Penn Station, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011, is still Baltimore's main train depot. Just six blocks south of the station lies Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, a National Register Historic District which is home to the Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Peabody Institute School of Music and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In addition to a thriving art scene, Mount Vernon also offers a selection of hotels within a short cab ride or even walking distance from Penn Station.
The Mount Vernon Hotel
The Mount Vernon Hotel, built in 1907, spent more than 50 years of its existence as a YMCA before being converted into a hotel. It offers single and double rooms, some of which are handicap accessible, as well as bi-level lofts. The lobby, which was renovated in 2008, features a grand piano and a cafe which offers buffet-style breakfasts and dinners. Parking is available for a fee in a small garage underneath the hotel, and if you're coming from Penn Station, you'll find that the hotel is 11 blocks away, and may take about 20 minutes to walk.
4 East Madison Inn
4 East Madison Inn, built in 1845, has played host to celebrity guests like Katherine Hepburn, Joe DiMaggio and Eleanor Roosevelt. In its current incarnation it is a small boutique hotel with nine distinctive rooms and suites. Each one has its own special theme, and amenities range from a stained glass window in the Executive Suite to a fireplace and sleigh bed in the Federal Suite. The inn, which was named as one of Baltimore Magazine's best bed and breakfasts for 2010, has an on-site French/Mediterranean restaurant. The distance from Penn Station is seven blocks, a 10 to15 minute walk.
The historic Hotel Brexton was built in 1881 as a private residence, and at one point was home to Wallis Simpson, the future Duchess of Windsor. The building fell into disrepair, but was later purchased and underwent close to $5 million worth of restoration to turn it into the luxury boutique hotel is is today. Its 29 guestrooms contrast the charm of Victorian architecture with modern conveniences such as wireless internet access and wall-mounted 32" television sets. Not only does the hotel provide a complimentary continental breakfast, but also offers afternoon tea, a wine and cheese reception with the manager and even in-room massage service. If you are coming from Penn Station, the hotel is six blocks away.
Peabody Court opened its doors in 1928 as a luxury apartment building, and its elegant Renaissance Revival style is reflected in such details as a six-foot chandelier and a wood-paneled library in the lobby. Guest rooms feature special touches such as French marble tabletops, heated towel warmers and pillow-top mattresses, with triple sheets and turn-down service available. Valet parking is available for a fee, with unlimited in and out privileges 24 hours a day. An on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the cuisine is described as New American with a French influence. The Peabody Court is a GLBT-friendly hotel, and has been listed as a "TAG-approved" accommodation. The hotel is eight blocks away from Penn Station, which is about a 15-minute walk.
- Amtrak: Penn Station
- Baltimore's Mount Vernon Cultural District: Things to Do in Mount Vernon
- "Insiders' Guide to Baltimore"; Mary K. Tilghman; 2008
- Baltimore Magazine: Best Bed & Breakfasts; Martha Thomas; August 2010
- B'more: Hotel Brexton Appoints New GM, Plans to Add Cafe
- Tag Approved 2010: Peabody Court Hotel