by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | August 7, 2015

In the past two months, three new hotels have opened in Baltimore and more are on the way. Combined, they will add some 400 rooms to the city's inventory, which currently hovers at 9,000. And that's good news for the "Comeback City," which, according to Visit Baltimore, is on track to host a record 29 citywide conventions this year, generating an estimated economic impact of $138 million.

Hotel RL BaltimoreDays ago, the 130-room Hotel RL opened in the city's Inner Harbor. It is the flagship hotel for Red Lion Hotels Corp.'s new urban lifestyle brand, which the company announced it was launching back in October 2014. It is also the first East Coast property in the 50-year history of the Spokane, Wash.-based chain. "Baltimore is the perfect place to unveil this concept," said Greg Mount, president and CEO of RLHC. The RL concept is all about the Millennial traveler. The lobby, called The Steppes, is designed for lounging, with its part-cafe, part-restaurant, part-workspace style. It will feature live local entertainment and TED-style interactive talks, which eventually will be broadcast to other Hotel RL properties — more of which are in the works for other urban locations including Atlanta, New York and Salt Lake City.

The Ivy Hotel BaltimoreThis past June saw the opening of The Ivy Hotel, a very exclusive (and pricy) 18-room property in a former Gilded Age mansion at the corner of Biddle and Calvert, following a meticulous $18 million historic restoration. Features include a 75-seat restaurant, a full-service spa, and transportation services to and from surrounding airports by limousine or an authentic London cab. One more thing: The hotel has a strict no-tipping policy. "We're operating this like a private home," said David Garrett, the hotel's managing director.

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Mount VernonAlso opening its doors in June was the 175-room Hotel Indigo Baltimore Mt. Vernon. It is housed in the former Mt. Vernon Hotel, which underwent a $20 million renovation. Geared toward business travelers, the property features 4,000 square feet of meeting space, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a 24-hour fitness center and a lobby library with a fireplace, where guests can unwind with a book by Maryland notables such as Edgar Allan Poe and Francis Scott Key.

Coming in 2016 is the 128-room Under Armour Hotel, which broke ground this past March on a 100-year-old pier in the city's Fells Point neighborhood. According to Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, the $60 million hotel is being designed to give visitors to the global athletic-wear giant's headquarters a unique Baltimore experience. And, by that, he means having guests voyage across the Inner Harbor to and from Under Armour's headquarters on an authentic Chesapeake Bay crab boat.