Admiral Fell Inn: 4-Story-High Skyscraper

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Admiral Fell Inn: 4-Story-High Skyscraper

Fell’s Point was founded in the early 1700s when the Fell Brothers arrived from Lancaster, England. Edward was a shopkeeper and his brother William was a shipbuilder. The old street names in Fell’s Point are unchanged: Fell, Thames, Bond, Bank, Caroline, Fleet, Aliceanna, Wolfe, Lancaster, Shakespeare. They are still paved mostly with Belgian stone blocks and their narrow paths are edged by brick sidewalls. The Admiral Fell Inn located in Baltimore, Maryland, is four stories high, and therefore the only building in the Point that qualifies as a skyscraper.

The Inn is a group of eight different buildings which date from the late 1700s. Before becoming an inn, the site was a ship chandlery, a vinegar factory, a YMCA, a boardinghouse for actors and a sailor’s lodging house. The eighty guestrooms each have their own unique decor with wonderful views, many overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Some have canopy beds with balconies and Jacuzzi tubs.

The streets of Fell’s Point contain hundreds of buildings built before the war of 1812 and many others before the Civil War. It was the first district in Maryland to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the homes are narrow brick row houses two and a half stories tall. The gabled roofs are of slate and the narrow passageways between houses are called sallyports, allowing access from the street to the rear of the houses. Many tourists tour the famous Inner Harbor and then walk a few blocks to historic Fell’s Point where they find a real neighborhood, restaurants, patisseries, bars and galleries.

Nearby attractions

  • Antique Row – 10 blocks west
  • Aquarium – 10 blocks west
  • B & O Railroad – 1 ½ miles west
  • Babe Ruth House – 10 blocks
  • Baltimore Museum of Art – 6 miles
  • Baltimore Zoo – 3 ½ miles west
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards – 12 blocks
  • Center Stage- 14 blocks
  • Christopher Columbus Building – 8 blocks
  • Convention Center – 10 blocks west
  • Edgar Allen Poe House – 1 ½ miles
  • Fort McHenry – 2 ½ miles
  • The Gallery – 9 blocks west
  • Inner Harbor – 10 blocks
  • Little Italy – 4 blocks
  • Lyric Opera House – 3 ½ miles northwest
  • Maryland Historical Society – 1 mile
  • Morris Mechanic Theater – 1 mile
  • Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – 3 ½ miles north
  • Peabody Conservatory – 1 ½ miles
  • Science Center – 10 blocks west
  • Walter’s Art Gallery – 1 ½ miles
  • World Trade Center – 8 blocks

Frommer’s Review describes the Inn as follows:

Updated and expanded over the years, this charming inn sits just across Thames Street from the harbor in the heart of the Fell’s Point Historic District. It spans eight buildings, built between 1790 and 1996, and blends Victorian and Federal-style architecture. Originally a boardinghouse for sailors, later a YMCA, and then a vinegar bottling plant, the inn now features an antiques-filled lobby and library, along with individually decorated guest rooms with Federal-period furnishings.

The Admiral Fell Inn is a charter member of the Historic Hotels of America and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The author, Stanley Turkel, is a recognized authority and consultant in the hotel industry. He operates his hotel, hospitality and consulting practice specializing in asset management, operational audits and the effectiveness of hotel franchising agreements and litigation support assignments. Clients are hotel owners, investors, and lending institutions.

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