Traveling can get expensive in a hurry, but you don’t have to break the bank to visit Baltimore. One of the best ways to keep your travel costs in bounds is to pick a budget hotel. Fortunately, in Baltimore, “budget” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort or convenience. The city boasts plenty of hotels located in prime entertainment, activity and business hubs such as the Inner Harbor for less than $100 per night.
Many of these inexpensive options belong to brand name chains, allowing visitors to redeem rewards and bonus points for an even more affordable stay. A large majority also offer free breakfasts, fitness centers, responsive staff and other amenities guaranteed to make visitors’ stays comfortable and stress-free.
When choosing a budget hotel, experts advise that visitors not rely on cost alone. Location is also crucial, since hotels located near the primary sites or attractions visitors have come to see can save them time, hassle and transit expenses.
6. Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown – Inner Harbor
Comfortable and stylish, the Radisson offers rooms for around $80 per night. Located within walking distance of the Convention Center and Inner Harbor Marina, the hotel is also conveniently located near several of the city’s most popular restaurants and is only 20 minutes from the BWI airport.
Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, an on-site gym and laundry services. As an added bonus, the hotel is pet friendly.
A breakfast buffet is available to guests from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays and until 11 a.m. on weekends for a modest fee.
5. The Brookshire Suites Inner Harbor
Perfect for visitors who want to stay right in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Brookshire has clean, affordable rooms in the $80 per night range. This pet-friendly hotel offers free breakfast for guests, which is a great time and money saver for busy tourists and business travelers alike. It also has a small store on site where travelers can pick up odds and ends they may have forgotten or treats and snacks for after-hours cravings.
Its airport shuttle and valet parking services are popular, as are the on-site restaurant, bar and gym. Visitors will want to verify their Wi-Fi access when booking, however, because while free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the hotel it typically costs $10 a night to access in guest rooms.
4. The Lord Baltimore Hotel
The Lord Baltimore is the budget hotel for travelers who don’t want to feel like they’re at a budget hotel. With a historic outer facade and a stunningly elegant lobby, this hotel looks like it should cost far more than the approximately $75 a night it typically charges.
The hotel is only a five minute walk from the Baltimore Convention Center and the Inner Harbor Marina. Additionally, popular restaurants including the B&O American Brasserie and the Water Street Tavern are just around the corner.
Wi-Fi is free in all rooms and most public areas, and the hotel boasts:
- A 24-hour fitness center.
- Laundry facilities.
- An on-site snack bar and deli.
- In-room refrigerators.
- Ticket and tour assistance.
- Complimentary tea and coffee available in common areas.
A buffet breakfast is also available on weekends only for a fee.
3. Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
At just under $80 per night, Hotel RL gets rave reviews for its cleanliness and accommodating staff. With airy, sunlit public spaces set with leather club chairs and giant windows, it feels expensive and expansive, a perfect place to relax after a day out on the town.
The hotel has all the standard amenities including:
- A gym.
- On-site parking.
- Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas.
- Laundry facilities.
It’s also pet friendly, making it a great option for people traveling with pets who want to be close to the city’s major attractions.
The hotel does not offer weekday breakfast and weekend breakfast options are made-to-order for a fee, but it does have an array of family-friendly amenities that more than make up for this loss. In addition to the 24-hour fitness center, it boasts an arcade and game room and free bicycle rentals for guests.
2. Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor
While the rooms at the Plaza are a little plain, there is simply no beating its price or its location. For as little as $60 a night, guests can stay in the heart of the Inner Harbor just steps away from public transit stops, amazing shopping, several museums, the National Aquarium, the Zoo, Oriole Park and the M&T Bank Stadium.
Walking distance from the Convention Center and the Marina, this hotel is just an easy 10 minute stroll from Power Plant Live! and Baltimore’s Historic Ships attraction. It’s also conveniently close to popular restaurants such as Jazbar and Alewife.
There’s a free buffet breakfast every morning and free coffee and tea all day in the lobby. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and public areas, and the clean, comfortable rooms offer LED televisions, coffee and tea makers, hair dryers and other fine touches.
1. Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
At around $75 a night, Fairfield Inn & Suites puts visitors in the heart of the Inner Harbor’s action. Its spacious suites are perfect for business travelers and families alike, and it’s located a mere three-minute walk to Port Discovery and four minutes from Power Plant Live! Only a few minutes more walking puts guests at the National Aquarium, the Marina, Historic Ships and stellar shopping opportunities.
A host of restaurants are nearby, too, including Attman’s Delicatessen, Isabella’s Brick Oven, Dalesio’s and Potbelly Sandwich Works. Breakfast, of course, is already covered as the hotel offers a free buffet breakfast every day.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and public areas, along with an array of other in-room amenities such as LCD televisions with cable, coffee makers, hair dryers and safes. The hotel also has multilingual staff, valet parking and concierge services to ensure guests have the best possible stay.