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Admiral Fell Inn 3.5

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Pros

  • Great location on the harbor in historic Fell’s Point
  • Historic property offers free ghost tours
  • Basement tavern serving alcohol (free drink as part of ghost tour)
  • Two restaurants are connected to the hotel (with outside ownership)
  • Discounts for Johns Hopkins Hospital patients and their families
  • Free shuttle service to the Inner Harbor and Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Free Wi-Fi and lobby computer station
  • Pet-friendly (treats and cleanup bags available at check-in)
  • Quaint rooms include coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs
  • Select rooms include microwaves and mini-fridges

Cons

  • No room service
  • Valet-only parking is pricey
  • No fitness center or pool (free passes to a health club 10 blocks away)
  • Some bathrooms are on the small side

Bottom Line

This 80-room property dates back to the 1800s and has an excellent location next to Fell’s Point Harbor. The rooms are well maintained and feature traditional decor, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. With few modern amenities (there’s no fitness center or pool), Admiral Fell Inn offers a more cozy and historic experience. Free perks include shuttle service, Wi-Fi, and ghost tours. Those willing to pay slightly more should consider the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf, two blocks east, which has better harbor views and a fitness center.

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Scene

Historic inn with nautical decor and traditional charm

The central building of this seven-building property opened in 1900 and has been a Christian boarding house, a YMCA for sailors, and a cider-bottling factory. Renovated in 1985, it reopened as the Admiral Fell Inn bed and breakfast, and then expanded in 1996 into an 80-room boutique-style hotel. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the inn offers free ghost tours that end with a free drink in the basement tavern.

The inn features antique nautical decor -- think sailboat figurines, ship steering wheels, and old maritime photos -- and traditional European-style furniture. Typical guests include business types, couples, and occasional patients of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The vibe is cozy with historic charm, which spills out into the Fell’s Point neighborhood (a busy seaport since 1763), an area filled with locally owned shops, cobblestone streets, restaurants, and pubs.

Technically the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but it rents space to two restaurants on either side (Italian and Spanish tapas). This means guests can easily find food without having to leave the property. The inn also serves an all-you-can-eat weekend brunch and a small continental breakfast (fees apply), which guests can eat in a cozy outdoor courtyard.

Location

Next to the harbor in the heart of historic Fell’s Point

Surrounded by cobblestone streets, the Admiral Fell is located in the heart of Fell’s Point -- a safe historic neighborhood full of shops, restaurants, and pubs. The inn is about a block from the water (and water taxis) and about a mile from the Inner Harbor.

  • Six-minute drive to the National Aquarium and Inner Harbor
  • Five-minute drive from Johns Hopkins Hospital (free hotel shuttle)
  • Eight-minute drive from Camden Yards ballpark and the convention center
  • 20-minute drive from the Baltimore Airport (BWI)

Rooms

Wide range of room types with traditional decor and coffeemakers

All the rooms at Admiral Fell have a slightly different layout, and each unit is named after a notable Baltimore resident. Selections range from basic rooms with small bathrooms to large suites with balconies and jetted tubs. The maximum occupancy of the largest room is four guests (though exceptions are sometimes made for kids). All rooms and suites are pet-friendly (owners get doggie treats and cleanup bags at check-in), and every room comes with a flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, and free Wi-Fi (microwaves and mini-fridges are optional). Black-and-white maritime photos, hardwood floors, and traditional European furniture give the rooms a warm and classic feel.

Features

Free ghost tours and a nautical basement tavern

A small continental breakfast is served in the lobby during the week, which can be eaten in an outdoor courtyard, and an all-you-can-eat brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday (neither are free). A small basement tavern serves alcohol (but no food), and two restaurants are connected to the property (but managed by an outside company), where takeout can be ordered in lieu of no room service. A ghost tour of the hotel that ends with a drink in the tavern is free to guests. Valet parking is available (and pricey), or guests can park in garages or at city meters.

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Address

888 S Broadway, Historic Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland 21231-3486, United States