Get Away: Baltimore’s Ulysses Hotel

For campy fun, book a stay at this John Waters-inspired property in Charm City's Mount Vernon neighborhood.
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The Our Lady of the Flowers suite at Baltimore’s Ulysses Hotel (courtesy photo)

Opened in the fall of 2022 in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, the Ulysses hotel is named for James Joyce’s mythical novel, as well as a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore. 

To curate the property’s eclectic style, designers for parent company Ash Hotels hit Maryland estate sales and traveled to India, Europe and Vietnam to collect furniture and art. American filmmaker and Baltimore native son John Waters’ brand of counterculture served as inspiration for the hotel’s campy elements, from suite themes to carved wooden flamingo side tables.

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The Tomorrow suite. Photo by Brett Wood

The 116 guest rooms and suites feature hand-beaded lampshades, ornate dark wood furniture, four-poster beds and handmade quilts.

All-day bistro Ash-Bar, inspired by steam train dining cars, serves up everything from coffee and house-made pastries to pasta, fish and veggie dishes. Try the popular 24 Hour Pressed Potatoes.

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Bloom’s lounge inside the Ulysses Hotel (Photo by Brett Wood)

Sip cocktails—Midori sours and old-fashioneds are favorites here—at Bloom’s, the colorful feast-for-the-senses lounge. Rates begin at $179. Ulysses, 2 E. Read St., Baltimore, Maryland; 443-682-8578 

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