Annapolis Hotel Named One Of Mid-Atlantic's Best Resorts: Travel + Leisure


The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, pictured above, was recently ranked No. 8 on Travel + Leisure’s list of the best Mid-Atlantic resorts. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

MARYLAND — Two Maryland hotels with scenic waterfront views were named to Travel + Leisure's best Mid-Atlantic resorts list, for their great locations, amenities and dining.

The mid-Atlantic is home to charming vistas, from the beach towns of New Jersey and harbors in Maryland to rivers and springs in Pennsylvania. Eight of the 10 best resorts in the mid-Atlantic, according to the magazine's readers, feature water views, including two Maryland spots.

Travel + Leisure asked its readers to complete a survey on many aspects of the travel experience. In the resorts category, venues were ranked based on: Rooms/facilities, location, service, food and value. The winner was River House at Odette’s in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

The Maryland resorts making the Top 10 list, and what the hotels say about themselves, are:

No. 4. Inn at Perry Cabin: St. Michaels

Here's what it says about a stay at the Eastern Shore inn: "Just across the Chesapeake Bay lies a state of calm where leaves rustling in the wind and the water's constant flow are the only things competing for your attention. Welcome to Inn at Perry Cabin, St Michaels, the premier resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The inn offers a spa with yoga on the banks of the Miles River, a fitness center, and more; a golf course designed by Pete and Alice Dye; tennis clinics with a pro; and spaces for wedding ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons. There are several drinks and dining options, led by Executive Chef Gregory James, the 2022 Restaurant Association of Maryland Chef of the Year.

WTOP says the inn's original manor house was built in the early 1800s; it became an inn and restaurant in 1980. After renovations and additions, the Inn at Perry Cabin includes 82 rooms and a world-class spa. It has seven classic sailing vessels.

Reader Score: 87.58

No. 8. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection: Annapolis

Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the hotel is on the Ego Alley waterfront in downtown Annapolis and ranks No. 8 on the Travel and Leisure list. It underwent a multimillion dollar renovation that was completed in 2020.

The 150-room hotel was originally built in 1967. Its 16 waterfront rooms with balconies overlooking the boat traffic in Ego Alley are popular, as are the dockside tables at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille.

Two pets per room are allowed, and dogs are allowed in all public areas and at Pusser's Caribbean Grille Dock Bar. There is a 24-hour fitness center, complete with stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills, free weights, and weight-resistance machines. Towels and showers are available.

Take in the sea breeze aboard either of the hotel's 74-foot classic wooden yachts. Cruise past Annapolis' historic waterfront, under the Bay Bridge, and by the Severn River and Spa Creek.

Reader Score: 83.40

See all 10 Travel + Leisure Favorite MidAtlantic Resorts of 2023.

How Voting Works

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Nearly 165,000 T+L readers completed the 2023 survey, an increase of nearly 25 percent over pre-pandemic voting levels. A total of more than 685,000 votes were cast across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Hotels were classified as either resort hotel, city hotel, or safari lodge based on their location and amenities, and they were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Rooms/facilities
  • Location
  • Service
  • Food
  • Value

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

Editor's Note: Patch editor Deb Belt originally wrote this story for the Baltimore Patch. Patch reporter Jacob Baumgart adapted it for the Annapolis Patch.

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