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
Stayed one night on business. The hotel is beautifully remodeled. Huge bathroom. I was skeptical because it was so reasonable, but it truly does look like the marketing materials. The room I had overlooked the “atrium” which is actually a banquet room, so you needed to keep the curtain closed or someone would literally see right into your room (though they are two stories down). That was fine, just something to be aware of! I thought it would be noisy but they really seemed to soundproof the room pretty well, and I was right by the elevator and didn’t hear it all night like sometimes you do. I tried the crab cake at the on site restaurant which was very nice! The only con of this place is the front desk staff. They look miserable and don’t seem to want to be helpful. No one explained the breakfast situation, where the fitness facility was or really anything to me when I checked in. I figured out there is free coffee in the lobby, which I loved and a beautiful fitness facility with two peloton bikes! HUGE plus. I would stay here in a heartbeat again if in Annapolis. It was also a great location, walking distance to tons of bars, restaurants and the waterfront.
My family of four stayed in this hotel over the weekend. The hotel is centrally located for touring Annapolis by foot. The room was large and the bed was amazingly comfortable. We loved the decor. It was themed after the Naval Academy. The room was bright and cheery. They had great attention to detail. I would definitely return.
My only complaint would be that I did not love the parking situation. You had to walk a long way and there was no covered parking for self park.
Room was nice and very unique naval themed decor all over. Bed was comfortable and internet connection decent. However, hotel was still going through renovations so had only one working elevator and taking the stairs was an adventure maize of sorts given the bizarre floor plan/layout of the hotel. Would probably stay elsewhere next time I'm ever in Annapolis and only stayed here because of the conference venue and company paid for my room.