Annapolis Waterfront Hotel (December 2020)

Booking

After confirming the property wasn’t included in Marriott Luminous, I booked online. Having stayed at this property before, I knew I was looking for a waterfront view room with a balcony, which I booked directly, despite a decent chance at an upgrade at checkin as a Bonvoy Platinum and having suite night awards available. The Christmas stay was all about the room and the view.

Property

The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is literally on the water; there’s no beach, so the property abuts the bay. The waterfront balconies are actually over the water, which makes for a unique experience.

The property has been refreshed since I was last here, with hardwood floors in the rooms and like-new furnishings, which are typical for an Autograph Collection hotel.

Checkin

Checkin and valet were smooth. I confirmed a high floor, while agent confirmed COVID changes, such as no breakfast or room service on property.

Room

The waterfront rooms appear to be X19 through X22, with X being the floor. We were in 519, which is a king waterview with balcony, and a corner at that. You can upgrade to this room using SNAs, although it is most definitely not a suite.

Food and beverage

We spent $70 on food and beverage even with room service closed and the restaurant opening at 11 am, much of that on two very strong vodka sodas. I’m not complaining.

Service

A shout-out to the frontdesk for acknowledging the lack of breakfast with 750 points per stay. Legacy Marriott properties often seem to forget Platinums should receive breakfast at either the club lounge (which this property lacks) or the restaurant (closed for breakfast due to COVID). Marriott has dropped brand standards for now, so 1,500 points is better than nothing.

Rating (out of five)

Four stars. For the view, natch.

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.