Baltimore is not a cheap city, but it can be inexpensive for the budget-savvy traveler. We’ve curated a list of hotels that have everything you need for a fulfilling trip to the largest city in Maryland without draining your savings. All hotels are bookable with Culture Trip.
Discounted museum tickets, great dining specials and free walks around the harbor are among the many affordable activities you can look forward to in Charm City. And, when it comes to where to stay, worry not about your wallet – we’ve got you covered.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
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Delta Hotels by Marriott puts you at the gateway to the Inner Harbor without costing an arm and a leg – which is convenient because you’ll want all limbs available to work off that extra order of Maryland crab cakes in their 24-hour fitness center. Explore the city without the expensive cab fare: around the corner of the hotel is the Charles Center Station, so you can head all the way up to Maryland Zoo and beyond for only a few dollars.
Vacationing with the whole family is made painless with a little help from Hotel RL. Just a few blocks from both the National Aquarium and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, your little ones’ little legs won’t get too tired getting about. If you do find yourself with a case of the “carry me”s, consider an afternoon of family fun in the hotel game room, or even just taking the kids back for 40-winks in your serenely stylish room.
Passing through the area on an East Coast road trip? This Hampton Inn & Suites right off of Interstate 695 is only 12mi (19km) from downtown Baltimore, so you can take a detour into the city without going too far off course. End a long day of driving with a swim in the indoor pool, and begin the next day with a free hot breakfast and a quick trip into Baltimore city center before you get back on the road to your destination.
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As you stare out of the oversized windows of your king suite, you’ll wonder how you’ll be able to get all of your work done and still have time to eat your way around the harbor. Fear not – Tru By Hilton is here to help you out. Semi-private work pods and free coffee in the lobby will keep you fueled up and focused. Punch the clock at 5 on the dot and let the concierge direct you to the best crab cakes and blue crab within a few blocks of your room.
Ironically, one of the best budget-friendly hotels in the Inner Harbor is located inside the century-old Chamber of Commerce Building. All rooms in Staybridge Suites include fully equipped kitchens, which should help you save a few bucks by eating in instead of dining out. Book your stay over a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can save again with the complimentary drinks and snacks at the evening lobby reception.
Make the most of your Baltimore vacation (and budget) at La Quinta Inn & Suites, just north of the city. A quick scoot on Interstate 95 will put you in the heart of downtown in under 30 minutes. Spend a lazy summer day in the outdoor pool, or stock up on road snacks from the on-site sundries mart and make the quick 90-minute drive up to Philadelphia so you can complete your greatest-hits East Coast trip with crab cakes and cheesesteaks.
Experience the best of Baltimore with an extended stay at Candlewood Suites. The fully equipped kitchen in your suite comes into its own with the Lending Locker and Candlewood Cupboard in the lobby providing many essentials, such as snacks and kitchenware, free of charge. Just a few blocks from the Inner Harbour, catch a midday Orioles game at Camden Yards before heading to the Babe Ruth Museum to learn more about the legendary local.
Blown most of your travel budget on end zone tickets for a Raven’s game? Don’t worry, you can save a buck or two at the Radisson, with its competitive rates for a downtown hotel. Shave off a little more by opting for a room-only rate, and grabbing breakfast at any of the budget-friendly cafes in the area. Either way, you’ll feel you’ve bagged a bargain when it comes to the million-dollar skyline views from the higher floors.
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Modern conveniences, such as built-in USB ports on the headboards and at the ergonomic workstations in the suites, make the Crowne Plaza a no-brainer for business travelers or, for that matter, history buffs. Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place is a mile away as the raven flies. And if you’re awakened from an afternoon nap by a tapping, as if someone were gently rapping at your guest room door, don’t be too concerned; it’s probably just housekeeping…
Close to Baltimore city center, yet less than an hour’s drive from Washington DC, Sonesta ES Suites is a convenient lily pad for both work-related layovers and culture-keen weekenders. You’ll find plenty of open work spaces to fire off a few emails before throwing up the out-of-office message and heading into the city. Leave your car parked in Tide Point to beat city traffic, and hop the ferry to Maritime Park for Inner Harbor hangouts or Canton Park for amazing views of Fort McHenry.