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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Baltimore , MD
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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'Oeuvres, 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

REVIEWS

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Kristina
Wedding:
7/27/2015
5.0/5.0
From Day 1 Jay was AMAZING. He always answered each question with 100% honesty. We started planning our wedding early (1+ years before) but even from the that early on Jay would answer all of our emails within 24hours (usually within a few minutes). It was great to know he was that responsive and accessible. The venue is BEAUTIFUL. Floor to ceiling windows in the main ballroom added spectacular views of the harbor even on an incredibly rainy day. The view from the Royal Sonesta is also truly unique because you get the harbor, the aquarium, the large ships in the harbor, the lighthouse and the full Baltimore"skyline" from it. The other venues with floor to ceiling windows don't have quite the right vantage point. The food was terrific and because we had a full evening of tasting well before the event, we knew our guests were going to get good food and hearty plates. The staff at the Royal Sonesta was so accommodating to everything we needed from the beginning of our event planning up to the day of the event. The best thing I liked about this venue is that they do 1 wedding a day. So as the bride, you really do feel like a princess. They made you feel as though everything that was going on that day was solely for you. We had a fantastic wedding at the Royal Sonesta. I gave them 5/5 on each category because I can honestly say everything about them was great. Of course there are always hiccups in each wedding but if anything went wrong Jay and his staff went above and beyond to correct it and made the situation much better.
From Day 1 Jay was AMAZING. He always answered each question with 100% honesty. We started planning our wedding early (1+ Read more...
From Day 1 Jay was AMAZING. He always answered each question with 100% honesty. We started planning our wedding early (1+ years before) but even from the that early on Jay would answer all of our emails within 24hours (usually within a few minutes). It was great to know he was that responsive and accessible. The venue is BEAUTIFUL. Floor to ceiling windows in the main ballroom added spectacular views of the harbor even on an incredibly rainy day. The view from the Royal Sonesta is also truly unique because you get the harbor, the aquarium, the large ships in the harbor, the lighthouse and the full Baltimore"skyline" from it. The other venues with floor to ceiling windows don't have quite the right vantage point. The food was terrific and because we had a full evening of tasting well before the event, we knew our guests were going to get good food and hearty plates. The staff at the Royal Sonesta was so accommodating to everything we needed from the beginning of our event planning up to the day of the event. The best thing I liked about this venue is that they do 1 wedding a day. So as the bride, you really do feel like a princess. They made you feel as though everything that was going on that day was solely for you. We had a fantastic wedding at the Royal Sonesta. I gave them 5/5 on each category because I can honestly say everything about them was great. Of course there are always hiccups in each wedding but if anything went wrong Jay and his staff went above and beyond to correct it and made the situation much better. Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
When we had first gotten engaged I went with my MoH to look at several venues. The Royal Sonesta was the third one we visited. We instantly fell in love with the hotel and its location. But we weren’t totally sold on it until we met Jay, the event planner at the Sonesta. I knew by the end of the tour around the hotel with him that he was going to be personally involved and help me make our day perfect.

We had booked the venue about a year in advance, so there were a lot of changes that were constantly being made. I think we had changed our date 3 or 4 times in the earlier months, all the while Jay was completely accommodating. The hotel itself also underwent some major changes. They remodeled it earlier this year and Jay kept me in the loop the whole time – showing us the blueprints and models. The hotel was gorgeous before, but now it’s much more modern and glamorous. We are so grateful to have been able to have a wedding there after the renovations.

Being the first of my friends to get married, I didn’t know much about anything. Jay was there to give me advice and I welcomed (and asked for) his suggestions. And I am so glad I did because everything just looked and felt absolutely amazing.

The staff was nothing short of helpful, respectful, and accommodating. Our guests were well taken care and had the best time. I highly recommend this venue!
When we had first gotten engaged I went with my MoH to look at several venues. The Royal Sonesta was the third one we Read more...
When we had first gotten engaged I went with my MoH to look at several venues. The Royal Sonesta was the third one we visited. We instantly fell in love with the hotel and its location. But we weren’t totally sold on it until we met Jay, the event planner at the Sonesta. I knew by the end of the tour around the hotel with him that he was going to be personally involved and help me make our day perfect.

We had booked the venue about a year in advance, so there were a lot of changes that were constantly being made. I think we had changed our date 3 or 4 times in the earlier months, all the while Jay was completely accommodating. The hotel itself also underwent some major changes. They remodeled it earlier this year and Jay kept me in the loop the whole time – showing us the blueprints and models. The hotel was gorgeous before, but now it’s much more modern and glamorous. We are so grateful to have been able to have a wedding there after the renovations.

Being the first of my friends to get married, I didn’t know much about anything. Jay was there to give me advice and I welcomed (and asked for) his suggestions. And I am so glad I did because everything just looked and felt absolutely amazing.

The staff was nothing short of helpful, respectful, and accommodating. Our guests were well taken care and had the best time. I highly recommend this venue! Read less
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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Not only does the Royal Sonesta have a spectacular location and event spaces, but the staff and catering services are incredible! We were so happy we booked our wedding at the Royal Sonesta. Jay Day, the event coordinator, is such an asset to the hotel and to our wedding. He met with us frequently to discuss the menu, decor, day of planning, and event options. He is very organized, flexible on what the client wants, honest in his opinion and works tirelessly to make your event perfect. We had a lot of obstacles the week of our wedding. Jay kept us calm, updated us constantly, and was accommodating with services the hotel could provide. The entire staff at the Royal Sonesta went above and beyond to make my guests and I feel welcome and special. If that’s not enough, the hotel itself is beautiful – event spaces with windows onto the harbor, new and upgraded décor, and modern sleek rooms for your guests. I cannot rave about the Royal Sonesta enough and am so appreciative for everything they did for family and myself.
Not only does the Royal Sonesta have a spectacular location and event spaces, but the staff and catering services are Read more...
Not only does the Royal Sonesta have a spectacular location and event spaces, but the staff and catering services are incredible! We were so happy we booked our wedding at the Royal Sonesta. Jay Day, the event coordinator, is such an asset to the hotel and to our wedding. He met with us frequently to discuss the menu, decor, day of planning, and event options. He is very organized, flexible on what the client wants, honest in his opinion and works tirelessly to make your event perfect. We had a lot of obstacles the week of our wedding. Jay kept us calm, updated us constantly, and was accommodating with services the hotel could provide. The entire staff at the Royal Sonesta went above and beyond to make my guests and I feel welcome and special. If that’s not enough, the hotel itself is beautiful – event spaces with windows onto the harbor, new and upgraded décor, and modern sleek rooms for your guests. I cannot rave about the Royal Sonesta enough and am so appreciative for everything they did for family and myself. Read less
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Anita
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
This venue is exceptional when it comes to the quality of the service. Jay Day was our event manager and did an amazing job! He has an outstanding attention to detail and will go to great lengths to ensure that you have the best day. He provided us recommendations for vendors and really made the planning process a lot of fun. We had a wedding where the majority of guests were from out of town. They all raved about how nice the hotel was and how much they enjoyed their stay.
This venue is exceptional when it comes to the quality of the service. Jay Day was our event manager and did an amazing Read more...
This venue is exceptional when it comes to the quality of the service. Jay Day was our event manager and did an amazing job! He has an outstanding attention to detail and will go to great lengths to ensure that you have the best day. He provided us recommendations for vendors and really made the planning process a lot of fun. We had a wedding where the majority of guests were from out of town. They all raved about how nice the hotel was and how much they enjoyed their stay. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I will stay here again! They were perfect to myself, my husband, and all of our family that traveled to Baltimore for our wedding!
I will stay here again! They were perfect to myself, my husband, and all of our family that traveled to Baltimore for our Read more...
I will stay here again! They were perfect to myself, my husband, and all of our family that traveled to Baltimore for our wedding! 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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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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