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.
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Room too hot, heat wouldn't adjust, wedding party made too much noise to be able to sleep. No natural light, room opened to inside area with small skylight. Never realized how nice it is to have a real window to the outside , I took that for granite until this stay. Won't be staying at Hotel Annapolis again.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The hotel is comfortable and friendly, clean and well-located.
A bigger-than-average room (I thought) with a large and luxurious bed, and a good desk/working area. Tea & coffee facilities, spacious bathroom (nice to have this located off a separate foyer, with closet), the usual flat-screen TV, etc. I wish my room hadn't overlooked the hotel entry - it was a little noisy at times, and meant I always had to keep my blinds down for privacy. But no big problem there, and not really much that can be done about the architecture of the hotel. The blind keeps out unwanted onlookers while allowing a good amount of light into the room.
I used the hotel gym each morning - it, too, is nice, clean, modern and well-equipped. And although not huge, perfectly big enough with exercise bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers and weights.
I didn't really eat much in the hotel. It's located close to restaurants and bars (have to give a big shout out for Lemongrass just down the road - I was blown away by the quality of the food, and very pleasantly surprised by the authenticity). But the one breakfast and one room service dinner I had were good.
A nice reception staff, always ready to assist. The two minor glitches I faced were pleasantly and rapidly resolved (another shout out, this time to the charming and extremely helpful Michael - who was just fantastic ... please note, hotel management - you have a star staff member there). First of all being given a room right by the reception hall where a very loud event was taking place (complete with brass band!). I was immediately moved to another room, far away from the noise. And given a voucher for free drinks! And then when room service got my order wrong (beef instead of chicken), even though not quite such a good and rapid response ... a very charming apology. Tho' the correct food took a long time to come, and even a token free drink or waiving of bill might have been in order (well, I suppose I can't really complain, as I had already racked up two free drinks earlier in the evening!).
But, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I would return, and I would recommend to others.
Hotel is nice enough, it is the staff that is a little rough around the edges. Not in a grooming sense, but in the way the hotel operates. While I was standing in line to speak to them about staff being in my room 3 hours before checkout ( went for breakfast- now compelled to leave)there was a man telling them staff tried to kick him out of his room at 1AM. They had checked him into the wrong room and another guest was supppsed to have his.
The hotel is very modern and the bedding is so comfortable both nights we slept really well. Rooms had alot of room. The restaurant was great for breakfast with a really nice buffet. The staff at the restaurant and hotel were very nice and hospitable. I would stay here again.
This is the third time we have stayed at this property and we always enjoy it. Baroak is a wonderful place to grab breakfast or a nightcap. The location is awesome- central to everything! Many of the staff has stayed and they are a essential part to making this a great place to stay.