Places to Stay
Published: October 10, 2011
The recession hit Baltimore’s hotel industry pretty hard in the past year, stalling several under-construction projects for now. Still, the existing hotels have hung in there, and even improved, and the handful of new hotels that managed to open recently are making a splash, such as the super-green Inn at the Black Olive.
As always, Baltimore’s got its share of high-end hotels—your Marriotts and Sheratons. Then there are plenty of cozy boutique hotels, each with its own specific charms. The better hotels tend to be centered around the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon, which is maybe not so surprising given the many visitor draws in those areas. And whether you’re on an East Coast road trip or running away from home, the centrally located HI-Baltimore Hostel gives the best bang for your buck.
Like Baltimore itself, each hotel has its little quirks that will make your stay there one to remember. The ones listed here are tried and true, but character’s the true selling point.
300 Light St., (410) 528-1234, baltimore.hyatt.com
If you’ve got the bucks, this is the place. Waterfront views, walking distance from Camden Yards, and quality service make the Hyatt a priority if you’re one for name brands.
Amenities: outdoor pool, fitness center, pay wi-fi, business center
InterContinental Harbor Court Hotel
550 Light St., (410) 234-0550, intercontinental.com
Right next to the Inner Harbor, and an easy 5-minute bus ride to Federal Hill, this elegant Euro-style hotel meets everyone’s needs, from the business center, to the recreation court, to the foreign-currency exchange kiosk. It was renovated in 2010, giving it an update with all new fixings.
Amenities: rooftop health club, indoor pool, newsstand on site
Inn at the Black Olive
803 S. Caroline St., (443) 681-6316, theblackolive.com/Inn
The web site boasts it’s “the greenest hotel in Baltimore.” The owners of the popular Fells Point Greek restaurant the Black Olive recently tried their hand at the hospitality business, and clearly they don’t do anything halfway: Their goal is to make the inn a complete blue zone—that is, an area where living conditions enable its residents to enjoy particularly long lives. So far, it is, at the very least, a guilt-free and relaxing getaway.
Amenities: organic, ergonomic mattresses; heated floors; in-room spa services; complimentary rooftop yoga
4 East Madison Inn
4 E. Madison St., (410) 332-0880, 4eastmadisoninn.com
A charming bed and breakfast a block from the Washington Monument in historic Mount Vernon. Its critically-acclaimed restaurant, Feast, boasts sustainably sourced Mediterranean fare and a recession-proof BYOB policy.
Amenities: wi-fi, elevator room access, private meeting rooms
1840s Carrollton Inn
50 Albemarle St., (410) 385-1840, 1840scarrolltoninn.com
Historic building and location blend wonderfully with modern whirlpool tubs and gourmet breakfasts. A block away from Little Italy and an easy walk to the Inner Harbor make this a nice spot a little off the beaten track.
Amenities: free wi-fi, fireplaces in rooms, complimentary full breakfast
868 Park Ave., (443) 478-2100, brextonhotel.com
Since its reopening in January 2010, the reviews have only gotten better for this restored Mount Vernon architectural marvel. The history flows out of the spiral staircases and high ceilings, and 24-hour dining access is a plus.
Amenities: wi-fi, “European” continental breakfast, wine and cheese reception, afternoon tea, in-room spa treatments
2 N. Charles St., (443) 692-6170, monaco-baltimore.com
The second-newest addition to boutique leader Kimpton’s line of quality hotels, the Monaco is visually striking from street level and gets history points for being situated where the first railroad headquarters of B&O once stood. Plus, you receive a free pet goldfish during your stay upon request.
Amenities: wi-fi, complimentary wine hour, pet-friendly rooms, eco-friendly, fitness center
Inn at 2920
2920 Elliott St., (410) 342-4450, theinnat2920.com
This bed and breakfast is classy for the casual visitor—no soggy bagels or frozen orange juice here. Instead, patrons can choose from French toast, quiche, and more. No young children are allowed—you must be at least 13 to stay here—so it’s a perfect parent getaway.
Amenities: free wi-fi, breakfast, and parking
Peabody Court Hotel
612 Cathedral St., (410) 727-7101, peabodycourthotel.com
It needs a touch of redecorating, yes. But the worn edges actually add to the historic Mount Vernon feel. Stepping into the lobby is like a time change back to the late Victorian Era. Offers an LGBT Pride Package during Baltimore’s Pride Week.
Amenities: free wi-fi, 24-hour exercise facilities
Pier 5 Hotel
711 Eastern Ave., (410) 539-2000, harbormagic.com
Part of the Harbor Magic line of hotels, Pier 5 stands on its own among its Inner Harbor neighbors, with spacious rooms and two killer restaurants. Try your hand at making crab dip during its popular Crabby Hour.
Amenities: Harbor Magic shuttle, free guest passes to MAC Wellness health club, pet-friendly rooms
58 W. Biddle St., (410) 244-7227, abacrombie.net
Smack dab in the center of Mount Vernon, you could almost walk by this quaint city inn without knowing it was there. With an art gallery coming soon, Abacrombie complements the ever-growing Station North Arts District, a stone’s throw from the inn’s location.
Amenities: free parking, breakfast, and cable TV in all rooms
Scarborough Fair Bed and Breakfast
801 S. Charles St., (410) 837-0010, scarboroughfairbandb.com
Nestled in Federal Hill, Scarborough Fair celebrates its 210th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest buildings in the area. Not to worry, though, it’s far from falling apart.
Amenities: flexible check-in times, complimentary passes to Federal Hill Fitness, whirlpool tubs in some rooms
Hampton Inn and Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor
131 E. Redwood St,, (410) 539-7888, hamptoninn1.hilton.com
Considering its location just blocks from the Pratt Street main drag, the Hampton Inn on Redwood is a steal, and it has the added bonus of being a new hotel in an old building, for that extra bit of Charm City Charm.
Amenities: indoor pool, fitness equipment, complimentary breakfast, cable TV in all rooms, laundry/dry cleaning service
Hilton Garden Inn
625 S. President St., (410) 234-0065, hiltongardeninn.com
A swanky establishment near Baltimore’s new Harbor East district. You could easily walk to the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Little Italy, and the like, but you might choose to just chill in the private garden on the eighth floor instead.
Amenities: fitness room, indoor pool, squash, free high-speed internet access, coin laundry
Inn and Spa at the Colonnade
4 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-5400, colonnadebaltimore.com
Located directly across from Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, this place becomes a madhouse in lacrosse season. Neighboring areas of Charles Village and Hampden make this a nice uptown choice, and there are also the complimentary Double Tree chocolate-chip-walnut cookies.
Amenities: on-site spa, indoor pool, fitness center, pet-friendly rooms
17 W. Mulberry St., (410) 576-8880, baltimorehostel.org
Every decent-sized city’s got at least one hostel, and seasoned travelers have reviewed HI as one of the best they’ve stayed in. Guests can choose between dorm-style living or private rooms, and the building itself, a historic brownstone, is full of character. Funky and fresh, this is a choice stop on your backpacking trip, with easy access to films, concerts, and art openings and pub crawls and pasta dinners already planned into the itinerary.
Amenities: large common room, TV room, outdoor deck and patio, kitchen for guests’ use, free wi-fi and lockers, coin laundry, en-suite bathrooms, 24-hour access
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