Blue Door on Baltimore

2023 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Innkeeper(s): Roger and Cecelia Eberlin
  • Breakfast is always a Special Occasion at Blue Door on Baltimore

    Breakfast is always a Special Occasion at Blue Door on Baltimore

  • Hampstead Room

    Hampstead Room

  • Patterson Room

    Patterson Room

  • Washburn Room

    Washburn Room

  • Introduction

    Experience Casual Elegance by the Harbor from a Baltimore row house Bed and Breakfast. Located in historic Butchers Hill, you are steps away from Patterson Park, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Fells Point. Baltimore's business and entertainment are all within easy reach of the Blue Door on Baltimore. Take in the Inner Harbor, trendy neighborhood restaurants, strolls in the park or along the waterfront, an Orioles or Ravens game, or day-trip exploring Maryland.

    A relaxing stay awaits you at the Blue Door on Baltimore. Guest rooms are located on the second and third floors of our early 1900's Baltimore row home. The rooms are named after the rich history of Patterson Park, just three blocks away from the Blue Door. Our room rates vary between $145 to $180 per night. They include breakfast, our many amenities, and access to available on-property and unrestricted street parking. To check availability, calculate the rate, and include additional options to your stay, check out our availability link. Corporate, Medical Center Visitor, Weekly, and Entire House rates are also available.

    Our luxury guest rooms are each appointed with a King size bed, sitting area, desk surface, and private bath with both a soaking tub and separate shower including specialty soaps and lotions. They also feature lots of windows, a ceiling fan, and central air-conditioning. To help you relax, listen to the sounds of a gentle in-room fountain. Contemplate the orchid blooming in your room. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Baltimore from the outdoor decks attached to two of our rooms.

    Or, plug your attention into our home's music and satellite television services, your portable iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player docked in your in-room clock radio. You can link to the Internet using wireless access or by cable. If you are traveling as a family or as a group we have some options for you. Our Patterson and Hampstead rooms adjoin; connecting with a private access stairway. The Washburn also features an ottoman that can fold out to a twin sleeper for a third person.

    We have three common rooms in addition to our guest rooms. Relax in our parlor, start up some conversation, or enjoy one of our reading corners. Enjoy our meal offerings in the formal dining room or just relax over a nice cup of tea, an espresso or latte. Visit our second floor Library to select a book, magazine, game, or movie from our shelves. Make use of our business center equipment and supplies, or select a cold beverage from our guest fridge.

    Please keep in mind that the character of our home features a grand staircase to the upper two floors of the building and our guest rooms. Those not able to take many stairs may find getting around a little difficult. The owners of the Blue Door on Baltimore also have Bengal cat that is only allowed to visit in our common areas, with your permission of course. If we do not have something listed that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Complements of The Blue Door on Baltimore

    • Completely refurbished early 1900’s Baltimore Row House Luxury Bed and Breakfast.
    • Deluxe King appointed suites each featuring large living space, a private luxury bath (including claw-foot soaking tub and separate shower).
    • Guest Rooms with outdoor-sitting balconies with views of Baltimore and the harbor.
    • Ample free street parking and reserved on-site property parking for late arrivals.
    • Close proximity to key points of interest and entertainment venues.
    • Walking distance to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Fells point, The Inner Harbor, and Baltimore’s Patterson Park, host to many spring, summer, and fall events.
    • Complementary wireless internet, printer, fax access, guest computers and iPads.
    • Weekday Continental Breakfast with Made-to-order specialties menu.
    • Weekend Three Course Grand Breakfast and early-morning coffee with Continental selections
    • Evening turn-down snack service.
    • Satellite television, personalized interactive TV/music via AppleTV, DVD player, iPod Docking Clock
    • In-room Yoga/exercise mat
    • Micro-fiber bed linens from Comphy and hypoallergenic DOWNLITE Down Alternative Comforters for a great night’s sleep.
    • Luxury bath linens, spa guest robes, and Gilchrist & Soames soaps and lotions.
    • Irons/ironing boards and hair dryer’s
    • Complementary soda selections, filtered water, and 24-hour tea service.
    • Locally roasted Zeke’s coffee, Nespresso (espresso, latte and Cappuccino) and Might Leaf Teas.
    • Relaxing common areas and library with reading and DVD viewing options from our library.
    • Reservation assistance to enhance your stay in Baltimore City. To plan your trip in advance check out things near us through our Trip Planner pages and Where Traveler Listing .

    Additional fee options to make your stay extra special:

    • In-house Yoga and Pilates instruction and personal fitness training
    • Access to local fitness club
    • Inclusion of guests to join you for breakfast
    • Office and Mailing services
    • In-room packages and itineraries tailored to your request
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Roger and Cecelia Eberlin for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests choose the Blue Door on Baltimore for our “Urban Location” and proximity to both Baltimore’s Inner Harbor district and Johns Hopkins Main Medical Campus. Many travelers commonly equate a Bed and Breakfast to small towns and back country Inn settings and are quite pleased to see one in the city. We also do receive many repeat Baltimore visitors who after staying at a hotel previously are out to explore Baltimore’s many neighborhoods.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our location sets us apart from most lodging opportunities in Baltimore City. We are close to everything but occupy a neighborhood feel. A 6 to 8 block gets you access to everything Baltimore has to offer with a quiet relaxed neighborhood setting away from the hub-bub of busy city activities and tourist venues. We also provide an “Authentic Baltimore” experience with our famous row house architecture.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Most visitors will come to Baltimore to experience our Inner Harbor area with lots of great museums, the Aquarium, Festivals, great restaurants, festivals, and things to do. It’s is also the home of Camden Yards our Baseball stadium and M&T Ravens Stadium, home of our Super Bowl Champions. During Baseball season, when the New York Yankees and Boston Red sox come to town the entire city is sold out. We can offer a weekend Baseball experience for almost the cost of a single game for a couple in those cities.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best complement we receive is that we really do measure up to our business tag line. Casual Elegance by the Harbor.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret about Baltimore is that our city is made up of many unique neighborhoods each with their own hidden gems. We are a 3 block walk from Patterson Park, on of Baltimore’s largest city parks. It was recently written up in Forbes Magazine as one of America’s top 10 revitalized parks. Walk a few more blocks and you are in Fells Pint with over 60 eateries and one of Baltimore’s true gems, our Water Taxi. For a single fee raid all day and get to visit Fort McHenry, and all of the Inner Harbor Neighborhoods and attractions. For guest only visiting Baltimore for a day or 2 the Water Taxi is the best ticket in town.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit the Inner Harbor using the Water Taxi as a day trip, Take in Baseball game at Camden Yards, Visit the Aquarium, Check out some of Baltimore’s great museums (Baltimore Museum of Art, Walter Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, The B&B Railroad Museum, Civil War Museum, Frederic Douglas Museum, Ships Museum to name just a few), have Baltimore Crab Cake (everyone will have their own favorite choice spot). Maybe take a day trip to Annapolis to check out the naval Academy. Washington D.C is just 45 minutes by train away. Take the Heritage Walk Tour, visit Edgar Alan Poe’s grave site and museum, or maybe an evening ghost tour (3 to choose from).

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Being an “Urban Location” most everything is very easy walking distance from the Blue Door We are in close to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor district just 8 blocks from Fells Point and access to the Water Taxi system to access the entire Inner Harbor. Also our Baltimore Circulator (Free) Bus System is a short 6 block walk away. and Johns Hopkins Main Medical Campus. Many travelers commonly equate a Bed and Breakfast to small towns and back country Inn settings and are quite pleased to see one in the city. We also do receive many repeat Baltimore visitors who after staying at a hotel previously are out to explore Baltimore’s many neighborhoods.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    When in Baltimore you must have Blue Crab. It is the start of the city, be it as a crab cake or cracking them with a mallet. There are all kinds of options usually with seafood as the star of the menu. Some neighborhoods feature foods of ethnicity in Little Italy and Greek town, small eateries of Fells point and Canton with special Irish Pub Settings and upscale establishments in Harbor East, The Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon. Our two neighborhood Restaurants The life of Reilly (an Iris Pub) and Salt Tavern (American Bistro) are also our favorites just a few steps away from the Blue Door on Baltimore.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Check out our local tourism Bureau and Visitors Center- Visit Baltimore at and also the Maryland Tourism site for great information on events. There is also a wealth of information in the Where Travel Magazine and Web site for Baltimore.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 King Rooms, featuring private paths with soaking tubs, and separate spacious showers. Two of our rooms also feature outdoor balconies for soaking up the sun and the sights and sounds of our neighborhood.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets as our on-site Bengal cat does not allow the innkeepers to get a good night’s sleep when he know there is someone he may have opportunity to play with. We have a Pet hotel located within a 5 minute drive from our property.


  • Breakfast

    The Blue Door takes pride in our breakfast offerings being a little different. Our aim is to give the most flexibility to meet the needs of our guests with tight morning schedules and those more laid-back with daily breakfast service from 7:00AM to 10:00AM. A Continental Breakfast with assorted breads, pastries, cold cereals, whole fruits, and yogurt is available each morning in addition to select menu items

    Weekdays: In addition to our Continental offering, a made-to-order menu is also offered featuring egg dishes and a special of the day.  You can always let us know the night before what you may desire; we will have it ready so that you can have a great start to your day.

    Weekends: Your first cup of coffee is available at 7:00AM along with our Continental offerings. Our three-course Grand Breakfast service is available starting at 8:30AM  Be seated at your leisure. Sample the morning’s fresh breads and pastries with brewed specialty teas and coffees. One of our unique award-winning fruit dishes follows, with the day’s featured main course completing the experience.

    We will surprise you with an entree from our recipe collection; possibly a wholesome breakfast casserole, a baked breakfast bowl (filled with eggs, veggies, and country sausage), a strada with a twist, baked French toast, apple pancakes, or Belgian waffles. All of our breakfasts are finished with another cup of your favorite beverage and lively conversation.

    Special Needs: Rest assured vegetarian and special dietary needs are important to us, as we have some special needs of our own. We serve all of our breakfast meats as side dishes to accommodate your diet. Please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements for you. Gluten-free options are also available.

    Morning Beverages: Beverages include coffee, teas, two varieties of fruit juice (Orange and Cranberry), and specialty coffees (espresso, cappuccino, and latte). We also include both dairy and soy based milk products.

    In-Room Indulgences:  We welcome you with dark chocolates in your room each day.  Grab a beverage from our guest Library. Sodas, hot and cold filtered water and tea service are available 24 hours a day. After your evening out to enjoy one of the many great places to dine in Baltimore, save a little room for what awaits your return. Your turned-down room awaits with a mini tray of fresh baked dark chocolate treats and fruit at your bedside.

    Recipes:  Of course we share our recipes.  We regularly post them on our BLOG and will share a technique over breakfast with you.

  • Business Travelers

    Your Innkeepers understand the demands of being on the road, previously traveling internationally for a major technology corporation. We provide many amenities to maximize your comfort in between busy days of appointments.

    • Corporate Rates with flexible booking and cancellation policies including.
    • Frequent Stay Program (Stay seven nights or refer five associates and you receive a free night).
    • Special rates for multiple room reservations.
    • Large, quiet, king guest rooms with private outside decks for relaxation.
    • Rooms appointed with sitting area, work (desk) area, free Wi-fi internet access, with TV that doubles as a computer monitor
    • Close proximity and walking distance to Johns Hopkins Medical Center and Inner Harbor.
    • Free street and reserved on-site property parking for late arrivals.
    • Flat rate taxi fares to BWI airport and city locations.
    • Complementary printer, and fax access
    • Our printer is on for your mobile device 24X7.  We feature technology for smart phones, laptops, and INTERNET READY mobile devices to use our guest printer. NO MORE wishing that you could print an important message, directions, boarding passes, tickets, or details for an appointment because you do not have the print driver.  Even have an associate send something during your stay in a secure way.  
    • Ample lighting and electrical outlets for everything you must travel with.
    • Traveling light? Use our guest netbook or iPad to get to your email or print your boarding pass.
    • In-room satellite television, music, DVD player and iPod / iPhone /  MP3 compatible clock radios.
    • Near-by dining options.
    • Include your business associates for breakfast
    • 24-hour access to local health club
    • Reservation assistance to enhance your stay in Baltimore City. To plan your visit in advance, check out things near us through our Where Traveler Listing on your phone and our website’s Trip Planner.
  • Reviews

    Tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence"winner - May 2012

    Strike a Pose with Yoga - September 2011 New York Examiner- story

    Tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence"winner - June 2011

    Best Bed and Breakfasts in Baltimore - Baltimore Magazine August 2010 - story

    Green Certified Maryland Tourism Partner - August 2010 - details

    Focus on our Gluten-free Menu - Baltimore Examiner August 2010 - story

    Can’t Get Boston Red Sox Ticktes Head to a Baltimore B&B - Boston Examiner May 2010 - story

    Mother’s Day Brucnh Recipies - Our Fruit Salad with Orange Reduction wins third prize -A Taste of home Magazine April 2009 issue

    B&B’s Target Business Travelers - “Small inns compete with hotel chains through frequent-guest programs”- USA Today, November 4, 2008

    Hotels scrutinize online feedback in hopes of luring more travelers-Baltimore Business Journal January 2, 2009

    House on the Hill - June 2008 Baltimore Urbanite- - Story

    The Blue Door in Butchers Hill - March 2008 Butchers Hill News - Story

  • About Your Innkeepers:

    We are your innkeepers Roger and Cecelia. Our previous corporate business lives have allowed us to travel the world for the last 30 years. Those travels have allowed us the opportunity to select from our best experiences and favorite amenities to build memorable stays for our guests. Combined with our love of cooking and entertaining guests, our Bed and Breakfast is a natural extension to who we are.

    In addition to operating the Blue Door, we have many outside interests that are reflected in our guest rooms and activities. The Orchid that you will find in your room is from Cecelia’s collection. She hopes you enjoy their beauty as much as we do.

    Cecelia also is a Registered Yoga Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer; please ask her for a private or group class to enhance your stay. From time to time Yoga Weekends are offered; let us know if you may be interested in attending one - Click Here to be put on our mailing list.

    Roger started his working life in the hospitality industry prior to entering the corporate world and has found his place back here with a wealth of traveling experience.

    He also has a great love for sailing. The fountain you will find in your room is a unique creation that brings Roger’s love of the water to every place in and around the building. And, not by chance, there is a piece artwork in every room of the house capturing a glimpse of a boat.

     There may be a chance when you call or stay with us that you will also meet Michelle our Assistant Innkeeper. Michelle is originally from Trinidad and assisted in the building of a Bed and Breakfast business in Virginia upon coming to the US. She is also our licensed massage therapist. While you may see her attending to innkeeping activities around the Blue Door, she may be knocking at your door for a pre-arranged in-room massage.

  • Area Information

    With so many things to do year-round, you will likely come back again to see something that was missed. Be it a museum, art, a park, great dining, shopping, festivals, tours, sports, or a concert - you can “Get in on it” in Baltimore.

    Location Information (Points of Interest):

    • The Blue Door is proud to an Authentic Baltimore location. Our locations are not only historic but also share unique stories about our City.
    • Don't miss: Baltimore's unique neighborhoods - Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, Mt. Vernon, Hampden, and Johns Hopkins- Homewood.
    • Landmarks (visit our Distances and Where Traveler links for details).
    • Historic Butchers Hill - Our neighborhood boasts fine examples of the Baltimore Row house featuring a House Tour over Columbus Day weekend. Reserve a spot for this year’s event and some perfect October weather.
    • Patterson Park, three blocks from the Blue Door on Baltimore, rated one of America's top revitalized park is also the venue for many festivals.
    • You can get to Washington DC using MTA’s MARC or AMTRAK services.
    • Cruising Layover? The Cruise Maryland Site has information you can use.
    • Visiting one of our neighbors? Let us know and we will help make your time with them extra special.
    • Also, please check out our Travel Specials and Programs page for upcoming house events

    Exploring Baltimore:

    Plan a day from our Adventures and StoryBook links

    Of course there is more:

    History buff's-- 2012 is approaching. Bookmark Star Spangled 200 to plan your travels.

    • The Camden Yards Ball Park area, offers tours of the Baseball park, Sports Legends, Babe Ruth and Gepie' Entertainment Museum.
    • Are you a Pinball Wizard? Check out the Pinball Museum moving to the Power Plan Live venue on Water Street.
    • Baltimore discussions and activities on Visit Baltimore's Facebook page.
    • Explore Baltimore by water. We are eight short blocks from Fells Point - Chester Street Water Taxi stops. Ride all day for a fare of $10.00 per person. Or maybe a Harbor sail - sailing on the Liberty
    • Need some help for a specific date? Give us a call with your preferences and we will help you build an itinerary.

    Hungry? Sample Baltimore's many dining experiences from our Dining Out link. Looking for something specific? The Baltimore Eats site can show you options by neighborhood.

    Additional on-line resources for planning activities, locating establishments and attractions, and making reservations:

    All of our travel planning links are in one place. Put together a fantastic trip at the Blue Door on Baltimore. Let us know if we can help.

  • Directions

    The Blue Door on Baltimore is no more than 10 minutes from the Baltimore’s major Highways. Using a GPS? (our coordinates are Latitude 39.291571,Longitude -76.58828).

    The Blue Door on Baltimore is conveniently located off Route 95.

    • Exit at O’Donnell Street-Boston Street Exit 57.
    • Follow Signs for Boston Street West, which will take you toward the Inner Harbor and marinas (A good landmark is the First Mariner Bank Tower. Waterfront properties are on your left hand side after traveling approximately 1 mile.)
    • Boston Street will merge with Fleet Street at the intersection of Chester Street, turn left on to Fleet Street.
    • The first intersection is Washington Street, turn right
    • You will now travel up the hill into the Butcher’s Hill district, 5 Traffic Lights
    • Take a right at East Baltimore Street – Large Black-stone Church on the right.
    • The Blue Door is in the first block as you turn onto East Baltimore Street.
    • 2023 East Baltimore (Building with the Blue Door) is on your right hand side and is at the corner of East Baltimore and Castle Street. You may park on the street or pull around to the back of our property temporarily for unloading and parking assistance.

    Using Route 895?

    • North Bound exit at O’Donnell Street. Go straight through the light at the end of the exit Ramp this will be Interstate Street and will turn into Boston Street. Then follow Directions from above.
    • South Bound, there is no exit for O’Donnell Street-Boston Street. You must exit at Eastern Avenue and travel West toward the city. You will reach Patterson Park on your right after about 7 minutes of driving. Pass the traffic light at the end of the park and the next traffic light will be Washington Street, Turn right and go to second the third traffic light, East Baltimore Street and take a right, Follow above directions.

    We can also be reached via Route 83

    • Route 83 will merge with President Street as you enter the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore
    • From The north - Make a Left turn at East Baltimore Street (Fayette Street is just before East Baltimore)
    • From the South on President Street – Make a Right turn at East Baltimore Street (Lombard Street is just before East Baltimore)
    • The Blue Door is in the block starting with the intersection of Washington Street - Large Black-stoned Church on the right hand side.
    • 2023 East Baltimore (Building with the Blue Door) is on your right hand side and is at the corner of East Baltimore and Castle Street. You may park on the street or pull around to the back of our property temporarily for unloading and parking assistance.