BALTIMORE—The Lord Baltimore Hotel, one of the crowning architectural jewels of Baltimore, Md., when it was built in 1928, has been restored by Rubell Hotels through a complete transformation. The grand French Renaissance landmark features 23 stories comprised of 440 guestrooms and suites, more than 20,000 square feet of event space, several dining and lounging spaces, one of the city’s only rooftop event spaces, and more. The landmark hotel is included in the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
Rubell Hotels, a family-owned business well known for transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs, acquired the property in March 2013. Interior designer Scott Sanders, formerly the lead interior designer at Ralph Lauren, who specializes in distinctive residential and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, spearheaded the design, which typifies his New American style.
Upon entering the grand lobby, guests feel as if they are in a social living room, complete with a massive gold Murano glass chandelier, towering glossy white columns, and intimate groupings of mid-century inspired lounge seating. Complimentary high-speed internet is available throughout the hotel as are 50-inch high-definition televisions with 60 HD channels. The LB Tavern, just off of the lobby, is a communal gathering space where guests can enjoy cocktails in a library-like setting. Seven large, multi-colored Candida Hofer photographs of libraries of the world, on loan from the Rubell Family Collection’s museum in Miami, are featured throughout this space, and additional lounge seating gives this corner of the hotel a chic and sophisticated atmosphere.
The guestrooms and suites feature dark wood tones with clean lines, contemporary art, velvet drapes, and plush mattresses. Four penthouses overlook the Lord Baltimore’s two rooftop areas, which feature a panoramic view of downtown Baltimore. The rooftop gardens and penthouses are available for private events.
The Lord Baltimore’s updated Calvert Ballroom highlights the space’s original scenic murals, crystal Baccarat chandeliers, and six balconies, which are symbolic of the six Lords Baltimore.
Dining options include French Kitchen, which offers classic French fare in contemporary preparations, and LB Bakery, a contemporary take on a small-town American coffeehouse, featuring housemade breads, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.
Art exhibitions are planned throughout the public spaces and will highlight local, national, and global artwork. Additionally, the hotel will feature a signature gift shop, SideShow, an outpost of the American Visionary Art Museum’s museum shop.