Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection
This hotel is in the perfect area of a lovely old waterfront area. I fell in love with Annapolis just driving down to the hotel! The property itself is well thought out except for one item (more on that later) and is in a very walkable part of town. Our room looked out at the Annapolis Yacht Club and the sunrise from our window was stunning.
Check in and valet parking were a breeze and it was nice to be greeted with genuine smiles. The key card is now my favorite in my collection! Adjacent to the lobby is a gallery/hallway leading to the restaurant which has a model ship in it, many historic photographs and items. The front desk associate was knowledgeable and gave us plenty of evening dining options to choose from. We ended up walking to a local restaurant past the yacht club for our meal but came back to Pusser’s which is located in the hotel area for a nightcap. Annapolis is a city just itching to be photographed and we did so the entire trip. Our room was spacious and well-appointed with everything in working order. We liked a bathroom light fixture so much we want to purchase the same for our home!
We had booked a special rate package which included an escorted walking tour to and through the U.S. Naval Academy. I cannot stress enough that this was worth staying at the hotel in itself! Our guide was a former Navy nurse who continues to give back now after retirement. She met us in the lobby at 9 a.m. where we had a cup of coffee and talked about the history of the area. Our walk over to the Academy was rich with history and beautiful scenery. She was our personal tour guide at the Academy and stayed with us until she left us at the restaurant for lunch. As we were there to preview the Academy for a college visit, she tailored our experience towards that. I was stunned and thankful for all her knowledge and love of the area. Lunch was included in our room rate and I was not disappointed by the selections of the buffet and the level of service given.
I have under another section in MRI nominated Maggie from this hotel’s administrative department for a Spirit to Serve award. I didn’t meet Maggie personally until I recognized her voice at checkout and had to go over and give her a hug and thanked her again for setting up our experience in Annapolis.
Now for the only bummer of the entire visit. Before 10 p.m. when we were in bed, the racket above us was unbelievable. I commented to my husband that the people up there had better stop dropping things and jumping up and down on the floor or in 5 minutes I was going to call the front desk. I have in my profile “high floor” for a reason. I ended up calling the desk and explained what was going on, and was told they would take care of it. It continued for a while, so I finally went upstairs in my nightgown and bathrobe to find the fitness center was directly above us! A teenager was working out and his mother was on the treadmill. They had no idea someone was trying to sleep below them. Why on earth would a hotel put the fitness center on the top floor? I don’t recall seeing a window in that room. They were going to finish their workouts soon but he promised not to drop any more weights on the floor! The next morning at 5:06 a.m. the treadmill racket started up again and I decided it was time to take a shower as sleep was impossible at that point. But the gorgeous sunrise improved my mood for sure. When I checked out the associate manning the desk managed to say “I’m sorry” but that was all as they were busy.
I would definitely recommend this hotel but do not let them put you in room 517!