AAA lists only 12 Four-Diamond rated hotels in the entire state of Maryland, and seven of these are in the cities of Baltimore and Maryland. Even these hotels do not offer many of the amenities luxury travelers may be used to – such as multiple restaurants on-site, pillow menus, or Clefs d'Or concierges. What can be found in Maryland luxury hotels are often original buildings dating back to the early-20th century, modern interior designs, and sweeping harbor views.
Once home to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the building now inhabited by the Hotel Monaco was built in 1906. The hotel retains much of its classic charm, with an original marble floor and Tiffany windows, while numerous upgrades over the years kept it at the height of modern luxury. The rooms feature dazzling color palettes, Fuji spa soaking tubs, and distinctive furniture selections. Perhaps best of all are the many small ways in which the Hotel Monaco makes your stay a bit more fun – for example, guests can choose on arrival to receive a companion goldfish, delivered to their room, which will be cared for during their stay.
The first new luxury hotel built in Annapolis in the 21st century, the Westin Annapolis epitomizes contemporary luxury. Rooms are appointed with the most modern comforts, including ergonomically designed workstations, and specialized beds to maximize restfulness (versions are available for infants and pets as well). The common areas of the hotel feature furniture from world-famous designers, one-of-a-kind pieces of modern art, and alcoves designed to offer guests a feeling of privacy while mingling with their fellow visitors. Rooms are designed in a fusion of Japanese and German modern minimalism, with an eye towards comfort, relaxation, and productivity.
Loews Annapolis Hotel
Literally steps away from the Chesapeake Bay, the Loews Annapolis is one of the only four-diamond hotels in Maryland. The rooms are brightly decorated in a Caribbean-inspired style, and are built to be open and airy, letting in the sea breeze. An on-site spa offers a full menu of options, including massage, facials and full-body treatments. Breeze, the hotel restaurant, is an award-winning eatery utilizing fresh-caught seafood from the harbor it overlooks. Breeze’s patio section offers limited seating perfect for romantic dinners, lit only by candles and the lights of the harbor below.
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
The Renaissance Harborplace, overlooking the Baltimore harbor, is a modern urban Mariott property with more than 600 rooms. Among the conveniences included in the rooms are enormous flat-screen televisions and iPod docks, and each room has its own sophisticated design. Rooms are especially spacious, with a basic room 400 square feet, and larger guest rooms 575 square feet. The waterfront is the highlight here, and many rooms feature sweeping harbor views. The on-site restaurant makes extensive use of the bay’s bounty, using in-season ingredients to bring traditional Maryland cuisine to life.
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