception, and our church for the ceremony.

I cannot say enough good things about the Sonesta. From the day we met our day-of coordinator, Jay Day, I knew we'd be in great hands. He is detail-oriented and very responsive--and for me being somewhat of a control freak at times, this worked wonderfully. The hotel itself is gorgeous--a gem amongst the standard hotel chains you'll find in Baltimore (nothing wrong with those, just wanted something "different" for our wedding)! The suites and rooms are very nice--the bridal suite was huge and had floor to ceiling views of the harbor...perfect for photo opps when getting ready in the morning! The space is great too--we fit about 160 people comfortably in the ballroom, then had a spillover room with two bars, sofas, and high tops so people didn't feel confined to one room. As the bride, I told myself that something would probably go wrong that day, but to my amazement, NOTHING went wrong--it went smoothly, and there were no hitches (multiple guests said the same thing to me)! I have Jay to thank for this--he was so prepared for everything leading up to the day--we met with him a few times in-person to go over details, and exchanged many e-mails. The day before my wedding, my stress level related to wedding-day logistics was low, because I knew Jay had a plan B if anything were to go awry. The food was also outstanding--got rave reviews from our guests about the rockfish imperial especially. I highly recommend the Royal Sonesta if you want an elegant, classy feel to your reception, and please request to work with Jay if at all possible! I can't wait to go back and reminisce...I actually cried the day after we had to leave the hotel!
Note: we had the Sonesta for the reception, and our church for the ceremony.

I cannot say enough good things Read more...
Note: we had the Sonesta for the reception, and our church for the ceremony.

I cannot say enough good things about the Sonesta. From the day we met our day-of coordinator, Jay Day, I knew we'd be in great hands. He is detail-oriented and very responsive--and for me being somewhat of a control freak at times, this worked wonderfully. The hotel itself is gorgeous--a gem amongst the standard hotel chains you'll find in Baltimore (nothing wrong with those, just wanted something "different" for our wedding)! The suites and rooms are very nice--the bridal suite was huge and had floor to ceiling views of the harbor...perfect for photo opps when getting ready in the morning! The space is great too--we fit about 160 people comfortably in the ballroom, then had a spillover room with two bars, sofas, and high tops so people didn't feel confined to one room. As the bride, I told myself that something would probably go wrong that day, but to my amazement, NOTHING went wrong--it went smoothly, and there were no hitches (multiple guests said the same thing to me)! I have Jay to thank for this--he was so prepared for everything leading up to the day--we met with him a few times in-person to go over details, and exchanged many e-mails. The day before my wedding, my stress level related to wedding-day logistics was low, because I knew Jay had a plan B if anything were to go awry. The food was also outstanding--got rave reviews from our guests about the rockfish imperial especially. I highly recommend the Royal Sonesta if you want an elegant, classy feel to your reception, and please request to work with Jay if at all possible! I can't wait to go back and reminisce...I actually cried the day after we had to leave the hotel! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
This was actually my daugther's wedding but everything was fantastic. Jay is just incredible. He helped with everything. I was so afraid he was going to kill me because of all the emails but he never complained. All of my guests gushed over how beautiful the venue was and how friendly all the support staff was.
This was actually my daugther's wedding but everything was fantastic. Jay is just incredible. He helped with everything. I Read more...
This was actually my daugther's wedding but everything was fantastic. Jay is just incredible. He helped with everything. I was so afraid he was going to kill me because of all the emails but he never complained. All of my guests gushed over how beautiful the venue was and how friendly all the support staff was. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the absolute best experience with our wedding at Royal Sonesta. We dealt with Jay Day throughout the whole experience and he was a wealth of knowledge for the planning and execution of a perfect wedding. Jay always responded within hours to any inquiry we had and was very flexible with meeting times. He helped us plan the whole wedding day, from table arrangements to timelines, contacted and coordinated with our other vendors, and helped us plan an event that we loved so much and that all of our guests truly enjoyed as well. We couldn't be happier!
We had the absolute best experience with our wedding at Royal Sonesta. We dealt with Jay Day throughout the whole Read more...
We had the absolute best experience with our wedding at Royal Sonesta. We dealt with Jay Day throughout the whole experience and he was a wealth of knowledge for the planning and execution of a perfect wedding. Jay always responded within hours to any inquiry we had and was very flexible with meeting times. He helped us plan the whole wedding day, from table arrangements to timelines, contacted and coordinated with our other vendors, and helped us plan an event that we loved so much and that all of our guests truly enjoyed as well. We couldn't be happier! Read less
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Kenneth
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Let me start by saying the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court exceeded our families' expectations for our daughters wedding reception from start to finish. The Senior Catering Manager, Jay Day, treated my wife and I as if it was his daughter getting married. His guidance, patience, wit, suggestions, responsiveness, direct speak when necessary, and genuine interest in making our daughters special day the most memorable day in her life was over and above anything we could have wanted. A++ for Jay. Now for summary points:
> Staff from the valets (special shout out to Calvin), to the front desk, the reception servers, Jeffrey the captain, bar tenders, bellmen (special shout out to James) couldn't have been more attentive and friendly.
>Food at the reception was phenomenal considering service for over 100; each filet, salmon, chicken, and vegetable lasagna entree was consistently prepared and well presented; many commented on the overall food experience.
> Cocktail hour was fabulous with plentiful butlered hors d'oeuvrs.
> Everyone was from out of town, and stayed at the hotel. Rooms were spacious, and clean. A few we saw though could have used new carpeting and some updating on the furniture. A negative was in the booking process. There seemed to be a disconnect between Sales and reservations. At one point, Reservations lost our block of reserved rooms, and some of our guests couldn't get the room they wanted. However, Jay got things straightened out quickly. Hotel needs to close this gap.
> Valet service is extremely fast and efficient. Definitely should valet your car.
> Hotel is very convenient to Inner Harbor and Federal Hill area, all easily within walking distance.

Bottom line, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court is the place to stay and/or hold an event if in the Baltimore City area.
Let me start by saying the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court exceeded our families' expectations for our daughters wedding Read more...
Let me start by saying the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court exceeded our families' expectations for our daughters wedding reception from start to finish. The Senior Catering Manager, Jay Day, treated my wife and I as if it was his daughter getting married. His guidance, patience, wit, suggestions, responsiveness, direct speak when necessary, and genuine interest in making our daughters special day the most memorable day in her life was over and above anything we could have wanted. A++ for Jay. Now for summary points:
> Staff from the valets (special shout out to Calvin), to the front desk, the reception servers, Jeffrey the captain, bar tenders, bellmen (special shout out to James) couldn't have been more attentive and friendly.
>Food at the reception was phenomenal considering service for over 100; each filet, salmon, chicken, and vegetable lasagna entree was consistently prepared and well presented; many commented on the overall food experience.
> Cocktail hour was fabulous with plentiful butlered hors d'oeuvrs.
> Everyone was from out of town, and stayed at the hotel. Rooms were spacious, and clean. A few we saw though could have used new carpeting and some updating on the furniture. A negative was in the booking process. There seemed to be a disconnect between Sales and reservations. At one point, Reservations lost our block of reserved rooms, and some of our guests couldn't get the room they wanted. However, Jay got things straightened out quickly. Hotel needs to close this gap.
> Valet service is extremely fast and efficient. Definitely should valet your car.
> Hotel is very convenient to Inner Harbor and Federal Hill area, all easily within walking distance.

Bottom line, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court is the place to stay and/or hold an event if in the Baltimore City area. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Jamie
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The Royal Sonesta was a beautiful location and perfect venue for my wedding. The boutique hotel gives a beautiful view of the Baltimore harbor. Jay and his staff executed the day flawlessly. From the ceremony to the reception, it was all perfect!
The Royal Sonesta was a beautiful location and perfect venue for my wedding. The boutique hotel gives a beautiful view of Read more...
The Royal Sonesta was a beautiful location and perfect venue for my wedding. The boutique hotel gives a beautiful view of the Baltimore harbor. Jay and his staff executed the day flawlessly. From the ceremony to the reception, it was all perfect! Read less
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Paul & Bev
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Parents always want their children’s wedding day to be special. Our daughter’s wedding at the Royal Sonesta exceeded our expectations and was perfect. This would not have been possible without the help of the event planner, Jay Day, and the hotel staff. We held the rehearsal, the wedding and the reception at the hotel as well as a brunch the morning after.
The planning went smoothly, the food was terrific and the service was top notch.
Parents always want their children’s wedding day to be special. Our daughter’s wedding at the Royal Sonesta exceeded our Read more...
Parents always want their children’s wedding day to be special. Our daughter’s wedding at the Royal Sonesta exceeded our expectations and was perfect. This would not have been possible without the help of the event planner, Jay Day, and the hotel staff. We held the rehearsal, the wedding and the reception at the hotel as well as a brunch the morning after.
The planning went smoothly, the food was terrific and the service was top notch. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Brenda
Wedding:
10/11/2014
0.5/5.0
Terrible experience for my wedding room block. After booking 40 rooms a year in advance, the day of the wedding my quests did not have rooms. The baseball team in town made it to the playoffs which created an overwhelming demand for hotel rooms. The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel was able to sell rooms at a premium price to game goers and thus choose to not honor our reservations made at a wedding block rate that had been reserved for over a year.

Not a lot of genuine remorse for our experience showed by the hotel either, even after I hosted a day after the wedding brunch in the hotel for 80 people. You do the math on that one.

JUST A HOORIFIC EXPERIENCE WITH THIS HOTEL FOR MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING!!!!

STAY CLEAR IF YOU ARE COMING TO BALTIMORE, MD!!!!!!

The Bloom-Sheavly Wedding
Terrible experience for my wedding room block. After booking 40 rooms a year in advance, the day of the wedding my quests Read more...
Terrible experience for my wedding room block. After booking 40 rooms a year in advance, the day of the wedding my quests did not have rooms. The baseball team in town made it to the playoffs which created an overwhelming demand for hotel rooms. The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel was able to sell rooms at a premium price to game goers and thus choose to not honor our reservations made at a wedding block rate that had been reserved for over a year.

Not a lot of genuine remorse for our experience showed by the hotel either, even after I hosted a day after the wedding brunch in the hotel for 80 people. You do the math on that one.

JUST A HOORIFIC EXPERIENCE WITH THIS HOTEL FOR MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING!!!!

STAY CLEAR IF YOU ARE COMING TO BALTIMORE, MD!!!!!!

The Bloom-Sheavly Wedding Read less
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Desiree
Wedding:
10/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely love this place and the staff! Our wedding and reception here, and it was absolutely perfect. The rooms fit everything about my theme which was a Harlem Renissance/ Great Gatsby theme. Very attentive and fast working staff. Will definitely recommend them to friends and family.

Thanx Again Guys!!
Absolutely love this place and the staff! Our wedding and reception here, and it was absolutely perfect. The rooms fit Read more...
Absolutely love this place and the staff! Our wedding and reception here, and it was absolutely perfect. The rooms fit everything about my theme which was a Harlem Renissance/ Great Gatsby theme. Very attentive and fast working staff. Will definitely recommend them to friends and family.

Thanx Again Guys!! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.8/5.0
Jay Day from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court did an amazing job for two events on our daughter's wedding weekend- the welcome dinner and Sunday brunch. He was a delight to work with, had great ideas and no request was denied. He was enthusiastic and reassuring. The food and service were wonderful. I highly recommend staying at this hotel and using the caterer.
Jay Day from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court did an amazing job for two events on our daughter's wedding weekend- the Read more...
Jay Day from the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court did an amazing job for two events on our daughter's wedding weekend- the welcome dinner and Sunday brunch. He was a delight to work with, had great ideas and no request was denied. He was enthusiastic and reassuring. The food and service were wonderful. I highly recommend staying at this hotel and using the caterer. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Fran
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.9/5.0
I knew I wanted to get married in the city and after looking at many different venues we knew the Royal Sonesta would be the perfect place for our wedding after our first visit. Not only is the location great, but the ballrooms offer windows overlooking the inner harbor. The whole place is so beautiful and elegant. The hotel has such a unique look that is very charming.
Not only is the place beautiful, but the staff and service is amazing. I am a perfectionist, so I appreciated that our wedding coordinator there, Jay was detailed oriented. Throughout the planning process Jay listened to what we wanted and accommodated us. The whole staff there is great and always so friendly. Lynette waited on us throughout the cocktail hour and I felt like she read my mind. She knew exactly what I wanted and brought it to me without me even asking. James, the valet, always worked with us when we went to the Royal Sonesta and offered us cold bottles of waters after a run or walk.
Besides the great service the food was great. I especially appreciated that they used honey from their own honeybees they keep in the courtyard, and vegetables from a rooftop garden at the hotel. Our guests had so many wonderful comments about the staff and the food. Our wedding day was really perfect, and I can not say enough positive things about our experiene with the Royal Sonesta.
I knew I wanted to get married in the city and after looking at many different venues we knew the Royal Sonesta would be Read more...
I knew I wanted to get married in the city and after looking at many different venues we knew the Royal Sonesta would be the perfect place for our wedding after our first visit. Not only is the location great, but the ballrooms offer windows overlooking the inner harbor. The whole place is so beautiful and elegant. The hotel has such a unique look that is very charming.
Not only is the place beautiful, but the staff and service is amazing. I am a perfectionist, so I appreciated that our wedding coordinator there, Jay was detailed oriented. Throughout the planning process Jay listened to what we wanted and accommodated us. The whole staff there is great and always so friendly. Lynette waited on us throughout the cocktail hour and I felt like she read my mind. She knew exactly what I wanted and brought it to me without me even asking. James, the valet, always worked with us when we went to the Royal Sonesta and offered us cold bottles of waters after a run or walk.
Besides the great service the food was great. I especially appreciated that they used honey from their own honeybees they keep in the courtyard, and vegetables from a rooftop garden at the hotel. Our guests had so many wonderful comments about the staff and the food. Our wedding day was really perfect, and I can not say enough positive things about our experiene with the Royal Sonesta. Read less
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