Ivy Hotel

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Baltimore's Ivy Hotel Is Estate In A City
Inn's and bed and breakfasts offer travelers individual attention and a buffer from bustle. Boutique hotels create a memorable stay, from decor to dining. Chain properties afford access to local attractions or conference events. The Ivy Hotel, nestled in Baltimore residential Mount Vernon section, has the stately comfort of a Victorian manor, a short drive from the city center or popular Inner Harbor. The sole Relais & Chateaux between New York City's Surrey and Virginia's famed Inn At Little Washington, The Ivy is an ideal stay blending business and pleasure.

Rooms and suites are lushly appointed,- there are 18 in all. A former home to a succession of prominent 19th and 20th century local families, The Ivy's Mansion bar, a den-styled cocktail setting, and Game Room, a library retreat featuring billiards and board games, bring guests together socially, or for quiet down time rare in hotel common spaces. Among the complimentary amenities are afternoon tea, sumptuous breakfast, well stocked refrigerators behind room armoires (juices, sodas, bottled cocktails, coffee and teas, snacks), two in room movies per day, and Wednesday whiskey tastings.

Speaking of taste, breakfast here is nonpareil, from the fluffy eggs to the signature, thick but airy lemon pancakes, which qualify as pastries. Dining options include lobster (when In Maryland...), lamb, and a ravioli dish whose sabors reveal themselves as gradually as characters in a play. The restaurant, Magdalena, is submerged from city street level and shouldered by a courtyard where meals may also be taken. Satisfy a sweet tooth with the Magdalena cake, a chocolate, or a surprising lemon meringue treat. No wonder this is Baltimore's choice for important family anniversaries, birthdays, and Johns Hopkins graduation dining.

The Ivy's concierge and wait staff go to every length to provide attentive service. The house driver may bring you to and from the property. For The Spa, a therapist greets guests at their door and walks them to their treatment (in room therapy is also offered). There are four poster beds, toiletry kits, bedside novels, and the shower knobs allow exact temperature setting- thus avoiding an annoying hotel problem. Housekeeping takes place while a guest is dining, or enjoying breakfast, or timed to their outings. All these touches, in the heart of town. Imagine being hosted at a friend's well-staffed country inn. Now place the inn on a neighborhood street.

The Ivy has all the elements travelers seek in a unique stay, distinguished by convenient locale. For hospitality in harmony with metropolitan life, or the upscale in urban, it cannot be beat.

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