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Baltimore, on the east coast of Maryland, is more than a once-great port city. Although it still has a fine nautical background, it has also grown into a modern, cosmopolitan city with world-class museums, a glittering skyline of buildings, a smartened-up historic quarter and an excellent eating-out scene. Above all, it is renowned for its friendliness. Our range of the best places to stay in Baltimore, lets you discover all sides of this historic city.
You will inevitably be drawn to the harbour, the best place to start. Here you'll find the National Aquarium, a seven-storey, glass-pyramid-topped building with 17,000 creatures, over 750 species, shark tank and rooftop rainforest. Stroll along Inner Harbor to the Baltimore Maritime Museum then explore the cobblestoned streets of portside Fell's Point, once the centre of the city's ship-building industry whose gentrified 18th-century buildings house intriguing shops and restaurants. This area is a good choice for dining or for a drink at one of the lively neighbourhood bars.
On the south side of the harbour, there's Fort McHenry National Monument, a star-shaped fort that inspired America's national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'
One of the finest views of the city is from the 178-foot-tall Washington Monument.
Afterwards, explore the Mr Vernon district, the city's oldest, with its 19th-century buildings and stunning George Peabody Library whose central atrium is ringed with five stories of cast-iron balconies. The collection contains 300,000 volumes, many dating to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Other museums include the Maryland Historical Society, which houses a staggering collection of curiosities, the American Visionary Art Museum, and the home of the poet Edgar Allan Poe.
Midtown-Belvedere, a neighbourhood just north of Mount Vernon, is the city's arts district, another good place for a drink with its range of brewpubs, bars and cocktail lounges.
One of the city's nicknames is 'charm city', due to its friendliness, something you're sure to discover when you choose one of our best places to stay in Baltimore.
The best downtown hotels in Baltimore
- The good-value, family-friendly Hotel Brexton offers a quirky mix of rooms, from traditional four-poster to bold contemporary. Breakfast-only, it's strolling distance to a great choice of restaurants.
- With original Tiffany light-fittings, marble staircases and sleek, contemporary rooms, Hotel Monaco is a stylish choice. Plus there's a daily wine-tasting.
The best waterfront hotels in Baltimore
- Combining original 18th-century interiors, antique furnishings and elegant public areas - plus outdoor dining - The Admiral Fell Inn makes a charming spot on the waterfront.
- Exposed brickwork, private terraces and handsomely large windows makes this converted tobacco factory, The Inn at Handerson's Wharf, a luxury choice. And there are personal butlers, too.
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Best Hotels in Baltimore
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
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
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