Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by behrsmom, Mar 12, 2010.
Can someone give me some advise on where to stay for CVW?? Any info is appreciated!!
There's a thread over on the SA Parent's forum about "hotels within walking distance of the Academy" that has some good info. Hope this helps!
If you or your spouse is active duty or retired, you can stay at the Navy Lodge at Annapolis NAS. It's right across the river from the Academy. That's where I stayed in November.
You'll get a parking pass so driving onto the Yard is available too. So staying within walking distance is not critical - nice but not a deal breaker. we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express - which was acceptable (not great but nothing terrible either.)
My parents decided to stay at O'Callaghans since it had a shuttle to the Yard. A mid at USNA suggested Marriot, Loews, and O'Callaghans and we chose O'Callaghans b/c they had one of the better prices online for my CVW dates.
FWIW - Annaoplis Hampton Inn $79.00. Short drive to USNA. Not sure if Hampton Inn has shuttle.
For roughly the same price, you can stay in the Double Tree or the Sheraton. They are farther away (4.3 miles), but they have a regular shuttle service to USNA and Annapolis (5 mile radius), USNA Friends & Family discount, next door to the Annapolis Mall so more places to eat, free onsite parking, swimming pool (important if you have younger siblings that needs entertainment...). Just to widen your choices...then you can even join their frequent stay programs for free hotel stays in the future (I am sure your folks will be there often...)
We stayed at O'Callahan's...not happy...holes in carpet, not welcoming, restaurant small and (MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!...) happy hour was extremely expensive!! VALET only parking at $15.00 per night..PLUS...means tipping a person EACH time you want your vehicle...even though we could literally be 500 feet from our car...We drove everywhere anyhow so location was not a plus...it is a GOOD hike to the Academy gates...not as close as some think...if son makes it into Academy, we plan to stay out of downtown for I-Day...just sayin"..LOL
Wow - we've stayed at the O'Cal many times and never had any issues. We've always found the staff very pleasant and helpful. It's an older hotel, not brand new, so you have to take that into considerations.
All the hotels in town charge for parking - and 15 is on the lower end.
We are walkers, so it's location was perfect (actually for us, any of the in town hotels are good (ie Loews, Westin, O'Cal). We park our car and then walk everywhere. They also have a shuttle that we used when my parents were with us, as my Mom cannot walk very far. They dropped us at the restaurant and picked us up.
You'll enjoy it there.
Never stayed at O'Cal's, but walk past it often when we have stayed at the Westin. Not a bad walk at all, but we are walkers. During PPW, I stayed at Westin alone and walked the roundtrip twice daily. Took maybe 20 minutes to the Academy. The Westin is on the north end of what I'd call "walking distance." We rented a house in DTA for I-Day and never got in the car for three days. It was helpful to be able to see son off in am at Alumni Hall, then some of the family returned to house for a mid day rest before returning to yard for swearing in ceremony. Would have been a giant hassle if we'd been driving.
Stayed at Best Western last fall. Yuk. Mids were granted an overnight and we only had one bed in room. Son collapsed on bed, while I made a nest on the gross carpet. He woke up within 30 minutes and crawled out of the very sorry bed and claimed my floor space! Lesson learned: when Navy wins in football, they may get an overnight. Make sure visiting parents have two beds in hotel room!
We stayed at Historic Inns (in the Governor Calvert house) for the CVW in October. I've heard some people say some negative things but I didn't see anything wrong with it. The accommodations are older but the buildings are neat and you can't beat the proximity to the yard. At CVW you will be able to park on the yard, however, I found it nice to be able to walk back to the hotel and rest. I believe valet parking was $25 a day at the hotel. I never moved the car the whole time we were there. As is the case with most accomodations in Annapolis, the prices are higher when there are big events going on in town. I paid much less when we were up for CVW then the rates are for I-day or PPW.
We are renting a home in DTA for PPW (as it turns out it isn't a lot more than some of the hotels and it gives us the advantage of bringing the dog, having a place for my son to nap and being able to make some home cooked meals).
http://www.historicinnsofannapolis.com/ for reservations use the promo code "event" which will give you a discount
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