Upon entering the Hotel Revival in the historic Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, visitors are greeted by a brightly colored neon sign that reads: Let your life unfold according to its own design.
It’s something Jason Bass, director of culture and impact at the boutique hotel, takes to heart.
Bass first started out as a fan and guest of Hotel Revival, including Topside, the hotel’s seafood-focused restaurant.
He reached out to hotel management to organize an event at the historic property and, along the way, became a consultant, focusing on community programming. It began on January 1, 2020, with the mission of creating inclusive spaces for programming from guests, community members and others, ultimately bringing people to the location in a way that destroyed the silos.
Jason Bass started as a fan and guest of Hotel Revival and is now its Director of Culture and Impact. Photo credit: Revival Hotel
“We’re all excited, we’re going to bring all these people here, and it’s going to be awesome,” he recalls thinking at the time.
Then the coronavirus took hold and the pandemic affected the functioning of Revival and the hospitality industry in general.
“And of course the opposite had to happen – we had to not bring people here the way we originally saw it, ”he said.
The Hotel Revival and Bass, along with others, quickly pivoted, creating opportunities to help residents of the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. The hotel became a kind of community center, where people could buy essentials like toilet paper, toiletries, hot meals, coffee and even flowers.
The rooms were offered at a reduced rate or free to first responders, he said.
Soon after, Bass was offered a regular role at the hotel.
“There are a lot of things you can do here that give you purpose,” he said. “But this one kind of went beyond that. It really felt like you had an immediate impact. Because you see it immediately. Hungry people could come and get food. Anyone. was so grateful, grateful and kind. “
Now, Bass and others at the 107-room Revival Hotel, a JdV by Hyatt hotel, are looking to continue their involvement in the community, but in new ways. One idea Bass is pursuing is to partner with a public school in East Baltimore. Ideas under consideration include having a student follow up by a worker at the hotel or arranging trips to the nearby Sagamore farm for the students.
The lobby of Hotel Revival, Baltimore’s only Joie de Vivre hotel.
“A partnership between the hotel and a local elementary / secondary school would be incredibly meaningful,” he said. “This would provide students with an experiential learning opportunity and give them access to environments that they would not normally have access to, while allowing them to engage with like-minded professionals. These students could be there. future of the hotel industry. “
The hotel’s ties to the community extend to its rooms and restaurants. For example, its Miss Mary sequel pays homage to a Mount Vernon progressive named Mary Elizabeth Garrett, a well-known suffragist and philanthropist at the turn of the 20th century.
The Revival’s Topside restaurant showcases the distinct flavors of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay, and its Dashery Cafe is a grab-and-go spot for breakfast and lunch.
The hotel offers several packages for guests, including the Top Dog Package, with pet gifts and bowls placed in the room during the stay; an aquarium package, which includes two tickets to the Baltimore Inner Harbor National Aquarium; and the Romance Package, which includes a three-course dinner for two at Duck Duck Goose in the Fells Point waterfront neighborhood, plus a sauna session and couples massage.
For more information or to book, visit jdvhotels.com/revival.