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
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
Easy check-in, great staff and located in the center a of town. Annapolis Center is a lovely and quaint place with brick sidewalks. It has the feel of a college town combined with an art community. It's a "must-see" place!
Lowe's was a gorgeous hotel stay and had very relaxing and quiet rooms! The restaurant and front desk staff were very welcoming! However, we did experience several negative experiences with aggressive valet drivers.
I liked this hotel rooms which is very nice. The coffee maker is very useful and the staffs are excellent. However, if you are from South Asia and looking for veg food there is no choice you need to survive on friuts.
We got a great deal online and it was close to the naval academy which was the purpose of our stay in Annapolis. We arrived after dark and had difficulties finding the front of the hotel from the road. It directed us to the garage which was valet only. The lighting and signage could be improved. The lobby was nice and the staff were friendly. Parking was $26 valet overnight and $23 self parking. The rooms were comfortable. My daughter appreciated the exercise room, she said it was nice. My younger daughter was disappointed the hotel had no pool. It is odd that a hotel of this class wouldn’t have a pool. The Loews in Orlando are much more glamorous than this one but it definitely fit our needs and if we returned to the area, I’d absolutely consider staying there again.
The location, setting, food and bar are great. The room was comfortable and clean. My husband and I came to Annapolis for a few days to take in the sites of this picturesque, historic town. The restaurants and shopping in the area are great and super close to the Lowes. I highly recommend this hotel.