Exclusive: Hilton Baltimore dipping into tax revenue to pay debt
Feb 26, 2013, 12:52pm EST
The Hilton Baltimore will likely take about $1 million from hotel tax revenue it generates to cover its bond payments this year.
The $305 million city-owned hotel has struggled to pay its debt since it opened during the recession in 2008. Controversial from its inception for being a publicly financed hotel, it continues to raise questions about its viabiilty in a tough hotel market. A new fiscal report even cited the property as a potential economic burden on the city.
Baltimore Finance Director Harry Black said the hotel has never had a chance to get a strong financial foothold.