We had a great stay! A review of Loews Annapolis Hotel
Interestingly, I, too stayed here for a cousin's wedding!
I don't understand all of the negative reviews! This is not an expensive hotel--If you don't pay for 5-star, you can't expect it! For the money, the hotel is just fine!
1)Rooms are spacious and in decent shape. Sure, there are some shabby parts, but overall, everything was fine. One of my favorite things was the wit in the rooms. For example, my fiance looked under the bed while we packed to leave and there was a card under there that read, "We looked here, too" from the hotel. Cute!
2)The service, particularly from the bell staff, was superb. The valets/bellboys were so kind and service-oriented--they always had our car ready and anticipated our every need.
3)The toiletries are great (for what that's worth)! Great packaging and fragrance--modern and fun.
4)Convenient location. Easy to walk to historic waterfront area (literally about 3 blocks) and the Naval Academy. Still near the freeway, too. Also, about a 5 minute drive to a shopping mall with a movie theatre and a Whole Foods!
5)Bar and restaurant have attractive ambience and tasty food. The restaurant, Breezes, isn't cheap, but the food is good, particularly for a hotel restaurant.
6)The place was bustling. Every night we were there, there was some sort of event or convention taking place in the atrium and/or ballroom, never loud or disruptive. I liked the feeling of "company."
1)There's at least one surly person on staff: A gal that works at the bar was impatient and rude when I needed her help with a to-go order. Who needs that?
2)There are some good rooms at this hotel, but it's easy to get a bad one. If you stay here, insist on a room with a courtyard view OR a view that looks toward the waterfront. Otherwise, you could get stuck with a lousy room. For example, our first room had a "view" of a stuffy, inside atrium. We immediately switched to a courtyard view, which overlooked the parking circle, which was quite pleasant. Additionally, my brother had a "Project View" room, which overlooked run-down low-income housing projects. The fellows hanging out on the stoops could see right into the room when the curtains were open. No, thanks!
3)The parking is expensive--$14/night valet (plus tip) and $11/night self-park. And the self-park lot is a little sketchy if you're walking from your car alone at night; the lot abuts the housing projects. Definitely set your car alarm and take valuables in to the hotel with you!
Overall, our stay at this hotel was lovely. The prices were fine and it wasn't as bland as, say, a Holiday Inn. Do make sure you get a room with a satisfactory view and I'm sure you will enjoy your stay.