Relaxed, Active, Luxury and Budget Hotels in Maryland

I lived in the DC/Maryland area for four years and loved it. Maryland is unique. In one state, you can enjoy a variety of vacation settings, from the ocean to the harbor to luxury and budget city offerings.

Oceanside Relaxation

If you like beach vacations, stay at the Tidelands Caribbean Hotel and Suites. Located in Ocean City on the boardwalk, this suite hotel has all the great amenities you look for by the ocean side. Suite rooms, steps from the Atlantic Ocean, offer full kitchens and multiple bedroom options, perfect for large groups and family vacations. When you think of boardwalk, Atlantic City, and Jersey Shores are well known, but Ocean City’s Boardwalk is just as entertaining. The boardwalk dates back to 1902. If you’ve never done the boardwalk thing, check it out. It offers many excellent restaurants and bars. In the summer, you’ll see tourists sampling the salt water taffy, riding the rides, and trying their luck at the carnival games. The atmosphere makes for a cool family experience steps away from the Tidelands Hotel.

Active Harbor

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My favorite spot in Maryland is the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Located in the eastern part of the city, the Harbor offers fun and excitement Maryland style. Located in the middle of it all is the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. Minutes from fantastic seafood restaurants, make sure you try the crabs. The Harborside offers views that are beautiful at night. For the sports fan, Camden Yards is a must see. If you visit during the season, grab some cheap seats and enjoy a hot dog, a beer, and the game. Even in the off-season, the stadium has a cool old-school vibe that you need to check out.

Luxury in the City

Built in 1906, Hotel Monaco offers another sort of old-school, sophisticated luxury that abounds in this Baltimore City hotel. The hotel itself is an attraction with its marble staircases and crystal chandeliers. The lobby is awe-inspiring, and the rooms are no different. Geared toward the old and young, the in-room Xbox will occupy the kids while the adults partake in yoga or spend time at the world-class spa. Don’t miss out on the complimentary glass of wine by the fire before stepping out to enjoy the city nightlife.

Budget in the City

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The Best Western’s Baltimore Star is a budget friendly option in downtown Baltimore. The rooms are huge and comfortable. The hotel offers rooms and suites. As the closest hotel to the Baltimore Cruise Terminal, it’s a favorite spot for the cruise crowd. It offers complimentary shuttles to some of Baltimore’s well-known attractions, like the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, and several local museums. The hotel offers options for business travelers as well. The conference center is a perfect place for business meetings and events.The in-hotel restaurant, The Tradewinds, provides guests with free breakfast daily.

Maryland is an exciting city with attractions and activities for every type of traveler.

What is your favorite Maryland attraction?

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Hipmunk Hotels: Best Traditional Hotels in Albany, Ithaca, Syracuse and More

This post was originally published on Dish Our Town.

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When people refer to New York, they often think of New York City. The state, however, is vast and has a lot more to offer than skyscrapers and a busy lifestyle. A few hours north, in the upstate region of the state, are cities that offer some of the most beautiful landscape in the country. Along with the scenery comes wonderful culture, entertainment, and dining. It also has a lot to offer when it comes to traditional hotel stays.


Albany is the state capital and has a lot to offer any visitor. Staying at the Morgan State House maximizes that visit by putting its guests in the heart of the city.

With Lark Street, also known as Albany’s “village in the city”, right outside its front door, the Morgan State House is well situated for guests to enjoy the restaurant, cafe, museums and entertainment scene that the city has to offer.

Like many Albany hotels, this venue is well appointed with luxurious bedding, cable television, and Wi-Fi. Perfectly traditional in its aesthetic, it does not get much more charming than this place. Rooms start at $98 pernight.


Ithaca sits on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Situated on a hill surrounded by dense forests, towering waterfalls, and gorges, Ithaca is a natural wonder. There is, of course, the added value of the city being the home of Ivy League university Cornell, and you’ll never lack for beautiful, traditional Ithaca hotels.

A wonderful place to stay is Homewood Suites by Hilton. Though part of a large hotel chain, this specific hotel has a very traditional feel about it. All suites are well-appointed with fully equipped kitchens, separate living areas, lush bedding, and bathroom amenities. Traditional wooden furnishings abound as well as modern luxuries, such as 32’ flatscreen televisions and Wi-Fi. Rooms start at $190 per night.


Stamford is in the heart of the famous Catskills, known as one of the most favored sites for outdoors lovers. Stay at the Colonial B&B Stamford and enjoy a wonderful, traditional experience. The rooms harken upon a luxurious time of yore. Excellent service along with well-appointed, luxurious rooms make this one of the most sought-after Stamford hotels. Rooms start at $190 per night.


Syracuse may be the most well-known city in this region. Much of its fame can be attributed to Syracuse University. The university and its athletic program put the city on the map. Accommodations can be hard to come by, especially at the height of basketball season. Though it is part of a large hotel chain, the Springhill Suites by Marriott gives its guests a special traditional feel, and it’s one of the most beautiful hotels in Syracuse. Highlights include an indoor swimming pool and a state of the art fitness center. Rates start at $150 per night.


We can’t talk about New York and not mention a good option for a East Elmhurst hotel. It’s hard to find an affordable and traditional stay in New York City itself, so one way of being able to do this is to stay in one of the suburbs. One of the best areas to do this is in East Elmhurst. The One Boutique Hotel isn’t necessarily traditional as far as the aesthetic is concerned, but it’s traditional in the way they value their guests.

The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, while the amenities are endless, ranging from an excellent spa to great dining. Service, of course, is second to none.

Book a room at these wonderful hotels. You’ll enjoy all New York has to offer outside of the city and enjoy a traditional stay.