2020 Update: Loews Annapolis is now part of Graduate Hotels.
The Loews Annapolis Hotel is located in downtown Annapolis, MD. It is situated about .8 miles from the US Naval Academy and within walking distance to tons of shops and restaurants. Now, you might have guessed that I am a hotel loyalty program kind of girl, so this was a change for me. While Loews is a chain, it does not have a full points earning type loyalty program (gasp). This was my first time staying at any Loews hotel, so I was excited to try something new. Here is my full Loews Annapolis hotel review.
The location can’t be beat! The hotel is situated on West St. which is sort of the main drag in Annapolis. It is within an easy walk (less than a mile) to the waterfront plus restaurants, shops, galleries and the United States Naval Academy. There are also some beautiful residential areas nearby that are perfect for an evening stroll.
The room we had was a basic room with a King bed. It was very spacious and nicely decorated. It had a very contemporary vibe without feeling cold. I loved the soft blue color used throughout the room and the nautical themed artwork. The bathroom is small with only one sink and a standard shower, but really there is nothing to complain about. I prefer 2 sinks and a bigger shower, but this bathroom was totally fine.
We stopped by the hotel’s restaurant, Baroak for breakfast. The service was slow. We were waiting so long to be seated that the chef came out from the open air kitchen to take care of us! Our waitress seemed like she really didn’t have a firm grasp on
reality her job. She was pleasant but always seemed confused. (Who knows, maybe she was just having a bad day.)
The food was pretty good. I had a spinach, mushroom and ricotta cheese omelet that was served with potatoes and toast. It was good but really didn’t hold a candle to the spinach, mushroom and goat cheese omelet I recently had at Nomi Lounge in Chicago! (maybe the goat cheese is the secret weapon). We also sampled a dough boy that was served with a banana flavored creme (because who doesn’t have dessert at breakfast…hey, it was a really late breakfast…more like lunchtime anyways). It was quite tasty.
Baroak has a happy hour every evening plus live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is also a weekend brunch available that includes bottomless mimosas and bloody marys.
I have mixed feelings on the service we received at this hotel. First, the front desk staff was very pleasant while we were checking in. Our room had been reserved under 2 separate reservations. We mentioned that to the front desk staff and they ensured us it was all taken care of. However the next day, I got a call asking if we were planning on checking out. Our room never got cleaned that day too. So really, nothing major, but not perfect.
Then our room key card was disabled every day, so each day we had to go back down to the desk to get a new one. We were given new keys without a problem but also without an apology (not a big deal, but a quick “sorry” goes a long way…). Then we were charged a higher price than what was booked for our last 2 nights (still trying to get this one fixed…I’m sure it will be fine, but it’s annoying to have to chase them down to fix our bill).
I think the best thing this hotel has going for it is the location. It is in a perfect spot to base yourself to explore Annapolis. The hotel is beautifully decorated as well. While the service wasn’t top notch, it wasn’t terrible. This is the only Loews Hotel I have stayed at so I can’t say if the service we received was the norm or the exception. If I happen to be in a city where the Loews hotel has a better price or location than other hotels, I would be willing to give it another try.
Have you ever stayed at a Loews Hotel? If so, what has been your experience?