Ellicott City's Obladi hotel has Beatles' vibe

Centuries collide at The Obladi hotel on Main Street, but instead of an explosion, a harmonic convergence was created by owners T. Garland and Zan Wilson.

What they made was a little piece of heaven.


"We were going with the 1968 Beatles in India vibe," says Wilson, pointing out the mural of henna-painted hands in the lobby and a sofa covered in wasabi-colored leather.

Yes, their hotel is named after Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," and, yes, the faces of George, John, Paul and Ringo grace the walls over fireplaces in each of the four guest rooms. But the real stars are the quiet and calm that permeate the house, from the luxury bathrooms to the modern dining room that opens out to a terraced garden and up into the blue, blue sky.

Uncluttered but cozy, each room is decorated simply with Old World-style lamps, a bed, night stands and a chair, sofa or daybed. Each room has a private bath; each sink has a different shaped mirror over it. Ringo's room has two star-shaped glass lamps hanging in the bathroom.

Two bathrooms feature the exposed original stone so prevalent in the town's historic buildings and the original wide plank wood floors have been sanded and buffed throughout the house.

Guests have the house to themselves at night, after acquiring a passcode (that changes daily) to a separate outside entrance.

"It's kind of a unique experience," says Garland. A complimentary bottle of champagne comes with each room and a bag of quarters for parking, if guests are staying more than one night.

The Obladi, 8060 Main St., Historic Ellicott City. 410-480-1968.