LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL, BALTIMORE
An immense and stately red brick building, the Lord Baltimore rises 23 floors out of the streets of Baltimore. Established in 1928, the iconic hotel boasts 440 rooms and suites, combining the best of the city’s historical architecture with a modern, private-club aesthetic. Recently reimagined under the loving care of New York designer Scott Sanders, the Rubell Hotel owned Lord Baltimore is ready to romance the city once more. A family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs, Rubell Hotels has taken every inch of the hotel to the next level: from the modern 10,000 square-foot grand Calvert Ballroom to the French Kitchen; the lobby bar offering hand crafted cocktails from local distilleries, to pastry chef Mary Elizabeth Plovanich’s LB Bakery.
A diamond in the iconic grand dame’s necklace, the French Kitchen has taken a modern spin on classic dishes such as Pork Belly with Apple-Jicama Slaw, Coq Au Vin, slow braised duck, and Julia Child’s own favorite: Beef Bourguignon. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends and specialty holiday meals, the French Kitchen’s new contemporary fare pairs splendidly with the famous and elegantly mirrored Versailles Room. Originally built in 1928, the classic landmark has hosted such historical luminaries as Martin Luther King Jr., and now offers an elegantly appointed respite on the dusty road to your next destination, or simply the next best place to staycation at home for a new generation.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, PENTAGON CITY
Immersed in the history surrounding the cities of Arlington and Washington D.C., the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is the perfect place to dip your toes in the luxury comfort the hotel has to offer after a long day meandering Old Town Alexandria and Rosslyn, or Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and Crystal City via the Metro’s Blue and Yellow Line, conveniently located just outside the hotel’s front doors. If you made the mistake (as I have before) in thinking that the Ritz-Carlton simply evokes a high class, five star experience for the businessman or couple travelling alone, rethink your association. Certainly, the hotel has all of that and more to offer its guests: stunning executive suites and signature Asprey bath amenities in every marbled tub.
But the Ritz also offers its vibrant services and amenities to families invested in an elevated travel experience. Bringing delight to the smallest member of your group, Ritz Kids engages your children to interact with their surroundings in a fresh and exciting way. Guided by wonder and playfulness, the program embraces four pillars of discovery: Water, Land, Environmental Responsibility and Culture. With coloring books, kid-friendly menus and even a scavenger hunt or two, rest assured that even the most luxurious hotel experience is perfect for your tiny tots too.
In a region where every facet of daily life is infused with the global community, fyve Restaurant Lounge features seasonally influenced dishes year-round. Highlighting regional specialties, and pairing its contemporary setting with a carefully selected wine list, fyve is the perfect spot for afternoon tea or cocktail classes. Wine down on Fridays (pun absolutely intended) with the hotel’s sommelier, beginning your weekend of exploration or ending that week of business meetings relaxed and ready.