Historic Inns of Annapolis
What We Love
- The historic Treaty of Paris restaurant and the convivial and authentic Drummer’s Lot pub
- Period details such as decorative fireplaces and hardwood floors
- Great perks such as free coffee and pastries and shuttle service within two miles
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The inns are popular with business travelers
- The front desk is open 24 hours, a rarity for an inn
- Guests must check in at the Governor Calvert House
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Situated in the heart of downtown Annapolis, right near beautiful Chesapeake Bay, these three historic inns saw their share of statesman, governors and Revolutionary War figures throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Comprised of the 44-room crown jewel Maryland Inn, the posh 51-room former governor’s residence, Governor Calvert House, and the 29-room Georgian gem, Robert Johnson House, the properties all offer centuries-old antiques, Persian rugs and a charming frozen-in-time ambience. Guests can settle in for a pint of ale at the cozy Drummer’s Lot pub, an English-style tavern that is a hub for Maryland politicians and local characters, before heading to the Treaty of Paris restaurant (named for the ratification by George Washington of said treaty in 1783), which serves hearty mid-Atlantic fare such as crab bisque, seared halibut and Maryland oysters. The atmospheric dining room has Old World romance, with exposed brick walls, archival framed prints and softly glowing lanterns. (Guests at Governor Calvert House also have access to a lovely leafy outdoor terrace, as well as the tranquil Colonial Gardens.) Back at the Maryland Inn, get your caffeine fix at what must be the country’s most unusual Starbucks: It’s housed in what used to be an underground jazz bar during Prohibition.
In the Area
See Annapolis from the bay on a leisurely cruise with Watermark’s Cruises; tours range from 40-minute jaunts to all-day adventures and take in sights such as the United States Naval Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the bay’s adorable historic lighthouses. Back on land, brush up on the region’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum, the better to prepare some tall tales for the regulars at Davis’s Pub, a landmark watering hole serving thirsty Marylanders since the 1920s. The bar offers a happy hour every weeknight and snacks such as Baltimore-style steamed shrimp and fried pickles. Teetotalers might prefer to browse the afternoon away at the Annapolis Book Store, an independent retailer with a great collection of used and rare books.
How to Get There
Staying in a hotel that was originally built as a residence in 1776 is charming, but by nature of the age, there are going to be challenges. We enjoyed our two nighta at the Maryland Inn portion of Historic Inns of Annapolis. You couldn't ask for a better location. It's on the main shopping/dining street and is within easy walking distance of The State House, Naval Academy, harbor and the Navy football stadium. Of course, being built in 1776, the rooms, especially the bathrooms are on the small side. The biggest problem was the noises made by the window air conditioners and floor model dehumidifier. We couldn't sleep with them on and we were too warm with them off. These are the sacrifices you make to say you stayed in an historic hotel.
We had a beautiful stay at the Calvert House. The King bed room on the top floor was spacious, comfortable, and even had French doors that opened to a beautiful roof top terrace. The first interaction with staff, the Valets, was welcoming and friendly. The front desk staff was eager to serve and happy to greet us. I’ve already told my friends that when they visit Annapolis, this is the place to stay! The photo is of our room, 3410.
There are three hotels in this group and we stayed at the Governor Calvert House. The lobby and room decor immersed us in the history of Annapolis. The room was spacious and the decor elegant. It was a special occasion for us, and I felt like a queen. The hotel was very clean. The hotel’s location was integral to our experience in historic Annapolis. Above all, the staff were very welcoming every time we entered or had a question. Our special thanks to JM for his hospitality. We look forward to returning soon!