Art-Deco Hotel in Downtown Baltimore
Located a short stroll from the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, the Inner Harbor has been a downtown mainstay since the 18th century, when it was among the East Coast's most vital seaports. These days, the revitalized harbor is the site of many of the city's best-loved attractions, including the massive National Aquarium, home to a rooftop rainforest and a collection of marine animals dubbed by Frommer's "one of the best in the country." The stately hotel is also a short drive from another Baltimore landmark—Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was reportedly inspired to write the national anthem.
Period furniture and soft, cornflower-blue accents give the hotel’s guest rooms a distinguished, colonial feel that fits right in with the historic setting. After a good night's sleep, head downstairs to Lord Baltimore Grill for customized omelets. Each day, the grill serves a themed buffet lunch, ranging from Mexican cuisine to soul food such as barbecue chicken and candied sweet potatoes. Bistro 20 West offers a lighter menu, as well as domestic beer and wine, served in a dining room decorated with rich wood furnishings and tropical greenery.
Baltimore, Maryland: World-Class Museums and Historic Waterfront Neighborhoods
Located just south of downtown Baltimore, the Inner Harbor has become one of the city’s best-known landmarks, a historic seaport that was redeveloped into a tourism district in the mid-20th century. You’ll find several museums here, from the National Aquarium—which houses more than 16,500 sea creatures—to the Historic Ships in Baltimore museum featuring the 1854 USS Constellation and the World War II–era USS Torsk submarine. Head up to the Baltimore World Trade Center's 27th-floor observation deck for 360-degree views of the Charm City's skyline, the Inner Harbor, and Chesapeake Bay.
The city is made up of many little neighborhoods, each of which has its own personality. Less than 2 miles from the hotel, Mount Vernon—one of the city’s oldest sections—has been a desirable address since the country’s first monument to George Washington was built there in 1829. Today, the neighborhood’s elegant 19th-century town homes share space with The Walters Art Museum and The Lyric opera house. Back on the waterfront, the cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point—a former sailors’ stopover established by William Fell in 1726—are lined with fashionable restaurants and lively taverns.