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Curtain - Living room
Curtain - Living room

A guest room boasts a four-poster bed swathed in drapes.

World - Travel
World - Travel

One of Magdalena’s dining rooms sports a Moroccan theme.

The Ivy Hotel - Hotel
The Ivy Hotel - Hotel

The three-story staircase features original millwork.

The Ivy Hotel - Hotel
The Ivy Hotel - Hotel

A view of the new courtyard. © Jennifer Hughes Photography

The Ivy Hotel - Room
The Ivy Hotel - Room

The inviting conservatory.

Charm City Gem

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

Charm City Gem 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.


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