Baltimore, the “City of Neighborhoods”. When most of us think of historic cities on the east coast of the United States, we probably think of Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., or even New York City, but the fact is Baltimore belongs on that list. For most of its nation’s history, Baltimore has served as one of its oldest and most important ports. The “Star Spangled Banner”, the United States national Anthem, refers to a battle during the War of 1812 in which the British attempted to take Baltimore’s harbor and failed. Baltimore is a must for anyone on a historic tour of America’s east coast. And, when one is looking for history, one should stay in a historic hotel. Baltimore has several.
What’s its story: The Admiral has worn many hats since it was opened in 1900. It has been a YMCA for sailors arriving in port, a vinegar factory, a bed & breakfast, and much more.
Why you should want to stay there: The Admiral has been renovated and expanded over the past couple decades. Now yes, this could have been a disaster, but instead the renovators paid careful respect to the inn’s history. How much respect? Upon completion, The Admiral was awarded a charter membership in the Historic Hotels of America “National Trust for Historic Preservation” program. So, the Admiral offers all of the benefits of modern construction with its historic integrity still intact.
What else does it have: Unique guest rooms decorated with 18th century furniture, rooftop and balcony meetings rooms, valet, room service, and shuttle service. Best of all though, the hotel offers an “experience specialist” (think of a concierge service on steroids), who will help you create a customized itinerary to take the most advantage of your trip to historic Baltimore.
What’s its story: When the Lord Baltimore first opened its doors in 1929, it was considered the largest hotel in the state of Maryland. The hotel is obviously named for Lord Baltimore himself, George Calvert, the founder of the original Maryland Colony. The hotel’s stylish luxury is said to reflect the luxuriant tendencies of its namesake.
Why you should want to stay there: The building, a 23 story brick and steel tower with 419 rooms, is decorated in a 1920’s Art Deco style. The hotel is as glamorous now as it was when it first opened, right down to its two-story, beautiful lobby. It has also been recently renovated giving visitors all the needs of a modern guest, while still maintaining its historic feel.
What else does it have: Room service, concierge, workout center, and a 24 hour valet service are just a few of the amenities The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore has to offer.
What’s its story: Named for Baltimore resident and philanthropist, George Peabody, the Peabody Court Baltimore is located in Baltimore’s Mont Vernon Historic District. This is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and also where its wealthiest residents used to live. The name of the neighborhood was obviously derived from the name of George Washington’s home in the state of Virginia.
Why you should want to stay there: Most probably know of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.. But while this monument is famous, it was not the first to be dedicated to George Washington. The original Washington Monument is located within walking distance of the Peabody Court Baltimore. The hotel was built in 1928 as a luxury apartment building. The hotel continues to remain true to its origins as it exhibits a Renaissance Revival façade and interior decor indicative of the “Roaring 20’s”. The bathrooms are all-marble and the lobby sports a six foot Baccarat crystal chandelier. And, for the book-nuts out there, the hotel is also the home of George Peabody’s personal library. The hotel is said to look most beautiful at night when its exterior lighting highlights its dramatic pillars.
What else does it have: Great banquet and meeting rooms, a cocktail lounge, 24 hour workout room, and a 24 hour valet service that’ll even wash your car for you.
Baltimore is one of the most underrated historic cities on the east coast of the United States, and well worth a stop-over to take in the sights. If you’re searching for history, staying in a historic hotel means you’ve found it from the moment you’ve arrived.