Renovation preserved classic 1928 French Renaissance details
Millions invested by new owners Rubell Hotels, the company behind multiple South Beach properties
Classic French fare (think crab, mussel and scallop vol au vent), as well as over-the-top rococo style, at the hotel’s bistro
Colorful modern works from the heralded Rubell Family Collection
What To Know
Reopened in March 2014 after a yearlong renovation
Popular with business travelers
Self-parking and valet parking are available for an additional $15 and $31, respectively, per day
Parking on site
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Downtown Baltimore icon fresh off a tip-to-tail renovation, with modern style, acclaimed art and a French bistro
This 23-story stalwart was purchased by Rubell Hotels in March 2013, and the company behind the hip Beach House Bal Harbour put its stamp on the historic hotel during a yearlong renovation. The grande dame that hosted generations of Maryland society was reborn in March 2014 with a clubby vibe, but the revamp preserved important details of the 1928 French Renaissance building, including polished bronze doors, the Baccarat crystal chandelier in the two-story lobby, and a portrait of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore himself. The 440 guestrooms and suites maintain the space afforded by the Roaring ’20s architects, but now they’re kitted out in masculine, modern style by designer Scott Sanders. Carpeting, walls and blackout curtains in shades of gray are complemented by dark wood and leather furnishings. Standard rooms are approximately 330 square feet, while Parlor Suites spread out between a bedroom and separate living area. Four full-floor, 3,000-square-foot penthouse suites feature panoramic views of the city. Colorful modern works from the heralded Rubell Family Collection hung throughout the property punctuate the Lord Baltimore’s monochrome vibe. The hotel’s French Kitchen is a mod bistro serving market-driven interpretations of classic French fare (think crab, mussel and scallop vol au vent), as well as over-the-top rococo style, in a model of Versailles’s famous hall of mirrors. The hotel’s original bakery has been restored to its former glory and now churns out fresh baguettes for the restaurant and pastries served at LB Bakery.
In the Area
These artsy digs are within striking distance of Baltimore’s art scene. The Baltimore Museum of Art has the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world, including his 1907 Blue Nude. Check out the Walters Art Museum, which presents a wide range of works, from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. And don’t skip the quirky American Visionary Art Museum, dedicated to art produced by self-taught artists that “arises from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”
Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 W Baltimore St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
How to Get There
Flights are available to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers are not available to/from BWI. Taxis to/from BWI are approximately $30, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self- and valet parking are available for $15 and $31, respectively, per day.