Hotels walking distance from Naval Academy

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  1. Hemingway

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for hotels that are within walking distance of the Naval Academy for I-day and PPW activities? The Marriott looks close, though is expensive.
     
  2. Capt MJ

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    Annapolis hotels, clip & save

    :thumb:Do some searches for threads/posts spring and early summer last year -- plenty of parent input and advice.

    The Marriott Waterfront is the closest chain hotel in DTA (downtown Annapolis) within easy walking distance.

    Many families stay at DTA bed and breakfast properties.
    http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/annapolis-maryland.html

    Many stay just a bit out of DTA, and about a 1 mile-ish walk, from the Loew's Annapolis, O'Callahans and Westin Hotels on West St. - in "uptown Annapolis." I believe some of them also have shuttles that drop you downtown. There is also a taxi stand at the foot of Main St.

    Many stay at chain properties such as Hampton Inn, Marriott Courtyard, etc., that cluster around the Annapolis Mall but run shuttles.

    The Naval Academy Alumni Association website, www.usna.com, has corporate members which offier special rates to "USNA friends and family." I've copied the page from their website into this post below.

    From what I've read on here, many families have great success with hotwire and priceline to get better deals on hotel rates.

    Here's the Naval Academy Alumni Association hotel page:
    HOTELS/LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS
    Corporate Members
    “Support Them As They Support Us!”

    Annapolis Accommodations – Lu Cotta, 410-263-3262 / 800-715-1000, lou@stayannapolis.com,
    41 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 www.stayannapolis.com (This is the rent-a-house source.)

    Annapolis Marriott Waterfront/Pusser’s – 888-773-0786 / Brooke Miller, 443-837-1273
    bmiller@annapolismarriott.com or Hilary Moreland, 443-837-1271, moreland@annapolismarriott.com,
    80 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD 21401 www.pussersusa.com/Marriott.shtml,
    Use promotional/corp code U79 on www.Marriott.com, discounted rate based on availability and peak events.
    150 guestrooms – no shuttle available

    Country Inn & Suites – Katrina Arion, 410-571-6700 x501, Katrina.arion@countryinns.com
    2600 Housely Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.countryinns.com/annapolismd_west
    100 guestrooms – shuttle available to downtown Annapolis

    DoubleTree Hotel Annapolis – Gail Terribile, 410-224-3150 / 800-266-7631, gterribile@doubletreeannapolis.com,
    210 Holiday Dr., Annapolis, MD 21401, www.doubletreeannapolis.com, Ask about Parents Loyalty Club!
    219 guestrooms – local shuttle service only available

    Georgian House Bed & Breakfast – Ann and Tom Berger, 410-263-5618 / 800-557-2068
    info@georgianhouse.com, 170 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401, www.GeorgianHouse.com
    4 guestrooms

    Hampton Inn & Suite Annapolis – Bridget Lundeen 410-571-0200, ext. 2603, Bridget.Lundeen@hilton.com,
    124 Womack Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.annapolissuites.hamptoninn.com
    117 guestrooms – taxi service available

    Historic Inns of Annapolis – Mike Scatoloni, 410-216-6327 / 800-847-8882, mike.scatoloni@historicinnsofannapolis.com,
    58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.historicinnsofannapolis.com, Special group and military packages available!
    124 guestrooms – local shuttle service only available

    Loews Annapolis Hotel – For USNA AA parents and alumni, we offer a 15% discount off Loews best rate all year long, based on availability. To make reservations call 1-800-526-2593 and ask for USNA Alumni Association rate. This special rate is not applicable to groups. For special group rates call 410-263-777 or email us at annapolissales@loewshotels.com.
    126 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401
    216 guestrooms – Sundance Enterprise towncar and taxi service available

    O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel – Lesley Pattison, 410-263-7700, pattisonl@ocallaghanhotels-us.com,
    174 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401, www.ocallaghanhotels.com, Parent Perks for 20% off best available rate!
    Also discounted parking, late check out and a bottle of wine to celebrate your first day stay.
    120 guestrooms – local shuttle service only available

    Sheraton Annapolis Hotel – Cheri Fairchild, 410-266-3131 or 410-571-1500, cheri.fairchild@crestlinehotels.com,
    173 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401, www.sheraton.com/annapolis; To book USNA rates go to www.maryland.destinations.starwoodhotels.com/1266usna
    196 guestrooms – local shuttle service only available

    SpringHill Suites Annapolis – Tia Gray, 443-321-2500, Tgray@tbchotels.com,
    189 Admiral Cochrane Dr., Annapolis, MD 21401, www.marriott.com/bwisu
    120 suites – no shuttle service available

    The Westin Hotel Annapolis – Lauren Miquez, 410-972-4318, lmiquez@westinannapolis.com,
    100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, www.westin.com/annapolis
    225 guestrooms – no shuttle service available

    Transportation - Annapolis Bus Company/Towne Transport – Ross Cohen, 410-266-3392; 888-954-6501, bus@annapolisbus.com www.annapolisbus.com


    Revised 1/19/10 (Bold listings are downtown
     
  3. sprog

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    The Marriot is probably the best as far as walking distance, as it it right near the Annapolis City Dock. There is also Lowes Annapolis Hotel on West Street, but that is considerably farther to walk. Both of these are pricey. I don't know if you've ever been to Annapolis before, but it is pretty quaint in the downtown area. There are B and Bs along with the two hotels I mentioned (read, pricey); however, the less expensive chain hotels (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express) are located outside of downtown, and are not within walking distance to USNA.

    I live in Annapolis currently, and this is my experience as a townie.
     
  4. NorthernCalMother

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    You're smart to look for walking distance for I-Day and PPW. Both these events hit during extremely hot and humid weather for our Mid, and it was great to be able to head back to a/c when the schedule allowed.

    Since then, our Mid seems to prefer that we stay somewhere away from DTA when we visit, so I rationalize that now we're amortizing those steep plebe-year rack rates.
     
  5. Hemingway

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    Thanks for all the great advice.
     
  6. USNA13DAD

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    walking distance

    We stayed at Loews for both IDay and PPW. Not a bad walk, for IDay the short walk going into the gate gave us a little time to talk before you say that last goodby. Great location for PPW, fun walking with all the other families back to the gate at the end of the night when they have to return back to Bancroft. Plebes and their families all heading back and stopping for that one last ice cream cone or whatever other excuse to get a couple extra minutes with them before they return. The Marriot is very close to gate one as well. Enjoy it, PPW is a very amazing time, I day is just a blur.
     
  7. time2

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    Marriott is closest but VERY expensive. Also be sure to ask about parking. DTA has very limited parking and some hotels charge for parking/valet which you might not realize until you arrive. Hotels near the mall have lots of free, onsite parking but not within walking distance. Also ask if they run any shuttle buses to the Academy, since many do.
     
  8. themutis

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    We have stayed at the Westin, O'Callaghans, and the Loews - and have walked to town and the yard from there.

    Distance wise, the Westin is the furthest, then O'Callaghans, then Loews.

    For I-Day this year, I booked three rooms at the Loews through Hotwire (84.00) each. I have found with Hotwire that the 4 star hotels in Annapolis are the Loews or the Westin (Westin has a pool, Loews does not). At least that has been my experience.

    All the hotels have shuttles to downtown it you don't want to walk.

    Marriot has always been too pricey for us :)

    Another option is the Historic Inns of Annpolis (pretty much in the center of town). We have not stayed there however.

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. jennyp

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    themutis: the "house" we stayed in at I-Day last year was $250 for three bedrooms, kitchen, living area. Only 2 blocks at most from main gate. If you are going to be there a few days, might want to consider this option as you can do some meals there. Annapolis Accomodations.
     
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    Large family's

    Residence Inn is the best for large families. You get a FREE full breakfast every morning and the rooms have a full kitchen. It is near the mall but Traffic is not as bad as most say. You just have to go in Gate 8 and miss all the downtown stufff. We were there for a few days before and after. It also has a pool, and a basketball/tennis court. A picnic area with gas grill for your use and it is really comfortable. We had one of the super large 2 bedroom suites and it slept all 7 of us.
     
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    My two cents on Historic Inns (have stayed their twice) would be to avoid it. Had a really bad experience on many levels over PPW last year.

    I would recommend the Westin (really nice hotel, does offer discounts and is within walking distance).

    The Sheraton and DoubleTree have been recommended to me but I have not stayed there.

    GoNavyMom
     
  12. Capt MJ

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    Homing in on hotels vs. USNA Gate 1

    See my earlier post...

    Also, it's handy to use 1 Craig St., Annapolis, MD, in Google Maps to pinpoint the USNA Walk Gate near USNA Gate 1, and start working your way outward from that to get a feel for how far hotels are from USNA Gate 1 walk gates, the usual pedestrian entrances. There's also another walk gate for Gate 1, on Randall St. Randall St. is so short, just over a block long, that you don't need a street address to pinpoint it. Craig St. is even shorter, just a connector from Dock St. to Prince George St.

    1 Craig St. is actually the business address for Sofi's Crepes, a spot popular with many mids.

    Walking distance hotels are usually the B&B's in DTA (downtown Annapolis) and the Waterfront Marriott, with Loew's, the Westin and O'Callahan's in Uptown Annapolis on West St. Walking distance, yes, but minutes longer. Some have shuttles.

    The business chain properties out near Riva Road/Admiral Cochrane Rd./Mall usually have shuttles and cater to the Academy parent trade. See specifics in my earlier post this thread.

    There are lots of good tips on here in previous threads from last year on rates, using Priceline or similar bidding sites, shuttles, etc.

    Don't hesitate to call the properties directly to ask questions about distances, shuttles, how it all works. USNA major events are part of the rhythm of the town.
     
  13. themutis

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    Thanks JennyP - good to hear that you had a good experience with them.

    For I-day, we are only there for one day - so that wasn't an option.

    For PPW (as soon as we know when it is) we will definitely rent a house - which house did you rent?

    Thanks! Go Navy! We were just down there last weekend, my son got to do another overnight with the lacrosse team, and we're all so excited!
     
  14. sprog

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    What about stuff to do while in Annapolis that is not specific to USNA?
    Why not see some of the finest community theatre in the country at Colonial Players on East Street? Shameless plug there:yllol: I'm only kidding,of course. I know that there is very little chance we'd ever get an audience of USNA parents or mids. However, Admiral(Ret.) Larson is a patron...I've seen him at a couple of Colonial Shows.
     
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    We rented the cheapest house we could that would sleep 6 of us! If you go to Annapolis Accomodations website, enter your dates, then search properties.....we stayed in Residence 870, brown with a red door. It was great. It was even for sale and for grins, I called the realtor. $513,000. So, we only rented for three days. It would be fantastic for plebe parent weekend. Living area for plebe to relax, watch tv. Place for Mom to cook. Close so you don't spend much time in traffic. It is maybe two blocks from main gate. Half block from waterfront. If you are going to require more than one hotel room, I highly recommend this option.
     
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    I did not rent house PPW, as I was the only one who got to go! So, got a room at the Westin and enjoyed the 1.5 mile one way walk twice/day.
     
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    Thanks JennyP - that house looks perfect - as soon as we know PPW I'll try and book it.
     
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    Just booked Lowes for I-day eve through Hotwire: $85 + tax. :biggrin:
     
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    I've never used Hotwire before. Can you look up the price for a specific hotel (such as Loews)?
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. How many "stars" would Loew's be? How can you be sure the hotel you get will be within walking distance of the Academy? The prices look great, but what if you get stuck with a hotel you don't want? :confused:
     

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