Last Updated on February 18, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Baltimore is known as Charm City thanks in part to its unique neighborhoods and its deep sense of history. Plan a getaway around exploring the Inner Harbor or the National Aquarium. Check out Fort McHenry (where the Star-Spangled Banner was written), or catch an Orioles game. Some of Baltimore’s best hotels are charming boutique hotels with localized ambience and crowd-pleasing amenities. You’ll find them located in neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon, home of the cultural district, or the harborside Fells Point. Here are the best hotels in Baltimore.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore (1715 Thames St.; 443-552-5539) Fells Point

This “sexy” hotel in a 1914 building “is a chic architectural gem in the heart of the historic Fells Point Waterfront’s Recreation Pier,” writes The Telegraph, and “the charming restaurants elevate Baltimore as a worthy destination, far beyond its rough-and-tumble reputation.” Choose from fine Italian cooking at Rec Pier Chop House, and locally crafted whiskey in the Cannon Room, named for the cannons found on site. One Google reviewer says “the rooms were absolutely beautiful. If you get one of the outside rooms, Bayside view is just breathtaking. And at the whiskey lounge, the Sagamore whiskey is pretty decent.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor (2 N Charles St.; 443-692-6170) Inner Harbor

Personality and cool amenities abound at this Kimpton in a 1906 Beaux-Arts building. Afar calls it “stunning…you can find tranquility with amenities like in-room yoga mats, a 24-hour fitness center with personal trainers, and spacious rooms with luxurious soaking tubs.” A Tripadvisor user comments that “they have preserved the historical attributes and added modern decor to create a very aesthetically pleasing environment” while another likes that “the hotel is a short walk to the Harbor, and the light rail station to the Airport is about a two-block walk.”  >> Book this hotel for less

The Ivy Hotel (205 E Biddle St.; 410-514-6500) Mount Vernon

“What a hidden jewel,” writes a Google reviewer about this Relais & Chateau hotel in a preserved 19th century mansion. “Every room was amazing—the ambiance made you feel at home. The breakfast [was] fresh, locally sourced and from scratch.” Indeed, rooms have sunken tubs, canopied beds, and amenities such as free movies. The Telegraph writes that the hotel offers an “experience that is relaxing and hassle-free, with a no-tipping policy, complimentary drinks and snacks.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel Revival (101 W Monument St.; 410-727-7101) Mount Vernon

This 107-room hotel, part of the Hyatt boutique brand, will certainly appeal to artsy travelers: “It sits in a former mansion that hosted the Baltimore Museum of Art’s first exhibition in 1923,” writes Afar. “Guests can enrich their creative side with amenities like rooms decorated with pieces curated by the local Paradigm Gallery + Studio and in-room vinyl record collections.” The hotel also features a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and rooftop bar and restaurant with views of Mount Vernon neighborhood. A Tripadvisor user agrees the hotel “has the vibes,” but notes that “the room was pretty tight overall. The local art and coffee in the room was cool.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Ulysses (2 E Read St.; 443-682-8578) Mount Vernon

Immerse yourself in Baltimore’s quirky personality at this 116-room hotel that’s named after a ship that delivered Bavarian immigrants to the city in the early 20th century. “The hotel is a creative ode to the city’s peculiarities,” writes Travel+Leisure, with a “distinct design aesthetic inspired by art deco palaces and the work of legendary movie director and Baltimore resident John Waters.” A Google reviewer calls it a “very cute place—great attention to details. Amazing quilts on the beds! All at very reasonable price.”  >> Book this hotel for less