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
Don’t book this hotel until after 2019 is over! The whole place is a construction zone and the rooms stink of paint.
Wish the hotel had notified us in advance because we would never have stayed there. There entire lobby is ripped up, so guests must walk down an ugly corridor and check in at a funky temporary “desk”. The elevators are dirty.
I was in a newly remodeled room had a nautical/US Navy theme. The creepy things were the two “portraits”. The first photo of the Naval Officer was taken from the toilet seat! Who wants that guy staring at you as you do your nature call? The other photo is of Roger Staubach. It is very poorly done and stares at you from the desk.
Take a pass on this hotel until 2020!!!!
The hotel was undergoing major renovations and it wasn't advertised when we booked through a third party. There was incessant noise from 9 am to 6 or 7 pm making it impossible for anyone to rest. The hotel restaurant was also very disappointing. Even though we were the only people in the restaurant, it rook an hour for us to get our burgers. Our experience at Hotel Annapolis was extremely bad overall. I really don't recommend.
Bottom Line Up Front - Disappointed. Overpriced, under construction, OK location, overpriced mediocre breakfast. Lots of better places to stay in Annapolis. Overpriced breakfast with cold scrambled eggs (for $17.50 you could have omelets). Hotel is being renovated so expect to be underwhelmed when you enter the makeshift lobby. Would not recommend unless everything else is booked up.