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Hotel planned near Hopkins with university branding

An artist's rendering of The Study at Johns Hopkins, a university-hotel planned for Homewood. (Submitted.)

An artist’s rendering of The Study at Johns Hopkins, a university hotel planned for Homewood. (Submitted.)

A hotel sharing branding with Johns Hopkins University plans to open near the university’s Homewood campus in two years, the university and the hotel company announced Wednesday.

Study Hotels, a small chain of hotels with university branding, said its new Hopkins location would include 115 rooms, conference space and a restaurant.

Study Hotels has also opened university-branded hotels with Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and has plans for a hotel with University of Chicago.

The university considered a number of partners for the project but felt Study offered the best match.

“We have seen the need for some time,” said Mitch Bonanno, Hopkins’ chief real estate officer. “We felt like it was the right timing, especially with Study and their growth and attention to detail and some of the great projects they have done.” 

Study has developed a particular aesthetic for its rooms, including leather reading chairs and large work desks.

The hotel will take over and renovate the 11-story Blackstone building at North Charles and E. 33rd Streets. The property is owned by the university. Study will have a long-term lease with the university and be responsible for renovations and the operations of the hotel.

The apartment building is filled almost entirely by students. Leases at the 99-apartment building all expire by May 2020.

Construction on the conversion is planned to begin that summer.

“Johns Hopkins is in perfect alignment with our selective growth strategy and offers us an amazing opportunity to become an integral part of their culture,” Paul McGowan, president & founder of Hospitality 3 and Study Hotels, said in a statement. “I couldn’t think of a more perfect location for our newest property.”

The university already owns and operates a conference center and hotel in Mount Washington. But the university saw a need for something closer to campus to serve both conferences and regular visitors to the university, such as parents and alumni.

“When we looked at the room nights that we generate as an institution here and near the Homewood campus … there is clearly a disconnect,” Bonanno said. “We felt like it was clear from a supply-and-demand standpoint.”

Hopkins could also benefit from having a conference location right next to its campus.

Bonanno said Hopkins looked at what other universities have done with hotels but wanted its hotel to be specific to Hopkins.

“We always look at our peers and what other folks are doing,” he said. “But Baltimore is unique and our location is unique.”

The university also hopes the hotel adds to the Charles Village neighborhood, building on similar projects like the Charles Commons apartments and the update to the north Charles streetscape.

It could bring more customers to the neighborhood’s retailers, Bonanno said.

 “This is really just a continuation of the village for Charles Village to be a thriving ecosystem,” he said. “A big part of this … is bringing in other third-party business to Charles Village other than Hopkins.”

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