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Baltimore’s Luxurious Locales

Treat yourself to cushy accommodations, top tier spa treatments, extravagant shopping sprees and decadent dinners on your next trip to Charm City.

Travel serves many purposes in our lives. Sometimes it’s for sightseeing and exploring new terrains, other times it’s for business and sometimes, we just want to get away, unwind and treat ourselves. No packed agendas, no crowded attractions and absolutely no checking emails.

Trust us – we get it. Here in Baltimore, we know a thing or two about indulgences, as seen in our luxurious five-star accommodations, award-winning restaurants, serene spas and upscale shopping. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite ways to pamper ourselves in Charm City.

And if you don’t want your entire trip to be a splurge, we have plenty of budget-friendly options as well!

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Sleep in Style at a Luxury Hotel in Baltimore

With plushy bedding and sweeping views, you're guaranteed to get your beauty sleep at these Baltimore hotels.

The Ivy Hotel

Located in the charming Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy is a historic mansion inn with 18 ornately decorated suites. In terms of aesthetic, no two rooms are the same, but each one is full of luxurious amenities such as dreamy 400-count sheets, fireplaces and heated bathroom floors. Your reservation grants you an abundance of complimentary services, including daily chef-made breakfasts, afternoon tea, nightly turndown services, a private car service and more. For an extra fee, treat yourself to an afternoon spent at The Ivy’s on-site spa, which offers massages, body rituals and facials. Need a break ASAP? Book the hotel’s “Weekday Wellness” package; it’s designed for those with fast-paced lifestyles and includes a one-night weekday stay, a 60-minute massage targeting the muscles employed in frequent technology use, bath salts, an in-room supply of kombucha and other light snacks, and a full gourmet breakfast.

Ivy Hotel guest room

Relax in one of the plush beds at the Ivy Hotel. Each room has its own unique design.

 

Sagamore Pendry Hotel

If you feel instantly more relaxed around water, we suggest a stay at the Sagamore Pendry in Fell’s Point. This storied 1914 property on Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier—which once welcomed thousands of immigrants to the United States—has been transformed into a grand romantic hotel that honors a bygone era while meeting its guests’ modern needs. Along with sweeping views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Pendry boasts an artfully designed courtyard, 24-hour fitness center, a stunning waterfront pool, a whiskey bar featuring Sagamore Rye and an Italian chophouse helmed by acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. On select Saturdays, Sagamore Pendry hosts “Wake Up to Wellness” sessions in which participants enjoy a curated outdoor group fitness experience before refueling with a healthy brunch buffet.

Unwind in the Sagamore Pendry’s scenic courtyard, which features cushy seating, fireplaces and lofty glass ceilings.

Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco

In the ornate 1906 Beaux-Arts building that once served as the B&O Railroad headquarters now sits the beautiful Kimpton Hotel Monaco, a tranquil respite from Baltimore’s busy downtown. The award-winning hotel boasts an array of amenities designed to help you de-stress and escape everyday life, including in-room yoga mats, free PUBLIC bikes, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary coffee and tea services, a partnership with online therapy company Talkspace and a nightly wine hour. Plus, you can enjoy professional spa services – from aromatherapy to calming facials to body treatments – from the comfort and privacy of your room. Their “Suite Special” offer comes with $50 off a luxury spa suite, a sweet treat delivered to your room and a 10% discount at the on-site B&O American Brasserie.

Spend the Day at the Spa

Unwind and unplug while getting the royal treatment from Baltimore's top spas.

The Four Seasons

While the Four Seasons in Harbor East is another excellent choice for a luxurious place to stay, the hotel’s spa is an attraction on its own. There’s a reason it’s been recognized as one of the top Spa Hotels in Maryland by U.S. News & World Report: the 10,000 square feet facility has 11 treatment rooms with advanced medical-grade technologies (including no-touch therapies) to help rejuvenate your body and mind. Other wellness services include reiki, chakra balancing, sound healing and personal training.

The QG

The QG spa offers the usual suite of facials and massages, but if you’d like something extra, try the HydraFacial, a cutting-edge technique that promises results in just thirty minutes. On the fourth floor of the downtown building is Four One Oh Salon, a spot designed to serve The QG’s female clientele with hair cutting and styling services.

Art of Balance Wellness Spa

Run by two doctors, Art of Balance aims to help you achieve full-body wellness. The spa, located at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Federal Hill, offers massages, facials and aroma therapy, as well as health and wellness treatments, therapies and coaching. Plus, choose from an array of non-surgical cosmetic procedures for aesthetic wellness.

The Well: Community Acupuncture & Wellness

The Well is a calm retreat in the heart of Baltimore’s bustling Federal Hill neighborhood. This full-service wellness center specializes in acupuncture, shiatsu, group meditation, reiki, nutrition and massage therapy.

Spoil Yourself with a Shopping Spree

Splurge on a wardrobe refresh from one of these posh boutique districts.

Harbor East

A trendy extension of its neighbor, the Inner Harbor, this developing upscale neighborhood continues to evolve as a luxurious destination with plenty of boutique shopping options. Along Aliceanna and S. Exeter Streets, you’ll find local and national brands Anthropologie, Curiosity, Free People, Lululemon, Sassanova and South Moon Under. Pick out a bottle of vino to go with dinner at Bin 604 Wine Sellers, and end your day with a jazz show at Keystone Korner.

Harbor East Statue

The Katyn Memorial in the center of Harbor East honors the victims of the 1940 Polish massacre.

Hampden

Erica Bentley of Keepers Vintage

At Keepers Vintage, founder Erica Bentley offers a selection of vintage clothing and accessories alongside sustainable lifestyle items.

Don’t let the zany exteriors and colorful sidewalks fool you: Hampden houses tons of rare vintage fashions and antique furnishings. On your way into the neighborhood, swing by Hunting Ground, located in an old converted church on Falls Road. There, owners Jenna Hattenburg and Jess Soulen mix in a highly curated selection of stylish vintage clothing finds with small, independent brands. When finished, hop over to The Avenue (aka 36th Street), where a slew of vintage shops await, including Balto, WhatNots, Keepers Vintage, Charlotte Elliott & The Bookstore Next Door and Milk & Ice Vintage. Continue down the street to nearby Doubledutch Boutique, which sells modern designs with a retro flair alongside a selection of vintage goods.

Fell’s Point

Shops in Fells Point, Baltimore.

With cobblestone streets and scenic waterfront views, Fell’s Point makes a stunning shopping destination.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Baltimore, Fell’s Point marries historic charm with upscale dining and retail destinations. Standouts include Hats in the Belfry and Katwalk, both of which have been providing high quality, one-of-a-kind fashions to Baltimoreans since 1997. On Broadway Street, you’ll find clothing boutiques Poppy & Stella and Brightside, whose robust selection of brands are curated to make women feel confident and beautiful. While you’re out, stop by Sacre Sucre and treat yourself to mouthwatering macarons, marshmallows, viennoiseries and more. Be warned: everything looks so pretty, it’ll be hard to pick just one pastry.

Indulge in a Decadent Dinner & Drinks

Treat your taste buds to a meal from one of Baltimore's most exclusive eateries.

Charleston

Charleston menu item

Charleston’s Chef Cindy Wolf has been nominated for the James Beard Award several times, so you know you’re in for a delicious meal!

Inventive cuisine crafted by frequent James Beard Award nominee Cindy Wolf has made this upscale Harbor East restaurant a beloved favorite since it opened in the late 1990s, and for good reason. Wolf’s menus deftly combine classic French techniques with the comforting cooking of South Carolina. Charleston’s dishes feature acclaimed plates like black truffle risotto, pan-seared foie gras, cornmeal-fried oysters and slow-roasted pork belly. For an unbeatable private dining experience, request to be seated in the Wine Library.

The Prime Rib

At The Prime Rib’s flagship restaurant in Mount Vernon, luxury is on the menu. Inspired by the founders’ love for 1940s glamour, the restaurant boasts rich leather seating, tuxedoed waitstaff, a complimentary valet and nightly live musicians. The steaks and seafood, too, are second to none – they’ve been lauded by Food & Wine, the National Restaurant Association and Zagat. You’re guaranteed a perfectly roasted prime rib, chilled oysters and an expertly shaken (or stirred) martini every time.

Petit Louis Bistro

A little piece of Paris imported into Roland Park, this charming bistro has been a local favorite for more than two decades. Voted the best restaurant in the city by Baltimore magazine in 2020, Petit Louis Bistro’s menu includes fresh takes on classic French dishes like duck leg confit, croque-monsieur and grilled lamb steak. And we’d be remiss not to mention the desserts – creme brûlée, lemon tart, profiteroles, chocolate mousse and more – all of which have been expertly paired with wines by the on-site sommelier.

Ouzo Bay

Restaurant entrance with blue lighting

Ouzo Bay’s low blue lighting makes for a relaxing dining atmosphere.

Ouzo Bay focuses on Greek cuisine, combining classic dishes such as lamb keftedes, spanakopita and hummus with fresh seafood that’s flown in daily (we’ve heard that the Bronzino comes straight from Patras). The signature blue lighting throughout the restaurant establishes an upscale, relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find one of the most extensive ouzo selections on the East Coast. And don’t miss Ouzo Beach, an extension of the restaurant just steps from the front door, complete with a courtyard and outdoor bar.

Monarque

Located in Harbor East, Monarque employs opulent furnishings, romantic cocktails and lively performances to transport you to 1920s France. Often referred to as the age of prosperity, the era exploded with artistry and extravagance was very much in fashion. The inspiration is evident in the restaurant’s art deco design, which includes studded cabaret-style chairs, circular gold light fixtures and exposed brick walls. Think a more modern, tastier version of Paris’s Moulin Rouge, courtesy of Chef Marc Hennessy’s innovative interpretations of classic French dishes, an impressive 500 label wine list and rotating schedule of performers including burlesque dancers, poets, jazz singers and circus acts.

The Elk Room

Ranked as one of Esquire’s best bars in the country in 2018, this Harbor East speakeasy offers up stellar cocktails in a chic, intimate space inspired by the 1920s. At the Elk Room, the guest list is capped at 50 and flash photography is prohibited to play up the secretive vibe. The drink menu is lined with original concoctions, such as a drink titled after jazz great Thelonious Monk’s “Misterioso” made with Amaro Montenegro, limoncello, locally made cold brew, cardamom, pistachio syrup, rose water, egg and cream.

Five customers enjoy drinks on couches and chairs underneath a chandelier at the Elk Room in Baltimore.

The Elk Room provides an intimate space for a late night cocktail or live entertainment.

Bonus: Level-Up Your Sightseeing

Explore Charm City in style via ship or helicopter.

Charm City Helicopters

If you’re interested in taking in the Baltimore sights, there’s no better way than a birds-eye view aboard a private chopper. Charm City Helicopters will take you around the Inner Harbor and its neighboring communities, giving you a bird’s eye view of the action below. Booking is available all-year round with special seasonal options, including the City Lights Tour, Fall Foliage Package or Christmas Light Package.

Yacht Charters on the Bay

Of course, while you’re in Baltimore, you’ll likely want to spend some time on the Chesapeake Bay. From an iconic riverboat to luxurious yachts, Yacht Charters on the Bay by Watermark has 13 U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessels with varying amenities, including air conditioning, event spaces, alcohol services and an on-board crab feast.

Visit Baltimore Merch

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