A Brief History

The Belvedere was built in 1903 as Baltimore’s first luxury hotel. Named after General John Eager Howard’s estate the Belvidere which was located ~1 block away, the Belvedere Hotel was the tallest building in Baltimore at 188’ in 1903.

Once called “the Crown Jewel of Baltimore,” the Belvedere was the place to go for society’s elite. The Belvedere Hotel was the premier lodging in Baltimore during the first half of the twentieth century.

Belvedere means “beautiful view” and from the Grand and Platinum Ballrooms on the 12th floor and the elegant 13th Floor restaurant, you can see why The Belvedere earned her name. The building originally had a barbershop and pool hall in the basement, as well as shops, a tea room, hotel bar, and even a pool.

Famous Guests of the Belvedere

Al Pacino, Patti Labelle, F Scott Fitzgerald, Kenny Rogers, Roy Rogers, David Copperfield, Duke & Duchess of Windsor, President Theo Roosevelt, President Taft, President Wilson, President Hoover, President Franklin D Roosevelt, President Harding, President Truman, President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, President Reagan, Queen Marie of Rumania, Will Rogers, Sara Bernhardt, Sir Henry Irving, Henry Fonda, Harry P Belafonte, Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, Lady Astor, Jean Harlow, Oscar Hammerstein, Anna Pavlova, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Admiral Byrd, Admiral Perry, Samuel Clemens, Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire, Peter Lorre, Mrs Calvin Coolidge, John Philip Sousa, Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley

Venues at The Belvedere

The Owl Bar (1st Floor)
The Charles Ballroom (1st Floor)
The Palm Ballroom (1st Floor)
The John Eager Howard Ballroom (1st Floor)
The Grand & Platinum Ballrooms (12th Floor)
The 13th Floor (13th Floor)


Sparkling chandeliers, gilded architecture, and soaring ceilings grace the five historic ballrooms that have been hosting Baltimore’s elite events since 1903. Whether a corporate lecture with breakfast for 50 guests, or a black tie anniversary gala for 300 guests, the Ballrooms at the Belvedere are perfectly suited to a variety of events.

Capacities & Square Footage

The venues at the Belvedere are conducive to a variety of setups. Capacities range from 40 to 450 guests and details on each room can be seen by clicking here for a PDF, or by clicking on each individual room above.