Many here in Baltimore have watched the restoration and transition to John Gilman’s 19th century Gilded Age mansion in their travels north on Calvert Street into the lush, boutique Ivy Hotel. The luxury hotel, with its turret and leaded windows pays homage to its past blended with its modern, stylish rooms, suites and common areas.
The Ivy Hotel’s restaurant Magdalena, situated in the lower level is designed with white washed exposed brick walls and lightly hued floors to give a more open feel to the space. The Garden dining room, where we were seated, home to the bar and a large view of the well manicured courtyard has warmer tones with chestnut brown leather banquettes and recessed wood paneled ceiling. They cleverly put slightly tilted mirrors behind one row of banquettes so people facing the wall can watch all the activity in the room rather than staring at the wall. We toured the other dining rooms: the Treasury Room, the Wine Cellar with its large communal table and the last room, has no name that I can remember, although with the rugs, lighting from the faux windows and hats decorating the walls, had a Moroccan feel.
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