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The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel whas been recognized as one of the winners of the “Best Historic Hotel” category in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA Today. (Photo courtesy Lord Baltimore Hotel)

Lord Baltimore Hotel officially reopens

The Lord Baltimore Hotel celebrated the completion of its remodeling with a ribbon cutting on Thursday.

The French Renaissance style hotel, located at 20 W. Baltimore St., was built in 1928, and Rubell Hotels recently completed renovations, which included every aspect of the project from the grand lobby to 50-inch high-definition televisions.

“Since the first time I laid eyes on the Lord Baltimore Hotel, I knew that I had to become a part of this architectural gem that is such an important piece of Baltimore’s history,” Mera Rubell, of Rubell Hotels, said in a news release. “Over the past year, my family and I have become immersed in Baltimore’s art, culture and community and it feels like a perfect fit.”

The hotel is 23 stories high, features 440 guest rooms and provides 20,000-square-feet of event space. It’s also listed on the the National Register of Historic Places. Remodeling of the hotel began shortly after Rubell Hotels purchased the property in March 2013.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who cut the ribbon prior to the Downtown Partnership’s “State of Downtown Breakfast,” praised the level of detail that went into the renovations.

“Interesting people want interesting places to go,” Rawlings-Blake said.