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Inn at The Black Olive
Ranked #42 of 66 Hotels in Baltimore
Baltimore
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not your big chain hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

We stayed here after reading so many good reviews. I must say it is not your big chain hotel - the reception area is small and a "healthy" restaurant is adjacent.(But if you're looking for a beer and a burger after your trip, this is not the place.) This family-owned establishment takes pride in its unusual suites, furnished with Turkish rugs and all very "green"....I would stay here again - it's nicely situated near Fells Point with lots of shops and restaurants nearby....the staff did everything possible to make our stay memorable.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Frederick, Maryland
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591 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

You must pay a 50% deposit for your room charges when you book in advance of your stay. Our stay was for one night on a Thursday checking out on Friday. We parked in the Caroline St. garage next to the Inn for $13 (max charge under 24 hours). If you stay more than 24 hours, you will be charged more. We parked for 23 hours, 12 minutes on the roof of the garage and got our moneys worth (nice view by the way).

Upon our arrival to the Inn we were greeted by the concierge and checked in. The concierge then escorted us up to our room and gave us a personal tour of all its amenities and features. This was a first for us.

We stayed in the California Spa Suite on the 4th floor (Room 41-Malagousia suite) for a phenomenal value. At time of booking, I asked for a Corner Spa Suite room, normally $236.55/night. However, I mentioned that we were staying for our anniversary and I suppose we were upgraded to the California Spa Suite (normally $299/night) for only $215. Another first for us. How sweet is that value! Thank you guys!

Our upgraded room came with a California king sized bed, a full green SCHOTT insulated glass window wall in living room, and a full corner porch with table and 2 chairs. The green window in the living room was cool. It gave the room a green tint during the day and provided a privacy tint from outside spectators. We enjoyed it. The porch was nice, but it was a little too cold and windy to use it. The lighting in the suite took a little while to get used to since it was all motion activated lighting. There was a half refrigerator with a complimentary bottle of Greek wine and another large bottle of water. We had some of the wine, but weren't big fans of it.

We watched a Netflix movie on the Sony LED Google TV provided in the living room (a 2nd bedroom TV is only provided in the VIP Corner Spa Suite). We couldn't figure out how to get to the Netflix app on the TV so we called the concierge late at night and he walked us through the process. It was so late and we were so tired that we didn't even use the Sanijet tub, but it looked like it would be soothing.

The bed was, if not the most, one of the most comfortable beds I've ever laid in. It was like pure heaven. I did not want to get out of it come morning. The shower stall was huge and came with one of those separate handheld shower heads in addition to the overhead shower head. His/Her bath robes were provided along with plenty of towels. There was even a stacked washer/dryer in the bathroom closet that we had no need for from a one night stay, but it was there if we needed it.

The location is very good as it's on the southwest end of Fell's Point so you can walk to anything in the Fell's Point neighborhood as well as to Harbor East, Little Italy, and even the Inner Harbor. If you don't want to walk, you can catch a free ride on the Charm City Circulator (bus) or pay a fee to catch the Baltimore Water Taxi.

A couple odd things we found - the closet by the front door had a rod in it but no hangers so we had to use the closet in the bedroom to hang up our coats instead. Two, the dresser in the bedroom only had one door that opened to put clothes in. The rest didn't open and were only for show apparently. No complimentary mouth wash is provided so remember to bring your own.

Our stay at this 100% organic Inn definitely came with a lot of first times we've never experienced anywhere else before, but that's a good thing. It was refreshing and unique, and we felt healthier having stayed here even if it was only for just one night.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

and stay here. Or, at least, dine here in their rooftop restaurant with a great view of the harbor that is surpassed only by the food. This is not your chain hotel experience but a unique environment that focuses on doing things in a way that is environmentally sound. The staff are extraordinarily kind and helpful. And the beds are the kind that one just melts into for a great night's sleep.

Room Tip: Higher floors, of course, afford better views.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Falls Church, VA
Level Contributor
55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

That's Greek for Very Good! And really The Inn at Black Olive is beyond good, it's thavmasios, which means wonderful.
I had cataract surgery at Johns Hopkins and had to be there at 7:30 a.m. so we knew we'd have to stay in Baltimore the night before. I was resigned to staying at the kind of big hotel that is indistinguishable from its like in any big city. I was surprised and delighted to find The Inn at Black Olive, especially since we have a spitaki (little house) in Greek where we go three times a year. This Inn exceeded our expectations. We felt so at home. The rooms are actually suites and are lovingly and tastefully decorated. The proprietor, Dimitri, and the staff just couldn't do enough to make us feel welcomed. We'll be back...and I hope not because of another Hopkins visit!
We also ate around the corner at the Black Olive restaurant run by Dimitri's parents, Stelios and Pauline. We felt like we were back in Greece as the food was delicious and authentic.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Paso, Texas
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

A lovely hotel with a European flair that will appeal to the seasoned traveler who appreciates mindfulness and kindness in the details. With the spaciousness of the suites and the wonderful bathtub and bedding, we felt instantly at home. The restaurants, wine and coffee just add to the feeling of relaxation. This is a family business and I felt like family staying here. The cleanliness of the room and the beautiful simplicity of the decor was particularly inviting. The staff was friendly and accommodating. This is a quality and intimate operation and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Unique decor, spacious rooms and amazing service, I cannot say enough about this boutique hotel. We were escorted to our room, given a tour, introduced to the ammenities, free bottle of wine in the room. Beautiful views from the balcony only got better at the roof top restaurant, the Olive Room. Sitting looking at the Baltimore skyline, great greek food and wine. The Inn at the Black Olive is situated in the perfect spot to gain access to the best shopping and restaurants in Baltimore. Highly recommend this hotel over any chain hotel in the Baltimore area.

Room Tip: Corner Spa Suit was gorgeous!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Inn at The Black Olive
Address: 803 South Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Region: United States > Maryland > Baltimore > Fells Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 66 Hotels in Baltimore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at The Black Olive 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new Inn at the Black Olive is Baltimore's Premier Boutique Organic Hotel. From the building materials to the Organic materials and ingredients are the focus.* Cozy Pure Certified Bed, organic bedding, and organic towels* Balconies with harbor views * 800-1000 Square foot rooms with separate dining/living area, bedroom and large spa bathroom with with Sanijet Aqua-therapy tub/Separate walk in shower*Sony Google Internet LED Television with netflix and satellite*Complimentary WIFI and wired broadband*We are ideally located on the boarder of Fells Point and Harbor east along Baltimore's historic waterfront, within walking distance to the convention center, sporting arenas, and the Inner Harbor. We are 14 Blocks south of Hopkins Hospital and all rooms have a view of the Baltimore's harbor. 24 hr Concierge. ... more   less 
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