Renovated Inner Harbor Holiday Inn Debuts New Pappas Seafood Location

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After three months, the Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor has finished $4.5 million worth of renovations, and added a brand new crab cake destination to boot.

The hotel, located two blocks from the Baltimore Convention Center at 301 W. Lombard Street, announced its new digs and attached Pappas Sports Bar location this afternoon. Since February, the building has been undergoing renovations to its rooms – all 365 of them – as well as its lobby, pool, business center and ballroom, among other spaces.

The lobby now has brand new furniture, a “warm” color scheme and Baltimore-themed artwork, as well as an open-concept business center, according to a release. All rooms come with new carpet, furniture and lighting, newly treated windows and even Keurig machines. The indoor pool even got something of a facelift, thanks to some new deck furniture.

“All of the rooms were touched in some way,” said general manager Adam Novotny.

That’s all good and well for visitors to the city, but the hotel also has something new that should appeal to locals: Pappas’ famous crabcakes. The signature Parkville business partnered up with the Holiday Inn to roll out its first downtown location, where it will serve its legendary crabcakes, crab dip and other seafood dishes, along with fare ranging from burgers and steaks to salads and pastas.

The restaurant has “a simplified, fresh appearance” and a floor plan designed to give diners great views, the release says.

Novotny said the hotel’s other restaurant, Eden West, will also incorporate Pappas crab items. “No matter where you sit, whether you’re in the restaurant or in the bar, you’ll be able to order a Pappas crabcake.”

It will be Pappas’ fifth Maryland outpost, joining existing ones in Parkville, Cockeysville, Glen Burnie and the MGM National Harbor hotel. Assuming the fare lives up to our taste-tested (and Oprah’s) hype, it’ll be worth paying a visit soon.

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