BALTIMORE—Brookshire Suites Baltimore will re-launch under the stewardship of Modus Hotels, a D.C.-based owner and operator of lifestyle hotels. Making its first foray into the city of Baltimore, Modus¹ vision is to deliver an authentic urban experience.
Seattle-based interior designers, Dawson Design Associates, whose portfolio includes the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco and the Hotel 1000 in Seattle, reimagined the space with a bold juxtaposition of hard edge art statements and timeless design features. Modular sofas and a communal table encourage people to socialize and linger in the lobby, creating a gathering place. Interpretations of street art commissioned by local artist and creator of the Baltimore Love Project, Michael Owen, call to mind Baltimore¹s row houses. The space is also accented with black and white photographs of Baltimore-born musicians; Frank Zappa, Mama Cass Elliott and Adam Duritz, lead singer from the Counting Crows.
The Red Bar, located in the lobby furthers the local flavor by partnering with local brands such as Zeke¹s Coffee, Heavy Seas Brewery, and Knob Hall Winery. In addition, the lobby affords guests an opportunity to enjoy board games, social conversation and, on certain nights, local music. “We wanted to create a lifestyle hotel that was truly connected to the edgy, modern feel that is Baltimore, with the Brookshire Suites emerging as an urban playground for business and leisure travelers,” says Modus Hotels President and CEO Aaron Katz.
Accommodations include 97 studio and one bedroom suites offering features such as oversized desks, mini-fridges, and large, light-filled bay windows with views of Baltimore¹s Inner Harbor. Guestrooms take a cue from street art themes, with artist portraits, bright pops of color, and graffiti wall covering against warm grey textured walls. In addition, guests are treated to Gilchrist and Soames eco-friendly bath amenities.
The property offers 2,000 square feet of event space featuring two flexible rooms and a multi-use 12th floor space with harbor views as well as daily breakfast and grab-and-go snacks and beverages from the lobby¹s Marketplace. The Brookshire also enjoys a partnership with MV Fitness, a fitness studio housed in a converted Victorian home that offers yoga, spin and cardio classes.