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 to class in their white suits and hats, and costumed tour guides walk down cobblestone paths as they tell the history of the 167-year-old campus. Nearby is Annapolis’s historic district, which Lonely Planet recommends for its “flickering lamps and brick row houses [that] are worthy of Dickens.” It’s not far from these charming locales that guests find the 120-room O’Callaghan Annapolis, a boutique hotel seemingly plucked off the streets of Dublin. Here, Irish maps decorate the guest-room walls, the entryway’s mahogany wood seems straight out of the Emerald Isle, and the staff offers friendly Irish hospitality.
Irish and European furnishings in hues of brown and gold are found in nearly every room. At the John Barry Restaurant and Bar, named for a commodore often referred to as The Father of the American Navy, cooks craft traditional Irish meals such as shepherd’s pie, as well as Maryland crab cakes and other local favorites. And like many of Ireland’s great pubs, the bar serves Guinness on tap. This deal also includes a $25 voucher to Fado, which sports a menu of Irish food and drink.
The US Naval Academy, shopping along the waterfront, and the Colonial Annapolis Historic District are all within walking distance, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that serves downtown, the Eastport neighborhood, and the academy.
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. An established sailing-and-boating center, 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.
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