When the Recreation Pier was first built in 1914, the impressive brick-faced structure served as a landing point for the thousands of immigrants who made their way to the United States. A century later, the Pier has maintained its welcoming reputation — but now, for locals and tourists alike looking for a luxury stay in Charm City’s famed Fell’s Point neighborhood. The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore seamlessly combines the history of one of America’s most storied cities with the modern elegance that has come to define the brand.
The exterior of the hotel — which has barely changed from its original structure — blends naturally with the surrounding bars, restaurants, and shops that have come to embody the liveliness of Fell’s Point. But immediately upon entry, details emerge that make this property impossible to forget, starting with the lyrics of the “Star Spangled Banner” inscribed in a wrought-iron sculpture (Baltimore, after all, is the birthplace of the American national anthem).
Adjacent to the check-in desk is the Sagamore Pendry’s expansive lobby lounge, which manages to maintain an intimate feel despite its size (aided by the relative low-light of the space). But don’t be fooled — light is at the heart of this hotel, quite literally. Perhaps the most stunning element of this Pendry is the open-air courtyard that serves as the centerpiece of the hotel. Plus, Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero’s enormous bronze horse holds court in a dignified central location.
Once you’ve passed through the courtyard, you’ll be greeted by views of the Pendry’s waterfront patio, complete with an infinity pool that provides unrivaled views of the Baltimore harbor. The poolside bar offers plenty of bites and beverages that can keep you well nourished for a day by the water. And if you’re lucky enough to be at the Pendry for a summer Friday, keep an ear out for a live DJ setting the tone for your weekend from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The 128 rooms of the Pendry — like the rest of the hotel — have been meticulously designed by famed local interior designer Patrick Sutton. Each of the rooms — whether a standard guest room or a suite — is designed to mimic the feeling of sailing in a ship captain’s berth. Rich mahogany cabinetry, nautical brass details, and circular motifs mimicking the windows of a large vessel are present throughout. But don’t worry — whereas ship windows are not particularly adept at letting in the sun, the windows of this Pendry property help flood guest rooms with light.
If you do peel yourself away from the pool or your room, be sure to check out the Pendry’s delectable dining options, in particular the Rec Pier Chop House, headed by James Beard award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini. Find timeless Italian staples infused with Carmellini’s twist: the AC’s Famous Sheep’s Milk Ricotta made unique with the addition of hot honey and fried garlic, or the Linguini Fini featuring jumbo lump crab in a spicy garlic-tomato crema, to name a few. After dinner, head to The Cannon Room. True to its name, you’ll find a cannon under your feet upon entering the speakeasy-esque bar tucked away in a quiet corner of the lobby. The main draw? Local favorite Sagamore Rye, of course, which comes from the spring house of nearby Sagamore Farm.
Whether you’re new to Baltimore or returning to a familiar friend, the timeless charm of the city is perfectly encapsulated by the Sagamore Pendry. And with a killer location, exceptional staff, and excellent amenities, this hotel is one to visit time and time again.
Location: Fells Point, Baltimore, MD
The Vibe: Nautical, historical-themed luxury brought to the 21st century
Food + Drink: Check out the Rec Pier Chop House for dinner, The Cannon Room for drinks, and Pool Bar & Grill for a casual bite throughout the day
Amenities: 24-hour fitness center; restaurants; bars; outdoor swimming pool
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: It’s a toss-up between the enviable indoor-outdoor central courtyard and the speakeasy-esque Cannon Room.
Any personal neighborhood recs?: While not exactly in the neighborhood, it’s worth taking a 20-minute drive to the Oregon Grille situated in a beautifully renovated 19th-century stone farmhouse. It mirrors the vibes set forth by the Sagamore Pendry in an idyllic, romantic setting (and, by the way, great food).
What’s Nearby? Alma Cocina Latina (the best Venezuelan you’ll find in the DMV), Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, Fell’s Point shopping and bar-hopping, Oriole Park
Rooms: 128 rooms
Pricing: Rooms start at $475/night
Closest Airport: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
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