Afternoon tea wine-and-cheese receptions continental breakfasts—all on the house—are what set the boutique Hotel Brexton apart. The rooms are generously sized and gorgeously decorated and the service is top of the line as well. Winner of a 2010 Historic Preservation Award the 1881 Hotel Brexton has one of the city's most eye-catching exteriors. The six-story brick building resembles a castle with a distinctive slate roof accentuated by gabled windows and a towering turret at each corner. The building's triangular shape means that each of the 29 rooms has a different layout but all are unusually spacious and have interesting architectural details. The furnishings are sleek and modern as are such amenities as flat-panel TVs docks for your iPod and other personal electronics and Wi-Fi. From the expansive windows are killer views of the city skyline. Included in the rates are a complimentary continental breakfast (guests love the freshly baked Danishes) as well as free weekly wine-and-cheese receptions and afternoon tea. Take your morning coffee on the sunny and secluded patio. Near the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera House this hotel is one of the landmarks of the Mount Vernon historic district. There are plenty of shopping and dining options nearby. It's a 15- or 20-minute walk to the Inner Harbor and its attractions. A taxi can get you there in less than five minutes. Hotel Brexton is 11 miles from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport accessible by car or light-rail. Amtrak's Penn Station is half a mile north. Hotel Brexton is among the area's most elegant lodgings and the staff is always at your beck and call. The free amenities from afternoon tea to wine-and-cheese receptions are hard to beat.