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1840s Carrollton Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Baltimore B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 6, 2011

My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary with a one-night stay at the 1840s Carrollton Inn. We were so impressed with the inn itself, the staff and our room, that we might just make this our annual anniversary treat. As natives of Baltimore, we often head out of town for our anniversary, but this year decided to stay local. We were glad we did. We took advantage of a deal that significantly reduced the price of the room during the winter months, although I have to say that our accommodations would still have been worth the full price. We booked a night mid-week so we had our choices of rooms. We choose the Scholar Room, a very large and nicely appointed room on the second floor overlooking the courtyard. Everything about the room was to our liking, from the king bed, attractive period decor and the huge bathroom with double whirlpool tub. I think what most impressed me about the facilities was the fact that they were modern and fully functional, while still maintaining the charm of a 1800s home. From what I understand, the buildings that actually make up the inn are all relatively new, constructed to maintain the look of the historic adjacent buildings down to the wooden double six-pane windows.. This meant that our room had the feel of an old inn, but with the benefit of modern plumbing, central air and heat and comfortable furniture.

The neighborhood, historic Jonestown, was also a pleasant surprise. It is very close to the nightlife of Inner Harbor, and the brand-new Harborplace East hotel/entertainment district and, literally, a one-block walk to the restaurants of Little Italy. Having lived in Baltimore locale for the past 20 years, we've frequented the downtown area often, but, admittedly rarely crossed President Street from the Inner Harbor into Jonestown Unfortunately, for so many years, the neighborhood was racked with poverty and crime and had little to offer in the way of entertainment or restaurants (except for LIttle Italy just to the south). That was until around 2000 when they took down the last of the poorly maintained high-rise housing projects known as Flag House Courts. The neighborhood has since had a rebirth as a mixed-level residential area. The homes and businesses from Baltimore street down to Eastern Avenue are all newly renovated and quite nice. We felt safe walking the neighborhood from the inn down towards Little Italy.

Breakfast in the morning was excellent. You place your order the night before in your room and they're ready for you downstairs in the morning. My wife had a Shitake mushroom and veggie omelet and I had my favorite, Eggs Benedict. Everything was fresh and served hot. We were pleased with both the service and the food. Being that it was a Tuesday night, the inn was very quiet with just one staff in the evening and two in the morning, but they were all very attentive and friendly.

The only minor drawback was the parking and it does appear that they are working to remedy that situation. Currently, they do not have overnight parking right at the inn. Instead, they have an agreement with a public garage one block down Albermarle Street that offers overnight parking for $10 (trust me, 10 bucks in downtown Baltimore is a real bargain). There is a gravel lot next to the inn that they own and appear to be working to fence in including (possibly?) an automatic gate. There is an unloading and loading zone on Albermarle Street directly in front of the door, so no lugging bags, but you will have to then drive down one block to the garage. Not a huge deal, as long as you don't mind a little walk, just about everything is within distance (although the Inner Harbor area would be across busy President Street). Otherwise, during the day, they will let you park in the gravel lot, but not at night (it is after all, still the city). My only other concern would be booking a room on the Lombard Street side of the inn if you worry about street noise. Lombard is a very busy street. But I can't say from experience because our room faced the courtyard, so noise wasn't an issue (again, remembering the inn is directly adjacent to the busy downtown business/entertainment district of Baltimore, so don't expect pastoral silence either).

All in all, the stay was enjoyable and we plan to do it again. Many of the other rooms looked equally attractive, so our quandary will be whether to try something different next year or go again with our current favorite, the Scholar Room.

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Reviewed February 28, 2011

This was our third time to the Inn and it was just as lovely as before. We have stayed in the Annapolis Suite, as well as the Carroll Suite, but this time were in the Patriot's Room. All have been great. The only downfall to the Patriot's Room is that it was on the bottom floor, and you can hear people walking in the room above. The rooms are beautifully appointed; the biggest Jaccuzzi tub I've ever seen, lovely beds, and the breakfast is fantastic!! You can't go wrong. Walking distance to many things in the city.

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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We took advantage of a special to take a "staycation" just a half hour from home. Our quick break was perfect! The location of the inn is great, walking distance to a ton of restaurants in Little Italy, the Inner Harbor, and Harbor East. We stayed in the Scholar Room which had a lovely view of the courtyard and a FANTASTIC jacuzzi tub! We relaxed after dinner and enjoyed a wonderful full breakfast in the morning. We appreciated the little things - we were even walked up to the room and given a quick tour, definitely a B&B perk! Thanks for a great night!

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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We were looking for a short reprieve from our everyday lives and this was perfect. We only spent one night but it was a very pleasant evening. The location is great--within walking distance to many restaurants and shops. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was elegantly appointed and clean, as was the bathroom. The breakfast was excellent. We will go back when the weather is a little warmer so we can enjoy their lovely courtyard.

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Reviewed February 21, 2011

My husband and I stayed here the night of our wedding a year and a half ago and just took a short weekend here to revisit it. It was wonderful as always. The staff are very helpful and attentive and each room is unique. The breakfast is awesome as well. It's within short walking distance to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. I would highly recommend staying here.

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Reviewed February 14, 2011

It's our second stay at the Carrollton Inn and we love it. The rooms are incredible, it's so handy to many great restaurants in Baltimore's Little Italy and Harbor East areas. The breakfast is a high end meal and service impeccable. We just can't say enough about this place. Even though we live in the area, it is our new getaway spot.

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Reviewed February 6, 2011

Went here for my anniversary with my fiance. Great little BB in the city. Breakfast is great (but order a lot since the portions are kind of small). The rooms are fantastic (especially the large showers and jacuzzi tubs). We stayed in the Declaration Room and really liked the huge space and location near the Harbor (close enough to walk to Roy's restaurant for a nice dinner out). The only bummer is having to pay for parking ($10 per night in a garage close to the B&B). It isn't totally secluded either since you'll have to deal with the general "city noise" that comes from being in downtown Baltimore, but other than that, really enjoyed the overnight trip and had a good stay.

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Address: 50 Albemarle St, Baltimore, MD 21202-4602
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Location: United States > Maryland > Baltimore
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Baltimore
Price Range: $158 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 1840s Carrollton Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of historic Jonestown, the 1840s Carrollton Inn is just blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Harbor East and Fells Point. Luxury rooms and suites are decorated with boutique furnishings and artwork and feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. ... more   less 
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