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Get in the School Spirit

Graduate Annapolis. Photo by Nate Smith.

Revive your college days (minus the hall bathrooms) at Graduate Annapolis, part of Graduate Hotels’ growing chain in university-anchored cities. The 215-room former Loews Annapolis Hotel (the transition is expected to be completed in September) is in the heart of Annapolis and just a short stroll to the U.S. Naval Academy, St. John’s College and the Chesapeake Bay, plus restaurants, shops and art galleries.

The naval-collegiate theme is playfully incorporated in the rooms’ décor, from custom goat-shaped lamps celebrating the Navy mascot to replicas of the Herndon Monument, the 21-foot obelisk that is greased before plebes (aka freshmen) try to scale it each year. Guest rooms feature plaid madras headboards, gold and navy drapes, and armchairs upholstered in a battleship pattern. Caffeinate like a college kid at Poindexter Coffee in the lobby. Camp Severn Shore, the hotel’s restaurant, serves coastal fare and cocktails. Rates begin at $149 per night.

Graduate Annapolis, 126 West St., Annapolis; 410-263-7777;