Annapolis, home to the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John’s College, celebrated its 350th birthday in 1999. Hotels are largely located in the historic downtown area near the harbor and in the Upper West End. They cater to the owners of extravagant yachts, parents visiting their kids in college and luxury-minded sightseers.
Historic Inns of Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis manages three downtown boutique hotels on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of Historic Hotels of America. The Maryland Inn, with 44 rooms, overlooks the State House and the waterfront. Governor Calvert House, dating to 1695, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The hotel serves as the check-in point for all three hotels. The smaller Robert Johnson House, created from three townhouses, overlooks the governor’s mansion. Guests at all three properties are welcome to use the fitness center at the Maryland Inn.
The Westin Annapolis
The Westin, located a few blocks from downtown in the Upper West End, provides guests with bicycles for exploring the city and waterfront. Rooftop beehives, established to help replenish the honeybee population, provide honey for the hotel’s restaurant. Guest rooms and suites, decorated with contemporary furnishings, have city views. Bathrooms feature Westin’s Heavenly Shower/Bath accoutrements including plush robes and dual head showers. Westin’s upscale happy hour offers samples of contemporary cuisine and cocktails. Varuna SalonSpa, located in the hotel, provides salon and day spa services.
Marriott Annapolis Waterfront
Marriott is the only Annapolis hotel directly on the waterfront. Rooms and suites at the hotel have either waterfront or city views. Excursions on the Schooner Woodwind, berthed outside the hotel, last two hours and sail past the Naval Academy and into the Chesapeake Bay. The hotel’s Pure Wellness package includes accommodations in an allergy-friendly room and an in-room wellness massage. Pusser’s, the hotel’s waterfront restaurant, serves fresh seafood cooked Caribbean style as well as local favorites like crab cakes and oysters.
Loews Annapolis Hotel
Rooms at the AAA Four-Diamond Loews in downtown Annapolis sport bright, geometric, nautical decorations. The complimentary eCruiser electric shuttle provides door-to-door service to downtown shops and attractions. Annapolis Day Spa, in the hotel, uses completely organic Ytsara products in its massages and salon treatments. Chef Olivier Senoussaoui, named 2009 Best Chef in Annapolis by What’s Up Annapolis magazine, oversees the use of locally sourced ingredients at Breeze, the hotel’s restaurant.
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