It’s hard to leave Hotel RL Baltimore’s living room-like lobby

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
207 E Redwood St., Baltimore, MD
410-685-2381, redlion.com/baltimore

The Pitch  Housed in the designated-historic Keyser Building, built in 1905, Hotel RL Baltimore is a stylish hotel within easy walking distance to Baltimore’s Inner Harbour and many of the city’s main attractions, but you might find yourself spending more time on property than you anticipate. That’s thanks to the wealth of common space and the open-concept design of the lobby. And I use the term “lobby” loosely. It’s really a coffee shop, workspace, chill-out zone, bar and restaurant all rolled into one. There’s also a games room and bikes available for exploring the city on two wheels. When you are in your room, it’ll be bright and minimalist in design, but still warm and inviting.

What We Love  The unpretentious vibe. This is a hotel that wants its guests to feel at home, evidenced by the free-flowing main floor area, which is much more communal space than traditional lobby. In addition to a long, communal table perfect for anyone who needs to pull out a laptop and work, there’s a uniquely designed tiered seating area complete with large cushions to lean against and outlets for charging devices. It’s the perfect spot to hang out with a book, or catch a performance on the hotel’s “Living Stage” wherein you might see a musician, comedian or poetry reading depending on the night. The free entertainment is a way for locals and visitors to interact, while also allowing guests to get a sense of the city’s arts and culture scene.

Don’t Miss  Having a drink at the hotel’s sleek but welcoming bar. Whether you’re sipping a well-priced glass of chardonnay or a creative, fruit-focused cocktail, the bar makes for a relaxed spot to unwind after a day of exploring Baltimore’s Inner Harbour or taking in an Oriole’s game at nearby Camden Yards. If you want to stay for a meal, the restaurant offers an uncomplicated menu of both sharable dishes and larger entrees that highlight local, seasonal ingredients. 

Rooms start from US$176 per night

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