As the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, one of the most important seaports in the mid-Atlantic, the U.S. city with the greatest number of buildings listed on the National Register, and the place of residence of several famous people (including Edgar Allan Poe and Billie Holiday), Maryland’s largest city of Baltimore has many accolades to its name and an equal profusion of attractions. Here are the best hotels in which to base yourself to take in the sights and lively districts of the “city of neighborhoods” at leisure.
Convenience at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center
The Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center is an attractive option for all types of visitors: business travelers can use its 24-hour business center, history-lovers and families will enjoy the nearby R.F. Lewis African Museum, B&O Railroad Museum, and Maryland Science Center, and cruise-goers will appreciate its proximity to the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. With an indoor pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant, the hotel itself is not lacking in options for those rainy days or times you’d rather stay in. For a special treat, you can even upgrade to a jacuzzi suite!
History Meets Modern Luxury at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore
Housed in a 1906 building that used to serve as the B&O Railroad headquarters, the pet-friendly Hotel Monaco Baltimore combines the grandeur and charm of old-world features such as chandeliers, marble stairs, and fireplaces with top-notch services. Modern touches include a flat-screen TV and XBOX in each room, the provision of yoga mats, bathrobes, and free bikes, organic minibar options, and in-room spa services. Or, why not directly book one of the spa rooms with Fiji soaking tubs? Once you’re done indulging in these comforts, key attractions such as the National Aquarium and the Oriole Park at Camden Yards are just around the corner.
Fancy Views and Royal Comfort at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
You may expect a hotel with “royal” in the name to treat you like a king or queen, and that’s certainly the intention of the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. Among many perks, you get great views over the harbor from your room, top-quality bedding, a 30” LCD satellite TV, an on-site restaurant, a gym, a spa, access to a nearby golf course, and landscaped gardens. If that isn’t enough, the bustling harbor area is just across the street so you can go dine and play by the water after visiting Baltimore’s main sites. The hotel also particularly lends itself to the organization of events such as weddings or family reunions, offering packages to facilitate your planning.
Stylish Design at the Brookshire Suites Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
The affordable Brookshire Suites Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is all about stylish and practical amenities, including a large writing desk for those who need to work. The decor is resolutely modern and trendy without overdoing it, inducing a pleasant and energizing atmosphere. The home-like set-up of the family suites, with extra space and a kitchenette, makes them a great choice for families with children. Outside, places of interest such as the vibrant Marina, the Aquarium, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial Park are just a few blocks away.
Charming Heritage at the Biltmore Suites Hotel
Located at the heart of the Baltimore cultural and historical centre, the Biltmore Suites Hotel is a heritage building itself. Built in 1880, it was renovated to preserve the original architecture – including the characterful woodwork and courtyard – while upgrading the facilities. The suites are designed with space and comfort in mind, providing a separate bedroom and living room with a fridge and microwave. A five-minute stroll will take you to highlights such as the Washington Monument, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Walters Art Museum, while the National Aquarium and Camden Yards are only 2 miles away.
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