Mount Vernon Hotel Has a New Name, ‘Hotel Revival’ — and Soon, it Will Have a New Top

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The boutique hotel at the corner of Cathedral and Monument streets has been called the Peabody Court, the Wyndham Baltimore and the Mount Vernon Hotel.

Now, it has a new name: Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel.

Currently closed for renovations, Hotel Revival is targeting fall of 2017 for its reopening.

Michele Richter, president of the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association, announced the new name and other details during the association’s monthly meeting this week. She also said the hotel is the community organization’s newest business member.

“It’s going to have a new entrance on Cathedral Street and a new bar on the roof,” she said. “Its website is already up.”

A group called LL Pro Hospitality Baltimore LLC bought the 104-room hotel in early 2015 and announced plans last year to close it temporarily for a thorough renovation.

The hotel closed last July, and most of its contents were emptied out in a liquidation sale. The hotel is being managed by Commune Hotels and Resorts as part of its Joie de Vivre portfolio.

This spring, the building at 612 Cathedral Street is entering a new phase of the renovations, as it is literally flipping its lid.

Construction crews recently began removing the glass windows and framing that enclosed the top level, where Citronelle restaurant used to be. Over the years, the curved glass has become cloudy and difficult to see through.

As part of the renovations, the hotel owners will reconstruct a new, more rectilinear, but still glassy top level — notably, without the curving edge the building has had since the 1980s. When it’s complete, visitors will still be able to look across to the statue of George Washington atop the Washington Monument. The hotel’s top floor is practically at eye level with the Washington statue.

Schamu Machowski + Patterson is the architect for the project, which was approved by Baltimore’s preservation commission.

Tracy Proietti, a hotel representative and Baltimore resident, referred questions to a public relations executive in San Francisco. The executive could not immediately be reached.

None of Joie de Vivre’s other hotels use the word Revival.

“Revival combines traditional roots with modern details, made from scratch cuisine with private karaoke rooms and classic cocktails with sweeping views of Baltimore,” states the new website.

Revival will be a place “where vintage meets emerging,” the message continues. “We host intimate gatherings and discoveries in spaces designed to pay homage to the cultural past, present and future of the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The best of Baltimore, past and present.”

The fall 2017 reopening date is listed on Joie de Vivre’s website. Room rates online start at around $109 per night on sites such as hotels.com.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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