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

Seven sensational reasons to experience relaxed luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore Maryland include USA’s best tea service, amazing food, lavish luxury, and a fun neighborhood.

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

P.S. I loved it.

Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 Baltimore

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

See also Romantic Hotels in North America: Places to Stay in Canada, Caribbean, and USA

7 Sensational Reasons to Experience Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore was first published on McCool Travel on April 7, 2018

10 thoughts on “7 Sensational Reasons to Experience Relaxed Luxury at The Ivy Hotel Baltimore”

  1. 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

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