by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 04, 2015
Red Lion Hotel Corp. has opened its first Hotel RL, a 130-room property in Baltimore. The Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, within walking distance of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, is the result of a conversion of the former Keyser Building, a 10-story historic property with a cut-stone facade.

The lobby's seating area is called The Steps, where the company has aimed to recreate the ambience of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house; guests can enjoy a free Victrola Coffee espresso there in the morning or a free cocktail in the evening. Future plans for The Steps include live entertainment and interactive talks that will be broadcast to other Hotel RLs. The property will have about 2,400 square feet of meeting space; it is expected to be available by the end of the month.

Red Lion launched Hotel RL last October; the new property is the flagship of the full-service conversion brand designed for urban markets.

To celebrate the introduction of the brand, RLHC has launched Project Wake Up Call, a social responsibility effort raising funds and awareness to help combat homelessness by showcasing pictures taken by professional and amateur photographers. Similar citywide initiatives will be started in each new RL Hotel city. In Baltimore, the brand has partnered with Health Care for the Homeless, provides health care for vulnerable individuals and families, and more.