I stayed for 11 nights and never regretted. This rental is pure Baltimore: classic row/town house on quiet street but 5 minutes from all you can want. Yes, the stair case is very narrow as often the case in such houses; unpack on first floor, or have someone help if the baggage is very heavy. The house is furnished tastifully without being overbearing. The kitchen has everything one needs; Whole Foods is a few minutes away so if you don't want to go out to any of the many and varied good restaurants in close walking distance, you've got it made. Richard provides the house with two Water Taxi passes, which makes taking the taxi to and from Inner Harbor or just for a cooling off on the bay easy. Charm City Circulators stop near by for free transport -- for anybody needing to get to JHU Medical School the circulator zips up in no time; for those needing Homewood Campus, the JHU Shuttle gets you from the medical campus. The central air conditioner works extremely well but indeed on the third floor it is a bit too much to expect; an old fashion window unit is available that cools things off, but is a bit noisy -- take earplugs if you are a light sleeper. More than enough closet space and TV-cable on each floor. I plan on returning the next time I am in Baltimore, probably in the fall. If you like Mexican food, there is a fresh tortilla shop 5 minutes away, Eastern Ave, as well as other Latin American eateries. Richard is available for assistance; he is friendly and helpful; drove me to Penna Station when leaving for NYC. Definitely better than a hotel stay. Only warning, if you do not like walking up stairs or have some disability, not for you.
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The location of Lancaster House makes it a great base of operations for a weekend in Baltimore. Probably its greatest attraction is that it's stumbling distance to all the bars and restaurants in Fell's Point, so you don't have to worry about saddling someone with designated driver duties for climbing into the back of a cab that looks like it was just on one of the more... interesting... episodes of Taxicab Confessions. Should boozing for hours on end not be your thing, you can easily make use of the water taxis two blocks away to see all the touristy parts around Inner Harbor. The owners were nice enough to provide two passes for the taxis, so the $10/day fare becomes a non-issue.
The house is a typical period row home, with narrow hallways, slanted floors (even when you're sober) and very steep winding staircases. The kitchen was fully equipped and the back patio with gas grill makes for a good way to spend a cool evening with a half dozen friends. All the rooms were well furnished and functional, making decent use of some of the smaller spaces. Bonus points to the owners for plastering the walls with numerous alcohol themed prints from around the start of the 20th century.
There are a few annoying bits worth noting.
The parking situation isn't great. They provide a pass that allows parking on the non-metered street, but a second car means finding a parking garage 4 (?) blocks away or getting $52 parking tickets as souvenirs. I have two I'm going to frame. I understand protecting the resists right to park from the Fell's Point masses, but I would have liked to see two passes for a three bedroom house instead of just the one. Oh, and I got another memento in the form of a license plate screw hole punched in my bumper. (Who drives an Xterra in the city anyway?)
The A/C doesn't work that well. The lower level was cool, but even with it set at 68° the bedroom on the second floor was very warm in the night. The windows looked somewhat original, so I suspect it's an insulation issue. Not a huge deal, but something to consider during the hotter months.
There is internet advertised, but it's useless. We tried both wireless and wired connections on two different devices and it barely worked. Webpages would load, but only after hitting refresh a half dozen times and at a 1992 modem speeds. Piggy backing off a neighbor with an open wireless network was far less aggravating.
The third bedroom is a bed in an open loft over the kitchen, so make sure your third couple (or amorous single) likes very late night or early morning nookie. I guess you could also have people who don't mind an audience there, but I suggest you discuss it PRIOR to being surprised while enjoying your morning coffee in the breakfast nook.
Despite these annoyances, the general consensus among the guests was "I was could live here for a year." Take that as you will.
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