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Housing Options and Transportation

Even if it's temporary, it's always nice to have a place to call home. Coming to Johns Hopkins for hospitalization or treatment can be a difficult time for everyone involved, especially the family members who need to be close to their loved one.  Accommodating everyone during the hospital stay can be a challenge, and an expensive one. Johns Hopkins understands these challenges and have a program designed to help. Whether you're staying for a few days or a few weeks, our housing program can assist you with your needs. 

 Free Option

American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge provides free lodging for patient and one caretaker.   The patient must be in active outpatient treatment for cancer, 18 or older and traveling 40 miles or more one way for treatment.  There is a three night minimum stay and patients must be referred by a physician.  Hope Lodge does have a wait list that extends to all the hospitals in Maryland. Patients who are added to the Hope Lodge wait list must have alternative accommodations is case a room is not available at the start of their treatment.
Housing Referral Services at 410-614-6527

Short Term Options

Some of our procedures require only a short hospital stay, between five and ten days. The city of Baltimore has many hotels and Johns Hopkins negotiates with many of them to provide reduced rates for families of patients under their care.

Accommodations Office at Johns Hopkins provides the best means for reserving hotel rooms and ensuring a reduced, Johns Hopkins rate. The price for a one-night stay ranges from approximately $80-$160.  Many hotels offer shuttle service, cab vouchers or limo service.  Johns Hopkins Hotel Accommodations List
Phone: 410-614-1911

The Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion serves as a "home-away-from-home" for adult cancer patients and their families. The Pavilion is located across the street from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building on the main hospital campus. Comprised of 29 suites ($60.00 a night) and 10 one-bedroom apartments ($87.00 a night), the Pavilion offers affordable short-term and long-term housing for Kimmel Cancer Center patients and their caregivers. It can accommodate other Johns Hopkins patients when space availability allows.  Patients must have a caregiver stay with them, as the Pavilion does not provide direct medical care.  All guests must be age 12 or olde
Housing Referral Services at 410-614-6527

The McElderrry House Lodging  offers twenty townhouses, all situated across from the Wolfe Street entrance to Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Townhouses may be rented in their entirety, or as single bedrooms with private or shared baths and a shared common area.
Call 410-732-5464 or 1-800-295-4131

Long Term Options

Depending on the type of treatment needed, some patients and families will need to relocate to Baltimore for several weeks or months. There are many long term leasing options available for accommodations in a furnished town home, a condominium or an apartment. Locations, amenities, and prices are varied. Many are located within 2 to 5 miles of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Several options include:

  • Chasestreet Properties: 410-935-4848
    (Furnished apartments located in and around Baltimore.) For information on leasing options you may contact these establishments directly or you may call our accommodations office)
  • Marriott ExecuStay 410-234.2004 ext. 11
    (Offers fully furnished apartments in and around the Baltimore area including Broadway Overlook, 3 blocks from the hospital)
  • Bridgestreet Accommodations: 410-296-0900 ext. 214
    (Furnished apartments located in and around Baltimore)

Transportation Referral Service  410-955-6549

The Transportation Coordinator attends to patients' transportation needs including shuttles to and within the East Baltimore medical campus. Additionally, this office can help make arrangements for those with special needs including wheelchair accessibility.

Johns Hopkins USA                     410-735-4872
Johns Hopkins International   01-410-955-8032

If you are coming from a distance, you only need to contact one office to make all necessary arrangements associated with your visit to Johns Hopkins. The staff at Johns Hopkins USA is for patients traveling from anywhere in the country. The staff at Johns Hopkins International is for patients traveling from beyond the United States. Either office can assist you with identifying an appropriate specialist, scheduling and coordinating your appointments, making lodging and travel plans and arranging for interpreter services.

Helpful Information for Planning Your Stay

Check with your health insurance company to determine if there is any coverage through your policy for local housing related to your treatment.

As a Johns Hopkins patient or family member, you have access to reduced rates at many local hotels.  Consider the special needs of any family members or caretakers who will also need housing.

Many lower-cost housing accommodations operate via a waiting list.  This means that the accommodation cannot confirm a reservation ahead of time; often room availabilities are not known until the day prior to your arrival. (The sooner you can provide the dates that you expect to need housing, the better the chance you will have in locating a room.)

If you are on a waiting list, be sure to have a back-up plan (such as a local hotel reservation). This is important in case the accommodation cannot have a room for you on your requested arrival date. When making any hotel reservations, please be sure to ask about their cancellation policy.

If you or someone you will be traveling with requires handicapped accessible housing, please clarify that the accommodation is accessible. Some accommodations do not have elevators or other specific arrangements.

Most housing accommodations require guests to be able to independently take care of themselves or have a caretaker stay with them. If you or your family member needs assistance, you may need to have a caretaker stay with you.

Each accommodation has specific policies regarding children. If you are looking for a room for you and a child, please be sure to verify the age requirements of each accommodation.

If you or your family prefers specific amenities during your stay, be sure to clarify what amenities are offered at each facility. It is important to match what you require with an appropriate facility. Some accommodations may not have daily housekeeping services, restaurants, or concierge services. However, in contrast to hotels, this type of accommodation may be less expensive than a hotel rate.

If you have hired a caregiver to assist you while in Baltimore, a separate room may be required. A few accommodations restrict the number of rooms one family can occupy. Be sure to clarify your needs beforehand.