Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

6 Sensational Reasons to Experience Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore

We stayed at The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland in May, between the peak periods of Mother’s Day weekend and university graduation weekend. The Ivy Hotel invited me to experience their relaxed luxury property and share thoughts with the McCool Travel audience.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore

Here are 6 sensational reasons, McCool Travel style, to experience relaxed luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore.

Welcome to The Ivy Hotel Baltimore

Soon after booking your stay, a concierge contacts you asking your estimated arrival time and vehicle information. Pretty cool, then, when you drive up and someone greets you by name. Another staff member escorts you to the main lobby where the concierge on duty pours you a glass of champagne or another drink of choice.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Welcome to The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore Maryland

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

glass of bubbly welcomes you to The Ivy Hotel

The concierge explains all of the amenities, activities, hotel features, history (as much as you want to know), neighborhood information, and more.

We then head up to the room, but wait. Before I even check out the magnificent room, a welcome treat is the first thing I see.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

welcome to The Ivy Hotel

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Afternoon Tea

After a little freshening up and quick exploration of the property, it is tea time! Afternoon tea at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore is a highlight. The Ivy Hotel provides its own in-house tea expert to assist guests. Our tea sommelier (teammelier?) studied everything there is to know about tea in Chicago. You know I had to try the hot chocolate tea AND the margarita tea.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Afternoon tea service at The Ivy Hotel

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Hotel

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Breakfast

A full breakfast is complimentary at The Ivy Hotel and a scrumptious way to start your day.

Has mango ever been so elegantly served?

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

elegant breakfast at The Ivy Hotel

Perhaps ten people mentioned the lemon soufflé pancakes so guess what I ordered for breakfast?

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

lemon soufflé pancakes at The Ivy Hotel

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Amenities

The Ivy Hotel does NOT nickel and dime their guests. Wifi is free. Valet parking is free—try to find that elsewhere in a big city. Snacks in your room, with a local twist. A stocked mini fridge and a basket with Old Bay spiced chips and other goodies tempted us.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

stocked mini fridge at The Ivy Hotel (all free!)

So much more is also included. A shuttle is free, in an elegant Lincoln Navigator. An onsite fitness Center is free. The aforementioned afternoon tea and full elegant breakfast are free. Drinks are free, for heaven’s sake. We ventured into the surrounding neighborhood and drank a couple of craft brews at a local place (see below). We could have saved money and drank at The Ivy Hotel. A magnificent pool table and this elegant main room are always open for guests.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

The Ivy Hotel main room

At night, we sat in those cozy chairs down on the lawn next to a table fire. Champagne magically appeared in our hands. Thank you, Concierge! And how about those ivy walls? They are not fully covered yet. Show me a picture from your next visit.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore

Guests can watch two complimentary pay-per-view movies per day. There is so much to do without leaving the magnificent boutique property. Make your stay at The Ivy Hotel a fun staycation!

McCool Travel Tip: If you do decide to leave The Ivy Hotel, ask your private shuttle driver to swing by the Edgar Allan Poe gravesite for a quick Instagrammable moment.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Edgar Allan Poe grave in Baltimore Maryland

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: The Rooms

Oh, yes, the room is the primary reason for staying at any property. Right? All the linens and furnishings are of the highest quality and comfort. And, dang, look at that bath tub!

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

bedroom at The Ivy Hotel

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

The Ivy Hotel – room

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

bathtub at The Ivy Hotel

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Location

The historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, a National Heritage area, abuts the The Ivy Hotel. The magnificent Peabody Library is a short walk from the front door.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

The Ivy Hotel

Nearby is the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Square. After climbing the 227 steep steps to the top, take in the majestic views of Baltimore. Once at the bottom, head to Brewer’s Art, a quirky neighborhood craft beer place with amazing food. Along the way you will pass not one, but two Nepali restaurants.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square Baltimore

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

try the Resurrection beer at Brewer’s Art in Baltimore Maryland

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Prestige

There are only 18 rooms at The Ivy Hotel. It is one of only 41 Relais & Chateaux properties in the eastern United States, and the only one between New York City and western Virginia (Inn at Little Washington). The Ivy Hotel is the #1 rated hotel in Baltimore and has earned a distinguished 4 stars from Forbes Travel Guide.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

conference room in The Ivy Hotel

Have you stayed The Ivy Hotel Baltimore? Do you have another favorite place to stay in Baltimore? Tell me about it in the comments!

The Ivy Hotel Baltimore: Contact Info

Address: 205 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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11 Responses to “6 Sensational Reasons to Experience Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore”

  1. Iness October 4, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    The Ivy Hotel is exactly what I was looking for. I’m going to surprise my husband. That’s a perfect place with romantic atmosphere.

  2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers September 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Well, I’m sold on The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Sounds like a gem. I want that welcome snack, afternoon tea, and bathtub for sure! Is it related to The Ivy restaurant in Los Angeles?

  3. Doreen Pendgracs September 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Thx for the super post, Charles. I’ve not yet been to Baltimore. But when I get there, I’d love to stay at the Ivy Hotel.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) September 27, 2017 at 5:20 am #

      I do think you would love The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore. The snacks they provide are artisan products from local vendors. Chocolate? Hmmm, maybe.

  4. Ryan Biddulph (@RyanBiddulph) September 21, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi Charles,

    The breakfast alone makes the place look sensational. Amazing.

    I’ve not seen mango sliced that fine since visiting some stalls in Thailand. They do it right over there and The Ivy has it down pat too.

    I am a meals guy; if the hotel has breakfast down, I am in.

    I recall staying at the Novotel in Taipei and seeing like a hundred or more selections from the buffet style brekkie. At least it seemed like 100 plus. Awe-inspiring, and sold me on the chain.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ryan

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) September 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

      Really nice note, Ryan. Thank you for the info. Taipei has an amazing food scene, I have heard. On my list…

  5. Julie @ FuninFairfaxVA September 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    The Ivy is an incredible hotel! It’s perfect for a Baltimore getaway, especially if you want to impress a loved one.

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