Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, Revival is an artsy lodging space that is as charming as the city that surrounds it. The area features several iconic churches, long standing establishments, galleries and more, so if you do decide to venture outside of this stylish hotel, there are plenty of things to get into regardless of one’s interests.
Opened in 2018, Hotel Revival’s historic architecture meshes perfectly with its modern decor. Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a vibrant staff and a local DJ depending on what time of day a person arrives. It’s not too big, but not too small – so it’s easy to see why it has that “family environment” feel that many of its patrons have come to know and love. Its 107 guest rooms are wide and spacious, and also exudes an atmosphere of nostalgia, which makes perfect sense due to this being the Peabody Court Hotel some years ago.
Boutique hotels have become a thing in recent years, but Revival is a space that stands above the rest. With the final weekend in February being CIAA Weekend in Baltimore, this establishment was filled with University-inspired merchandise, along with an air of HBCU pride that could be felt throughout the entire building. Outside of the city’s festivities, the hotel itself was not only a great place for lodging, but a prime location for some of the best food and drinks that the Charm City has to offer.
While Baltimore is known for its coastal cuisine, you don’t have to leave the premises if you’re searching for a morning meal. ‘Dashery is a one-stop shop for breakfast, and is a great spot to take a quick break before continuing the day. As far as dining, Topside is a go-to establishment for local patrons as well as travelers alike. This rooftop restaurant overlooks the historic neighborhood of Mount Vernon, and features a seafood-focused menu that includes dishes such as a delicious octopus entree, Chilean Sea Bass, grilled Calamari, and a Branzino entree that is second to none. While eating, the view of the city below serves as the perfect precursor to a night on the town, or a fitting backdrop to an intimate meal with family, friends, or that special someone.
Located adjacent to the rooftop restaurant is the Garden Room, a unique event space that contains a beautiful array of plants, along with a vibe fit for any setting. Whether you’re here for business, or want to throw a cool listening party for an album release, this room can help you with whatever message you want to convey.
A fan favorite within Revival is its speakeasy-themed bar, B-Side. In order to get in, you must insert a coin from the jukebox. Upon entrance, you’ll be able to listen to some amazing tunes, and it also features a micro bar that specializes in traditional spirits and craft cocktails. An extended list of drinks are also available, along with a refined menu of small plates, and three karaoke rooms if you’re in that type of mood.
The surrounding neighborhood contains several budding businesses, and well-known locales such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Washington Monument, Center Stage, and M&T Bank Stadium, which stands as the stomping grounds for the hometown Ravens. The area is also home to Cuples Tea House, a small, Black owned establishment that is as needed as it is welcomed. Founded by Eric and Lynette Dodson, CTH sells premium loose leaf tea that is both great tasting and healthy, and is a better alternative to sugary drinks, something that is all too common in urban communities. By helping to redefine how people enjoy healthy beverages, the Dodsons are building a better tomorrow for the city’s inhabitants.
Only a few steps from the tea house is Vinyl & Pages Bookstore, also owned by the Dodsons. This still-young business has swiftly become a must-stop for those seeking a notable selection of new and used music and books that proudly embraces diversity through the Black Books Matter initiative. The shop’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and creatives nurtures a cultural hub for the community to explore and connect.
Hotel Revival is truly a reflection of Baltimore and all the beauty that the city has to offer. Its charm, excitement, and homely environment is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. “Baltimore is the greatest city in America,” says Brandon Scott, Mayor of Baltimore. “People say Baltimore’s treated like black people, right? People always say, ‘Oh, you don’t want to touch that, you don’t want to go there, you don’t want to see that.’”
“But when people get to know it, they come and see – they enjoy that culture,” he continues. “They crack that crab with that Old Bay open. They understand why we’re Charm City and now they understand why people really love it here.”