Historic Hotels of America Recognizes The Lord Baltimore as The Country’s Best City Center Historic Hotel
- Oct 12, 2014
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel officially reopened this year, following a multi-million dollar restoration that brought the old property back to life. Rubell Hotels, a family-owned company known for renovating architecturally significant and historic hotels and turning them into affordable cultural hubs, carried out the project. Its efforts have recently paid off.
On October 2, Historic Hotels of America recognized the Lord Baltimore Hotel as the winner of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in the “Best City Center Historic Hotel” category. The honor was announced at the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Ceremony and Gala Dinner, held at The Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pa. In a news release, Historic Hotels said these awards are presented every year ”to historic hotels demonstrating the highest contribution to furthering the celebration of history and demonstrating leadership and innovation.”
The Lord Baltimore was constructed in 1928, in the heart of the city’s downtown. It was designed by famous architect William Lee Stoddart, in the French Renaissance style, and was once considered one of the crowning architectural jewels of Baltimore.
Rubell Hotels acquired the property in 2013, for $10 million. The company immediately started work on a top-to-bottom renovation. A year later, the Lord Baltimore’s 440 guestrooms, its restaurants and ballroom were all renovated and upgraded.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Historic Hotels of America,” Gene-Michael Addis, general manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, said in a statement for the press. “The Rubell family knew they had found something really special when they decided to restore and renovate the hotel. What they’ve done truly represents the history and charm of Baltimore. We are glad to showcase that to our guests.”
Photo credit: The Lord Baltimore Hotel