The New York Times features today The Lord Baltimore Hotel, describing it as having “returned to its former elegance.”  The hotel was purchased by the Rubell family of Miami a few years ago and they have spent years renovating the old place.

A big bash to celebrate the re-opening of the grand hotel is planned on Saturday night. It will benefit the Maryland Historical Society.  If you want tickets, click here.

Read more of what the NY Times had to say below:

The Lord Baltimore, yet another down-at-the-heels grand hotel, has been returned to its former elegance, thanks to a renovation that was completed in March.

Designed by William Lee Stoddart in the French renaissance style, the 23-story building in downtown Baltimore dates to 1928. Scott Sanders, a New York interior designer formerly with Ralph Lauren, led the team that refreshed the 440 guest rooms and multiple public spaces, including a bakery, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and an executive lounge with a double-height ceiling. Mr. Sanders mixed the hotel’s original Baccarat crystal chandeliers and stately gold ornamentation with tailored modern furniture covered in men’s wear fabrics.

The Lord Baltimore is owned by the art-collecting Rubell family of Miami, who paid $10 million for the building and spent millions more renovating it. Some 2,500 original contemporary artworks are installed throughout. Rates start at $139 a night; 410-539-8400, lordbaltimorehotel.com.

Read more at New York Times.com

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.