Travel Blogs from Annapolis
... to see everything. As always the kids are hungry so it's decided that we will eat at hot dog stand on the side of the road -everyone has to do it at least once when your are travelling the USA.
Following this museum we head over to National Museum of American History. This is part of Jamie's heritage so he is really keen to see what it has to offer. Again huge, again displays are amazing. Nathan and Indi were a part of a re-construction of the first black ...
... West Virginia were very grateful for the efforts the Jamboree troops contributed.
After breaking down all of the tents in the rain, and loading up our bus, we headed out toward Virginia. Our first stop was the Massanutten Water Park, an indoor oasis for us with 84 degree water, lazy river, various slides, and an arcade. We all had a great time for 2.5 hours, and we got a chance to chlorinate the funky mud, smells, bacteria ...
... abused their friendly approach and tried to colonise them. There were 3 Attempts in the early 17th Century to colonise the North of America by the British, but most of the people died of starvation because of their attitude to the indigenous Indians. We then walked up to the White House, which we couldn't go into as we are not American nationals, so we decided to call it a day and go back to Georgetown. Had a rest and a shower then went out ...
This morning started with a complimentay bagal and cream cheese from the hostel! When a free breakfast only runs until a certain time you would be amazed at how early your willing to get up, and then how early you get up, how much time in your day!
Art, our tour leader took us around last night to some of the main attractions here but I decided to go back anyway to see them in the day and get a better look of the whitehouse (which I did!) ...
... for the first four days and Sean and Jenny took care of us for the next four. It was all about catching up and reacquainting ourselves with Northern Virginia and DC.
Nicole and Samantha were only 4 and 7 years old respectively (same age as our girls) when we departed in 2004. Both pairs of girls had a deal of catching up to do. Rachel also spent some time at Sam’s school and Sophie did the same at Nicoles’s Middle school.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Westin Annapolis
Westin Superb Service
Got this $274 nightly hotel for $79 on Hotwire. The service was exemplary, with staff actually jogging over to open doors ahead of you and inquire if they could be of assistance. The beds were superbly comfortable. The hotel itself fits well into upscale Annapolis, and is a comfortable (15 minute) walk to the water.
I live in the local area and I had some friends stay there for Labor Day weekend. At the end of the day we went back to the Westin to enjoy the nice bar in the lobby. Such a shame because the bartender was awful. I sent a glass of wine back the first time, he then wouldn't open a new bottle and pushed me to something else that was also terrible. I cannot believe that a hotel of this caliber would hire a bartender who would keep old half bottles of wine and then push them to his customers. Not to mention he insulted me in saying that I had been drinking all day and didn't know what good wine should taste like. I laughed off his comment however, it was extremely rude. I didn't drink the second wine and I regret that it was paid for by my friends. The bartender also refused to serve my friend a cup of coffee and she had to go through the restaurant next door to get it. The restaurant was more than happy to help us out and their service was more than adequate. I wish I would have asked this bartender his name because he needs a serious lesson in hospitality. This hotel also had such a sad depressing feel for a holiday weekend. They had lifetime movie network on TV and would not change it to something, anything more upbeat. This new hotel could be a fantastic community asset however they need to train their staff properly on customer service. The Annapolis Westin hotel is a far cry from the Westin standards and is just taking advantage of being one of the few large hotels in the local area.
Could be better
Lobby - beautiful, but a lack of sitting space
Valet - green, but nice - very convenient shuttle service that takes you into downtown, and picks you up.
Front Desk - staff ranges from a very polite and helpful (the tall, thin young man) to rude and lacking knowledge. Check in was relatively easy, though
Concierge desk - I never once saw it staffed
Rooms - coffeemaker had been used and not cleaned. Otherwise was beautiful.
Area - still being developed, with a Morton's steakhouse coming in the lobby.
Overall, I think it is an average property that will become above average over the next 2 months if the management pays attention to the details.
I feel the same as the last reviewer. The staff needs training.
Stayed at the Westin for one night and was extremely satisfied with the stay. The hotel is brand new (still construction on the ground floor) and everything is in immaculate condition. I disagree with the other posters that called the staff inept - While they are definitely still learning their way, we found everyone very willing to help and if they didn't know the answer, they found someone else that did. The rooms are beautifully furnished with the heavenly bed and a LCD flat screen - I again disagree with the other post which said they had to pay to watch an O's game - The TV came with MASN (the channel which broadcasts the O's) as well as many other channels (a few of which were even in HD).
I love Tripadvisor and am never one to write letters, but it's our turn to return the favor.
I realize this hotel is brand new, so I expected some "kinks" needing to be worked out. The room was luxurious, clean... great! I was in the area for a well-attended (>5,500 runners) 10 mile race (a top 10 rated by Runners World mag) so I expected the hotel to be aware of it. They were the closest to the event - 0.6 miles. I called the week prior to verify we'd be able to get shuttle service to-from the event (they said yes).
Nice hotel, but service lacking
We booked this hotel on hotwire and were pleasantly surprised to see that we would be staying in a brand new hotel. The hotel itself was lovely. The indoor pool was small but the gym was good. What let the hotel down was it's staff. Most of them were absolutely useless. On our first day our room wasn't serviced and we had to complain twice. It took nearly two hours to be sorted, until 7:40pm! Whenever we made a request, we always had to ask at least twice, and usually didn't get what we wanted as the housekeeping staff didn't speak English (or at least the ones we dealt with didn't). The only person who seemed to be knowledgable and helpful was a guest service/door person .
The hotel is beautiful. Apparently they raised their rates to take advantage of patrons for the Plebe weekend on August 10th and 11th. It was the last hotel with available reservations and I had to go to offer encouragement to my son at the Naval Academy, so I submitted to the doubled rates. I paid $278.00 per night for the room including tax and fees for a very nice room.
My husband & I traveled to Annapolis for a jazz show at the wonderful Ramshead Tavern on August 11th. It's truly one of the best venues in the DC/MD/VA area. We decided to make it a getaway-from-the-kids night & spent the night at the brand spanking new Westin in the heart of Annapolis. And when I say new, I mean the hotel's only been open 3 weeks. Everything in it smells new. Which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending how sensitive your nose is. Mine is very sensitive, so initially the new carpet, new floor finish, new bedding smells kind of bothered me, but I adjusted.