I really fell for Baltimore. It is a quirky, interesting, happening city busting with character. I visited Baltimore thanks to the local tourism authority. When I mentioned that boutique hotels were my thing and that I liked hotels where I clearly knew which city I was staying in they immediately mentioned Hotel Indigo.
Getting to Baltimore and Getting Around
The main airport for Baltimore is BWI which is an international airport. However, there are other options. Penn station has easy connections to New York City, Washington DC and many others. It is also possible to use the main international airport in Washington DC as an entry and exit point but remember it is about 40 miles away so you will need to adjust for time.
Baltimore is quite walkable around the harbour area. Walking from the American Visionary Museum to the National Aquarium, for example, takes only about 15 minutes. However, once you are away from the harbour I used Ubers to get around.
Don’t forget to get take out travel insurance before you go – here are some great deals on travel insurance.
If you are heading to Baltimore to explore I can’t imagine a better location. Hotel Indigo is in the middle of the lovely Mount Vernon neighbourhood (see the next session for more detail). It is relatively easy to walk to the harbour area and extremely easy to uber there. It is almost in the centre of town when it comes to some of the best things to see, do and eat in Baltimore.
Mount Vernon is a fantastic area. It has loads of museums, gardens and historic, well-preserved architecture. It was also once the home of F Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald! The Peabody Institute is a lovely spot nearby – see my post on Instagrammable Baltimore for more nearby photo spots.
And two of my favourite Baltimore coffee shops are in Mount Vernon – Ceremony Coffee and Dooby’s. Dooby’s is also a great spot for Korean food lunch or dinner. Mount Vernon place has a mix of fantastic foodie stalls and a couple of bars for a great meal any time of day. Try Sotto Sopra for Italian or Magdalena for something for upmarket.
My Favourite Bit
As one of those people who work remotely, I loved the big almost living room on the ground floor of Hotel Indigo. It is perfect for getting some work done in a comfortable atmosphere. It would also be a nice place for drinks or to hang out and read a book.
NB if you are working the number of power points was a bit limited so might be worth bringing a power pack with you.
Loved my room! Firstly it was huge. An entranceway, another almost hallway with the bathroom off to the side and then a large room with lovely big windows for natural light. The interiors theme is kind of modern funky with lots of white but fantastic splashes of colour.
The bed was big and oh so comfortable. Excellent thread count on the sheets and the right sort of soft yet firm mattress. The room had a Keurig coffee machine for waking up coffee which I always appreciate. And they have those little things of UHT milk rather than awful powdered milk/whitener.
Good big screen tv with an extensive selection of channels and strong wifi throughout the hotel.
The bathroom is a good size with high-quality fixtures and fittings. A big powerful shower with nice fluffy towels. I was also delighted to see Aveda toiletries – rosemary & mint – some of my favourites!
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The in-house takeaway shop! So often when hotels have a sort of in-house kiosk it only has m&Ms and chips. Not at Hotel Indigo! They had much more gourmet snacks on offer and were heavy on local brands which I always love.
The highlight for me was the locally produced little ice cream tubs that you can take up to your room. I highly recommend the key lime pie. The only problem is that, of course, there is no freezer in the room so you kind of have to eat the whole thing in one sitting!
If you love your coffee don’t miss my post on Coffee Shops Baltimore.
Eating at Poet’s
The restaurant at Hotel Indigo is called Poet’s and is on the ground floor. There is a lovely big bar that is perfect for perching on for a kicking the night off drink.
The restaurant runs all day but I only had time to have lunch there. I enjoyed a fantastic crab and avocado salad which was wonderfully heavy on the crab! Big white chunks of crab galore. Crab is such a highlight of Baltimore. I tried to have some at every meal and I pretty much succeeded!
I also enjoyed the honey drizzled fries. The menu is modern American with a good mix of classics with a foodie twist.
Other things to know
Hotel Indigo has a pet dog, Xander. He has a water bowl and a little home. Alas, I never got to see him but I think I should have tried harder to make this happen. When there he apparently greets guests if in the right mood.
There is a fitness centre and a business centre but I must confess to not having used either!
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Thanks very much to Visit Baltimore for helping me to plan and sponsoring my trip to fabulous Baltimore.
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