Dawson Design Associates designs Brookshire Suites Baltimore

Brookshire Suites Baltimore re-launched at 120 East Lombard Street under the stewardship of Modus Hotels, a D.C.-based owner and operator of lifestyle hotels. Making its first foray into the city of Baltimore, Modus’ vision for the property is to deliver an urban experience informed by the city.

Seattle-based interior designers Dawson Design Associates, whose portfolio includes the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco and the Hotel 1000 in Seattle, re-imagined the property. Modular sofas and a communal table are key elements to encourage people to socialize and linger in the lobby, while interpretations of street art commissioned by local artist and creator of the Baltimore Love Project, Michael Owen, call to mind Baltimore’s row houses and neighborhood.

The space is also accented with black and white photographs of Baltimore born musicians, including Frank Zappa, Mama Cass Elliott and Adam Duritz, lead singer from the Counting Crows.


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The Red Bar, located in the lobby, furthers the local flavor by partnering with local brands such as Zeke’s Coffee, Heavy Seas Brewery and Knob Hall Winery. In addition, the lobby affords guests an opportunity to enjoy board games, social conversation and, on certain nights, local music.

Accommodations include 97 studio and one bedroom suites boasting such features as oversized desks, mini-fridges and bay windows with views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Guestrooms take a cue from local Baltimore and street art themes, with artist portraits, bright pops of color and graffiti wall covering against grey textured walls. In addition, guests are treated to Gilchrist & Soames’ eco-friendly bath amenities.

For events, the property has nearly 2,000 square feet of event space; two flexibly designed rooms, including a multi-use 12th floor space with harbor views; as well as daily breakfast and grab-and-go snacks and beverages from the lobby’s Marketplace.

The Brookshire also enjoys a partnership with MV Fitness, a fitness studio housed in a converted Victorian home that offers yoga, spin and cardio classes.