Hotels That Offer "Park & Cruise" in Baltimore, Maryland

by Jane Ellis, Demand Media

    More than 90 cruise ships each year leave the historic Port of Baltimore in Maryland for various destinations, including Bermuda, the eastern Caribbean and New England. Hotels in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and downtown areas are only about 10 minutes from the Port of Baltimore. If you are driving into Baltimore to board a cruise ship and need to spend the night, book accommodations that will also let you park your car free for the duration of your cruise.

    Fells Point

    The Admiral Fell Inn, a registered Historic Hotel of America, is in the waterfront neighborhood known as Fells Point, which was itself designated in 1969 as the first National Historic District in Maryland. This area's cobblestone streets and quaint brick buildings -- which are some of the oldest in Baltimore -- are right across the harbor from the attraction-filled Inner Harbor area. Check into one of the Admiral Fell Inn’s 80 rooms before or after your cruise. The hotel’s cruise package includes up to eight days of valet parking, a shuttle to and from the port, and breakfast. You will be charged at the prevailing rate for any additional days of parking.

    Near Interstate 95

    If you are traveling on Interstate 95 to get to Baltimore for your cruise and want to stay near the interstate, choose a hotel like the Best Western Hotel & Conference Center. If you book the Park & Cruise package, you will get free parking for the duration of your cruise and and shuttle service to and from the port. This 12-floor, 175-room hotel is only three miles from the Port of Baltimore.

    Near Baltimore Airport

    Choose a hotel near Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport if other cruisers in your party will be flying into the Baltimore area. The five-floor,129-room Wingate by Wyndham BWI Airport Hotel not only has a shuttle that can pick up those flying in, but can also take your entire party to the port for your cruise departure. Additionally, if you ask for the Park & Cruise package, you can leave your car for up to 10 days for free and enjoy complimentary breakfasts during your stay.

    Downtown Baltimore

    The all-suite Tremont Plaza Hotel offers a Suite Sailing Cruise Package, which includes a deluxe suite, breakfast for two people in its restaurant and free valet parking during your cruise. The 303-suite Tremont Plaza will also transport guests to and from the Port of Baltimore. The Tremont is within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and its many restaurants and attractions, such as the National Aquarium. The Tremont's suites offer kitchenettes with microwaves, toasters and small refrigerators.

    About the Author

    Jane Ellis has been a freelance writer and editor since 1984, including stints at "4Wheel & Off-Road" and "Car Craft" magazines. Her writing appears in "Baby Talk" magazine and eHow. Ellis has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Dominguez Hills.