The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Headquarters, built in 1906, stood as a testament to the City’s forward thinking attitude and spirited communities. Now, more than 100 years later, the original B&O Headquarters has been elegantly refurbished into Baltimore’s first Kimpton luxury boutique hotel, the Monaco Baltimore. In addition to the creative amenities that travelers have come to expect from Kimpton Hotels (ask them about a goldfish), the location puts guests in the middle of the excitement a few blocks away from some of Baltimore’s biggest attractions like the Inner Harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mount Vernon, and 1st Mariner Arena.
Looking for a fine dining experience? Connected to the grand lobby of the hotel is one of Baltimore’s hottest spots for seasonal American cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails, B&O American Brasserie. Drawing from the rich history of American railroading, the restaurant recreates the luxury of B&O dining cars, like The York, to perfectly meld time-honored style and substance, so much so that Chef Thomas Dunklin and his team were recently named one of “Baltimore’s Best Restaurants” according to Baltimore Magazine.
The space also hosts many events, notably Kimpton’s “Living Red Ribbon” Kick-off Happy Hour November 30, 2011, where local residents, Baltimore dignitaries and area non-profit supporters will gather for an “official” kick-off party on the eve of World AIDS Day to garner support and awareness of “B’More Aware of HIV: The Living Red Ribbon.”
For 2011, Condé Nast Traveler magazine honored Monaco Baltimore as one of the few recipients of the coveted “Best in the World” designation. We sat down with John Tiffey, Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel to learn more about that honor and what makes the Monaco Baltimore a shining example of Kimpton’s dedication to customer service and quality.
John: The goal of the Kimpton and Monaco brands is to offer a memorable stay for all of our guests which is unique and personalized as compared to the larger hotels. We want all of our guests to leave with a great experience and a great memory.
VB: What makes Baltimore an appealing travel destination?
John: There is so much history and culture here. There are great neighborhoods and such great diversity for business and leisure travelers as well as convention groups to have everything they need within such a close proximity. This hotel really adds to the great hotel community that’s already here.
VB: Are there events coming up for the holidays that visitors should know about?
John: On Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011, Kimpton will launch a 72-Hour Sale, offering suites and specialty rooms for the price of a standard guestroom. We will also bring back Santa Paws Saturday December 10th from 2pm-4pm where dog and cat owners are invited to bring their pets for a picture with Santa Clause and enjoy tasty holiday pet treats with hot cider for the owners. For New Years Eve, the B&O American Brasserie will host “Black Tie and Bubbles” with three and five course dinners to choose from over three separate seatings (reservations open December 1.)
Want to know more about Monaco Baltimore? Visit their website and pages below for more information regarding packages, events, and reservations.
2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Neighborhood: DowntownSource: monaco-baltimore.com