Baltimore, Maryland, has flown under the radar for many years, but travellers are beginning to wonder about this unique historic city, the birthplace of poet Edgar Allan Poe. Full of genteel parks, museums and galleries and packed with stunning architecture it is more than worth a visit.
Hotels like Lord Baltimore are perfect examples of the late Art Nouveau/ Early Art Deco era and are recognizable from TV giants like House of Cards and The Wire.
From intimate chic boutiques to a modern design and very Instgrammable hotels, here are a collection of cool and trendy hotels in Baltimore (in no particular order)...
Hotel Revival Baltimore
Hotel Revival Baltimore is one of my favorite places—a captivating 107-room boutique art hotel nestled in downtown Baltimore. Having been built on the grounds of Philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Garrett’s mansion, the hotel resonates with her love for art, showcasing stunning mid-century modern rooms adorned by the talents of local Baltimore artists. What I adore most is the hotel’s commitment to giving back to the community.
During my stay, I was impressed by the hotel’s dedication to ethical choices. They partnered with Lor Tush, a local black female-owned company, for their sustainable bamboo toilet paper. Additionally, their commitment to supporting local businesses extended to Black Acres Roastery, ensuring ethically sourced coffee for guests like me.
The ambiance of this hip and trendy hotel is simply breathtaking. Positioned conveniently near art galleries, shops, and museums, it not only offers a luxurious experience but actively contributes to and supports the local community.
Upscale boutique-style hotel
Mid-century modern rooms
Chic Renaissance Revival facade
French-influenced American Restaurant
Limited parking availability
Food is a little pricey
While visiting the newest hotel in Baltimore from the cultish Ash group, I immersed myself in a classic yet quirky atmosphere. Housed in a 1912 building inspired by the Italian Renaissance, it quickly became one of my favorite places. Located in the Mount Vernon district, it’s just steps away from the area’s trendy new restaurants, the Walters Art Museum, and the Peabody Library.
The interiors exude themes of luxury and decadence, with European antiques, textiles, and furnishings from Turkey and India. The Ash bar dining room transported me to the glamorous era of steam trains and ocean liners from the Roaring Twenties. During my stay, I loved spending time at Bloom’s cocktail lounge. The lounge offered not only exquisite cocktails but also hosted events in an opulent setting.
I felt like I had entered a ‘20s house party. Italian mirrors adorned the walls, creating an elegant ambiance. The space even had room for dancing. Many rooms featured stocked snack bars and conveniently placed clawfoot tubs, enhancing the overall experience.
Luxurious European antiques
Unique Ash bar dining room
20s house party-themed rooms
Limited Closet Space
The Ivy Hotel
The Ivy Hotel is one of my favorite places. Its 18 unique rooms and suites are pure luxury. I love the draped four-poster beds, working fireplaces, heated floors, and carefully chosen antique furniture.
While visiting, I was captivated by the thoughtful soft furnishings that created opulent yet cozy spaces, ideally in line with the Art Nouveau charm of the historic building. At the Ivy, it’s ‘Mi Casa Su Casa,’ and I felt encouraged to truly make myself at home, sinking my feet into the priceless Moroccan carpet.
During my stay, I enjoyed various activities like playing billiards, borrowing a book from the library, and trying my hand at the piano. Lighting a fire in the hearth, I settled in for a relaxing time. The communal ‘pour your own’ bar and fully stocked minibar in my room added to the overall experience.
Magdalena Bistro, with its locally sourced cuisine putting a Baltimore twist on classic British and European dishes, was a highlight. While it’s not a budget option, I highly recommend directing it towards this fantastic experience at The Ivy Hotel.
Upscale 19th-century mansion
Art Nouveau-inspired decor
Vintage antique furniture
No 24/7 room service
Not for all ages
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Staying at this early 20th-century gem on the historic Recreation Pier was like discovering one of my favorite places. It’s not just a hotel; it’s practically a resort.
While visiting, I fell in love with the incredible infinity pool offering breathtaking views of the harbor. The whisky bar, adorned with ancient cannons, added a touch of history to my experience. I tried the delights at the Chop House, skillfully curated by the talented Italian Chef Andrew Carmellini. The communal spaces were meticulously designed, providing perfect spots to unwind.
The wellness facilities were extensive, and the access to outdoor activities at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was a unique highlight.
My room was not just a space; it was spacious, comfortable, and considerately designed, keeping the guest’s pleasure in mind. This turned out to be a wonderful vacation experience, especially being in Fell Point, one of the city’s most historic districts.
Trendy historic conversion
Infinity pool with harbor views
Whisky bar with character
Italian Chef's Chop House
Faint noise from outside
Some rooms are dark
Jurny, Brexton Hotel
The Jurny-Brexton Hotel in Baltimore has become one of my favorite places. The 1868 Queen Anne-style building, after facing challenges, was beautifully restored in the 2000s, reopening in 2009.
Located at Tyson Street and Park Avenue in the historic Mount Vernon district, this unique triangular-shaped building boasts a five-story spiral staircase in the North Turret, adding to its charm.
Back in the early 1900s, it was the residence of Bessie Wallis Warfield, who later captured the heart of King Edward VIII of England, leading him to abdicate the throne.
Now, the hotel offers 29 boutique rooms and suites, seamlessly blending modern amenities with a respectful nod to its rich past. The staff, among the friendliest I’ve encountered, goes above and beyond to ensure a homely feel.
The ambiance is undeniably warm and cozy, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts like me. Staying in this beautifully restored historical monument in one of the best neighborhoods in town was an unforgettable experience!
Historic redbrick charm
Unique interior design
Former home of Wallis Simpson
Boutique rooms and suites
Check in can be slow
No wellness centre
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
Hotel Monaco quickly became one of my favorite places, nestled within the historic Beaux-Arts B&O Railway headquarters. A substantial $65 million investment transformed this landmark in Central Harbour, preserving its original splendor.
Upon entering, I was captivated by towering ceilings, spiral staircases, and the timeless beauty of Tiffany glass windows and chandeliers—a true homage to its rich past. While dining at the B&O restaurant, I embraced the opportunity to experience a meal reminiscent of first-class railway travelers in 1906.
The rooms and suites seamlessly blended old-world elegance with modern luxury. Warm, welcoming colors and thoughtful touches created an ambiance that felt genuinely special. During my stay, I loved the hotel’s excellent location, making it the perfect base for exploring the city.
Grand Beaux-Arts building
Luxurious historic charm
Elegant rooms with modern comfort
Chandeliers in the hallway
No vending machines
No fridge in the room
No 24/7 room service
Canopy By Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point
I adore this place, nestled on the water’s edge, between Inner Harbour and Fells Point. It’s a modern haven that resonates with my love for clean lines and Hygge-inspired decor, seamlessly blending cosy charm with ample breathing space. The glass-dominated structure treats you to panoramic views, and the outdoor dining patio, my absolute favorite spot, provides the best vantage points.
While visiting, I delighted in complimentary local wine and beer tastings at the bar. Then, my stay at this gem unfolded in a spacious, comfortable room adorned with thoughtful touches that genuinely made me feel valued. This hotel is now one of my favorite places, and I can’t wait to return.
Contemporary artistic design
Outdoor dining patio
Free local wine tasting
No microwave in the room
Limited Breakfast menu
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
One of my favorite places, the airy, light-filled interiors perfectly capture the essence of the waterfront, making it an ideal spot right across from the Inner Harbor. While visiting, the location proved convenient for the Convention Center, museums, and other nearby attractions, whether I was traveling for work or leisure.
The staff went out of their way to ensure my experience was both pleasant and comfortable. The spacious rooms, many offering harbor views, were equipped with all the necessities, including coffee makers, iPod docking stations, Aveda bath products, refrigerators, and stemless wine glasses.
One highlight was the Watertable Restaurant, which boasts impressive water views. I enjoyed breakfast and dinner with a menu featuring the seafood for which Baltimore is famous. Additionally, there’s a charming café and bar on the ground floor that added to the overall delightful experience.
Stylish modern interior
Spacious rooms with views
Convenient Inner Harbor location
On-site restaurant with water views
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
I love Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown; it truly captures the spirit of the neighborhood. My room felt like a sanctuary with its spa-style en-suite and captivating literary murals paying tribute to the iconic Edgar Allan Poe.
At the Poets Bar and Restaurant, I indulged in delectable locally sourced seasonal fare and cocktails, taking advantage of the daily happy hour discounts. Housed in a historic building near top galleries and museums, the hotel seamlessly combines a vibrant mid-century modern twist with the 1930s interior details.
Throughout my stay, the staff went above and beyond to ensure my needs were met, making my experience truly memorable. Plus, being a pet-friendly hotel, my canine companion enjoyed treats and delightful strolls in the Howard Dog Park.
Situated in the heart of Mount Vernon/Downtown, it served as the perfect base for exploring cobbled streets and immersing myself in the rich culture of the district.
Cool creative design
Vibrant mid-century decor
Noise from the downtown area
Room service can be slow
Four Seasons Baltimore
One of my favorite places, the Four Seasons Baltimore, is a luxurious escape in the heart of Harbour East. The ultra-modern glass tower offers stunning views of the harbor and the city from the cozy mid-century modern rooms.
While visiting, I fell in love with the tranquil atmosphere and the hotel’s commitment to luxury. The rooftop pool and fully-equipped spa, featuring a Finnish sauna and aromatherapy steam room, added a touch of indulgence to my stay.
Dining at Maximon was a highlight, treating me to contemporary Mexican cuisine. For a more laid-back experience, the Poolside Bar and Grill offered refreshing drinks. And if you’re in the mood for a taste of the roaring 20s, The Bygone cocktail bar at the top of the hotel is a must-try.
Famous glass-fronted hotel
Stunning harbour views
Chic mid-century decor
Limited onsite dining
Faint noise from the pool area
Spa can be expensive
Lord Baltimore Hotel
While visiting the Lord Baltimore Hotel, I found it to be one of my favorite places to feel like royalty on a modest budget. Starting at just $80.75, the room rates are reasonable, allowing me to stay in one of the city’s most beautiful historic buildings. The hotel, initially the tallest in Maryland when built in 1928, offers breathtaking views from the rooftop Skybar.
Having been rescued and renovated by Rubell Hotels in 2013, the Lord Baltimore Hotel has successfully preserved its original features. Stepping through the revolving doors into the splendid entrance hall felt like entering a bygone era, complete with a grand piano and mural glass chandelier. The luxury ambiance extends throughout the communal spaces, including the stunning ballroom.
The large, comfortable rooms feature a muted color palette that complements the building’s splendor. The staff, always friendly and helpful, added to the overall positive experience. The LB Bakery, with its fresh baked bread and cakes, along with gourmet coffee all day, and the LB Tavern, offering craft cocktails and locally sourced lunch and dinner menus, were delightful additions to my stay.
Situated in the heart of downtown and just minutes from all the attractions, the Lord Baltimore Hotel provides a unique and fantastic experience. The hotel boasts ghostly sightings reported by both staff and guests, adding an intriguing dimension to my stay.
Historic 1928 building
Breathtaking rooftop Skybar
Central downtown location
Low shower pressure
Only Valet Parking
Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore
On Pier 6, I found one of my favorite places – the Hilton Curio. If you’re looking to indulge in the heart of the city, this is the spot.
During my stay at Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, I loved the vibrant rooms and cozy suites. The thoughtful furnishings and dreamy beds made it feel like a home away from home, and the harbor views were a delightful touch. Dining was an upscale experience with on-site restaurants at my disposal.
One of the highlights was McCormick and Schmitt’s daily ‘Crabby Hour.’ It was a treat, offering local food and beers that added a flavorful touch to my stay. The convenience of complimentary shuttles to Fells Point and John Hopkins Hospital made exploring the city a breeze. As a guest, I also received a complimentary pass to the Maryland Athletics Club.
Upscale waterfront location
Vibrant and colorful rooms
Upscale dining options
1840s Carrollton Inn
Carrollton Inn became one of my favorite places during my visit to the historic Jonestown district. The interconnected buildings surrounding a picturesque courtyard created a unique atmosphere. Each boutique room, themed and distinctive, was adorned with carefully selected antiques, boasting opulent four-poster beds and a captivating old-world charm.
I loved the gourmet breakfast served in the elegant first-floor dining room. The short stroll from the hotel led me to experience Baltimore’s culinary explosion, ensuring I never went hungry.
Exploring the stunning function rooms was a highlight. The historic ballroom, city lights bar, and Vintage cabaret made Carrollton Inn a top choice for dreamy wedding venues. Surprisingly, the experience didn’t break the bank, with bed and breakfast packages starting at around $250.
Unique themed rooms
Gourmet breakfast included
Rooms with spa baths
Potential noise from functions
No onsite bar
Some rooms are small
Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast
Rachael’s Dowry became one of my favorite places in Charm City. While staying at this historic downtown gem, I loved how every effort was made to create a comforting home away from home. The six suites, adorned with authentic antiques and charming four-poster beds, transported me to the original era of the building.
One of the highlights was the gourmet breakfast, expertly crafted by an Amish-raised chef. I experienced the freshness of locally sourced ingredients, even the tea from Harney & Sons and coffee from Orinoco, both local companies. The homemade granola and sticky maple French toast were exceptional, and the Egg’s Rachel, a unique twist on traditional Eggs Benedict, was a delightful surprise.
For those who enjoy an evening drink, the library served brandy at 8, adding a touch of luxury to my stay at Rachael’s Dowry.
Vintage chic B&B
Gourmet organic breakfast
Evening brandy in the library
Not Dog friendly
BlancNoir, situated in Little Italy, quickly became a favorite during my stay. Close to the Inner Harbor, this modern B&B is surrounded by attractions and trendy eateries. Shared spaces offer fireplaces, Smart TVs, board games, and more, creating a cozy ambiance. The guest rooms, named after world cities, boast Posturepedic beds, Italian linens, and personalized amenities. Some rooms feature jacuzzis, and extras like champagne are available on request.
One of my highlights was the breakfast, setting a perfect tone for the day. Cleo and Chloe, two charming Siamese cats, add a unique touch to the experience alongside welcoming human hosts. BlancNoir is not just accommodation; it’s a personalized retreat in the heart of vibrant Little Italy.
Laid-back Little Italy B&B
Sleek modern decor
Proximity to Inner Harbor
Well-equipped guest rooms
Some rooms can be small
Comparison of Best Hotels in Baltimore
In the table below, we have compared the top 20 cool and trendy Hotels in Baltimore. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attraction(km) Nearby Restaurants
Hotel Revival Baltimore 101 W Monument Street , Mount Vernon $241-$1152 Yes 0.1 18
Ulysses 2 East Read Street, Mount Vernon $260-$475 No 0.1 18
The Ivy Hotel 205 E Biddle Street, $823-$1293 Yes 0.5 17
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore 1715 Thames Street, Fells Point $719-$2156 Yes 0.1 25
Jurny, Brexton Hotel Baltimore, 21201 $215 No 0.3 19
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore 2 North Charles Street $351-$639 Yes 0.1 18
Canopy By Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point 1215 Wills Street, Fells Point $289-$948 Yes 0.1 23
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 202 East Pratt Street $369-$598 Yes 0.1 17
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown 24 W Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 $248-$428 Yes 0.1 18
Four Seasons Baltimore 200 International Drive , Harbor East $11068-$5100 Yes 0.1 21
Lord Baltimore Hotel 20 West Baltimore Street $371-$394 Yes 0.1 20
Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore 711 Eastern Avenue $199-$404 No 0.1 17
1840s Carrollton Inn 50 Albemarle Street, Baltimore, $216-$544 Yes 0.1 19
Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast 637 Washington Boulevard $637-$684 (2 nights) No 0.1 13
BlancNoir 210 S High Street, Little Italy $224-$259 Yes 0.1 17
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Beth Pinches – writer and photographer
Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road-tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. Other places she loves include Croatia, Finland, Japan and India. In between adventures, travel writing and performing she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele. Find Beth on Linkedin or Facebook.
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