Best Baltimore Family Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

Our family getaway to Baltimore was relaxing and affordably luxe, thanks to the kid-friendly and convenient Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor and B&O American Brasserie.

This summer we realized Alice, our eight year old, had not been to the National Aquarium Baltimore since she was nine months old. As a parent who has had a blog focused on outings for families near Washington, DC since 2008, this is totally a case of the shoemaker’s child going barefoot. And Charlie, 15, and Eve, 13, also could barely remember their last visit there and were eager to go back.

When we decided it was time to remedy that this summer, we also decided that we would make an overnight of it and enjoy a stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor. This Baltimore outpost of one of our favorite fancy-but-family-friendly hotel groups, Kimpton, is a located a short walk from the aquarium and other sites in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, as well as Baltimore’s downtown attractions.

Just 40 minutes from our house in Silver Spring, hitting Baltimore felt like a real family vacation. The kids were excited by the new-to-them city sites, and the parents were calmed by accessible luxury the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Inner Harbor provided as our home base for our adventure.  With overnight valet parking (priced competitively with other nearby parking garages) and a Bunk Bed Suite that generously and accommodated our family of five, our biggest concerns for a family hotel were immediately resolved.

We were surprised and delighted at check-in when the front desk concierge provided a box of new toys and invited Alice to take her pick as a welcome gift for kids.

The front desk also invited us to take advantage of the hotel’s Treason Toting Co. complimentary bag program. Hotel guests can borrow custom-designed bags by this Baltimore local company during their stay. The handcrafted bags were designed to reflect the hotel’s historic Beaux-Arts décor, with antique brass hardware and leather details. Eve and I swapped our purses from home for the the navy waterproof canvas Eutaw tote to carry belongings and purchases during our Baltimore excursions.

The custom Treason bags are the latest addition to Kimpton’s signature “Forgot it? We’ve got it!” amenities list, which I personally love. Over the years at Kimpton hotels I’ve borrowed flat irons, curling rods and iPhone chargers, and been hooked up with safety pins, makeup remover and more little things you typically don’t expect a hotel to provide you with during your stay. At Kimpton Hotel Momaco Inner Harbor you can also borrow PUBLIC bikes to tour Baltimore.

After a full day exploring the aquarium and various historic ships in the Inner Harbor, we were ready for a little chill out time at the hotel. We enjoyed the complimentary evening wine hour, with vino for the parents and soft drinks for the kids. The comfortable lobby felt like a cozy party, with guests and dogs (Kimptons are known for being not only pro-kids, but pro-dogs, too) mingling. The girls snagged a chess table, while Charlie headed up to our room to play with the XBox located in the kids’ bunk bed room of the suite.

For dinner, we didn’t have to go far to find dining that was special yet family friendly: B&O American Brasserie is the on-site restaurant and it is top notch. We were impressed with B&O American Brasserie’s menu, which featured food that was local and seasonal.

We enjoyed steak frites, mussels, soft shell crab and burgers. Alice loved her kids’ menu cheeseburger and fries.

What I loved best was the comfy hotel bed that evening. When you travel with three kids you often have to squish into beds or rough it with rollaways, but not our night at the Kimpton. All five of us slept like logs on awesome mattresses and bedding.

The next morning we breakfasted at the Dunkin Donuts located conveniently across the street (we were too full after the night’s dinner for much more than coffee and Munkins), and then headed to Mass at Baltimore’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Marian Shrine and Catholic pilgrimage site. Even if you are not Catholic, I recommend taking a tour of the Baltimore Basilica ($5 suggested donation) — it’s the first Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. and major destination for U.S. history and architecture buffs.

We headed home happy as clams (or rather, blue crabs) after our restorative getaway. Check out my Instagram story  Kimpton Baltimore for more pics of our stay, and follow @MonacoKimpton on Instagram, too.

Thank you to the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore for our complimentary stay. No additional compensation provided. All opinions are my own. 

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