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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Baltimore , MD
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LOCATION

550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 US (map)

PHONE

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, Glamorous, Modern
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, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
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
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

REVIEWS

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Sarah
Wedding:
4/1/2017
5.0/5.0
We could not have imagined a better experience! Our wedding day was perfect, and the preparations leading up to it were so easy, thanks to Jay.

We had a small wedding (approx 35 people), and we wanted an appropriate-sized venue that was close to the water. Jay patiently showed us around the property and answered many follow-up questions, while we looked for venues. At the end of the day, there was really no comparison. The Royal Sonesta offered the best location at a reasonable price.

Jay was extremely flexible and patient - even when we were indecisive or had no idea what we were doing. He was extremely responsive and pleasant throughout the whole process and very open to our ideas and preferences.

On the day of, things went exceptionally smoothly, and we were able to relax and enjoy our day without any worry. The the wait staff was very helpful, accommodating and courteous. All of the food was phenomenal!

Finally, the hotel itself is beautiful. We loved having the option of having our ceremony and cocktail hour on the rooftop garden. Our reception was in the Brightons Room - which was perfect for our smaller wedding. The bridal suite has a fantastic view of the Inner Harbor. We were very sad to check out.

All in all, we could not have chosen a better venue. Our guests raved about how beautiful the venue was! We will recommend the Royal Sonesta Baltimore and hope to return for other events!
We could not have imagined a better experience! Our wedding day was perfect, and the preparations leading up to it were so Read more...
We could not have imagined a better experience! Our wedding day was perfect, and the preparations leading up to it were so easy, thanks to Jay.

We had a small wedding (approx 35 people), and we wanted an appropriate-sized venue that was close to the water. Jay patiently showed us around the property and answered many follow-up questions, while we looked for venues. At the end of the day, there was really no comparison. The Royal Sonesta offered the best location at a reasonable price.

Jay was extremely flexible and patient - even when we were indecisive or had no idea what we were doing. He was extremely responsive and pleasant throughout the whole process and very open to our ideas and preferences.

On the day of, things went exceptionally smoothly, and we were able to relax and enjoy our day without any worry. The the wait staff was very helpful, accommodating and courteous. All of the food was phenomenal!

Finally, the hotel itself is beautiful. We loved having the option of having our ceremony and cocktail hour on the rooftop garden. Our reception was in the Brightons Room - which was perfect for our smaller wedding. The bridal suite has a fantastic view of the Inner Harbor. We were very sad to check out.

All in all, we could not have chosen a better venue. Our guests raved about how beautiful the venue was! We will recommend the Royal Sonesta Baltimore and hope to return for other events! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had our daughter's wedding at the Royal Sonesta this weekend and can't say enough about the professionalism of the staff -- from the valet to the desk staff and servers, everyone was polite and responsive. Our highest compliments are reserved for Jay Day who worked with us covering every conceivable detail, attentively listening to our ideas and politely and professionally offering alternate suggestion to achieve the desired result. He was a consistent presence throughout the day assuring that each of those agree-upon details was properly executed. The result was a perfect wedding ceremony and reception for our family and guests. We couldn't be happier with the result.
We had our daughter's wedding at the Royal Sonesta this weekend and can't say enough about the professionalism of the Read more...
We had our daughter's wedding at the Royal Sonesta this weekend and can't say enough about the professionalism of the staff -- from the valet to the desk staff and servers, everyone was polite and responsive. Our highest compliments are reserved for Jay Day who worked with us covering every conceivable detail, attentively listening to our ideas and politely and professionally offering alternate suggestion to achieve the desired result. He was a consistent presence throughout the day assuring that each of those agree-upon details was properly executed. The result was a perfect wedding ceremony and reception for our family and guests. We couldn't be happier with the result. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Fran
Wedding:
3/26/2017
5.0/5.0
If you want a beautiful venue, great service, exceptional food and a great location, the Royal Sonesta is for you. It was a pleasure working with Jay Day and everyone else at the hotel. We had my daughter's wedding as well as the rehearsal dinner there and we couldn't have been more pleased.
If you want a beautiful venue, great service, exceptional food and a great location, the Royal Sonesta is for you. It was Read more...
If you want a beautiful venue, great service, exceptional food and a great location, the Royal Sonesta is for you. It was a pleasure working with Jay Day and everyone else at the hotel. We had my daughter's wedding as well as the rehearsal dinner there and we couldn't have been more pleased. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jennifer
Wedding:
1/14/2017
5.0/5.0
While it may be true that there are MANY hotels in Baltimore, there's really just one that you should use: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. Here's why:
1. Mr. Jay Day, the hotel's Director of Catering. For us, he was a tremendous resource, a calming influence, and was a good friend throughout the process. He never let us over-think a particular aspect, and was never afraid to tell us exactly what he thought. His honesty was refreshing; as we met with multiple hotels at the start of the planning process, it seemed that many of them told us what they thought we wanted to hear, so we heard the same thing over and over. Jay was up front and honest about everything, and was incredibly flexible with so many of the small details. Our wedding would not have been half of what it was without him.
2. The hotel will only book one wedding per weekend, so you and your guests will never have to worry about a double-booked reception space, caterers, etc. The hotel has 3 different ballrooms, and we were able to utilize all of them for our event, which gave every aspect its own unique feel.
3. The food was INCREDIBLE. I don't know how to start, so I'll have to leave it at that.
4. All of the ballrooms have windows that look onto the Harbor. Go to any other hotel in Baltimore, and if you can find a ballroom with windows, they won't be looking at the Harbor. Nothing is prettier than looking out onto the Harbor at night, and to have that visual as a backdrop for your wedding is amazing.
5. Every one of the hotel's staff are consummate professionals who will go completely out of their way for not only you, but for every one of your guests. We arrived at the hotel with an SUV packed to the brim, and the bell staff had everything out of the car and in our room in 10 minutes. The front desk answered every question we could think to throw at them, and the housekeeping staff were incredibly flexible, as we utilized our suite for the bridal party on the day of the wedding.
While it may be true that there are MANY hotels in Baltimore, there's really just one that you should use: Royal Sonesta Read more...
While it may be true that there are MANY hotels in Baltimore, there's really just one that you should use: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. Here's why:
1. Mr. Jay Day, the hotel's Director of Catering. For us, he was a tremendous resource, a calming influence, and was a good friend throughout the process. He never let us over-think a particular aspect, and was never afraid to tell us exactly what he thought. His honesty was refreshing; as we met with multiple hotels at the start of the planning process, it seemed that many of them told us what they thought we wanted to hear, so we heard the same thing over and over. Jay was up front and honest about everything, and was incredibly flexible with so many of the small details. Our wedding would not have been half of what it was without him.
2. The hotel will only book one wedding per weekend, so you and your guests will never have to worry about a double-booked reception space, caterers, etc. The hotel has 3 different ballrooms, and we were able to utilize all of them for our event, which gave every aspect its own unique feel.
3. The food was INCREDIBLE. I don't know how to start, so I'll have to leave it at that.
4. All of the ballrooms have windows that look onto the Harbor. Go to any other hotel in Baltimore, and if you can find a ballroom with windows, they won't be looking at the Harbor. Nothing is prettier than looking out onto the Harbor at night, and to have that visual as a backdrop for your wedding is amazing.
5. Every one of the hotel's staff are consummate professionals who will go completely out of their way for not only you, but for every one of your guests. We arrived at the hotel with an SUV packed to the brim, and the bell staff had everything out of the car and in our room in 10 minutes. The front desk answered every question we could think to throw at them, and the housekeeping staff were incredibly flexible, as we utilized our suite for the bridal party on the day of the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Allison
Wedding:
12/3/2016
5.0/5.0
We hosted our wedding reception at the Royal Sonesta December 3rd, and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. It’s a gorgeous hotel with a much more intimate feel than some of the other larger Inner Harbor hotels we considered. The second-floor bar won us over with all its character – we could imagine our guests enjoying the cozy European-feel of the Explorer’s lounge.
We were floored with the reception space. Rather than an interior hotel room with a meeting-space feel typical of hotel wedding spaces, the rooms had beautiful windows overlooking the Inner Harbor, marble floors, and chandeliers.

We were especially happy with the way the Royal Sonesta decorated for Christmas. Each window had a beautiful golden wreath, lit up with white lights, and it looked spectacular in photos. We had countless compliments on the food served at our sit-down dinner. The banquet staff did a marvelous job of staying on top of everything and the food itself was truly the best food we’ve ever been served at a wedding, and we were told that throughout the night, and for weeks afterwards as we’d bump into people and talk about the wedding.

Having Jay Day coordinate everything was such a relief- it was wonderful being able to drop things off ahead of time, and not wonder who would help coordinate with the other vendors. Jay went above and beyond on the day-of – even going as far as to have some icing whipped up to cover a spot on the cake that got a bit dented on its way from the bakery. I think the hallmark of a good planner is not having to spend any time worrying about timing (or anything) the day of the wedding, and that was the case at the Sonesta with Jay.

We are so happy with our choice of the Royal Sonesta for our reception, and would highly recommend it.
We hosted our wedding reception at the Royal Sonesta December 3rd, and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. It’s a Read more...
We hosted our wedding reception at the Royal Sonesta December 3rd, and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. It’s a gorgeous hotel with a much more intimate feel than some of the other larger Inner Harbor hotels we considered. The second-floor bar won us over with all its character – we could imagine our guests enjoying the cozy European-feel of the Explorer’s lounge.
We were floored with the reception space. Rather than an interior hotel room with a meeting-space feel typical of hotel wedding spaces, the rooms had beautiful windows overlooking the Inner Harbor, marble floors, and chandeliers.

We were especially happy with the way the Royal Sonesta decorated for Christmas. Each window had a beautiful golden wreath, lit up with white lights, and it looked spectacular in photos. We had countless compliments on the food served at our sit-down dinner. The banquet staff did a marvelous job of staying on top of everything and the food itself was truly the best food we’ve ever been served at a wedding, and we were told that throughout the night, and for weeks afterwards as we’d bump into people and talk about the wedding.

Having Jay Day coordinate everything was such a relief- it was wonderful being able to drop things off ahead of time, and not wonder who would help coordinate with the other vendors. Jay went above and beyond on the day-of – even going as far as to have some icing whipped up to cover a spot on the cake that got a bit dented on its way from the bakery. I think the hallmark of a good planner is not having to spend any time worrying about timing (or anything) the day of the wedding, and that was the case at the Sonesta with Jay.

We are so happy with our choice of the Royal Sonesta for our reception, and would highly recommend it. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Gerry
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our only daughter's wedding at Royal Sonesta this past weekend. We have been working with Jay Day for over a year planning this event. Jay's knowledge of what works and what does not is unparalleled. He thinks of every detail - many of which we would not have come up with at all. It was like getting the best wedding planner and event as a package deal! The venue is fantastic. The nighttime views of the Baltimore Harbor are breathtaking. The set up of a room for cocktail hour and a separate room for the reception worked out very well. The food and service during the reception were spectacular. I had the rockfish dinner which was some of the best rockfish I have ever had. The service was swift and many guests complimented us on their servers as being friendly and helpful.

We had 184 guest in our reception and the rooms were perfectly sized. Having the event in a hotel was also a huge plus. The hotel rooms are first class. Pricing of the hotel rooms in the block was also surprisingly reasonable. Some out of town guests tried to get better deals at other hotels through the discount sights and only saved $20 per night - not worth the walk.

As I said, this was our only daughter and she wanted a dream wedding. Jay and his crew fulfilled this dream.
We had our only daughter's wedding at Royal Sonesta this past weekend. We have been working with Jay Day for over a year Read more...
We had our only daughter's wedding at Royal Sonesta this past weekend. We have been working with Jay Day for over a year planning this event. Jay's knowledge of what works and what does not is unparalleled. He thinks of every detail - many of which we would not have come up with at all. It was like getting the best wedding planner and event as a package deal! The venue is fantastic. The nighttime views of the Baltimore Harbor are breathtaking. The set up of a room for cocktail hour and a separate room for the reception worked out very well. The food and service during the reception were spectacular. I had the rockfish dinner which was some of the best rockfish I have ever had. The service was swift and many guests complimented us on their servers as being friendly and helpful.

We had 184 guest in our reception and the rooms were perfectly sized. Having the event in a hotel was also a huge plus. The hotel rooms are first class. Pricing of the hotel rooms in the block was also surprisingly reasonable. Some out of town guests tried to get better deals at other hotels through the discount sights and only saved $20 per night - not worth the walk.

As I said, this was our only daughter and she wanted a dream wedding. Jay and his crew fulfilled this dream. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Julie
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
There is no place more elegant for a Baltimore wedding than the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court! Jay Day and his team attended to every detail of our day (and the months leading up to our day!). The flexibility of the hotel spaces (Whitehall, Brightons, Hamptons, etc.), menu options, room decor, and timeline made our wedding a one of a kind event. Jay was extremely responsive to our questions, exceptionally organized, prepared with vendor suggestions, and in tune with our vision. Jay ensured that every detail of our day was discussed and planned at our request and communicated to all of our vendors prior to the event. We chose the Royal Sonesta because of the lasting impression of Jay Day, and it was well worth it!

The menu options at the Royal Sonesta are endless and the service was outstanding. Our wedding guests complemented the unique and delicious dinner (we served cream of crab soup, along with four entree selections). The chef's attention to detail on each plate was exceptional. The wait staff are most certainly a "well oiled machine." Every meal was seamlessly delivered to each guest in a timely manner (and we had 180 guests!).

We are so pleased with our wedding at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. The elegant rooms, beautiful Baltimore views, and outstanding service helped to make our day one to remember!
There is no place more elegant for a Baltimore wedding than the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court! Jay Day and his team attended Read more...
There is no place more elegant for a Baltimore wedding than the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court! Jay Day and his team attended to every detail of our day (and the months leading up to our day!). The flexibility of the hotel spaces (Whitehall, Brightons, Hamptons, etc.), menu options, room decor, and timeline made our wedding a one of a kind event. Jay was extremely responsive to our questions, exceptionally organized, prepared with vendor suggestions, and in tune with our vision. Jay ensured that every detail of our day was discussed and planned at our request and communicated to all of our vendors prior to the event. We chose the Royal Sonesta because of the lasting impression of Jay Day, and it was well worth it!

The menu options at the Royal Sonesta are endless and the service was outstanding. Our wedding guests complemented the unique and delicious dinner (we served cream of crab soup, along with four entree selections). The chef's attention to detail on each plate was exceptional. The wait staff are most certainly a "well oiled machine." Every meal was seamlessly delivered to each guest in a timely manner (and we had 180 guests!).

We are so pleased with our wedding at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. The elegant rooms, beautiful Baltimore views, and outstanding service helped to make our day one to remember! Read less
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Tori
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
If you want a full time contact that will respond to any of your questions and concerns within 24 hours then book here! Seriously, Jay Day is fabulous at what he does and makes the entire process stress free! The location is beautiful, the food is delicious, the service is top notch, and the suites are perfect to get ready with a gorgeous view!
If you want a full time contact that will respond to any of your questions and concerns within 24 hours then book here! Read more...
If you want a full time contact that will respond to any of your questions and concerns within 24 hours then book here! Seriously, Jay Day is fabulous at what he does and makes the entire process stress free! The location is beautiful, the food is delicious, the service is top notch, and the suites are perfect to get ready with a gorgeous view! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had such a good experience with this venue and the events coordinator, Jay Day. The hotel was just renovated and is beautiful!! The staircase in the lobby is so grand and made for some great pictures. Jay was also so helpful and Knowledgable. He really knows the wedding industry inside and out. Whenever we asked for his advice he never steered us wrong. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. We had a lot of out of town guests and Jay was very accommodating with any booking issues we had. During the wedding he made sure all of our things (champagne flutes, cake knives, card box, gifts, etc.) made it to our suite at the end of the night. We were very impressed with Jay and the Royal Sonesta and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect venue.
My husband and I had such a good experience with this venue and the events coordinator, Jay Day. The hotel was just Read more...
My husband and I had such a good experience with this venue and the events coordinator, Jay Day. The hotel was just renovated and is beautiful!! The staircase in the lobby is so grand and made for some great pictures. Jay was also so helpful and Knowledgable. He really knows the wedding industry inside and out. Whenever we asked for his advice he never steered us wrong. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. We had a lot of out of town guests and Jay was very accommodating with any booking issues we had. During the wedding he made sure all of our things (champagne flutes, cake knives, card box, gifts, etc.) made it to our suite at the end of the night. We were very impressed with Jay and the Royal Sonesta and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We did a cocktail hour and dinner reception at the Royal Sonesta and it turned out beautifully. We rented chiavari chairs through the hotel as well.
We did a cocktail hour and dinner reception at the Royal Sonesta and it turned out beautifully. We rented chiavari chairs Read more...
We did a cocktail hour and dinner reception at the Royal Sonesta and it turned out beautifully. We rented chiavari chairs through the hotel as well. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue

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