Hostels, normally family owned and operated non-hotel budget accommodations, are commonly found in Europe. While America isn’t known for its hostels, travelers to Baltimore can still find a variety of lodging options that don’t include the high-rise hotels and will fit a frugal traveler’s budget. Many of these are bed and breakfasts and are found in the quieter, historical neighborhoods that surround the bustling downtown area and offer home-cooked breakfasts and snacks.
Each Baltimore Bed and Breakfast offers a variety of accommodations. Many have working fireplaces, sitting areas, writing tables, balconies, and private baths in each room. However, depending on the construction of the house, you may have to share a bath with other visitors. A wide range of prices at bed and breakfasts exist depending on the season and the type of room, so be sure you know what your budget is before you make reservations.
Since many of these historical lodging areas have a limited number of rooms it is best to reserve ahead of time. Each room at a Bed and Breakfast often offers a different size bed, view, décor, and accommodations, so be sure to express your lodging needs to ensure your room fits your travelling desires. Owners of bed and breakfasts often post pictures of their rooms on websites so visitors can view and choose which room they would like prior to making reservations.
Below is a listing of Inns and Bed & Breakfasts located in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon, Fell’s Point, Canton, Federal Hill, and various other neighborhoods. Most are within walking distance to the Inner Harbor, but a few are not. Be sure to inquire about the distance to attractions you wish to see and take that into account when choosing your lodging. This is only a starting point as many more non-hotel accommodations are available in Baltimore.
Aunt Rebecca’s Bed and Breakfast
106 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
This Victorian-style brownstone townhouse was built in 1870 and is located in Baltimore’s cultural district of Mount Vernon. Off-street, free parking is provided on-site. The Inner Harbor is a 15-20 minute walk away. The house has three rooms and a variety of hot breakfasts are served daily at 8 a.m.
Celie’s Waterfront Bed and Breakfast
1714 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Celie’s offers visitors harbor, atrium, and garden views from nine rooms. Located in Fell’s Point, it is minutes from Little Italy and the Inner Harbor. The rooms are elegant, quiet, and charming with skylights and many windows. A continental breakfast is served daily.
Inn at 2920
2920 Elliott Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
This upscale bed and breakfast located in Canton features Jacuzzi bathtubs and a delicious, organic, hot breakfast served daily. The rooms offer TVs, VCRs, and high-speed wireless Internet access.
Scarborough Fair Bed and Breakfast
1 E. Montgomery Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Built in 1801, this Federal Hill bed and breakfast offers six rooms with private baths, complimentary beverages any time of day, sweet treats in the afternoon, and breakfast served daily. It is two blocks from the Inner Harbor and welcomes children over age 12.
Mount Vernon Hotel
24 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Located eight blocks from the Inner Harbor in the Mount Vernon cultural district, this inn features 133 rooms with parking, a fitness center, restaurants, and lounge all on-site. The hotel is a historical building that has been renovated.
Holiday Inn – Canton Avenue
1401 Bloomfield Avenue
This 177-room hotel is located outside of Baltimore (four miles to Inner Harbor). Free parking, on-site restaurant, fitness center, and outdoor pool are among the amenities this Holiday Inn has to offer. A microwave and refrigerator are located in each room, perfect for heating up leftovers or for making kids’ meals.
3404 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Located 3.5 miles from the Inner Harbor, this inn offers 25 rooms and is within walking distance to Johns Hopkins University. A complimentary breakfast is served daily featuring fresh baked pastries.