The former Peabody Court hotel in Mount Vernon is being remade as a boutique hotel that aims to be not just a place visitors rest their heads, but part of their city experience.
The 107-room Revival at Mount Vernon Place will open early next year at 101 W. Monument St.
The hotel is using research from Maryland Historical Society to curate the rooms so guests can "experience Baltimore in a cultural realm, instead of just staying at another hotel," said Beth Brainard, the new hotel's general manager.
"What we offer is an experience that others don't," she said.
Joie de Vivre, a San Francisco-based boutique hotel manager, billed the property as "affordable luxury," though Brainard said the company has yet to finalize room rates.
The hotel is Joie de Vivre's first in Baltimore.
Joie de Vivre, an eclectic boutique hotel brand of Colorado-based Two Roads Hospitality, operates hotels and resorts in California, New Orleans, Chicago and New York City.
Brainard said the company was drawn to Baltimore's history and Mount Vernon's quirkiness.
"Baltimore is kind of in the middle of a renaissance right now," she said. "It's more than the revival of a hotel — it's the revival of a city that spoke to our parent company."
It's also a revival of an old hotel property. The Peabody Court Wyndham closed in June 2016 and its contents were auctioned off.
Baltimore-based Schamu Machowiski + Patterson Architects redesigned the 14-story property at Monument and Cathedral streets to feature large guest rooms with a residential feel, with decorative touches such as quilts, local art and wood-paneled headboards.
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Denver-based nuovoRE was the project's developer.
In addition to its unique guestrooms, the hotel features several public amenities, including two restaurants. Square Meal, a street-level restaurant, and Topside, located on the building's roof, will offer American fare that draws from the Chesapeake Bay and local farms.
The building also will feature a rooftop garden and three karaoke rooms that can be reserved for private parties.
Nearby, Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor will reopen in October following a renovation. The makeover gives a more modern look to the hotel's 300 guest rooms and adds a new restaurant — Stacks Bar & Grill.
And Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel recently completed an expansion of its ballroom atrium. The 10,000-square-foot space on the hotel's fifth floor can accommodate 1,000 people.