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The Lord Baltimore Hotel, the iconic grand dame of Baltimore, has been brought back to its full grandeur and glory. Rubell Hotels has reimagined this classic landmark for a new generation of travelers.


The Lord Baltimore was built in 1928 by architect William Lee Stoddart. At the time, the French Renaissance building was the tallest in all of Maryland. The Lord Baltimore Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.  The 23-story, 440-room property lies in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Maryland with over 20,000 square-feet of event and meeting space.


Rubell Hotels acquired the Lord Baltimore Hotel in March 2013 and immediately embarked on a multi-million dollar top-to-bottom renovation that was completed in April 2014. New York designer Scott Sanders, formerly of the Ralph Lauren interior design department, was brought on for the redesign. Sanders has brought a modern private-club aesthetic to both the oversized hotel rooms and the impressive public spaces. He has reimagined every inch of the hotel, including the 10,000 square-foot grand Calvert Ballroom; the French palace inspired Versailles Room; the LB Tavern, an iconic lobby bar; and the LB Bakery, a contemporary coffee house filled with freshly baked goods.


Rubell Hotels is a family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs. Previous Rubell Hotels projects include the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Beach House Bal Harbour, Greenview South Beach and the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C. While guests of Rubell Hotels include luminaries from the fields of art, fashion, music and food, from Beyonce to Jeff Koons, the Rubell Family’s core belief is that hotels should simultaneously offer affordable great design and friendly unpretentious service. Hotels should be a comfortable background for guests to express themselves and explore the city around them. The Rubell family -- whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world -- is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, neglected architectural gems, and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance.

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