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 the Lord Baltimore are perfect examples of the late Art Nouveau/ Early Art Deco era and 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 the best cool and unusual hotels in Baltimore (in no particular order)...
1. Hotel Revival Baltimore – a hip upscale hotel dating from 1920’s with a chic Renaissance Revival facade
This is an amazing 107 room boutique art hotel in downtown Baltimore. Built on the site of Philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Garrett’s mansion, Hotel Revival Baltimore strives to honour her passion for art by presenting stunning mid-century modern rooms bedecked by local Baltimore artists and by offering space to nonprofits.
The hotel’s philanthropy is even reflected in its choice to use local black female-owned company Lor Tush to supply their sustainable bamboo toilet paper and local, ethically sourced Black Acres Roastery for their coffee.
The hip and trendy hotel is beautiful and luxurious, ideally located close to art galleries, shops and museums and actively strives to promote and support the community in which it lies. An excellent choice for your Baltimore debut.
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2. The Ivy Hotel – a unique upscale and very Instagrammable boutique in 19th-century mansion located in the historic Mount Vernon area
The Ivy Hotel is small but perfectly formed. Its 18 unique rooms and suites are impeccably luxurious, expect draped four-poster beds, working fireplaces, heated floors and beautifully curated antique furniture.
Thoughtfully selected soft furnishings create opulent yet cosy spaces that are in keeping with the Art Nouveau bones of the historic building. It’s’Mi Casa Su Casa’ here at the Ivy, guests are encouraged to really get their feel under the priceless Moroccan carpet and make themselves at home.
Play billiards, borrow a book from the library, have a go on the piano, light a fire in the hearth and settle in. There is a communal ‘pour your own’ bar and a fully stocked minibar in each room, all included in the price.
Magdalena Bistro offers guests locally sourced cuisine that puts a Baltimore twist on classic British and European dishes. This is very far from a budget option, but if you have cash to splash I thoroughly recommend you splash it in this direction.
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3. Sagamore Pendry Baltimore – a trendy upscale hotel housed in a former Fells Point neighborhood warehouse perfect for Millenials and Gen Zs
This fabulous re-working of an early 20th Century site on the historic Recreation Pier is more of a resort than a hotel.
Within the complex are an amazing infinity pool with views over the harbour, a whisky bar replete with ancient canons, a delicious Chop House steered by Italian Chef Andrew Carmellini, and multiple impeccably thought out communal spaces where guests can relax and unwind.
There are also extensive wellness resources and unique access to various outdoor pursuits at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and considerately designed with the pleasure of the guest in mind! A wonderful vacation experience in Fell Point, one of the city’s most historical districts.
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4. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore – a chic upscale boutique-style hotel set in a 1906 Beaux-Arts building
Hotel Monaco is a grand hotel set within the walls of the historic Beaux-Arts B&O Railway headquarters. 65 million was invested into renovating this landmark building in Central Harbour and much care has been taken to honour the splendour of the original place.
Towering ceilings, spiral staircases and Tiffany glass windows and chandeliers are just some of the nods to the past that you’ll find here.
The B&O restaurant even offers guests the opportunity to dine as first-class railway travelers might have dined back in 1906. The rooms and suites are a charming blend of old-world elegance and modern luxury, with lots of warm welcoming colours and thoughtful touches to make it feel special.
A lovely hotel in an excellent location and perfect base for exploring the city.
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5. Jurny, Brexton Hotel – a chic upscale boutique hotel which is one of the best places to stay in Baltimore
This is definitely one of Baltimore’s most iconic hotels, as the 1868 Queen Anne Style building went through its fair share of strife before it was finally rescued and restored to its original glory in the noughties and reopened in 2009.
Now the Jurny – Brexton Hotel stands proudly at the intersection of Tyson Street and Park Avenue in the historic Mount Vernon district, a strange triangular-shaped building whose unusual exterior is reflected by some unique interior features, such as the five-story spiral staircase in the North Turret.
During the early 1900’s it was home to Bessie Wallis Warfield, who would later win the heart of King Edward VIII of England and cause him to renounce his throne.
The hotel now has 29 boutique rooms and suites, which contain all the modern amenities whilst maintaining a respectful nod to the past. The hotel is presided over by some of the friendliest staff you’ll meet, who go out of their way to make you feel at home.
The atmosphere is cosy and warm in all senses of the word and if you are a lover of history I wouldn’t pass up a chance to stay in this gorgeous historical monument in one of the best neighbourhoods in town!
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6. Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown – a stylish and modern design hotel set in Baltimore’s downtown Mount Vernon neighborhood
Like all Hotel Indigo’s this one reflects the unique character of the neighbourhood in which it is situated! Rooms feature Spa style en-suite and literary murals in homage to Baltimore’s most famous legacy; Edgar Allan Poe.
The Poets Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown serves delicious locally sourced seasonal food and cocktails, which you can enjoy at a reduced price during the daily happy hour. The hotel occupies a stunning historic building just a stone’s throw from the best galleries and museums in town, the decor is a vibrant and colourful twist on mid-century modern that blends perfectly with the 1930’s details of the interior.
The friendly staff will do whatever they can to accommodate your needs and make your stay memorable in all the right ways. This is also a pet-friendly hotel, canine friends are welcome and can enjoy dog treats and sniff n’ strolls in the Howard Dog Park.
A great place from which to explore the cobbled streets and Culture of the Mount Vernon/ Downtown district.
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7. Canopy By Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point – a contemporary hotel with an artistic design which offers views of the Patapsco River and Inner Harbor
Water Babies should love this one, which is situated on the water’s edge, between Inner Harbour and Fells Point.
This modern hotel will please anyone who enjoys clean lines and Hygge- type decor, which blends cosy charm with space to breathe. The predominantly glass building offers views from most angles and the outdoor dining patio has the best of them all.
You can enjoy free local wine and beer tasting in the bar and then relax and unwind in a spacious and comfortable room with plenty of thoughtful touches to make you feel valued.
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8. Four Seasons Baltimore – a glass-fronted luxury hotel set on the Inner Harbor
From the outside this is an ultra-modern soaring glass tower on Harbour East, inside the luxurious rooms at Four Seasons Baltimore are furnished in cosy mid-century modern with an exceptional indoor/ outdoor aspect and uninterrupted views of the harbour and the city beyond.
The hotel prides itself on being a tranquil escape in the lap of luxury. There is a rooftop pool, fully equipped spa with Finnish sauna, relaxation rooms and aromatherapy steam room are included with all treatments.
Dining is provided by Maximon, which serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, The Poolside Bar and Grill, for laid-back drinks and cocktails, or for a taste of the roaring 20’s head for The Bygone cocktail bar at the top of the hotel. This Hotel is sleek, chic and not for the low budget… the perfect treat.
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9. Lord Baltimore Hotel – a famous historic hotel set in a 1928 building in downtown Baltimore
If you want to feel like Royalty on a modest budget then this hotel is perfect for you! Room rates start at a completely reasonable $80.75! Not bad considering you get to stay in one of the city’s most beautiful historic buildings! At its inception in 1928 The Lord Baltimore was the tallest building in the whole of Maryland and guests can enjoy breathtaking views from the rooftop Skybar. The hotel was rescued by Rubell Hotels in 2013.
The interior was renovated and reimagined whilst maintaining its original features and reopened to the public in 2014. It is listed by Historic Hotels USA and protected as a national treasure.
Stepping through the original revolving doors into the splendid entrance hall, complete with a grand piano and mural glass chandelier, you can experience the opulence of a bygone era, this is continued throughout the communal spaces including the stunning ballroom.
Rooms are large and comfortable in a muted colour palette that compliments the splendour of the building around them and staff are friendly and always helpful. The LB Bakery serves fresh baked bread and cakes and gourmet coffee all day and the LB Tavern serves up craft cocktails and locally sourced lunch and dinner menus.
The hotel is in the heart of downtown, just minutes from all the attractions. If you’re into the supernatural this hotel is very haunted, with several accounts of ghostly sightings by staff and guests! A fantastic and unique place to stay.
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10. Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore – a vibrant upscale waterfront hotel Set on the Inner Harbor
Located on Pier 6 this Hilton Curio is a great choice if you want to enjoy all your creature comforts in the heart of the city.
A variety of colourful rooms and suites at Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore offer cosy thoughtful furnishings, dreamy beds and views of the harbour whilst you can enjoy upscale dining at their on-site restaurants.
McCormick and Schmitt’s also offers a daily ‘Crabby Hour’ where you can enjoy the local food and beers. Free shuttles are offered to Fells Point and John Hopkin’s Hospital and guests can enjoy a complimentary pass to Maryland Athletics Club. A very comfortable mid-range hotel from a reliable brand in a fantastic location.
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11. 1840s Carrollton Inn – a beautiful upscale boutique hotel set in a series of 18th- and 19th-century rowhomes
Carrollton Inn is a hidden gem of a boutique hotel in the historic Jonestown district. The hotel is formed of a series of interconnected buildings around a beautiful courtyard and each of its boutique rooms is themed and completely unique. Impeccably chosen antiques furnish the beautiful accommodations, which all have opulent 4 poster beds and perfectly observed olde worlde charm.
An amazing gourmet breakfast is included in your stay and served in the elegant first-floor dining room. Just a short stroll from the hotel are several examples of Baltimore’s culinary explosion, so you won’t go hungry!
The hotel also has some stunning function rooms, its historic ballroom, city lights bar and Vintage cabaret put it high on the list of desirable wedding venues. It won’t break the bank either, with B&B starting at around $250.
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12. Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast – a vintage chic B and B set in an Inner Harbor home built in 1798
For a wholesome stay in Charm City choose Rachael’s Dowry where every effort is made to treat guests to a comforting home from home.
Don’t be fooled though, this place is also luxurious, with each of the 6 suites decked out in authentic antiques and four-poster beds that reflect the original era of this historic downtown building.
Gourmet Breakfast is included and cooked up by the Amish-raised chef, ingredients are Uber-fresh and locally sourced including the tea and coffee, which is provided by local companies Harney & Sons and Orinoco respectively.
Expect exceptional homemade granola and sticky maple french toast or perhaps Egg’s Rachel, a twist on traditional Eggs Benedict. If you like an evening tipple then brandy is served in the library at 8.
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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. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele.