I "won" this hotel on Hotwire for a very cheap rate and was very anxious (okay I panicked!) after reading the reviews. I was hoping for something closer to the Inner Harbor and we normally stay at more modern hotels. For the price it was a fabulous bargain. It's about a mile from the Inner Harbor but it's a quick walk down Charles Street or there's a free bus (Charm City Circulator) that stops around the corner.
The hotel itself is historic and relatively charming. Our room was large and decent. It was clean when we checked in. We were there for two nights and, upon retuning to our room the second night, we found that the housekeeping staff had taken all the dirty towels but did not replenish them. Also, the only trash can in the room is a small one in the bathroom- that was not emptied. The shampoo was not replenished and the coffee that was replenished was decaf. It was pretty strange. So we called down for towels. Other than that, it was a good stay.
The neighborhood is not bad but if you venture a few blocks west (Lexington Market area) it gets a little sketchy. We chose to use the free bus over the light rail because we felt the stops were in safer neighborhoods.
The parking lot across from the hotel at 15 West Franklin was $10 per night which I thought was a bargain. Well lit and appeared very safe.
The breakfast was ample (it was free so I can't complain). They have hot food options (pancakes one day, French toast the next), eggs, bacon, sausage and home fries. They also have bagels, bread for toast, Danishes, muffins and yogurt. I found the coffee to be decent.
Overall, I felt this was essentially a free hotel room, as I paid about what breakfast may have cost for my family for the room. And the parking cost was so much less than it would have cost in the inner harbor. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mount Vernon Hotel was established in 1907 and is the perfect hotel location for your visit to Baltimore, Maryland. We are located within walking distance from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the Convention Center, Stadiums, corporate and government headquarters, the Walters Art Museum, the recently restored Basilica of the Assumption, and nearby Charles Street.Enjoy our historic atmosphere, stunning architecture, warm hospitality and accommodations. Group accommodations and meetings available for up to 80 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mount Vernon
- Mount Vernon Baltimore