Lord Baltimore Hotel
What We Love
- Located three blocks from the Inner Harbor
- 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
- Free WiFi
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.”
How to Get There
I stayed in room 1103. I was attending an event on the "Spirit of Baltimore". The room was very affordable. Wasn't real big, but it was just me. The staff was friendly from the valet to the front desk to the house keepers. They are located near the Harbor (only 5 minutes driving). The SkyBar was nice. The hotel has a very classy look with lots of nice art paintings everywhere. Will be staying again!
I have stayed here on 3 different occasions and it's a great location for getting to the Inner Harbor and concerts at the Royal Farms Arena. The rooms have been refurbished since my last trip (a year ago) and are very nice. The front desk staff was very nice and one staff member, who just happened to be in the elevator with us, was very helpful with suggestions. The only "ding" is that there is a lot of street noise, police sirens, etc but there's not much the hotel can do about the sounds of the city.
I couldn't have ask for better service! SkyBar employees were very warm and inviting! I hate to say I had a favorite but Joey was by far a complete joy! His service was outstanding and his smile and enthusiasm was contagious! Love it! Hidden Gem definitely my new favorite hotel!
Great customer service, friendly a d courteous staff, nice facility good amenities, convenient location, comfortable bed, valet parking, clean and spacious room . Cozy bar area. Elevators that worked.
It is a nice hotel but looks like was a lot of time since nobody has fixed nothing.
The windows do not close very well and you can feel how the noise of the streets come into the room.
The wardrobe is full of dust I had to clean it first to put my clothes.
about the front desk, they need some training as they both were disgusting when I try to change my room. They try to convince me to remain in my room instead of provide me with a new key. I explain them I did not use it, just open and close the door because the first impression does not like me.
never come back