Irish-Influenced Hotel in the Heart of Historic Annapolis
Just a few blocks from the O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel in Maryland, midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy walk in dress whites and hats, and costumed tour guides walk down cobblestone paths as they tell the history of the 168-year-old campus. Nearby is Annapolis’s historic district, where George Washington once walked. Just west of here, within a mile of the historic Maryland State House and the governor's mansion, you'll find the 120-room O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel.
This European-style hotel could have been plucked off the streets of Dublin. Friendly Irish hospitality permeates the O'Callaghan, from the interactions between staff and guests to the Guinness and Smithwick's on tap at the onsite John Barry Restaurant. Named after an Irish-born commodore who is one of the founding fathers of the United States Navy, the restaurant serves traditional Maryland seafood with an Irish flare.
Annapolis, Maryland: Waterfront Capital City with Storied Naval History
About 35 miles east of Washington, DC, and 30 miles southeast of Baltimore, Annapolis lies beside the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River. Known as the sailing capital of the world, the city heavily displays its nautical influence, especially in the Eastport neighborhood, where boatyards, sailing retailers, and other marine businesses thrive. And as Maryland’s capital, Annapolis also draws visitors to the Maryland State House, the oldest capitol building in continuous use. Built in 1779, the Georgian-style building briefly served as the US Capitol Building between 1783 and 1784.
For an in-depth look at the academy, visit the US Naval Academy Museum or join one of the campus tours through its historic halls and chapels. The academy is also home to the crypt of John Paul Jones, considered the father of the US Navy. His tomb is anchored by a 21-ton sarcophagus and surrounded by columns of black and white marble and bronze dolphins.