We don't always get the chance to stay in hotels in our own city. But whether it's the result of burst pipes or collapsed streets, quite a few Baltimoreans got to experience our city's hospitality first hand over the past year. And whether you're coming to town for a visit, or hoping to put up your folks or that boozy bachelorette party, Baltimore has you covered, from the luxe charm of the Four Seasons to the slightly more louche Admiral Fell Inn.
This notable national chain doesn't skimp on the luxuries, including a spa and a variety of dining options such as Wit & Wisdom, a tavern that serves comfort food with an Eastern seaboard twist, all while overlooking the city's scenic waterfront. In addition to the restaurants, the high-rise's 10,000 square feet are filled with coffee shops, a spa, ballroom, and an Anthropologie store. Also, the wet deck/reflecting pool seems like a pretty sweet place to relax and maybe have a drink or five.
Amenities: outdoor pool, terrace, reflecting pool.
This chain hotel offers an up-close view of the harbor with contemporary flourishes such as grand plush beds and an outdoor pool with a sundeck. It's just steps from the convention center and the Pisces lounge overlooks the city and helps you map out your journey.
Amenities: rooftop pool, fitness center, business center.
Inn at the Black Olive
From the organic breakfast and bedding to the building materials of the hotel itself such as handmade vegetable-dyed carpets, this hotel is focused not only on hospitality but its visitors' carbon footprint. Be comfortable in the greenest way imaginable, while still residing right between Fells Point and Harbor East.
Amenities: bar, dining area, internet.
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel
Located right in the middle of the Inner Harbor, the Royal Sonesta has stunning views, which are coupled with the grandiose European-inspired aesthetic to create a unique experience (they even have televisions in the bathroom) for a weary traveler with some money to spend. And if you start to feel too relaxed, you can get your sweat on at the hotel's rooftop fitness center.
Amenities: indoor pool, fitness center, library, transportation service.
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Freshly renovated before reopening this spring, this hotel, and its new spacious rooms and modern room décor, could probably be the inspiration for Fergie's 'Glamorous.' It's partnered with some of Baltimore's best attractions to bring its guests exclusive deals such as a "See It All" package that includes admission to the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery, and more. It's also home to the French Kitchen, and its stunningly sparkly Versailles room, which serves classic French bistro fare that sounds oui-licious.
Amenities: fitness center, business, center, breakfast, laundry facility, Wi-Fi.
Hampton Inn and Suites Baltimore, Inner Harbor
If you're really lazy or just think power-walking is for dweebs, then this hotel is perfect for exacerbating your idleness—you'd be staying right near the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Aquarium, Camden Yards, and more. The marble and mahogany lobby when you first walk in is only one of the touches that create an atmosphere that is as cozy as it is convenient. Also, heated indoor swimming pools. Nice.
Amenities: pool, fitness center.
Inn at the Colonnade
Rich marble floors and a hand-painted ceiling welcome you when you arrive at this Double Tree hotel located across from Johns Hopkins University. The Alizee American Bistro located inside provides inventive American cuisine which you can then work off in the fully equipped fitness room. The fresh-baked cookie at check-in will make you feel right at home—that is, if your home had tennis courts.
Amenities: fitness center, restaurant.
Peabody Court Hotel
This hotel's collection of original artwork and period furnishings is only upstaged by the 6-foot crystal chandelier in the lobby, a welcoming, if not extravagant, greeting. It's right across from the parks of Mount Vernon, the Walters Art Museum, and of course the Peabody Conservatory. Small dogs are welcome to stay as well, which is great because dogs are awesome and deserve to experience Charm City too. And George's, the bar downstairs, is a great place to meet the locals who hang out for the excellent service, food, and local beer.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, conference rooms.
4 East Madison Inn
The fusion of vintage furnishings and modern-day comforts adds a touch of elegance to the coziness of a traditional bed and breakfast. The marble staircases and 19th century stained glass skylights will make you feel like the respective king/queen/archduke/whatever you want to be of Baltimore. The dining room offers sustainable homemade breakfast that you can enjoy while overlooking the gardens.
Amenities: private meeting rooms, a garden, internet.
1840s Carrollton Inn
This bed and breakfast is housed in a rowhouse dating back to the 19th century, but inside it is all luxury, decorated with handcrafted furnishings and containing amenities like a whirlpool tub that you'd have a hard time finding in a traditional 19th century rowhouse. They even offer exclusive romantic packages, complete with rose petals strewn around the room, and spa treatments for your special somebody or just for yourself because you work hard and you deserve it.
Amenities: fireplaces, whirlpool baths, breakfast, Wi-Fi.
Admiral Fell Inn
The tagline "comfort steeped in the traditions of nautical history" could not be more appropriate when describing this seaside building which dates back to the 1770s. The inn believes in preserving the architectural and cultural history of that time while offering modern amenities like ghost tours and Spanish tapas restaurants, which probably would've blown the minds of the tenants of the 1770s.
Amenities: business center, Wi-Fi, shuttle service, fitness center.
The russet bricks of this hotel are a nod to Baltimore's (and the building's) past while the spiral staircase shows off a more modern approach to lodging. The windows of most rooms overlook the city and let you experience the hustle and bustle from your super-cozy yet expansive room.
Amenities: spa, pet-friendly.
2 N. Charles St., (433) 692-6170, monaco-baltimore.com
Located in the former B&O Railroad Headquarters, this hotel's perfectly preserved architecture and cherry-red room decorations provide a cozy and relaxing stay that is easy on the eyes. The onsite B&O American Brasserie offers top-notch American cuisine and some of the best cocktails in town. The hotel has its own bikes that are free if you want to wheel around the city.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, valet, fitness center, pet-friendly.
Inn at 2920
2920 Elliot St., (410) 342-4450, theinnat2920.com
This bed and breakfast prides itself on being able to create a "distinctively contemporary experience," which it accomplishes by providing all tenants with freshly baked treats and breakfast. The vast selection of pubs and restaurants in the Canton neighborhood and downtown doesn't hurt either. The hotel also has free street parking which is a nice benefit and a rarity in the city.
Amenities: breakfast, Wi-Fi, business center, parking, concierge services.
Mount Vernon Hotel
24 W. Franklin St., (410) 727-2000, mountvernonbaltimore.com
If you care to leave the clean, sophisticated rooms and venture into the picturesque neighborhood of Mount Vernon, landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Walters Art Museum are nearby. Each bedroom has two beds, which is cool if you don't want to deal with your traveling companion stealing your covers. There's a grand piano in the lobby that welcomes you adds a touch of culture to your visit.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, garage parking.
Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast
801 S. Charles St., (410) 837-0010, scarboroughfairbandb.com
The colonial-style housing will make you perfectly at home with a freshly prepared organic breakfast and cozy fireplaces. One of the oldest buildings in the area, Scarborough Fair puts you in the heart of the historic Federal Hill neighborhood. The whirlpool tubs and the exclusive packages that include anything from spa treatments to trapeze lessons don't hurt either.
Amenities: fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, breakfast.
Embassy Suites, Inner Harbor
222 St. Paul Place, (410) 727-2222, embassysuitesbaltimore.com
This chain hotel is geared towards more extended stays, with each room fully stocked with everyday essentials such as a microwave, work desk, and even an on-site car service. It's connected to the Grand Historical Venue which is one of the largest and most-used venues in the city. Also, on-site Starbucks for those who can't even make it one block without a convenient caffeine fix.
Amenities: fitness room, shuttle service, valet parking.
17 W. Mulberry St., (410) 576-8880, baltimorehostel.org
The quirkiness that sets Baltimore from other big cities is well-represented in the HI-Baltimore Hostel, just as elegant as it is funky. Travelers will enjoy that it's close to dozens of bars and the Lexington Market, but it also has a bar in its own lobby so you don't have to venture too far for adult beverages. Also, there's a karaoke machine that you can use to express your love of Baltimore and this hotel through song.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, self-serve kitchen, common room, laundry.
205 W. Madison St., Baltimore, (410) 728-6550, biltmoresuites.com
A Victorian hotel from the 19th century, the Biltmore Suites provides affordable lodging located in the heart of Mount Vernon. It's sandwiched between Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and University of Maryland Medical Center so it's a convenient place for the traveling student. It's just a few steps from the light rail for quick travel as well.
Amenities: breakfast, fitness center, shuttle and car service, pool.