Loews Annapolis Hotel
What We Love
- Happy hour on the patio of hip WEST Kitchen & Tavern—try the crab-cake sandwich with hand-cut garlic fries
- The trendy neighborhood—West Street buzzes with cool eateries and shops
- Unbelievably soft Chadsworth & Haig doeskin robes in guestrooms
What To Know
- Although not on the water, the hotel is a 10-minute walk to the city’s historic harborfront
- The hotel swells with parents and alumni during college events (football games, graduation, etc.)
- There’s a decent gym but no pool or spa—guests receive a 10 percent discount at nearby Varuna Salon & Spa
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A dashing, nautically-inspired hotel in one of America’s best-preserved colonial seaports
Although built in 1985, the six-story Loews—with its upper tier of arched windows and a classic redbrick façade—resembles a colonial warehouse that might have lined the wharves of Annapolis two centuries ago. The hotel is fronted by the acclaimed WEST Kitchen & Tavern, which opened in 2012 as part of an ambitious renovation that also included a sleek overhaul of the lobby. Now with striking black-and-white-tile floors, soaring black columns and white-marble reception desks backed by a dramatic contemporary mural, Loews’ maritime-inspired décor is a mix of ubermodern and historical.
Bed and Bath
The bold royal-blue and cardinal-red colors that appear in everything from bedskirts to armchairs touch on the nautical spirit of this city famed for sailing regattas and a clubby yachting scene. The preppy maritime theme is bright and cheerful, although some may find the pervasive blue hues a little excessive. Tall windows let in plenty of sunlight, and ergonomically designed desks and chairs create comfy, productive work environments. Bathrooms, with striped pale-blue wallpaper and white-tile shower-tub combinations, are merely perfunctory, although Lather bath products are a nice touch and the towels are soft and plush.
The hotel’s best attribute may very well be dapper WEST Kitchen & Tavern, with its high ceilings, tall windows, open kitchen, lively bar and extensive outdoor seating on a charming patio. Serving well-crafted modern American fare with an emphasis on regional seafood and produce, the restaurant serves three meals daily (and a downright scene-y weekend brunch, during which guests might try the delectable West Street Benedict, with bacon-poached eggs, a lump crab cake, and mint-grapefruit aioli). There’s an impressive craft cocktail list, too. A good-size gym and a business center round out the public amenities.
In the Area
Be sure to set aside time to tour the imposing grounds and first-rate naval history museum at the U.S. Naval Academy; also worth a look is the nearby Maryland State House, the oldest such facility still in continued use. Annapolis’s historic waterfront abounds with venerable dark-wood pubs and seafood restaurants—the neighborhood also has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of 18th-century homes. Head across Spa Creek to explore the inviting neighborhood of Eastport, or the “Maritime Republic of Easport,” as its independent-minded residents like to call it. It’s a hub of terrific restaurants, including Vin 909, a hip farm-to-table bistro and wine bar set inside a quaint bungalow.
How to Get There
I stayed at what is now called the Graduate ... something. This rebrand needs to be accompanied by a review of attitudes and plumbing.
Firstly attitude. On one day I came back to my room to find the cleaner about to clean so we agreed I would give her 15 minutes and I went to make a call. When I came back after 25 minutes I entered my room to find that she was in my bathroom and the door was locked. She shouted that she was cleaning and a few minutes later left the bathroom, only to come back and clean it. I find this unacceptable, so I told the receptionist who responded “that doesn’t sound right I’ll tell someone” no apology no action.
On the plumbing side, each morning required lengthy waiting periods before one got hot water.
Not a hotel I’ll be going back to in a hurry and I certainly don’t recommend it.
The hotel was in the midst of relaunching under a new name and the staff were obviously very busy so they could be forgiven if things slip through a crack here or there. In this case NOTHING slipped. The staff could not have been more attentive!!! The rooms were beautiful, the restaurant launched while we were there and everything went off without a hitch! The location was perfect...short walk from the marina and action but far enough away for peace and quiet. Can't wait to go back for fun next time.
We stayed here for the Annapolis Boat Show. Make sure that you let them know you are here for the boat show or reservations will not give you the discounted price! Upon our arrival, we had no previous knowledge of the name change to Graduate Hotel and circled, figuring out this had to be it or we would just have to ask and find the location of our hotel. The staff was friendly upon checking in and our room was nice, it did need a new carpet, but we had a king sized bed, desk with chair and a comfortable chair to read in. The only real negative for the room was there was no vent for the bathroom which, we believe is a necessity. The air temp in the room was very comfortable, when we were hot, the room quickly became cool and if we were cool, we quickly warmed up. The bed was comfortable and we had no complaints there. In the bathroom, we would have preferred a vent/heater as well as an updated shower area. The shower curtain smelled “moldy” which truly freaks me out because I equate that with being dirty.
The restaurant was not opened some when we were there because, I believe of the switch over to a “new name” as well as the renovations. We did have the brunch one morning and really enjoyed the steel cut oats, but for about $17 per person, I really think the scrambled eggs needed to be real eggs, not those fake powered ones which is what they tasted like. If they were real, try a little seasoning, it would work wonders. It would be so easy to have someone making omelettes at a station during breakfast and I really think more people would eat.
It would have been so nice to have had room service with a pot of coffee and maybe fresh fruit... but in this hotel, they have no room service.
The valet gentleman are Fabulous! You call for your car and there is no waiting! Thank You, Gentleman!
CONS: Saturday morning, a big group of us were waiting for the elevator for quite a while... we all decided to take the stairs. We went to one stairwell and it ended on floor #2, then we went to a different stairwell, took it and it ended on floor two as well so we went to another one to try the way down and couldn’t find it! We heard the elevator ding and finally got to the first floor. WE WERE HORRIFIED! IF THERE WERE A FIRE IN THIS HOTEL, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MASS PANIC BECAUSE NONE OF US COULD FIND THE PROPER STAIRWELL TO GET OUT! PLEASE MARK YOUR STAIRWELLS AS WE PRAY NOTHING EVER HAPPENS IN THIS HOTEL!!!
We would not stay here again unless they handle the proper fire evacuation routes!!!