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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Baltimore , MD
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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

When was your venue built?
1986
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic / Traditional, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
195
Number of suites
22
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
160
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1986
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic / Traditional, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
195
Number of suites
22
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
160
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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
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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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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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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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Brittany
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
I knew after my first meeting with Jay that I had to have my wedding at the Royal Sonesta. I had always wanted a downtown wedding but struggled to find a place that offered views of the harbor. The large windows in the Whitehall Ballroom were just what I was looking for in my venue. The hotel rooms are also unique and offered the beautiful views to our wedding guests.

My bridal party decided to get ready at the hotel. The bridal suite was the perfect size and had a wonderful view of the harbor. We had hair and make-up come to the hotel and had more than enough room to accommodate my whole bridal party. The day of my wedding I was not stressed knowing that the staff at the Royal Sonesta was putting my wedding together. Jay and I had discussed every detail which let me relax and enjoy the day.

Throughout the whole planning process I felt supported and understood by Jay. The whole staff at the hotel goes above and beyond. I would highly recommend the Royal Sonesta as the best Baltimore wedding venue.
I knew after my first meeting with Jay that I had to have my wedding at the Royal Sonesta. I had always wanted a downtown Read more...
I knew after my first meeting with Jay that I had to have my wedding at the Royal Sonesta. I had always wanted a downtown wedding but struggled to find a place that offered views of the harbor. The large windows in the Whitehall Ballroom were just what I was looking for in my venue. The hotel rooms are also unique and offered the beautiful views to our wedding guests.

My bridal party decided to get ready at the hotel. The bridal suite was the perfect size and had a wonderful view of the harbor. We had hair and make-up come to the hotel and had more than enough room to accommodate my whole bridal party. The day of my wedding I was not stressed knowing that the staff at the Royal Sonesta was putting my wedding together. Jay and I had discussed every detail which let me relax and enjoy the day.

Throughout the whole planning process I felt supported and understood by Jay. The whole staff at the hotel goes above and beyond. I would highly recommend the Royal Sonesta as the best Baltimore wedding venue. Read less
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Shelley
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Perfect. magical and elegant are the first words that come to mind. I could not have imagined a more perfect day. Royal Sonesta, you outdid yourselves. The food was amazing, Thank you Chef :) Jay -there are no words, you're the best and your staff is second to none.
We looked at many venue's for our daughters wedding and no doubt we made the right choice.
Perfect. magical and elegant are the first words that come to mind. I could not have imagined a more perfect day. Royal Read more...
Perfect. magical and elegant are the first words that come to mind. I could not have imagined a more perfect day. Royal Sonesta, you outdid yourselves. The food was amazing, Thank you Chef :) Jay -there are no words, you're the best and your staff is second to none.
We looked at many venue's for our daughters wedding and no doubt we made the right choice. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue. Very accommodating and helpful, everything went so smoothly and just as I had hoped!
Beautiful venue. Very accommodating and helpful, everything went so smoothly and just as I had hoped!
Beautiful venue. Very accommodating and helpful, everything went so smoothly and just as I had hoped! Read less
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