Where to Stay in Baltimore: Best Areas & Hotels, 2019

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Whether you are on your honeymoon, a business trip, or a family vacation, there are lots of excellent hotel options for all types of travelers and budgets in Baltimore's many neighborhoods.

By far the most popular area to stay is the Inner Harbor, with attractions like the National Aquarium and Camden Yards where the Baltimore Oriels play Major League Baseball. The Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, which has outdoor music in summer, is also here. The neighborhood is also home to numerous restaurants; shops; and hotels like the Four Seasons Baltimore, which is perfect for luxe pampering, and the more affordable Royal Sonesta Court Baltimore.

Historic Fell's Point is another excellent area to base yourself. It is east of the Inner Harbor, and the red-brick row houses here date back to the mid 18th-century. The neighborhood hosts a number of mid-range and luxury properties. For something posh and modern, try the hip Sagamore Pendry. The Inn at Henderson's Wharf is also in the neighborhood and slightly less expensive. For couples, the romantic Admiral Fell Inn is another option.

Other popular Baltimore areas include Little Italy, which is between the Inner Harbor and Fell's Point; downtown, where you'll find the Lord Baltimore Hotel, a popular romantic pick; and Mount Vernon, which is just to the north of downtown.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon neighborhood

Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon neighborhood

The Ivy Hotel is an elegant luxury boutique property inside a beautiful mansion dating back to the 1800s in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The property features luxe rooms, which are each slightly different in their decor. All come with gas fireplaces; heated floors in the bathrooms; and, in many cases, four-poster beds and balconies with views of the lovely courtyard. Away from the rooms, guests will find complimentary amenities like a full hot breakfast, afternoon tea, and late-night snacks. There is also an on-site restaurant, spa, and fitness center. Pups are also welcome to stay.

For luxury, the Four Seasons Baltimore is the poshest hotel in Baltimore and makes a wonderful choice near the Inner Harbor — it's about a 10-minute walk from the National Aquarium. Inside a glass-facaded building, it offers spacious and elegant rooms and suites, which come with floor-to-ceiling windows, most featuring harbor views, as well as soaking tubs and comfortable beds with high-end linens. On-site amenities include two infinity swimming pools with hot tubs (one is on the rooftop), a giant spa, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. There is also an on-site restaurant, and the property is known for being very child- and dog-friendly.

Sagamore Pendry is another top luxe pick. This hip, modern property is in a fabulously renovated 1914 pier building in the Fell's Point neighborhood. It features 128 rooms and suites in a number of layouts, but all are posh, with wood accents and warm colors, and very comfortable, with silky sheets and comfy beds. The best ones come with balconies and harbor views. On-site amenities include an Italian restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and 24-hour fitness center. The Pendry also accepts pet guests.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Row houses in Fell's Point

Row houses in Fell's Point

Inn at Henderson's Wharf is an excellent upper mid-range option in Fell's Point. It is located inside a historic waterfront building next to a marina and is a boutique property with elegant rooms done up in period stylings. It comes with lots of complimentary amenities unusual for its price-point — like butlers who will bring you tea, iron your clothes, or draw a bath after a long day. There is also free Wi-Fi and bottled water, and a complimentary shuttle runs to major city attractions and destinations like central Fell's Point, the Inner Harbor, and Johns Hopkins University Hospital. There is no on-site restaurant, but the hotel is within walking distance of many dining choices and shops

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore looks out on the water at the Inner Harbor and is within walking distance of major attractions, like the National Aquarium and the American Visionary Art Museum. This good-value property features contemporary rooms, which are well decorated and quite comfortable, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges. There are also studio and one-bedroom suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting harbor views and separate living spaces featuring sleeper sofas. On-site amenities include a restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, sauna, and tennis court. There is also an indoor swimming pool. Paid parking is available.

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown is in the downtown Mount Vernon neighborhood, just a few minutes' stroll from the Walters Art Museum. This stylish mid-range property is very good value and offers something different when it comes to decor. The rooms and suites are literary-themed and come with city views, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. If you are traveling with kids, the suites are a good option as they offer separate living areas, and some are even split level, giving parents even more privacy. On-site amenities include a restaurant, fitness center, and laundry service. Dogs are welcome to stay.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Red Roof Inn Baltimore Northwest is just outside downtown and about a 15-minute drive to Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play Major League Baseball. This budget property offers basic but clean rooms, which work fine if you just want a place to crash. They are spacious and come with free Wi-Fi, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Perks include kids under 18 staying free with an adult, and no extra fees if you're traveling with one pet. There is also complimentary parking and coffee.

Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown Inner Harbor is on the pricier end of the budget spectrum, but the quality is also higher, and the location is within walking distance of all the Inner Harbor's sightseeing attractions. This boutique property is inside a renovated 20th-century warehouse, and the rooms and suites have a loft-like vibe with modern decor and enough space to move around. On-site amenities include a free hot breakfast, workout room, and hot tub. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

Where to Stay for Families

Inner Harbor at dusk

Inner Harbor at dusk

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor is a great family choice within walking distance of many Inner Harbor attractions, including the National Aquarium. The rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable with modern decor and warm colors. Suites are the best choice for anyone traveling with kids as they feature pull-out sofas and, in some cases, Jacuzzi tubs and hardwood floors. There is an included hot breakfast served daily, and on weekdays, you can even get breakfast in a bag to go. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, workout room, and paid parking.

Another great choice for families, especially if your kids are into baseball history, is the Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, which is an easy walk from the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. It's also just across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. Inside a renovated brick warehouse, it offers contemporary rooms with handy amenities, like microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Kids under 18 also stay free with an adult. On-site amenities include a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and convenience store. Paid parking is also available.

Where to Stay for Couples

Sherwood Gardens

Sherwood Gardens

Admiral Fell Inn is a romantic choice for couples, which is also excellent value. This boutique hotel dates back to the 19th century and has a wonderful location in Fell's Point by its harbor. There are just 80 rooms, and these are well-kept, decorated in period style, and cozy and comfortable. Amenities include two restaurants, free shuttle service to the Inner Harbor and Johns Hopkins Hospital, free Wi-Fi, and ghost tours. There is paid parking on-site but there is no gym or swimming pool.

Another good choice for couples is the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is located in a building dating back to 1928 in the heart of downtown. It has an old-world, elegant vibe and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The rooms and suites are elegant, with original artwork, comfortable beds, and work spaces. They also feature free Wi-Fi and mini-fridges. There is free afternoon tea and a 24-hour fitness center. Other amenities include a French restaurant and a bakery. Parking is available for a fee.

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