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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.
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.
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.
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?
Perhaps ten people mentioned the lemon soufflé pancakes so guess what I ordered for breakfast?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
We were hosted guests of The Ivy Hotel but this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind.