10 Best Hotels in Downtown Baltimore: Where Action and Comfort Harmoniously Meet

The convenience of staying in a hotel downtown in Baltimore's Inner Harbor can't be beat. Being close to the city's top attractions, restaurants, and entertainment makes paying the extra price worth every penny.

The Four Seasons Baltimore is the epitome of downtown luxury. Housing its own restaurants, spa, and cafes, this hotel feels much like a resort. Located in Harbor East, one of the city's hippest and trendiest neighborhoods, the Four Seasons Baltimore is within walking distance to a variety of shopping and dining choices. Besides its own spa, the hotel has a cafe and two restaurants, the modern-American Wit & Wisdom and the Japanese pub-style eatery, Pabu. Even if you don't stay overnight, you may want to stop in for a world-class gourmet meal, a hand-crafted cup of coffee, or a hot beignet.

Travelers looking for a more historic setting to lay their weary heads can set their bags down at The Inn at Henderson's Wharf in Fell's Point. The environment is more laid back and relaxed, resembling that of a quiet retreat. Its historic structure provides respite from the modern hotels that populate the downtown area but it doesn't compromise on the creature comforts and amenities that today's sophisticated traveler may be looking for. All in all, Baltimore offers a nice variety of hotels downtown to relax, relate, and release. 



The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is located in one of Baltimore's newest neighborhoods - the trendy, popular, and continuously expanding Harbor East. It's convenient to shopping, dining, and amazing water views. One of Baltimore's few high-rise hotels, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront has 32 floors and 750 rooms. The hotel offers three different on-site restaurants and lounges for guests to enjoy. Rigano's Bakery and Deli provides light fare or guests can sit and dine for something more substantial and decadent to eat at Grille 700. If the evening calls for a night cap, Kozmo's lounge has you covered with martinis and whatever beverage your night may require.

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You can't stay any closer to Harborplace Gallery mall than at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Its' prime location puts you within walking distance to dining, shopping, and entertainment in downtown Baltimore. The covered sky walk to the mall make provide an added convenience, especially on rainy or high-traffic days where going outdoors to get to local shopping is unnecessary. The Renaissance offers 586 guest rooms and 34 suites long with all the other accouterments Marriott-brand luxury hotels are known for. The hotel also houses its own restaurant, lounge and cafe that both guests and locals have come to enjoy - especially during happy hour.

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Admiral Fell Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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Located at historic Fell's Point, the Admiral Fell Inn is close to many of the areas best attractions. Within a mile, guests can see the Baltimore Zoo, the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and the Baltimore Opera Company. The hotel is close to many unique restaurants, taverns, and shops. The site offers incredible views of the harbor and Fell's Point. Other nearby attractions include the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, Fort McHenry National Monument, the Discovery Children's Museum, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Guest rooms provide four-poster beds, coffee makers, high-speed Internet access, and bathrobes. Guest amenities at the Admiral Fell Inn include two on-site restaurants and an on-site lounge. The facility offers meeting and event space for a variety of functions. The property is said to be haunted, and on certain days, the inn offers ghost tours.

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Pier 5, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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The art deco styling of this cute boutique hotel lends it an elegance to be rivaled by its Inner Harbor neighbors. The hotel is within walking distance from many downtown attractions and activities making it convenient and reasonably priced for its stellar location. The lobby and rooms are contemporary and brightly decorated. Rooms are spacious and many have small balconies overlooking the water. For those looking to stay onsite for activities, the hotel offers a crab dip class during happy hour where craft beers are complimentary. Pier 5 Hotel offers a different kind of stay to travelers looking for something other than the traditional hotel experience.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, an IHG Hotel
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Hotel Monaco is one of Kimpton Hotel's boutique properties. Located on North Charles Street, the hotel is situated in the old B & O railroad office building and is considered one of Baltimore's 4-star hotel hotels. Walking into the hotel, you feel as if you're walking back in time. Rooms are large and prices are fairly reasonable for the location and convenience to the downtown area. The signature Kimpton bath robes can be found in each room for added comfort to your stay. An onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests are also treated to a complimentary evening wine reception.

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The Sheraton Inner Harbor is located on South Charles Street, right across from Harborplace and the action of the Inner Harbor. A perfect location for travelers looking to explore many of Baltimore's main attractions by foot, the hotel is also just a few short blocks away from the MARC train, where travelers can brave public transportation and explore the city as a local. The hotel has been revitalized, specifically floors 14 and 15 have been upgraded. The Sheraton offers 337 guest rooms, meeting spaces, an indoor pool, a bar, gym, as well as an onsite restaurant and great views of the Inner Harbor.

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Conveniently located across the street from the Inner Harbor, the Intercontinental's proximity to local attractions and museums allows travelers the opportunity to explore the city by foot and forget about the hassle of city parking. The hotel offers 195 guest rooms and employs and international mix of staff of whom speak German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Subtle but nice touches such as free WiFi, an in-room Keurig coffee maker, and in and out parking privileges are the kinds of details that guests most appreciate. It's the little things that count for the weary traveler. The rooms are some of the largest that you'll find in the city.

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Located on the waterfront in the Fells Point neighborhood, the Inn is one of Baltimore's registered Historic Landmarks. The Inn at Henderson's Wharf is a peaceful retreat with its 30 rooms each outfitted with its own private bath and view of the gardens, a nice romantic retreat from the more hectic parts of the city. Parking is complimentary and conveniently located just across the street from the hotel. A free breakfast buffet is available to guests in the morning while tea and coffee are available throughout the day. Complementary wine at check-inn is one of the Inn's signature and much-appreciated touches.

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Located by the waterfront, guests at the Courtyard Inner Harbor can easily walk to local restaurants, events and attractions. Its large lobby and bar area provide travelers with a place to unwind without having to leave the hotel. Most rooms are suited with a small fridge as well as other modern amenities that a weary traveler may be looking for. The pool and jacuzzi make another great place to relax and unwind if you're looking for something outside of your room or the bar. There is onsite parking for a daily fee of $25 - you won't be using your car much in this convenient location.

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The Four Seasons is the city's first and only five-star luxury hotel. Located in the trendy and ever-expanding Harbor East, the hotel offers an onsite spa, two restaurants, a premium coffee shop, meeting and banquet space, in addition to a promenade and incredible views of the East Harbor. The hotel offers fourteen different styles of rooms and suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, which open up the living space. The 10,200 square-foot spa features 11 treatment rooms, 2 specialty suites, and 1 VIP suite. Dining at the Four Seasons is just as indulging as its accommodations and amenities, whether you're looking for modern American food or Japanese pub-style fare.

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