It’s a stone’s throw from the Baltimore City Detention Center, but residents (and developers, no doubt) hope The Ivy Hotel will mark a change in perception for a city known more for its crime rate than its luxury tourism.
And so far, optimism is high.
“Everyone might not recognize it, but we think Baltimore is ready for for this,” David Garrett, the hotel’s managing director, told The Baltimore Sun. “We think this will be one of the finest urban hotels in the country.”
Positioned as a “boutique urban resort,” the 18-room hotel — converted from a historic mansion — is still under development in midtown Belvedere with an expected opening date in June. Aside from extensive renovations to the building itself, the $18 million project will also feature a modern American restaurant called Magdalena and spa services for guests.
With rates ranging from $475 to $1,475 per night, The Ivy Hotel will be one of the most expensive in Baltimore, but it may be just what “The City of Firsts” needs.
Featured image: Baltimore Inn Harbor by Kathleen Tyler Conklin.