The view from a room in the Four Seasons in Harbor East.

For all its low-key charm and rough edges, Baltimore also has some swanky attractions, and the folks over at two high-end publications want the world to know it.

Condé Nast Traveler highlighted two Baltimore hotels in its annual Gold List published on Monday, as first reported by BBJ editor-in-chief Joanna Sullivan. This year’s list touts The Ivy near Midtown-Belvedere and the Four Seasons in Harbor East as being among the top 172 hotels in the world.

For the former, the editors said they love the “deep sunken tubs, soft cashmere throws on canopied beds, and extras like free movies and free minibar booze.” The latter earned their attention for its obviously spectacular amenities (since it’s also a spa and resort) and its luxurious bathrooms.

Vogue ran a piece today on the city titled, “Making the Case for a Weekend Getaway in Baltimore.” Author Virginia Van Zanten also highlighted The Ivy as the place to stay – if you can afford the $500-plus nightly fee for a room, that is – and said she loves the Mt. Vernon and Hampden neighborhoods, as well as the National Aquarium and the American Visionary Art Museum in the Inner Harbor.

Of course, there’s much more to the city than its economically exclusive trappings, which probably wouldn’t rise to many residents’ minds when describing what they love about living in Baltimore. But as evidenced by the pending openings of a new Edgar Allen Poe-themed hotel down and the top-notch Sagamore Pendry in Fells Point, the city’s tourism industry isn’t at all slowing down. Given that, a little extra publicity about Baltimore’s luxury appeal can’t hurt.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...