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For a relatively small state, Maryland certainly packs a punch when it comes to visitor enticements. The state that surrounds the nation’s capital is one of the most densely-populated in the Union, though it still manages to showcase some gorgeous natural assets, not least the Allegheny Mountains to the West and the gloriously scenic Chesapeake Bay to the East. As well as Washington DC satellite districts like Bethesda and Annapolis, The best places to stay in Maryland are an equally wide mix from chic city pads to romantic inns overlooking the bay.
Maryland does of course contain some colourful and characterful cities of its own, which have had principal parts to play in the story of America, notably Baltimore, one of the nation’s great urban renaissance stories. How this post-industrial city, famous for the wrong reasons (as viewers of the TV series The Wire will attest) reinvented itself as a capital of arts, culture, food and leisure is one contemporary urban America’s most pleasing redemption stories (though it still has plenty of challenges).
So whether you’re on for a bit of Civil War history (the site of the great bloodbath Battle of Antietam is beautifully presented), or kayaking, or bird watching in the Chesapeake’s countless inlets and wetlands (St Michael's is a good place be based), or whether you fancy cycling along the C&O Canal to the Great Allegheny Passage, this is a state that will keep the whole family stimulated, surprised and sated with delicious seafood and other regional delicacies.
Our selection of the best places to stay in Maryland represents only the tip of a the iceberg of delightful places to stay, but certainly has something for all tastes and budgets.
For the Best Baltimore Breaks
- Hotel Monaco is a Beaux Arts period delight in the heart of the city, with many original Tiffany features, and spacious rooms with a rich colour palette. B&O Brasserie is reputed to be one of Baltimore's best and you're ideally located for local exploring.
- Hotel Brexton is another period property and this one's claim to fame is that it was the childhood home to Wallis Simpson! Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional, and it's excellent value with rooms from just $119 B&B.
For fabulous views of Chesapeake Bay
- Watch the yachts sail past from the vantage point of an infinity pool in this glorious old colonial-era spa hotel. The Inn at Perry Cabin even has its own offshore sailing school in the season (April-Nov).
- Sailing, fishing and kayaking are all on the menu at Wade's Point Inn on the Bay, an elegant collection of buidlings, connected by manicured lawns. It's the perfect place to contemplate the stunning bay sunsets, glass in hand.
- Sandaway Waterfront Lodging offers not only views of the Chesapeake, but also of the Tred Avon and Choptank rivers. It's elegantly chic and a determinedly private hotel.- perfect for a spot of romance!
For heritage hunters
- The Inn at Henderson's Wharf, Baltimore is a conversion of an old tobacco factory, where the leaves were prepared for their long voyage down the Chesapeake and across the Atlantic to Glasgow, Liverpool and Bordeaux. Nowadays a place of relaxation and character rather than hard work.
- Historic Inns of Annapolis - the plural comes from the fact that this is actually three townhouses in the old coastal town of Annapolis, best known for the grand presence of the US Naval Academy. Great place from which to explore Washington DC and Baltimore and the National Maritime Museum is nearby.
- Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore is a dockside hotel with a fantastically colourful history based in the old (founded 1730!) shipbuilding centre of Fell’s Point. The area became a bit rough in the 19th century but has long since cleaned up its act and now this unique boutique is in the middle of one of the most vibrant and evocative parts of Old Baltimore.
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Best Hotels in Maryland
Hotel Brexton 28 rooms from $119Baltimore (Maryland)
An 1881 Queen Anne style, seven-storied boutique hotel. Rooms vary in style with four poster beds or modern furnishings, all with mod-cons, bathrooms and a daily breakfast. Location is perfect for local exploring, discovering Baltimore's history and in close proximity to Washington DC.Sights nearby - Try the boat tours to explore the city, or even a water taxi.Local markets - Broadway Pier.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.
Hotel Monaco, Baltimore 202 rooms from $130Baltimore (Maryland)
A 1906 Beaux Arts gem with original Tiffany fixtures and marble staircases in the heart of Baltimore. The modern, spacious rooms offer city views. B&O American Brasserie whips up locally sourced American cuisine and do not miss wine hour every evening. Gym and business facilities also available.Sights nearby - Downtown Baltimore offers a historic neighbourhood and a range of sights.Fishing - Check out the harbour.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Inn at Perry Cabin 78 rooms from $159St Michaels
Beautiful colonial hotel with spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay, a 200-year-old garden and a renowned spa. The spacious and elegant rooms feature Laura Ashley designer fabrics and wallpapers. The bar, restaurant, gardens and spa all conspire to provide a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere.Total relaxation - The peaceful gardens, exquisite spa, outdoor pool and views over Chesapeake Bay- the perfect relaxing breakActive Holiday - The Offshore Sailing School on the inn's grounds offers lessons between April and NovemberSpa - Linden Spa offers an array of spa treatments, including massages, exfoliation treatments, yoga classes, facials and pedicuresSwimming Pool - The beautiful outdoor infinity pool is open from May to August, and is surrounded by blossoms and flowersRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Admiral Fell Inn 80 rooms from $140Baltimore (Maryland)
18th Century boutique resting on Baltimore's historic waterfront offers scenic boat trips and ghost tours. Spacious rooms are notably comfortable with antique furnishings. Tapas Adela serves up delicious cocktails and a Spanish menu. Location is perfect for local exploring for all the family.Sights nearby - Try a Baltimore Water Taxi to see the city from the water.Local markets - Broadway Market and Pier are a great afternoon trip.Four poster beds - For romantics.Full of character
Historic Inns of Annapolis 124 rooms from $150Annapolis (Maryland)
Hotel consists of 3 townhouses in central Annapolis. Modern rooms offer en suite bathrooms and all facilities. The Treaty of Paris Restaurant offers seasonal fish, an extensive wine list and American cuisine. Location is great for Maryland's history and Washington DC. Business and gym facilities.Sailing - Sailing in Annapolis is a popular past time.Sights nearby - National Maritime Museum.Full of characterGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Wades Point Inn on the Bay 26 rooms from $179St Michaels (McDaniel)
Four elegant buildings, surrounded by slopping lawns and porches overlooking the bay. Spacious and beautifully decorated bedrooms with large windows commanding spectacular ocean views, provide plenty of natural light. Sit back and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay sunsets!Sailing - Lady Patty sets sail from Knapp’s Narrows Marina onto the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River- discounts for hotel guests.Fishing - Have a certified Orvis guide take you out in a 19 foot Hewes flatboat, or simply enjoy the complimetary lines provided.Kayaking - Kayaks onsite for exploring the The American Canoe Association recommended Tilghman Island Water Trail.Birdwatching - Check out the “Birds of Wades Point B & B" list- regularly updated by Talbot Bird Club.
Sandaway Waterfront Lodging 18 rooms from $189Oxford, Maryland
Elegant rooms and suites commanding spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay. Designed as a lovers' hideaway, each room comes with private seating area and a team of masseurs on call! For the more active couples, water sports facilities on site. A chic romantic getaway.Cooking classes - Cooking demonstrations with Master Chef Mark Salter in nearby town Oxford.Hideaway - Each room comes with a private seating area commanding spectacular views.Views - Views of the Tred Avon River, Choptank River, & Chesapeake BayFishing - Nearby Chesapeake Bay offers a variety of fishing charters.
The Inn at Henderson's Wharf 38 rooms from $250Baltimore (1000 Fell Street)
Personal butler service ensures this old tobacco factory fits the brief. In a quiet corner of Fell's Point on Henderson's Wharf you'll find a charming inner courtyard garden overlooked by large, modern rooms, some with views of the sea. Explore fine dining and good pubs on this historic waterfront.WeddingsSights nearby - The Marina at Henderson's Wharf, on the doorstep, is a great place to see the boats of the seas.Views - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.
The Ivy 18 rooms from $525Baltimore
The luxury 5* Ivy Hotel was built in 1889 and offers elegant accommodation in downtown Baltimore. The rooms are designed in a traditional manner but with plenty of colour to liven things up, whilst meals at their superb Magdalena restaurant aren't to be missed out on. An upmarket and classy stay!City Style - The Ivy enjoys a perfect location for those looking to get to know BaltimoreTotal relaxation - Luxurious accommodation and extensive spa facilities at your disposal!Sights nearby - Wander over to the historic Mount Vernon Place and check out Johnson SquareLocal markets - Head over to Baltimore's bustling Lexington MarketRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux