Motels in Cumberland, Maryland

by Edwin Thomas

A quaint, scenic town nestled in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland, Cumberland offers its visitors what Frommer's described as "an inviting blend of historic inns, modern hotels and motels, and homey B&B lodgings." Visitors might arrive in Cumberland by rail or by road, but in both instances they will find convenient lodgings in the middle of this mountain town.

Location

The railways stations for Amtrak, the tourist-oriented Western Maryland Railroad, the Potomac River and I-64 all come together in Cumberland's small downtown area. Any lodgings in this area will have ready access to both all of the region's major transportation options and to its major tourist attractions. Motels and inns might be found on either side of the Potomac River, however, and for both pedestrians and local car traffic this is best crossed by means of the Baltimore Street or Market Street bridges.

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn

This motel is located four miles west of Cumberland in the neighboring town of LaVale. The core building of the Braddock is a classic motel dating to 1949, framed by more modern wings and situated in a wooded setting. The rooms are appointed in a contemporary fashion, and kept "scrupulously clean" according to Frommer's. While not in Cumberland, the motel runs a shuttle service to that city's Amtrak station and is in a convenient spot for pursuing outdoor activities in the Cumberland and Frostburg area.

Holiday Inn Cumberland

This outpost of the Holiday Inn is housed in a six-story building in the middle of downtown Cumberland, only one block from the Amtrak station and about a 10 minute walk from the Western Maryland Railroad station. Guest rooms are appointed in the comfortable, contemporary fashion one expects from the Holiday Inn chain. The hotel also has an ample range of amenities, such as a swimming pool, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access and an on-site Harrigan's restaurant and bar.

Inn at Walnut Street

Frommer's awarded this bed and breakfast a "Very Highly Recommended" rating, and Fodor's described it as the sort of place to which "guests return again and again." The inn is constructed from a pair of conjoined 19th-century houses, one of which was the childhood home of Ulysses S. Grant's wife, Julia Dent. The rooms reflect those antique origins, and come furnished with period and reproduction furniture. The inn's hospitality includes touches like french toast for breakfast and fresh chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. Located on the western side of the Potomac River, the inn is still only a 10 or 15 minute walk from any point of downtown Cumberland.

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