The inviting conservatory.
A guest room boasts a four-poster bed swathed in drapes.
One of Magdalena’s dining rooms sports a Moroccan theme.
The three-story staircase features original millwork.
A view of the new courtyard. © Jennifer Hughes Photography
One of Magdalena’s dining rooms sports a Moroccan theme.
The three-story staircase features original millwork.
A view of the new courtyard. © Jennifer Hughes Photography

Charm City Gem

A new boutique hotel breathes fresh life into a Craftsman-era mansion

Housed in a revived home in the Mt. Vernon district, The Ivy Hotel on East Biddle Street ushers an unprecedented level of luxury onto Baltimore’s hospitality scene.

The project transformed a vacant 1889 residence into an 18-room boutique hotel. Two Baltimore firms—Ziger/Snead Architects and Azola Companies—tackled the architecture and construction, respectively, while San Francisco-based Joszi Meskan designed the interiors.

The overhaul respects the building’s architectural legacy. “It was exciting for us to work on a project that’s emblematic of the lifestyle that existed in Mt. Vernon from the mid-1800s,” says architect Jamie Snead.

In her eclectic design of the public spaces, Meskan imagined residents who have spent years traveling to exotic locales and collecting furniture and art on every adventure.

Today, The Ivy lavishes guests with champagne on arrival, afternoon tea and private car service. All guest rooms boast four-poster beds, gas fireplaces and luxe bathrooms with heated limestone floors. “Each room,” says Meskan, “is colorful, unique and filled with joy.”

Meanwhile, chef Mark Levy, most recently of The Point in the Adirondacks, is creating joys of his own in the hotel’s Magdalena restaurant. Room rates start at $475. For more information, call 410-514-6500 or visit theivybaltimore.com.