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“No what to expect from a B and B” 1 of 5 stars
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144 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401   |  
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Ranked #7 of 31 Annapolis B&B and Inns
Wilmington, Delaware
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“No what to expect from a B and B”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Well I have stayed at many B & B and this was a different experience. First when arriving we where not told we could use any of the common ares - we soon learned why...more on that latter. The third floor suite was clean at least but do not look for anywhere comfortable to sit down, It was more like a museum of stiff things to look at!! I guess it would not be so bad if it did not cost more than any other one I have stayed at. For $404 a night and not to be able to get coffee at seven for a walk gime a break. Breakfast was amazing i got scrambled eggs - LOL The best was the feeling of a frat house not a B & B - I soon learned why we not meant to feel welcome on the first floor, over the two days I was there the foyer was full of duffle bags and a constant floor of midshipmen that came and went all hours of the day!! We never felt like sitting down in the middle of the first floor and feel it was almost encouraged to go to our room. Not that I am not grateful and appreciative of them but we are paying top dollar for an expected atmosphere which these two guys are clueless about!! Do yourself a favor - Save money, have a better time and stay somewhere else. Sorry boys but you need to go back to school......on what you are running here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1J4P4L, Owner at The Annapolis Inn, responded to this review, December 30, 2011
This review and the one that follows were written by a married couple. They do not identify themselves as a married couple traveling together in their reviews, but instead, they sent two separate reviews as if they were two separate couples. They are obviously trying to maximize their negative impact on us by pretending that the two reviews by two different couples were unassociated. That in itself is a violation of TripAdvisor rules.

This couple stayed with us on the weekend of June 24th and 25th. She submitted her review on June 28th , “Ridiculously expensive for what you got...”. She states that she was here in May and does not provide the exact dates of her stay. That's because she was not with us in May. Our records show and can prove that no one from Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or Delaware was a guest in our inn during the month of May.

He submitted his review the next day on June 29th “No what to expect from a B and B”. What's so amazing about this man and his wife is that they expect us to be mindreaders. They had many opportunities to ask for whatever they wanted. Certainly we can serve an early morning coffee, but guests need to let us know in advance. This couple told us that they were early risers and would go out for their usual early morning walk. Otherwise, as stated on our website, our breakfasts start at 8 a.m.

On the first morning of their stay, I heard him go out at 7 am, and I thought that they both were going out for their walk, as many of our guests do. When he returned, he had a cup of Starbucks coffee in his hand. When I saw him, I said that I would have been glad to have coffee ready for him at 7 a.m if he had told us. I was sure to let him know that on the following morning we would be glad to have coffee ready for him. As soon as I made the offer, he refused it.

This man hurt his back at the gym just before he arrived and was in severe pain all weekend, but wouldn't admit it until the morning he left, and he told us that he needed to see his chiropractor first thing on Monday morning. “There was no place to sit down where he was comfortable”. He wasn't comfortable sitting down, laying down, standing up or in any other position. It was not the fault of our bed, chairs or other furnishings in his room or elsewhere; it was the fact that he pulled out his back at the gym. We offered to call our chiropractor for him, and we gave him our only bottle of Biofreeze, a very difficult to find product that is excellent for muscle pain like his, and in spite of extending ourselves whenever we could, he stated that we do not put our customers first.

Of course he didn't mention in his review that when he got lost on the way to our Inn that he called me, and I stayed on the phone with him to direct him to the Inn until his vehicle pulled up to our front door. Nor did he mention that he belittled me on the phone when he found out that we don't have off-street parking. Conveniently, he also didn't mention that he tried to leave without paying the balance due on his reservation. Mentioning also that we made recommendations for their dinners and made the reservations for them as well was not mentioned in his review. He also chose not to mention that it was his luggage in the hallway with the luggage of other guests that he was complaining about. We were more than happy to hold on to his luggage for as long as he wanted so that they could enjoy as much of the day as possible in Annapolis (there was an Irish Day festival on Sunday that they wanted to see).

In retrospect, I am not sure why this couple chose to stay with us in Annapolis. They were a very poor match for what we are, what we offer and what we provide. A glitzy 5 star hotel in a fast paced environment would have been a much better match. They neither expressed nor showed any appreciation for history or antiques, historic architecture, the Naval Academy (or things military), the Chesapeake Bay (she gets sea sick), fine foods, social gatherings and interacting with others. This is like going to Disney World and being offended and upset because you meet Disney characters, see parades and visit Sleeping Beauty's castle. If that's how one feels, why would one go there in the first place? I would not recommend a visit to Annapolis for anyone else whose only interest is racing sports cars.

We are also very offended by the disparaging attitude given to those outstanding Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy who are deliberately putting themselves in harms way to protect our lives, rights and freedom.
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

My husband and I visited Annapolis and chose the Annapolis Inn based on reviews on this site. Wrong move! If you want a $400 a night room that looks like where someone kept their staff in the 1800's this is the place for you! After seeing the room and being disappointed, I was hopeful that breakfast might make up for it - wrong again. We were served scrambled eggs - seriously? I can make those at home. The other thing you need to know about this place is that the owners sponsor cadets from the Academy - and they will be in the house day and night. So if you just want a room and no access to any common areas, this is the place for you. The owners are both kind people - I think they have just forgotten that they are running a business and their guests should come first. I really think we can do much better next time we travel to Annapolis.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We have been staying at The Annapolis Inn since 2007, when our son first was invited to visit the Naval Academy for potential admittance.

Since then, we have stayed at the Inn every visit to Annapolis and enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of owners Joe and Alex, and the warmth of the entire town, thanks to them.

Joe and Alex not only facilitated dinner reservations, and great suggestions for historic local sites to visit, they invited our son and other midshipmen to their home for dinners, holidays, and family-style fellowship and events for many of the kids away from their families.

It's been four years and many visits for us, culminated by graduation at the end of this May. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the Inn with several of our family members during Commissioning Week, and will never forget the wonderful and meaningful time we spent with Joe and Alex.

Breakfasts were delicious - and we were offered plenty of options for big or light eaters. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable, and plenty of extras are available (towels, shampoo, etc...)

The Annapolis Inn is so much more than a nice place to stay - we have made wonderful friends and enjoyed the historic inn, and will be back, even though our son graduated!

Room Tip: Each room is beautiful and comfortable
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

We were fortunate to be upgraded to a suite which consisted of two very large rooms and a very well appointed bathroom. The bathroom floor had the option of being heated and the jacuzzi tub was a welcome relief after walking around Annapolis all day. The host provided excellent suggestions for dining and as a result we would very highly recommend O'Leary's which is walkable from the Inn. The breakfasts were served in a very leisurely fashion with time to read the paper and to learn from the host the history of the Inn and sites to see. The Inn is located just off the central square of Annapolis and within walking distance of just about everything.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

My husband and I stayed here 1 night on the way to somewhere else...
From the minute the door opened we felt like intruders with little or no contact with the owners as they were busy preparing dinner for 20 Navy men, who visit on the weekends on a regular basis ( not mentioned on their website!)
We had the exclusive use of our bedroom and that was it!!
No welcome tray of cheese or wine, water or anything ( too busy) and the Christmas tree was still in the corner of the living room(.did I mention med February ).but wait we really couldnt be in there either...
the dinner party was in full swing when we came back from our dinner and continued until 11 pm..( what guests??)
Did I mention we were the only ones booked into this place? We thought we had "prepaid" online or we would have checked out asap..This was a top rated Conde Nast selection...
whoa..can you pay to get that??
The location was great but that is all it had going for it.
The breakfast was good enough but frankly we were annoyed to have to spend from 8 till 10 to get out of there..another inconvenience to us...
would I return?
not in my lifetime...

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1J4P4L, Owner at The Annapolis Inn, responded to this review, December 30, 2011
I don’t think that it is necessary to state that as well as being innkeepers, we are also residents of Annapolis and do have our own personal lives. Consequently, we do get involved in community activities and enjoy many of the things that bring guests to Annapolis. One such activity is volunteering as official Sponsors for Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy. We welcome the Midshipmen assigned to us into our home on Saturday, the one day of the week that they are given liberty. The one thing that every Midshipman wants is home cooking in very large quantities so dinner is always a part of their visit. We are proud to say that we have been sponsors for the past 12 years and have an on-going relationship with the many Naval and Marine officers who were once our sponsor sons and daughters.
In Annapolis B&Bs are only allowed to have one kitchen and one dining room. We use our dining room for breakfasts with our guests, and we use it for our personal entertaining purposes as well. When our guests have the opportunity to meet or interact with our Midshipmen, they have always considered it an incredibly wonderful experience. Our Midshipmen will sit with our guests for as long as our guests would like to answer any questions that they may have, and if they happen to be present when a guest arrives, they graciously offer to carry the guest’s luggage to their room. I cannot even begin to list the number of accolades we have received from the parents and families of the Midshipmen, the US Naval Academy, and more than anyone, our guests. These young men and women have just graduated from High School or have already served in combat as prior enlisted personnel, and are now lost in a new world of strict discipline, rigorous studies and strenuous physical conditioning. I cannot begin to say how many guests have said to us, “Thank YOU for serving our country”.
We sponsor approximately 23 Midshipmen, but we cannot seat more than six at a time at our table. Our Midshipmen are exceptionally courteous, well-mannered and behaved, and respectful of our business and our guests. This is far from being a Frat House, but this is their home away from home. They could be out in the streets getting in trouble and feeling depressed and lonely, but, instead, they are enjoying a good meal in a safe and enjoyable environment. There is no greater gift that we could give their parents, many of whom are our guests and friends as well.
While we like to think that we could have dinner in our own dining room without asking for our guests’ permission, our living room is still open and available to our guests if they would like to relax after dinner in front of the fireplace. Dinner in the dining room does not pre-empt our guests from using our living room.
And, yes, our Christmas tree was still in the living room. Why was it there?....... because on the next day, two couples were arriving. Both of their spouses were returning from active duty in Afghanistan; they never got to celebrate Christmas together, so we volunteered to “hold” Christmas for them until they were reunited at our Inn. We have to give ourselves a pat on the back and admit that we did a very good job of it too! Do we need guest approval if we want to keep our tree up even after we explained why it was still up?
Our website does clearly state that quiet time at the Inn begins at 11 p.m. It also states that we serve breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and our guests tell us what time they would like to have their breakfast within that time frame. We serve a very elegant and substantial three-course breakfast, also stated on our website, but at times our guests will ask us to abbreviate breakfast for them or they may prefer to skip breakfast entirely. But no one is required to have breakfast. We have had breakfasts that have lasted until 2 p.m. because of the wonderful rapport that we develop with our guests, and it is the perfect time for guests to have our company all to themselves for as long as they’d like. At dinner time, obviously, we may have other commitments and may not be available. Many times our guests will invite us to join them for dinner, and we will make ourselves available, if possible, when we know in advance.
What is not on our website is the mention of any wine and cheese tray.
In our efforts to “go green” and be eco-friendly as well, we have installed a reverse osmosis water filtration system to the Inn’s entire water supply. Our tap water is now purer than any bottled water, and is healthier for our guests; it enhances the flavor in our cooking, and guests can also wash their hair without concern for the effect of hard water on their hair. We are able to eliminate the use of plastic bottles, use less detergent in our laundry and eliminate the impact of hard water on our showers, faucets, toilets, bidets and water pipes.
In this review it appears that having a personal life is the cause of guest dissatisfaction. There were no complaints about our failure to provide any of the services to which they were entitled. And we were certainly available at breakfast time to socialize with our guests. The poor ratings given to rooms, cleanliness, service and sleep quality were unsubstantiated; because of this, we have no response to offer.
We are exceptionally proud of what we do for our activity military, and find it disheartening that fellow citizens do not share a feeling of gratitude or appreciation for what these young men and women are sacrificing and enduring. If guests have no sense of appreciation for those who are fighting for our freedom, liberty and country, it is any wonder that the efforts of the best of Innkeepers would be criticized too? The Annapolis Inn is proud of its support of the military and the US Naval Academy. Nothing will ever change that.
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

We thought the high point of our visit to Annapolis would be the Academy. We were not correct. Our visit had twin peaks - the Naval Academy and The Annapolis Inn. We were WELCOMED by one of the owners, Alex, and shown to the ELEGANT Murray Suite with a view to the garden. The bath was surrounded by Italian tumbled marble, had a massage therapy tub and etched glass shower door. The sitting room had a working fireplace, comfortable chairs and a lovely view of the street. The bedroom was spacious with silk hangings in rose and gold silk - a theme carried to the king bed. We did not want to leave our suite! With the help of Alex's knowledge of the many alleys in Annapolis, we were a stone's throw from the Academy and deliciousl restaurants and good shops. We met Joe, the other owner, the next day at the most delicious breakfast prepared by Alex. Fresh fruit, muffins and French toast made of panetonne - yum,. Joe was as informative and welcoming as Alex and we count these men among our friends. They host midshipman so the young people have some home life away from home (those lucky young men). Joe and Alex made a wise choice of careers in hospitality. They belong with people. We were treated as royally as the many distinguised guests they have entertained at The Annapolis Inn. If they don't have room for us - we are not going back to Annapolis.. A big thank you to Joe and Alex for a memorable weekend.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

Our first trip memorable , we will return! Very gracious hosts provided supurb behind the scenes info about the historic Annapolis Inn. Also provided excellent directions ,must see attractions and resturants. My expectations were exceeded and we left relaxed following our stay-Thanks to Alex and Joe!

Room Tip: All rooms exceptional!
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 144 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Location: United States > Maryland > Annapolis
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Annapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegance, comfort, convenience and outstanding service await you at Annapolis's most luxurious and historic Bed & Breakfast. Our rooms, amenities, breakfast and service are sure to make you feel exceptionally pampered, regal and special. Let us help plan your stay. With just one phone call to us, we will help plan your stay and take care of every detail of your visit to Annapolis. Ask us about the history of the Inn, our affiliation with the Naval Academy and St. John's College. We hope you will be among the Alumni and families of both colleges who consider us their "home away from home." ... more   less 
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