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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 1840s Carrollton Hotel Baltimore