The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel Has An Opening Date
The long-awaited transformation of the Fells Point Recreation Pier into a boutique hotel will come to fruition next month when Sagamore Pendry Baltimore opens.
The 128-room hotel is slated to open March 20, general manager David Hoffman said. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development Co. is the lead developer of the $60M property. War Horse LLC, owned by Plank’s brother, Scott Plank, is also a partner on the three-story, 122k SF building.
“We’re bringing this incredible property to life," said Hoffman, who moved from Hawaii to manage the Baltimore hotel. "That’s always the fun part of the job.”
Baltimore will be home to the first Pendry Hotel on the East Coast and second in the country, after San Diego. Pendry Hotels is a new flag from California luxury brand Montage Hotels & Resorts.
New York-based James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini will oversee the food and beverage operations for the hotel, including the 160-seat Italian steakhouse Rec Pier Chop House and the 20-seat Cannon Room Whiskey Bar. The latter will feature Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey, to be produced soon at Kevin Plank’s distillery in Port Covington.
Designed by BHC Architects and Patrick Sutton Design, the hotel rooms and restaurant will house large windows that offer sweeping views of the pier and surrounding neighborhood.
It will also contain elements that pay homage to the 103-year-old pier’s past and Baltimore's history. Originally the second-largest port of entry for early 20th century immigrants, after Ellis Island, the hotel once served as a gathering place for the community.
That is the goal of the new hotel as well, Hoffman said. In addition to weddings and banquets, the 4,500 SF ballroom will host dance and other classes that invite the public into the space.
“It was a gathering place for people within the community from different cultures," he said. "We want to make sure we honor that history and do things to bring that history back to life.”
Part of the whiskey bar’s floor will contain an illuminated glass case highlighting an original, 18th century cannon under the water. Another cannon will be located at the bar.
Made by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero, a 12-foot horse sculpture in the courtyard will be one of the hotel's key art elements. A metal screen in the lobby will contain the words to "The Star Spangled Banner," penned during the battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry.
Introductory rates will start at $299, while standard rates will run from $350 to $795 per night for rooms and suites. Two presidential rates will start at $12k per night.
The hotel has booked 25 weddings so far for 2017, according to director of sales and marketing Jon Chocklett.