If ever there were a hotel that could single-handedly epitomise the concept of honouring a city’s past while welcoming in a bright and modern future, it is the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. “Charm City,” as the locals call it, Baltimore is one of many American revival cities to gracefully mesh recent gentrification with a rich past.
The Packing Edit
Located in the historic and vibrant neighbourhood of Fells Point, the Pendry was the vision of Under Armour Founder and Maryland native, Kevin Plank, whose company headquarters are located just across the Inner Harbour. It was that point-of-view which led the mogul to re-envision a once derelict Fells Point Recreation Pier and transform it into a luxury hotel.
At the heart of the property is a meticulously landscaped courtyard featuring a towering 12-foot Botero sculpture as its anchor. It also features charming outdoor seating nooks perfect for quiet contemplation or getting some work done remotely. The lush outdoor space empties out onto the hotel’s wowing infinity pool and posh pool cabanas, which overlook the city’s harbour. With a low-key, seen-and-be-seen vibe, you’ll find some of Baltimore’s coolest young professionals sipping signature cocktails whilst enjoying the city water views.
Another homage to yesteryear comes with the interior design of the hotel’s collection of 128 guest rooms and suites which was executed with an eye for Baltimore’s historical sensibility, with a modern and sophisticated twist. Think: warm woods juxtaposed against sleek finishings, plush textiles, and curated art. Most rooms are larger than your average luxe property and, most importantly, are extremely comfortable. A multi-purpose long marble coffee bar/office desk serves you well during your stay. If you have the option, choose a water-view room for picture-perfect views of the Inner Harbour and city.
The Little Extras
While there’s no on-site spa here, you will find a well-equipped, 24-hour fitness centre and the ability for the hotel to book you a treatment at The Healing Path Massages + Wellness, located about a block away – some services are available in-room. Turn-down and special occasions come with a sweet plate of treats like artisan chocolates and mini macaroons. Wash things down with a petite bottle of MOËT from the vending machine in the storied courtyard. Should you need an extra jolt to get you going, simply visit the hotel’s fully stocked coffee cart in the lobby.
The Food + Drink
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Rec Pier Chop, introduced award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini to Baltimore with a menu devoted to simply delicious Italian fare in a modern-meets cosy backdrop.
Take in more of this city’s famous charm at the Pendry’s classic American whisky bar, called The Canon Room, which actually houses centuries-old cannons under its floor. Perched beneath the bar and viewable via glass floor windows, the cannons are a reminder of the area’s great past, and well, quite frankly are just cool to gawk at while drinking small-batch bourbon, rye, or whisky.
The To-Do List
Solidifying its place in American History in 1814 when the British attacked Fort McHenry for 25 hours without a surrender, Baltimore is a place of legends. In fact, you can visit the Fort which also inspired Francis Scott Key’s poem The Star Spangled Banner (which became America’s national anthem) after Key saw the American flag still flying high after the attack.
Historic sites, museums, and incredible dining can keep you busy for days. Take in the magnificent art at the Walters Collection and Baltimore Museum of Art—the latter’s progressive programming includes their security guards curation of an exhibition to launch in the Spring of 2022. The Inner Harbor’s historic ships are a must as is the area’s National Aquarium. In the picturesque Mount Vernon neighbourhood, visit the Washington Monument in all it’s towering glory and step back in time at the George Peabody Library; quite frankly the most visually stunning library in the entire country. Other must-see hoods to add to your list: Little Italy and hip Hamden.