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
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!!!
September, 2019. This was our first trip to Annapolis. The location was great; very close to everything.
Apparently, the rooms have been recently renovated and the decor is a bit of sensory overload with all the stripes, plaids, flowers, etc. The picture of the Admiral (?) looking at me from the toilet was a bit off-putting.
My biggest issues were with the bathroom. It took almost 3 minutes to get hot water from the taps - every time the water was turned on. Aside from the fact that this wastes so much water, the sink drain was not properly working and the sink would fill up by the time the hot water came. Plus, there was visible mold on the shower walls, between the tiles, leaving a musty odor.
As an aside, it would be nice to have some kind of bar in the shower for older people to hold onto.
Stayed here for a conference and very much enjoyed the stay. They were very well organized for all the conference needs. All the food they served was excellent.
Rooms are large and have all the amenities you’d need: closet, large desk, comfortable bed, shaving mirror, mini fridge, ironing board & iron, etc. The decor is unique and I very much enjoyed the distinctness.
The hotel itself has a great gym. I especially loved the fresh fruit there. There is no pool. They have valet parking or outdoor parking for $23/night. Seems high for a small town hotel.
They were still under construction but it didn’t bother us in the least. Workers were very discreet.
All encounters with staff were helpful and pleasant. Room was cleaned very well early in the day.
Location is in a downtown area a short walk to the harbour front, Main Street, State Building, and the Naval Academy.