Within the last six months there have been a crop of new boutique hotels opening in Baltimore.  I love to stay at boutique hotels and visit their bar/restaurant scene.  You can imagine my excitement  when my best friend asked me to meet her for after-work cocktails at the new Hotel RL (207 E Redwood Street).

The 130-room hotel has a hotel bar,  coffee shop, meeting and event space, lounge/game room, and a small stage that currently hosts live performances and spoken word artists. You won’t find a front desk or uniformed employees at this hotel because it’s lobby is equipped with electronic kiosks to register guests and take food and drink orders. The hotel also offers bicycles to guests who want to tour the city.

Here’s a look inside the hotel…

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Raspberry Diablo and Grapefruit Basil

In addition to our after-work cocktails, of course we sampled the food. I’m always in the mood to eat and my best friend is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect fish taco.

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Grown Up Mac & Cheese

We ordered the  “Grown Up Mac & Cheese” to share.  It was a great choice because we both enjoyed the baked flaky outer layer and the four cheeses – Gruyère, American, cheddar and jack.

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Rockfish Tacos

We noticed that a couple at the bar ordered the chicken tacos and they looked really good, so my best friend ordered the rockfish tacos.  The tacos (3) were served in a soft tortilla shell with grilled rockfish, house slaw, mango and cheese.

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Sloppy Jo

This ground beef BBQ Sloppy Joe was my favorite!  It was the perfect warm comfort food on a cold night.  It is served with your choice of salad or chips.

Consider Hotel RL Baltimore you next vacation or staycation destination.