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
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 held our annual leadership meeting at Hotel Annapolis for the 3rd year in a row. The hotel is in a prime location to access many top attractions in Annapolis - most easily within walking distance, especially restaurants and shops. The hotel itself is okay as well. Rooms are about normal size, although it'd be nice if they had a couple more outlets. Beyond that, beds are comfortable and the hotel is clean. I'd stay here again.
Banquet Room was set up nicely. However, buffet line was disorganized with set up spaced tightly. Hotel rooms not updated with stained comforter and chips in headboards. Not impressed! Would not return for an overnight stay.
Less than a 5 minute walk from the Ram's Head venue, this hotel has a gracious lobby, friendly staff, and comfy rooms! The bar/restaurant looked nice but we didn't try it. I would definitely stay here for any trip to Annapolis. The difference between self parking and valet was only a few dollars (plus tip), so I used the valet service.
I had stayed at this hotel once in the past (when it was Loews), so had an idea of what it would be like. I had read some reviews on TripAdvisor that weren't very good, so I was a bit concerned. I contacted the hotel prior to my trip to ask about a few things and they were upfront about the changeover to the new owner and what was happening. I made some special requests for my trip - minor things like ensuring there was a microwave and fridge in the room, extra pillows and towels, magnifying mirror … and when we arrived, everything was there as requested, plus there was a
"welome" basket from the individual I had emailed with. What a nice surprise! I love the location of this hotel - it's a bit of a walk to the harbor area, but there is also a local shuttle bus that you can catch to get around in that area. I walked everywhere while there - even crossed the bridge to the next little town and saw the sights there.
After a five hour drive from NY for a business meeting (and running late)I was innocently given the wrong room key and unable to get into my room. An employee of the hotel noticed my stress an quickly got Leanne involved. Three keys and ten minutes later Leanne got me into my room and to my meeting in time! Later that evening I was gifted a beautiful basket of chocolates and mineral water. I travel often for work and seldom encounter people like Leanne, HA is lucky to have her.