Being a frequent traveler to Europe, this hotel made me homesick for the quaint, bed and breakfast-like hotels in London. Although, this place seriously needs an elevator, it was an amazing, historical journey back to the Victorian 1800's in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore. Yes, this place is homely, but there are so many things to see and touch and has a museum-like quality. The lobby is an wonderful place to have coffee/tea and relax. Mr. Patel, the owner, was a joy to work with and very responsive to our needs. The bedroom suites were like real parlors and bedroom combinations. I found myself wanting to see each room out of curiosity as they were all decorated differently. If you can get the Biltmore Suite, Room 101, ask for it! The location is perfect and in close proximity to food, coffee shops, theaters, natural food stores, ethnic food places, bars, and museums. Hop on the Charm City Connector (free) and tour the city. Parking at the hotel is only available on the street and it can be hard to find a space at night since residents have priority, but if you find a space, stay in it and walk around. (Read the meters!)
Look, if you are looking for a modern, sleek hotel (and one with an elevator), then avoid this hotel. You will look immediately to the cracks in the walls and the lived-in furniture. But if you are looking for a place that has a bit of Baltimore's historical charm, has a friendly approachable staff, and has a warm, shabby-ish decor, themed rooms, then this place is a gem!
Ask for the Biltmore Suite, Room 101!
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