If you enjoy history, character and elegance, the Hotel Belvedere has it all. In 1903, the doors opened and the Belvedere was noted as one of the premier destinations in Baltimore. The name comes from the parcel of land the building sits on known as the “Belvidere” which originated from the estate of John Edger Howard—a hero of the Revolutionary War from Maryland.
Back in the day, one of the main attractions was and still is the famous Owl Bar located on the lobby floor. For 17 years prior to prohibition, the Owl Bar was a happening spot for Baltimore and Mt. Vernon locals. During prohibition, it’s rumored that booze was still served—but you had to know the “code.” No service if the “eyes” of the owl above the bar were lit. Today you can enjoy lunch or dinner and a tasty beverage no matter what the owl says.
Over the the years, the Hotel served thousands and was visited by many famous actors and politicians including Clark Gable, Al Pacino, David Copperfield, J.F.K. and a dozen other presidents. Simply put, when you were making an overnight trip to Baltimore, you tried to get accomodations at the Belvedere first!
The building has been meticulously maintained over the years and was converted into offices, condominiums, and shopping space in the early 1990′s and no longer serves as a hotel. The richness of design and the convenient location in beautiful historic Mt. Vernon close to downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor make it a premier office location for virtually any professional.