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Maryland Hotels

$300-$399
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Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel
80 Compromise Street
Annapolis , Maryland
21401
Tel: 410 268 7555
reservations@annapolismarriott.com
www.annapolismarriott.com

In a city defined by its maritime heritage, it may come as a surprise that the Marriott is Annapolis's only waterfront hotel. Despite the big-name brand, the brick, mansard-roof building is in line with the surrounding architecture, topping out at five floors and holding just 150 rooms. The decor is cozy, if not particularly inspired, with oversize navy armchairs; big, plush beds; and gilt-framed nautical prints. The best room features—black-out curtains, swivel desk, and ergonomic chair—may appeal more to business travelers than vacationers. But most of the rooms have water views, so you can gaze out at the Woodwind schooner, which casts off on day sails from the dock along "Ego Alley," a busy passageway for yachts and powerboats. Guests can also explore town via complimentary bicycles. Guests and locals alike gather at the hotel's waterfront Pusser's Caribbean Grille for West Indian-inspired fare and sunset cocktails.

$200-$299
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Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 385 3000
www.baltimoremarriottwaterfront.com

Not to be confused with the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards located near the baseball stadium, the Marriott Waterfront towers 31 stories over the Inner Harbor and offers unmatched room views of downtown and the busy port. The central location also places guests in the middle of the action; stow your car in the adjacent parking garage and get around by water taxi or on foot. The National Aquarium is a five-minute walk to the west; Little Italy is just to the north; and the heart of Fells Point is a ten-minute stroll east. The 733 rooms and 20 suites of this massive hotel host a mix of families, business travelers, and extra-large groups, and the not-too-modern, not-too-traditional decor aims to appeal to that diverse audience (think one part Pottery Barn, one part Ethan Allen). Besides the location, the appeal is in the amenities: Even standard rooms have 32-inch HD TVs, broadband Internet access, and large in-room safety boxes that can hold several laptops. The fifth floor has a decently equipped health club and indoor swimming pool. All quarters have harbor views, but shoot for west-facing rooms, which have the best sunset panoramas; those with a southern exposure overlook a construction site.

$199 or less
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Governor Calvert House
58 State Circle
Annapolis , Maryland
21401
Tel: 800 847 8882
Tel: 410 263 2641
www.historicinnsofannapolis.com/1727GovernorCalvertHouse.aspx

Standing literally in the shadow of the State House, this historic 51-room inn attracts a mix of politicians, lobbyists, journalists, vacationers, and parents with children enrolled at St. John's College or the U.S. Naval Academy, which are both just a five-minute walk away. The original building, which dates back to 1695, once belonged to the Calverts, whose progeny included two governors. The parlor features a unique archeological attraction—a rare hypocaust, a Roman-style greenhouse heating system discovered in the basement and now exhibited beneath a clear glass floor. Most rooms are in a newer attached wing. Though restricted in size, the rooms have solid colonial-style furniture and free Internet access. The best views are to be found in top-floor rooms 410 and 412, which share a small deck overlooking the capitol building.

$200-$299
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Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor
300 Light Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 528 1234
www.baltimore.hyatt.com

There's no better Baltimore location than this landmark 15-story hotel on the northwest side of the Inner Harbor. Just a few minutes' walk or a short water taxi or light-rail ride from nearly every attraction in the city, the Hyatt draws a mix of businesspeople, conventioneers, and vacationing families. The reflecting-glass building spearheaded Baltimore's downtown revival when it debuted in 1981, and a recent $20-million makeover of its 488 guest rooms has kept the Hyatt from revealing its true age. The completely remodeled rooms emphasize clean lines and natural light, with bright neutrals punctuated by copper and periwinkle textiles—and a window-spanning chaise longue to contemplate the IMAX views. (Ask for even-numbered rooms, which overlook the harbor and Federal Hill.) Business travelers will appreciate the writing desk, ergonomic chair, and wireless access (an additional $10 daily), while active types will prize the around-the-clock health club, tennis and basketball courts, and an outdoor heated pool, oddly situated on the top floor of the adjoining parking garage. On the concierge-level 12th floor, Regency Club guests can savor sushi and other hors d'oeuvres in the afternoons and chocolates in the evenings, while the on-site Bistro 300 serves standard American fare like ribeyes and barbecue (and, of course, Maryland crab).

$300-$399
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Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michael's , Maryland
21663
Tel: 800 722 2949 (toll-free)
Tel: 410 745 2200
info@perrycabin.com
www.perrycabin.com
$300-$399
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InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore
550 Light Street
Baltimore , Maryland
21202
Tel: 410 234 0550
harborcourt@ihg.com
www.intercontinental.com/baltimore

The eight-story brick-faced InterContinental looks positively demure next to the gleaming hotel behemoths towering over the rest of the Inner Harbor area. But all modesty ends inside the hotel's revolving doors. Old World aspirations include a clubby bar heavy on dark leather and single malts, hallways hung with oil paintings of sylvan landscapes, and grand dark-wood, four-poster beds. The 195 rooms are immense: Even standards sprawl across 420 square feet, and the suites include a full bathroom with marble soaking tub, foyer, closet, and writing desk. Spring for harbor-view rooms; the waterfront vistas are worth the $50 premium over courtyard-view standards. There's also a rooftop health club with a small spa and indoor swimming pool. Chief concierge J. Preston Rooks provides guests with a copy of the hotel's own pocket-size map and tip sheet to Charm City, and will gladly suggest favorite neighborhood restaurants. If there's a complaint here, it's with telecommunications. At these princely rates, it seems small-minded to charge for local phone calls and Internet service.

$199 or less
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Robert Morris Inn & Sandaway
314 North Morris Street
Oxford , Maryland
21654
Tel: 888 823 4012 (toll-free)
Tel: 410 226 5111
robertmorrisinn@webtv.net
www.robertmorrisinn.com

While nearby St. Michaels gets the crowds, this is the place for a good old B&B getaway on the Eastern Shore. The 14-room inn, which dates to 1710 and was the residence of Revolutionary War financier Robert Morris, has a full and fascinating history, as does the village of Oxford, one of Maryland's oldest settlements. An antique print in the inn's sitting room shows Morris and George Washington meeting with Betsy Ross to design the nation's first flag. There's also a thank-you note from author James Michener (he outlined his novel Chesapeake in the tavern room) to innkeepers Ken and Wendy Gibson, who've owned the spot since 1971. Rooms 1, 2, 15, and 17 have river views to go along with canopy beds, floral wallpaper, and uneven floors (the original building is nearly 300 years old). The "newer" 18-room Sandaway (built in 1835), a sister property, is a half-block to the west, with enormous trees shading a broad lawn that spills onto a private beach. There are a few cable TVs in the rooms, but no phones. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby, but it seems an anachronism when you could be walking the brick sidewalks to the town's busy docks and marinas to watch watermen unload the day's catch.

Open April though November.

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