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The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore

by Sheryl Nance-Nash
Guest room at The Ivy Hotel
Guest room at The Ivy Hotel / Courtesy of The Ivy Hotel
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Tea room at The Ivy Hotel
Tea room at The Ivy Hotel / Courtesy of The Ivy Hotel
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The Ivy Hotel exterior
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Bathroom at The Ivy Hotel
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It’s not often that you open your hotel suite and think twice about rushing off to explore the city. But you will at The Ivy Hotel. Here, the rooms are a destination —they are elegant with a gas fireplace, canopied beds, and carefully curated furniture — a blend of old and new. It’s a place fit for royalty and one with a regal past. This 19th-century restored mansion in the Mount Vernon historic district downtown became The Ivy in 2015, but was once the private home of banker and industrialist John Gilman, as well as inventor William Painter and his wife Harriet. The Ivy was where Baltimore’s business leaders and glitterati gathered for galas and events. 

What You Need to Know

The Look

Interior designer Joszi Meskan created an eclectic, sophisticated, and global aesthetic within the property. Here, guests are enveloped in history, walking through a time when sophisticated elegance reigned supreme. The artwork is incredible and the décor is stately, but not stuffy. There are colorful ceilings in two of the hotel’s powder rooms constructed of panels carved and painted by an artist in Morocco. The Ivy’s design is inspired by the building’s original innate charm, as well as modern touches and amenities; each room is different. 

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The Vibe

The work of local artists and artisans are featured in the mural walls and elsewhere throughout the hotel. You feel comfortable amid the elegance, and much of that comes from the attentive staff that fusses over you, making sure that no need goes unmet. Make yourself a drink at the Mansion Bar, relax in the garden, play a game of pool, select a book from the library, and cozy up to a fireplace in your room. 

Who Will Love It

The Ivy is ideal for business travelers, couples seeking a romantic retreat, or families — especially those who want to bring along their pet. Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome for an additional fee of $50 per night. This fee includes a dog bed, personalized dog bowl, treats, snacks, and waste bags. Additionally, the hotel can personalize an itinerary for families by providing guidance on attractions, arranging babysitting, and offering a selection of toys, books, and special activities. The property also has rollaway beds and cribs. History buffs will be chuffed being so centrally located to historic sites like the Washington Monument and eye-catching 19th-century architecture.

Who Might Not

If you’re looking for a quiet, remote setting, this is not the place for you. The Ivy is in downtown and close to the action. Those who aren’t keen on canines might not be charmed by pups on the premises.

Best Amenity

Every day from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.,  you can enjoy afternoon tea service. Choose from a curated selection of teas from Rare Tea Cellars, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats. 

Money Matters

What’s Included

The nightly rate includes breakfast, unlimited access to the Mansion Bar, afternoon tea service, valet parking, in-room minibar snacks, concierge assistance, plush robe and slippers, fitness center, two in-room movies, and car service within three miles of the hotel.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

Dinner at Magdalena (the restaurant is not open for lunch and but is open to all hotel guests for  breakfast). Treatments and services at the Spa at The Ivy are offered to guests at extra charges. Non-hotel guests are also welcome to book dinner and spa reservations. As mentioned before, there is a charge of $50 per night to bring a dog (must be under 25 pounds)

How to Get a Deal

Check out the hotel’s website offers page

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

Mount Vernon is the cultural epicenter of Baltimore. You’ll find plenty in the way of arts, dining and nightlife. The Ivy is in close proximity to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall where the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs, the Walters Art Museum, the George Peabody Library, the Maryland Historical Society, and restaurants like the ever-popular Ida B’s Table, which pays homage to journalist and abolitionist Ida B. Wells. 

Nearest Airport

BWI Marshall Airport is about a 30-minute taxi ride to the hotel. Guests who arrive via Amtrak can arrange for a complimentary pickup from Baltimore Penn Station, which is five minutes away.

The Bottom Line

You will feel at home in this grand, warm and cozy property. Because it quickly feels familiar, you might find yourself leaving with mixed emotions — happy for the time you had there, sorry to say goodbye.

It's All in the Details