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Many people make a quick stop at Baltimore when they plan a trip to Washington, D.C., but this Maryland city has a lot to offer on its own as well. This is an awesome place to eat fresh seafood, (especially crab and crab cakes), there’s a great aquarium to visit, and lots of great places to grab a local beer or glass of wine. There are also many wonderful hotels in town to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Here are our top picks for Baltimore hotels for your next East Coast trip!
This lovely boutique hotel is located in a restored 1914 building on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Here you’ll find 128 guest rooms and suites, the Chef Andrew Carmellini’s Rec Pier Chop House, the Cannon Room for whiskey and bourbon cocktails, and a pool with a waterfront bar and grill. The hotel has a private dock with access to the hotel’s restaurants and bars, water taxi service to help you explore Baltimore’s waterways, a 24-hour fitness center, and spa services that include facials and massages. Guests can also enjoy the open-air courtyard here and check out the sculpture by international artist Fernando Botero. It’s also fun to stay in the Fell’s Point area of southeastern Baltimore because this is a well-preserved historic area with easy access to the Lexington Market, For McHenry, and art galleries.
The Four Seasons is another great Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore if you’re looking for luxury. It’s located at the city’s Harbor East waterfront and offers five-star services and lovely water views. You’ll be just a few minutes away from the Fell’s Point historic district and many cultural institutions and restaurants when you stay here. Onsite, guests can enjoy dining at Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom, taking a dip in the outdoor heated infinity-edge lap pool, and treating themselves to the full-service luxury spa with 11 treatment rooms. Standard Wi-Fi is complimentary, there’s a 24-hour fitness room, there are also age-appropriate amenities for kids and teenagers if you’re staying here with family.
The Ivy Hotel is a 19th century mansion in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore and offers luxurious boutique accommodations. There are just 18 guest rooms and suites here and also the Magdalena restaurant, a small spa, and lovely public spaces. These include a garden, library, and area with a piano with billiards table. It’s nice to stay in the Mount Vernon area to be close to cute coffee shops, theaters, and art galleries. Daily breakfast is included in your room rate, as well as afternoon tea, Mansion Bar cocktails, midnight snacks, and free Wi-Fi. This is also a pet-friendly hotel for dogs up to 25 pounds, and the hotel offers dog crates, dog beds, and dog walking services.
This Renaissance Hotel overlooks Baltimore Harbor and offers modern rooms and suites in the heart of downtown. There’s an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, Watertable restaurant, marble bathrooms, and designer bedding at this luxury hotel. This is a great hotel for both business and leisure travelers. There is a daily fee for onsite and valet parking, as well as for high-speed Wi-Fi. In total, the hotel has 12 floors, 586 rooms, 36 suites, 21 meeting rooms, and 27,548 square feet of meeting space. However, pets are not allowed at this hotel. The onsite restaurant serves fresh and locally sourced American cuisine, and a continental breakfast is offered for a fee starting at $14.95.
The Royal Sonesta is also a nice place to stay in Baltimore because of its picturesque waterfront views and laid-back style. There are 203 guest rooms here, and in-room amenities include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, mini fridge, triple sheeted bedding, and in-room dining from 6:30am to midnight. You can also dine at Explorers for Maryland favorite dishes and comfort food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and grab a cup of coffee at Formula Espresso. Guests also enjoy this hotel because there are racquetball and tennis courts, a library off the lobby, a fur vault, and an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool and dry sauna.
Another hotel option in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore is the Hotel Indigo, a modern boutique hotel that’s artsy and eclectic. There are 162 rooms and suites here and even a pet-friendly professional, a dog named Xander of Mt. Vernon, to greet you upon arrival. When you stay here, you’ll be near all of the elegant brownstones and famous monuments in the neighborhood. Also, plan to dine or sip a cocktail at Poets, a creative eatery and cocktail lounge that serves shared plates, entrees, artisan cocktails, and local craft beer.
This hotel is located in a Beaux-Arts building that dates back to 1906 and that once served as the headquarters of B&O Railroad. This hotel has 202 rooms and has a central downtown Baltimore location near the National Aquarium, Baltimore Convention Center, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. B&O American Brasserie is the onsite restaurant that specializes brick-oven fired pizzas and meat and cheese plates. Guests here will also enjoy the daily wine hour from 5-6pm, in-room spa services, yoga mats in every room, and custom bikes to use to explore the town.
This Hyatt is a stylish and upscale Baltimore hotel that’s just steps from the Inner Harbor and very close to the Baltimore Convention Center and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There are 488 rooms and suites in this hotel that offer lovely views of the harbor and skyline. Onsite, you’ll find an outdoor pool, fitness center, pet-friendly rooms and amenities, and several dining and drinking options.
For bed & breakfast-style accommodations in Baltimore, book a room at the charming 1840s Carrollton Inn. There are 13 rooms and suites here that feature fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. The daily rate includes a gourmet, made-to-order breakfast, and Little Italy is close by for your culinary exploration. Specials and packages are often available to celebrate a romance, birthday, or other occasion.