Scott Sanders re-imagines Maryland’s Lord Baltimore Hotel

The Lord Baltimore Hotel, considered as one of the architectural jewels of Baltimore, Maryland when it was built in 1928, has been re-opened by Rubell Hotels following a transformation.

Rubell Hotels, a family-owned business known for transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into cultural hubs, acquired the property in March 2013. It immediately embarked on a multi-million dollar top-to-bottom renovation.

Interior designer Scott Sanders, formerly the lead interior designer at Ralph Lauren, who specializes in residential and commercial interiors, spearheaded the design.


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Sanders worked with Rubell Hotels on numerous other projects, including the Beach House Bal Harbour. In Lord Baltimore Hotel, he brought a modern private-club aesthetic to both the oversized hotel rooms and the public spaces. He reimagined every inch of the hotel, including the 10,000 square-foot grand Calvert Ballroom; the French Kitchen, a modern French bistro housed in the Versailles Room; the LB Tavern, a lobby bar; and the LB Bakery, a coffee house.

The lobby has a gold Murano glass chandelier, glossy white columns and groupings of mid-century inspired lounge seating. Complimentary high-speed internet is available throughout the hotel, as well as 50-inch high-definition televisions with 60 complimentary HD channels.

The LB Tavern, just off of the lobby, is a communal gathering space with a library-like setting. Seven Candida Hofer photographs of libraries of the world, on loan from the Rubell Family Collection's museum in Miami, are used throughout this space. There is also additional lounge seating at this corner of the hotel.

Four hundred and forty guestrooms and suites have dark wood tones with clean lines, contemporary art, velvet drapes and plush mattresses. Every guestroom includes complimentary high-speed Internet, a television with 60 HD channels, refrigerator, coffee maker, digital safe and bedside charging station. Four penthouses overlook the Lord Baltimore's two rooftop areas, which feature a panoramic view of downtown Baltimore. The rooftop gardens and penthouses are available for private events.

The Lord Baltimore's updated Calvert Ballroom highlights the space's original murals, crystal Baccarat chandeliers, and six balconies, which are symbolic of the six Lords Baltimore.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel's dining options include its signature restaurant French Kitchen; and the LB Bakery, a contemporary take on a small-town American coffee house.

Art exhibitions are planned throughout the public spaces. Additionally, the hotel will have a signature gift shop, SideShow, an outpost of the American Visionary Art Museum's museum shop.

The 23-story Lord Baltimore is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.