Baltimore has a personality all its own, one that’s equal parts an eye-popping parade of architectural styles, from loopy Mid-Century Modern to grand Victorian, a gritty industrial heritage, a saucy nautical past, and a dynamic art scene, with a healthy dollop of kitsch and eccentricity thrown in for good measure. It’s a town packed with character and characters. (Think Edgar Allan Poe, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Babe Ruth, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kathie Lee Gifford, Martin Lawrence, Anne Tyler, and John Waters, all former or current residents.)
There’s a reason Baltimore’s nickname is “Charm City.” It’s only natural that the coolest hotels in Baltimore would reflect the city’s multi-layered personality and its multi-faceted charms. Perhaps at times that character is viewed through an art-house lens or reflected in a fun-house mirror, but it’s a personality that cleans up nicely.