11 Convenient Baltimore Cruise Hotels Near the Port

One of the biggest questions we get asked time and again is if we think passengers should arrive the night before their cruise, or head to the port on the day of their trip.

For those that are nearby (within driving distance), we usually think you are ok coming in the day of your cruise, unless there is some major reason such as weather to make you think that you need more time.

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However, if you are flying into the area then we highly recommend you come in the night before. Between long lines at security, plane breakdowns, and weather delays, there are simply too many potential issues that can come up and delay your trip.

Of course, if you come in early then you’ll need a place to stay. To help you out, we’ve rounded up a number of options to stay before your cruise.

Unlike some port cities, there are no accommodations right at the Port of Baltimore. Instead, the closest places to stay are located near the downtown/Inner Harbor area. This is about 10 minutes (3 miles) away from the port, which is a cheap and easy Uber or taxi ride. Some hotels will also provide a shuttle.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the hotels closest to the cruise terminal that are also rated “Good” or better by online booking site Kayak.com. Rates are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay. Your rate will vary.

Click the hotel name below to read reviews from real travelers on TripAdvisor.com.

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Baltimore Hotels Near the Cruise Port

Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
Sitting only about three blocks from the Inner Harbor, the Days Inn is in a prime location for you to enjoy all of what Baltimore has to offer before you head out on your cruise. It’s also within walking distance of Oriole Park. While the exterior may look a bit old in its architecture, the interior is comfortable and modern. Traveling with a family? Kids 17 and under stay free.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Brookshire Suites
Literally just a block from the harbor, this hotel is a great option that’s highly rated on TripAdvisor. Tons of attractions, restaurants and more are right nearby, including the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium. Meanwhile, the hotel itself is modern and trendy. As a bonus, you can find some cheap nights, including some days under $100 per night.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
With an indoor pool and recent renovations, the Holiday Inn is a good choice for those wanting to stay near the port, but also get a taste of the Inner Harbor area. You’re also very close to Camden Yards where you can catch a game if the Orioles are in town. Most of the waterfront attractions at the harbor will be a little bit of a walk, but not bad.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Residence Inn by Marriott
The Residence Inn by Marriott is a mere two blocks from the harbor. Meanwhile, it’s among the highest rated hotels on our list. The recently renovated hotel also offers free breakfast and free wi-fi for guests. With studios available, it’s a good idea if you are traveling with more than two people. We found rates between $150 and $250 a night.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is across the street from the Residence Inn mentioned above and offers a similar stay. The classic building (which has been updated) give the feel of classic Baltimore while the rooms themselves are clean and comfy. Suites are offered, making it a good choice for those traveling with families that don’t want the expense of booking two rooms.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites
Another quality hotel that’s in an ornate older building that’s been renovated, it’s hard to beat Hampton Inn’s quality and location. It’s in the cluster of hotels near Inner Harbor, close to everything. Meanwhile, the interior is classically designed — public areas look straight out of a high-end turn of the century hotel. It’s a unique change from the trend toward modern and trendy hotels.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Sheraton Inner Harbor
Want to be close to the Harbor? It doesn’t get much closer than the Sheraton Inner Harbor that’s in between the baseball field and the west bank of the harbor. Meanwhile, you’re less than three miles to the cruise ship at the Baltimore terminal. It’s clean and comfortable, with high ratings on TripAdvisor (4 out of 5 with high marks for its location).

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Renaissance Baltimore
Want to stay on the Harbor? Then this is the place. It literally overlooks the Inner Harbor, and sits right across the street. There’s even a walkway bridge over the road to give you easy access without having to wait for traffic to cross. While in the price range of the other hotels on our list, it can be more expensive (>$250) during some nights. Featuring an indoor pool and sleek, stylish design, it’s a great option for those who want a memorable stay before their cruise.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor
Only a few miles from the cruise port — about a 10-minute drive — the Hyatt Regency offers high-end accommodations right near the touristy section of the Inner Harbor. There’s a ton to see and do right near the hotel, and it features an outdoor pool if visiting during the summer.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Royal Sonesta
Perhaps the most luxurious and elegant hotel on our list, the Royal Sonesta is a great choice for those looking for a high-end way to start their cruise. Some amenities include an indoor pool, tennis courts, library, and more. It also recently underwent an $11 renovation.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
With the Marriott brand, you know you’re getting quality. The hotel is located a bit off the harbor, but not a far walk. Meanwhile it’s in the same neighborhood as other hotels on our list, including the Holiday Inn mentioned above. You’re near Camden Yards and the convention center. Expect to pay a bit more — we saw rates around $150 for weekdays and about $275 on weekends.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

More on Cruising From Baltimore

Getting to the Port of Baltimore — Transportation options from airports and the Baltimore area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Baltimore Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port —  Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

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