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Downtown Staycation: Royal Sonesta – Explorers Lounge & Formula Espresso

Recently, I had the opportunity to stay at the Royal Sonesta in the Inner Harbor for a staycation. As a Baltimore resident, I was thrilled to be spending the evening overlooking the picturesque harbor. I could not get enough of the beautiful view.  I was slightly kicking myself for not taking a sunrise timelapse video.


Royal Sonesta View

Upon checking in, my girlfriend and I took a quick tour of the lobby and the bar upstairs. We opted to grab a cup of coffee at Formula Espresso (the coffee shop/convenience store in the lobby). They use Illy espresso beans which are some of my favorite. We each ordered latte’s and they were delicious.




Royal Sonesta Lobby

Formula Espresso also has a small wine selection, we picked up a bottle so we could have a drink in our room before dinner while taking in the incredible view. While we were touring the hotel, someone stopped by and dropped off some chocolates which paired perfectly with the bottle of red we picked up and it made for a great pre-dinner snack.


Royal Sonesta

The hotel restaurant is called Explorers Lounge and it has a bit of a safari feel to it which matches the global feel of the menu. We started with apps and shared the Thai Chicken Tower which had the most delightful peanut sauce. I’m a sucker for peanut sauce and I couldn’t get enough of this dish.


Thai Chicken Tower

We also tried the Sonesta Grilled Beef Turnover which I think was my favorite bite of the evening. The grilled steak was griddled in a tortilla with onions and cheese and served with a creamy, spicy sauce. It was a great way to start the meal.


Grilled Beef Turnover

For our entrees, my girlfriend went with the Steak Diane. The grilled sirloin was served with onions and tomatoes over a creamy risotto. This was the ultimate steak dinner and she loved every bite.


Steak Diane

I ordered the Grilled Crusted Pacific Salmon. The dish was so fresh and light and I was crazy about the citrus butter sauce. Another great dish.


Grilled Crusted Pacific Salmon

After dinner, we enjoyed some of the chocolates that the hotel sent over and the bottle of wine we picked up. We also filled out the room service breakfast card because there truly is nothing better than breakfast in bed.


Chocolates and Wine

I did make it a point to wake up early to catch the sunrise over the harbor which was truly stunning.



When breakfast came, it was a delicious spread of all of our breakfast favorites. We decided to share a little bit of everything. It was all delicious but the French Toast really satisfied my sweet tooth.


Breakfast Spread


French Toast

After breakfast, unfortunately it was time to check out. I’m already planning my next trip back to soak in the beautiful views and sample more of their delicious food.

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court is located at 550 Light St, Downtown Baltimore.

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While this was paid for by Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, all views stated here are my own.


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