My daughter and I arrived in town very early and didn't expect to be able to check-in until 3 pm. At noon I decided to stop in and speak with the receptionist to ask a few questions. We intended to go eat and come back after lunch to check-in. I explained my daughter was here to attend a Candidate Orientation weekend at the Naval Academy and that we just needed to change and let her get some things organized before 4 PM. The receptionist said if we didn't mind a room facing the back then she could check us in right away. She even said I could request a room change later in the afternoon when other rooms would be available. Thank you receptionist! (sorry I didn't get a name). The room was nice and the bed was very comfortable. Being on the fifth floor on the back of the hotel was fine for me. It doesn't face the action on the street so there wasn't much to look at, but it was quiet. As others have said, the air conditioner did seem to be pretty noisy when it was on and would sometimes wake me up when it cycled off and on during the night. All in all it was a decent place to stay and is in a convenient location. You can park the car and leave it and walk to pretty much anywhere. The Naval Academy is about a 1 mile walk but there are interesting sights along the way.
Now the not so great...
After a long day at the Naval Academy on Friday, I walked back and was looking forward to stopping off for a beer somewhere. All the places along West St seemed to be pretty crowded so I decided to just head back to the hotel and planned to stop at the downstairs bar before heading back to my room. I thought it was strange to only see two other patrons there. Seeing that they had Guiness on tap I asked the bartender for a Black & Tan. She said she could make it with Guinness and Smithwicks (also on tap). I said that was fine and waited by the bar. As she began filling the glass it sounded like the Guiness keg was empty (lots of air and sputtering sounds. She poured the foam out and started over a time or two and I joked it sounded like the bottom of the barrel. She told me it should be fine in a minute. When it didn't get any better she asked another employee if he could go check the keg and he disappeared through a door. She continued trying to fill the glass but there was no change. I finally said - OK I'll just take a Smithwicks instead. She said you know, I think I'm going to give you one in a bottle instead because it will be colder. She made some comment about the lines from the keg tend to make the beer warm or something. She said she would only charge me the domestic rate, which she quoted as $4.95. I almost told her to forget it at that point. If I had wanted bottled beer I could have walked across the street and bought a six pack at the convenient store and taken it back to my room. So... skip the bar and head to one of the many other fine bars / restaurants in the area. I was very disappointed in this so called Irish pub.
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- A Warm Irish Welcome awaits you in Historic Annapolis! Make us your home while you explore all the great attractions of this great city. Walk to everything or use our free shuttle around the downtown area. All rooms offer free high speed internet. Enjoy a great happy hour in the John Barry Bar! Meetings, weddings and private events. ... more less
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