As a historic city, the capital of Maryland and the seat of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis draws in tourists, business travelers, students, parents and sailors. The city's harbor area touches on the interests of virtually anyone visiting Annapolis, making it a prime area to look for a hotel. While this area is so small that a brisk walker could cross it in five minutes, it still offers its visitors a few solid lodging options.
The Annapolis Harbor area is framed by the grounds of the US Naval Academy, the historic district and Eastport. As Eastport and the historic district are only roughly a mile wide and joined by a bridge over Spa Creek, no hotel in the harbor district is far from most of the points of interest in old Annapolis. The peak periods for the hotel industry in Annapolis revolve around boating events and the schedule of the Naval Academy and are therefore spread throughout the year. Events such as October's Annapolis Boat Show or the late summer Parent's Week at the Naval Academy tie up most of the lodgings in town and send prices through the roof at those times.
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront
With a three-star rating from Forbes Travel and high marks from Frommer's, the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront is one of the top hotels in the city and the only hotel in Annapolis set directly on the waterfront. As a result, it is also the only Annapolis hotel with its own boat docks, making it the logical choice for boaters and yachtsmen traveling to the city by water. The spacious guest rooms come with a mixed contemporary and traditional decor, and all rooms have either a balcony or big, panel windows with a view of either the historic district or the water. The hotel offers all the amenities one might expect from a Marriott, including allergy-free rooms.
Gibson's consists of three conjoined houses spanning three centuries, from 1780, 1890 and 1980, located less than two minutes' walk from the harbor. All of the rooms are decorated with pre-20th century antiques and reproductions, however, regardless of the period of the actual house. Breakfast is included, which is served in the dining room of the 18th-century house, and Gibson's also offers its guests free parking. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, and not all rooms come equipped with modern touches such as Wi-Fi access, so guests should inquire ahead about booking rooms with these particular features if they are considered important.
Inn at Horn Point
A bed-and-breakfast located in Eastport, the inn is on the end of a peninsula, only a block from the water and almost within sight of the harbor. Occupying an early 20th-century house with a wraparound porch, the inn offers five individually decorated rooms full of old-fashioned, country-style furniture. All the rooms are large, but the Sequoia room is especially so and comes with its own private porch and a claw-footed bathtub. Breakfast is served in the dining room and includes fare such as strawberry mint yogurt parfait and sage sausage.