If you take a short drive up to Baltimore (only about 36 miles for me) you’ll find yourself quickly at Fells Point near the Inner Harbor of Baltimore where the Pendry Baltimore Hotel has recently made its debut. This hotel is Camelot’s castle, a crowned jewel, a port of discovery, a world wonder lighthouse for the city of Baltimore.
Fells Point and Recreation Pier both hold a rich place in Baltimore’s history. Fells Point once served as the second largest point of entry into the United States, only surpassed by Ellis Island. Recreation Pier, originally built in 1914, was previously a dance hall and social gathering hub for early 20th century Baltimore immigrants.
There are so many hidden details and museum-worthy pieces purposely placed in an interior wide-full of iron, brick, and timber.
The hotel brings together joint efforts from the Sagamore Development Company, the development enterprise of Under Armour Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Plank. He is a well-traveled global figure who has returned to his hometown to open a trophy case hotel.
There are 128 guest rooms including 21 suites which offer great views of the harbor or the courtyard featuring an oversized “lucky” bronze horse. The guestrooms draw from equestrian and nautical inspiration, utilizing riding blankets, anchors and ocean tide patters, and antiqued brass bridle motifs throughout.
There is over 6,000 square feet of event/meeting space, including a 4,500 square-foot ballroom with a separate red carpet entrance. There is a comfortable fitness area, but an even more so a beautiful infinity ledge pool soon to be a scene-and-be-seen summer hotspot.
The restaurant called Rec Pier is an Italian prime chophouse led by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini. The menu items are large portioned so everything is shareable if you’d like. (About that crab cake though: Request to have the sauce on the side)
There are new and modern water taxis that will soon be offering shuttle service to the Sagamore Distillery. The water taxis will also take you to FX Studios, a state-of-the-art fitness venue at the corporate campus of Under Armour.
Pendry Baltimore Hotel feels special. It is thoughtfully curated to be a welcoming and luxurious anchor for Baltimore so I suggest you take the short trip and see for yourself.