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Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 12 Baltimore B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I don't normally write reviews for things online, but after a very nice week at Rachael's Dowry whilst I was in Baltimore for work I feel that I can only add to the chorus of positive comments for this place.

The B&B is located in a historic terraced house, just on the edge of the city centre and within 5 minutes of the Convention Centre light rail stop. The area is quiet and seemed quite safe. Nearby is a lovely and friendly bistro that was recommended for dinner.

The house itself has been beautifully and carefully restored, and is quiet. The rooms are large (mine was supposedly the cheapest but would put more expensive places to shame) and clean. There is a good library of books to read plus 'help yourself' drinks. Tish and Norman are excellent hosts, attentive and welcoming but not at all intrusive. Breakfast was a delight, different each morning but always delicious. I'd have no hesitation in recommending the B&B or returning again one day.

Room Tip: Stayed in the Randolph room, top floor.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Being our first trip to Balimore, we chose Rachael's Dowry for it's proximity to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (Hippodrome) on a one night stay to see the wonderful "Beauty and the Beast". We had planned to walk to the theater, but the snow changed our mind. Our unfamiliarity with the layout of Baltimore also changed our mind on the walk, but regardless, the choice of Rachael's Dowry was definitely the right one. We stayed in the Odorian Room and was very pleasently surprised with the comfort of the room and the included fireplace. Although it was not a real fire, it still provided the atmosphere and warmth on that chilly night. The other amenities were very welcome, especially the white noise machine in the room. There was no "noise" to drown out, but we usually use a fan to create the background noise to help us sleep. The Sound Stream machine that was included in the room is so nice that I have already ordered one for home!
Tish left out brandy in the wonderful library and wine in the dining room to warm us up as we returned from the show and served up a delicious breakfast in the morning. All in all, a wonderful stay and Rachael's Dowry is on our permanent list.
Make sure that you follow the provided directions to the parking area. I've never seen so many one way streets in my life! The old "you can't get there from here" sure does play in Baltimore. Perfect directions though. Luckily they are within walking distance of stadiums, the Inner Harbor and many other Baltimore attractions.
We look forward to coming back in warmer weather to take advantage of the courtyard and the other wonderful things that Baltimore has to offer.

Room Tip: I'm sure that all the rooms are wonderful. We hope to return to stay in each one of them eventu...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed at Rachael's for one night this week while visiting Johns Hopkins Hospital, and were warmly welcomed. Norman was a gracious and helpful host, arranging taxis, and making an early breakfast for us. All the necessities/amenities were provided (hair dryer, WiFi). Our room was immaculate, spacious and comfortable, and the antiques throughout the house appeared to me to be very nice and in keeping with this historic old home. We had a good dinner 2 blocks away at the Corner Bistro (very good crabcakes). and were at Johns Hopkins in 10 minutes and $10 by cab. A perfectly pleasant stay.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

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We stayed at Rachael's Dowry last weekend, and we just loved it. It's a beautiful place, well appointed, quiet, comfortable, great breakfast. Lovely! We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The Audrey Genevieve is a terrific room!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I recently traveled back to Baltimore to spend a few relaxing days alone before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Being a native Baltimorean, I know that there are many quality places to stay in the city. But, being innkeepers ourselves, we are very picky about where we spend the night.
Having met Norman, one of the innkeepers, before he opened the Inn, and watching the restoration and eventual opening from afar - we were anxious to see for ourselves. Rachael's Dowry did not disappoint! It is a wonderfully restored property with luxurious beds, comfortable bathrooms, and wonderful common areas to mingle with other guests. Norman and his sister, Tish, are the most gracious hosts, greeting us at the parking lot and giving us a short historic and architectural tour before showing us to our room. Tish was quick to recommend a place to eat - and we discovered the Corner Bistro and Wine Bar just around the corner. The Inn is convenient to everything - we walked to M&T Bank Stadium to watch my Ravens beat the New York Giants. The next day we walked to Lexington Market for a trip down memory lane and Faidley's crabcakes.
That weekend, I remembered how much I miss Baltimore - and hope to return more often to visit. When we do - we will choose Rachael's Dowry as our home away from home.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Even lovelier than in the photos. Tish is very welcoming and patiently answered all of our questions about the wonderfully restored house and many antiques. Comfortable bedding. Delicious breakfast. Looking forward to visiting the inn again.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the spacious Ella Virginia suite but the other rooms we saw all very nice.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We went to Baltimore with another couple for our yearly New Year's getaway. This B and B was a real find. The home is lovely and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Tish, the owner, was there to meet our every need. That was a tall order since I have gluten and dairy issues. Tish had no problem whipping up great breakfasts without causing any stomach distress for me.
Rachel's Dowry is within walking distance of many sites in Baltimore such as the Inner Harbor and the convention center and Camden Yards. I would highly recomment this B and B for any trip to Baltimore.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 637 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230-2210
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Location: United States > Maryland > Baltimore
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Baltimore
Price Range: $155 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Downtown B&B across the street from Oriole Park,close to Convention Center, M&T Stadium and the Inner Harbor. Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast is the premiere Bed and Breakfast in Baltimore, MD. The highest quality lodging or inn option. ... more   less 
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