11 Top-Rated Resorts in Maryland
The beautiful state of Maryland has long been a favorite getaway destination. Framed by the Atlantic Ocean and long stretches of inland waterways on one side and the Virginias to the other, it's an idyllic setting for a vacation that has encouraged numerous top-rated hotels and resorts to flourish here.
In addition to elegant offerings from the big luxury brands, such as the Four Seasons Baltimore and Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront, there are many first-rate resorts with affordable accommodation options that are also well worth considering. For example, the Princess Royale Resort, located directly on the beach in Ocean City, offers large, spacious one- and two-bedroom suites that are perfect for families and groups. Whatever your accommodation needs, be sure to refer to our list of the top-rated resorts in Maryland.
1 Four Seasons Baltimore
Those seeking first-class accommodations in Baltimore can't do much better than checking into the city's elegant Four Seasons hotel. Located in the Harbor East area, Four Seasons Baltimore offers plenty of attractive amenities. Highlights include world-class dining overlooking the harbor, along with 24-hour in-room dining, a spa with 11 treatment rooms, heated infinity-edge swimming pool, a fitness center (yoga classes offered), plus a business center. In addition to concierge services, valet parking is also available.
The hotel's spacious suites are bright and roomy, especially the larger one- and two-bedroom units. In addition to boasting plenty of living space along with bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, these spacious suites come with furnished balconies overlooking the harbor. For an even more luxurious stay, book into one of the hotel's two presidential suites, which come with a pantry with its own service entrance, a dining area, and fireplace.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Baltimore
2 Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, St. Michaels
Those seeking a luxurious getaway in a picture-perfect Maryland setting couldn't go amiss by booking into the delightful Inn at Perry Cabin in historic St. Michaels. Owned by the same company behind such famous luxury offerings as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and numerous grand river cruises, the setting itself, which includes well-manicured grounds with a beautiful walled garden that overlooks Chesapeake Bay, is a big draw, especially for those seeking a great romantic getaway. The amenities are certainly excellent, and include a full-service spa, a large heated infinity swimming pool with poolside café, on-site dining, and a fitness center offering a variety of classes. Another big draw is the fact the resort is within an easy walk of the boutique stores and attractions in St. Michaels. Yacht and fishing excursions are also available.
The inn offers a variety of luxurious accommodation options. A popular choice are the 550-square-foot suites, which come with features such as elegant furnishings, seating areas, king beds, large bathrooms with stand-alone showers and bathtubs (with bathrobes). Also popular are the one-bedroom units, which come with a separate living area with a fireplace. A nice perk is the inclusion of fresh fruit and a nightly turndown service.
Accommodation: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
3 Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront
Located in the very heart of one of Maryland's busiest resort areas, the imposing Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites is a great choice for those seeking a fun beach getaway. In addition to having direct access to more than 10 miles of beautiful beach, guests also have access to an adults-only swimming pool plus a kids' pool, waterslides, and a lazy river to splash about in. Other notable on-site amenities include restaurants, entertainment, a fitness center, business center, and meeting and function space.
As the hotel's name suggests, guests can expect a variety of large accommodations to choose from, most of which come with features such as jet bathtubs and full kitchens as standard inclusions. Other highlights include master bedrooms, good-sized separate living areas with pullout couches, two HDTVs, and roomy furnished balconies with ocean views.
Accommodation: Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront
4 Princess Royale Resort, Ocean City
Another large resort on the beaches of Ocean City, the Princess Royale Resort is a great choice for those seeking a fun seaside vacation in Maryland. The resort comprises 340 spacious suites and multi-bedroomed units, and quality in-room amenities consist of well-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, separate living spaces, as well as large ocean-view balconies. A number of two- and three-bedroom condo-style units are also available for those requiring a little additional space for friends and family.
The resort amenities include a huge four-story-tall glass atrium overlooking the beach and ocean, plenty of dining options (there are two cafés when the hankering for caffeine strikes), a gift shop, convenience store, plus a day spa. Other features worth mentioning are the huge heated indoor swimming pool, a sunbathing terrace with hot tubs, plus a fitness center with saunas and whirlpool tubs. During the busier seasons, the resort also puts on a variety of live entertainment, including music and comedy.
Accommodation: Princess Royale Resort
5 Francis Scott Key Family Resort, Ocean City
As the name suggests, the Francis Scott Key Family Resort in Ocean City is a great choice for those traveling with youngsters. An easy jaunt away to the city's boardwalk and beach area and close to great shopping and entertainment, the fun starts on-site. Kids in particular are spoiled for choice thanks to their indoor pirate-themed pool area, which includes slides, dumping buckets, and a splash zone. Other fun activities include basketball and volleyball, mini-golf, and an outdoor heated swimming pool. A variety of fast-food dining outlets are available on-site.
A popular choice of room are the spacious two-bedroom units, which can sleep six guests comfortably. Features include a large living room area with a pullout couch, a dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen with full appliances. Also worth looking into for couples or families of four are the standard-sized hotel rooms, which come with two double beds (some with pullout couches), plus a mini-fridge and microwave.
Accommodation: Francis Scott Key Family Resort
6 Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina, Cambridge
The majestic Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge is a great choice for those seeking a high-quality waterfront vacation in Maryland. As popular with couples and families as it is with corporate groups, this large resort offers plenty of fun activities on-site. Highlights for kids is Camp Hyatt, which offers a variety of fun educational and entertainment programming, along with a pool area that includes a waterslide, and a games area with foosball and air hockey. Other activities include
tennis (floodlit courts available), mini golf, frisbee golf, and an 18-hole golf course. In addition to the spa and restaurants (plus a café), there's also a full-service marina offering boat rentals.
The resort boasts 400 well-appointed and high-quality guestrooms. These good-sized hotel rooms (they're 400 square feet) come with upgraded beds and bedding, a king or two queen beds, HDTVs, as well as marble bathrooms with toiletries and bathrobes. Some pet-friendly units are available, so be sure to indicate your preference when booking.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
7 St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa, St. Michaels
You can't get a more authentic Maryland experience as that offered by the lovely St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa. With its wonderful views over beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the fact it's just steps away from the historic town after which it's named, the St. Michaels Harbour Inn is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Particularly popular with couples is The Commodores Quarters, a unique accommodation featuring a large bathroom with a walk-in, two-person rain shower; a wet bar and mini-fridge; plus a private deck. Other choices include deluxe rooms with two-person whirlpool tubs and king beds.
A highlight of a stay is spending time at the spa. Features include separate men's and women's changing areas with lockers; a steam room; multi-jet showers; and a wide variety of treatments, including couples' massages. Other amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking the harbor, and a restaurant. There's also plenty to do nearby, from shopping and dining, to activities such as kayaking, fishing, and yacht excursions.
Accommodation: St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa
8 Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City
Located just a short drive from Baltimore in central Maryland and set amid 1,000 acres of countryside, Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City is a great choice for those who enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Highlights include access to two championship golf courses, hiking and biking trails, swimming in the large heated outdoor pool, dining, and a full-service spa. There's also plenty of meeting and function space, as well as a large conference center.
A great choice of room for couples are the executive Jacuzzi suites, which come with king beds; pullout sofas; large bathrooms with jet bathtubs and separate showers; HDTVs; and kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. Other notable features include spacious furnished balconies, while some rooms come with work spaces. A number of accessible units are available for those with mobility issues.
Accommodation: Turf Valley Resort
9 Dunes Manor Hotel, Court & Suites, Ocean City
Another great choice of resort for those planning a beach vacation in Ocean City, Dunes Manor Hotel Court & Suites boasts some of the best ocean views in Maryland. In fact, the views are so good that a highlight of a stay here is simply enjoying spending time on the resort's large verandah - especially if that involves afternoon tea (available daily) and listening to live music while you relax. Also fun is spending time enjoying the heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub and lounge area, three restaurants (including alfresco options, weather permitting). Other amenities of note include function and meeting rooms, a fitness center, and gift shop.
A popular choice of accommodations are the larger suites. These spacious units can sleep up to six guests comfortably and come with full kitchens, a king or two queen beds, HDTVs, large bathrooms, and private balconies with great views over the beach. The living area comes with a pullout couch. A number of smaller units are also available that do include handy kitchenettes with microwaves.
Accommodation: Dunes Manor Hotel Court & Suites
10 Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Resort - Oceanfront, Ocean City
The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel - Oceanfront is a great choice for those seeking quality accommodations on the beachfront in Ocean City. The resort's amenities include the basics, such as a business and convention center, fitness center, plus restaurants and a café. You'll also find a number of services you'd expect from a higher-end property: bellmen, valet parking, and cleaning services, a private health club and spa, and complimentary newspapers. Also available are heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, and sauna.
Each of the resort's standard rooms come well-furnished with bright décor and opening windows (always a nice feature). Other features include a choice of a king or two queen beds, a seating area, HDTV, coffee maker, and balconies (be sure to request one with a view over the ocean, if available). Some pet-friendly units are available, but be sure to mention this preference when booking.
Accommodation: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Resort - Oceanfront
11 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor
Located just a short drive from the nation's capital, Washington, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center has great appeal to vacationers and business travelers alike. The setting here is attractive thanks to the resort's being on the Potomac River, as well as its proximity to fantastic shopping, dining, attractions, and entertainment opportunities. Part of the fun, though, is enjoying everything on offer at the resort. Highlights include exploring its expansive grounds, as well as its 19-story-tall glass atrium with its spectacular
fountain show. Other notable amenities include an indoor swimming pool, restaurants, fitness center, convention space, and a spa.
The hotel rooms sleep up to four guests and are high quality, with upgraded beds and bedding to ensure a comfortable stay. Standard features include a choice of a king or two queen beds, spacious marble bathrooms with double sinks, a work desk, a coffee maker, plus a mini-fridge (bottled water provided). A number of easy access rooms are available for those with mobility issues.
Accommodation: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center