What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The building was renovated from top to bottom and opened as Hotel Brexton in 2010
- Historic 1881 red brick building, complete with turrets
What To Know
- No two rooms are alike at this 29-room property
- Pets are allowed for a $50 per pet, per day, fee
- Located 10 blocks north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This historic red brick Queen Anne hotel was built in 1881 during the ’hood’s Gilded Age heyday, when the likes of George Peabody, Henry and William Walters, and Enoch Pratt built mansions that today have been restored as galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. Hotel Brexton has also been restored — to the tune of more than $5 million — reopening in 2010 after decades of disrepair. Its original turrets, spiral staircases, and dormers remain delightfully intact, but the interiors are all new, with 29 guestrooms and suites done in modern style with all the mod cons required of a business hotel. The black and white marble bathrooms aren’t vast, but they’re big enough for a couple and stocked with high-end toiletries. Though it lacks the scale, and thus the amenities, of a big box business hotel, the Brexton does offer a free continental breakfast spread, as well as an evening wine and cheese reception hosted every night in the parlor. The hotel’s prime Mount Vernon perch means that the city’s best restaurants, sights and events are within easy striking distance.
In the Area
Some of the Eastern Seaboard’s most unique art is near the Hotel Brexton. Baltimore’s oddest art is on display at the American Visionary Art Museum, which exhibits works dedicated to unconventional artists, particularly those who are untaught or whose art has been shaped by mental illness. The nearby Walters Art Museum is a little more conventional, but it does house a selection of mysterious oddities in its Chamber of Wonders, hundreds of natural history items recalling the excitement of Europe’s Age of Exploration. The National Museum of Dentistry might not be jaw-dropping, but it’s worth an appointment to see how much better your dentist is than those of yore. Then it’s time to consider new ink at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum, which shows off historical tattoo designs; if you’re inspired, the museum does have its own tattoo parlor.
How to Get There
As soon as you walk in the lobby, you feel as if you're transported back in time. This historic hotel is simply beautiful! The rooms have quaint antique furniture, but the bathrooms are very large and modern. They are in the middle of renovating some of the rooms & creating a new restaurant on the lower level. Although there are many restaurants within walking distance, having one on-site will be convenient. I really hope they keep some of the exposed brick & alcoves since they date back to the late 1800's, & looked really cool.
Another cool feature is the spiral staircase. Standing at the top looking down was amazing!
I can't wait to go back when the renovations are completed & write another review. I'm confident it will be a 5+ star rating????
Beautiful architecture friendly staff great location. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. Would not stay again only be cause of difficulty with negotiating the property. But located in a lovely neighborhood within walking distance of many fine restaurants and other
First - location: within walking distance of Baltimore Penn Station, one of the Charm City Connector stops (free service that loops through downtown to Art Museum and back toward Inner Harbor), several restaurants
Second - hotel - lovely historic building in a slightly raffish area (but felt totally safe walking)
Third - room - tons of light (3 windows in bedroom), quirky off-kilter room dimensions which charmed us - a killer bathroom with a wall of windows (shutters in place on lower sections) and everything you needed available including WiFi/TV/even a mini-fridge if you ask/good AC/excellent bed
They do have a continental breakfast - which was only so-so - really minimal and felt like not a lot of attention paid to it but you could grab a yogurt to get the day started...
Staff was fine - low-key and got the job done.
I had e-mailed before visit with some requests/questions and Mr. Naing was so prompt and helpful.
So, would I stay again? - absolutely. We like to try something other than the standard cookie-cutter room/hotel.