History of the Charles

When The Belvedere first opened in 1903, the Charles Ballroom was simply known as the “Main Dining Room.”  It operated as such until the 1950’s when it was renamed the Charles Ballroom and became a fine dining supper club.  Live music floated through the room and war-time guests dined on Baltimore’s finest cuisine, sipped sherry, and danced the jitterbug adorned in their evening finest.

General Information

  • Features Ionic pilasters, dramatic bracketed windows, and classic architecture
  • Located on the lobby level of the Belvedere
  • Three historic crystal chandeliers
  • Inlaid wood dance floor
  • Can be used in conjunction with John Eager Howard and or Palm Ballroom for a ceremony, cocktail hour, or breakout rooms
  • Sits at the corner of Charles and E Chase St
  • Gold Chiavari Chairs are included with all events


Download printable pdf of the Charles Ballroom Room here.


Seated and Served Receptions with dance floor — 220 guests
Seated and Served Banquets (no dance floor) — 290 guests
Buffet and Stationed Receptions with dance floor — 150 guests
Buffet and Stationed Banquet (no dance floor) — 230 guests
Cocktail Reception — 370 guests
Theater or Ceremony — 325 guests
Classroom — 120 guests
Hollow Square — 72 guests
U-Shape — 60 guests
Conference — 52 guests
Square Footage — 3,479′
Dance Floor Square Footage — 588′
Please note, all capacities are based on maximum usage of the ballroom and every event’s needs are unique. Please consult with your Event Specialist regarding your event.