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“Great Staff - Pretty Good Accommodations” 4 of 5 stars
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Historic Inns of Annapolis
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401   |  
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Mclean, Virginia
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“Great Staff - Pretty Good Accommodations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We decided to take a last minute mini-trip out of town for the weekend, and the Historic Inns were among the few places that still had availability. The reviews were fairly accurate. Details, from making the reservation through checkout, are below. But, in a nutshell, if you're looking for a short stay in Annapolis, and want to be in the heart of the main city, this is a very solid option!

Details:
Making the reservation: I wanted to make sure we had a great room, so rather than booking online, I called the hotel directly and spoke to Eric. Eric was extremely patient with me as I asked him about a dozen questions ranging from room size, to noise level, to views, etc. (Though he did try a hard sell on one of the more expensive rooms at first...but I can't fault him for that!) Ultimately we settled on the Queen room in the Maryland Inn, and he promised me he'd make a note in the reservation that we wanted a view of the water. A solid B+/A grade here.

Checking-In: Since we were only going to be in town for a short stay, we arrived well before check-in time. The staff was extremely courteous and allowed us to leave our car with the valet before we came back to check-in. After touring the city for a few hours, we arrived back around 3:30 (30 minutes after the check-in time we were told). However, our room was not yet ready. This was both a positive and negative. The negative is obvious ... check-in is advertised at 3, and we were unable to get into our room until 4 pm. However, the positive is that this is because they had looked at Eric's note in our file and had upgraded us to a suite which had a view of the water! A+ on the attention to detail ... C on the check-in time.

Accommodations: This is a challenge. Our room did have a great view of Main Street all the way down to the water. But I would hesitate to call it a "suite." It was a suite in the sense that there were 2 different rooms in the unit: a sitting area when you first walk in the door, with a lopsided sofa-bed, coffee table, desk, and TV; and a tiny bedroom with a Queen size bed and TV. The bedroom was very crammed, leaving little room to walk around. And the two rooms were adjoined by the bathroom, meaning that if someone was showering, the other person had to stay in the room they were in. The bed was not very comfortable at all nor were the pillows. Also, we were led to believe there would be complimentary coffee service in the rooms, but this did not exist (which stinks b/c I love my coffee!). However, with all that said, the room was very clean, had a great view, and the sitting area was very comfortable. C+ on the room. (BTW, we were in room 412 of the Maryland Inn)

Location: PERFECT!! The Maryland Inn is situated right at the top of Main Street, where all of the best shops are, and it is a 10-15 minute walk down to the docks. If you walk in the other direction, on West St., you get easy walkable access to some romantic restaurants (Carpaccio was our favorite). Definitely a perfect spot. A+ here w/o any hesitation.

Checking-out: Very simple process, and the valet brought our car to our building for us in the torrential downpour that was happening when we left. A here.

Overall, I'd give the place a solid B. We may explore other options when we go back to Annapolis, but the Historic Inns will remain on the short list (we may try the Calvert Inn building next time).

Room Tip: Room 412 in Maryland Inn had a great view ... but the layout is very odd and inconvenient.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Sum M:

Thank you for posting your reply on TripAdvisor and for responding to us directly! The details of your stay were very good; thank you. I was absolutely delighted you found out staff to be “great” and that you enjoyed our location. Thank you for your additional feedback on the room and I am sorry about the miscommunication on the coffee. We do not have coffee in the guest rooms but do in the lobby.

I am glad you chose us for a quick getaway and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,
Mike Radike
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had an enjoyable two night stay. Checking in was easy, valet service great, room clean and comfortable. Quick walk to Main St and water. Maid service was outstanding. This was a great place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear GeoffreyH:

Thank you for posting your feedback about your recent stay at the Historic Inns of Annapolis. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and that you found the valet service to be great and the maid service to be outstanding. I am so happy to have earned a rating of 5 from you!

We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,
Mike Radike
General Manager
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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Room 317 in the Governor Calvert House was quaint and romantic. The only issues we encountered were the iron cord kept retracting so we could not use the iron and one of the lamps did not work. Also, the bed was extremely uncomfortable and the pillows were lumpy. We did not get a good night sleep. Since we were there only one night, it was not worth reporting. We had been here four years ago and stayed in the Robert Johnson House. I do prefer the Governor Calvert House.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Dear Robin G:

Thank you for posting your comments on TripAdvisor. While I was glad to read you found the Governor Calvert House to be a romantic venue, I certainly wish you would have let us know about your discomfort with the bed; we would have done our best to alleviate that or perhaps provide a different room.

I’m happy you enjoyed your stay overall and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,
Mike Radike
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We wanted to be in historic Annapolis. The Maryland Inn, one of 3 properties in the Historic Inns of Annapolis, and located on Church Circle, turned out to be perfect. Check-in is several blocks away at the Calvert House, on nearby State Circle. Our room (#400) on the top floor was VERY spacious, although looking at floor evacuation plan, all rooms were not as spacious. The bath, however, was quite small, but very well appointed. Our queen size bed was comfortable and the linens very nice. There was no in-room coffee, but plenty of free coffee & tea in the inn's lobby each morning. Plus, there was even a Starbucks in the Inn basement (accessed from the street)!

The location was perfect. There was a self-park garage 2 blocks away so no need to valet park and an ample loading/unloading zone outside the inn. There is an elevator, but still some stairs to access the "first floor and elevator". Our room was actually on the 3-1/2 floor so there were several stairs to reach it from either the 3rd or 4th floor elevator stops. The Naval Academy, the Maryland State House and all historic places plus restaurants and wine bars were all within walking distance. Our A/C was fairly noisy and cooled "relatively" well, but otherwise a great place and a great stay.

Room Tip: Study floor map or inquire when reserving since some rooms are very spacious, but some are much smal...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear MaroonDawg67

Well, I could start by saying “Gig ‘em” but I lived in Austin and followed a team of a different color. Regardless, I want to thank you for the detail of your feedback and tell you how pleased I was that you so enjoyed your stay and found our location to rank a "5."

You did a great job noting that our rooms come in a variety of sizes and pointing out a parking option for those who chose not to use the convenience of the hotel valet parking service. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,

Mike Radike
General Manager
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

My husband and I spent three nights in the charming, historic Maryland Inn. The hotel was clean, affordable, and the staff members we encountered were friendly and helpful. We especially liked its location--close to everything. My husband liked having coffee available to him in the mornings.

Room Tip: Rooms away from elevator and ice machine.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Jane Y:

Thank you for your feedback about the Maryland Inn, one of the buildings comprising the Historic Inns of Annapolis. I was delighted to read that you found our hotel to be clean, the staff to be friendly and helpful, and, most especially, that your husband enjoyed the morning coffee!

We are glad you stayed with us and look forward to being your hotel of choice for future visits to Annapolis.

Sincerely,

Mike Radike
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Best value in Annapolis. Close to most things you're interested in. Friendly, helpful staff, knowledgeable about the area and dining options. Rooms are not palatial but comfortable with a decent view. Free internet and coffee in the morning. Great concept and nicely done.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Bill P:

Thank you for completing your Trip Advisor feedback. I was glad to read you found the Historic Inns to be a great value and that you found our staff to be “friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.” We absolutely strive for that type of response and I am glad to hear we succeeded for you.

We appreciate your feedback about your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you.

Mike Radike
General Manager
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Had the pleasure of staying at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Maryland recently. At 58 State Street, you're under the shadow of the Historic Maryland State Capital across the street, the lit dome one of the city landmarks over the harbor.

The room we were in was nice, 2 double beds, firm, nice pillows, decent enough bathroom, a TV. No Microwave, Coffee Maker, or Refrigerator: this was very much like staying over at that posh Aunt's house from the other side of the family, the hoidy-toidy one with the nice guest room. A nice smell about it. No "hotelly" distractions, a nice feel to the entrance lobby, but modern conveniences like elevators and air conditioning were added in and available. Different than the usual. And my wife and I appreciated it.

The relatively recent discovery of an old heating system known as a hypocaust has been unearthed below the foundation line... and made visible via a solid plexiglass floor of a room used for providing coffee and Danish in the morning. The lower level has illumination showing the intricate method by which heated air was generated for the original house. This was the same method used by ancient Romans to heat baths, so there's some intrinsic tangental historic merit to the property besides the aspect of being a house belonging to the Governor Benedict Leonard Calvert family.

Back to the room, the windows are old school sash windows in keeping with the character of the building, and since the weather was mellow, we opened one for some fresh air. We discovered the (heavy) windows needed some service and I reported this to the desk the next morning. No complaints about the very quiet room we had. (see photos).

Location is excellent as you can well imagine, just around the corner from Main Street and walking distance to many of Annapolis' attractions including the harbor, the Naval Academy, etc.

Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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mradike1, General Manager at Historic Inns of Annapolis, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Blitzin:

Thank you for providing your feedback about your recent stay with us. I really enjoyed your commentary about the Historic Inns’ relative to the “posh Aunt” of our childhood – we all had one, right? Anyway, you have a great perspective on some of the features that differentiate us from an “off the shelf” property. We are unique, and are different, and very much enjoy being so.

Thank you for your patronage and comments; we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,
Mike Radike
General Manager
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Address: 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
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Location: United States > Maryland > Annapolis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Annapolis
#3 Romantic Hotel in Annapolis
#8 Business Hotel in Annapolis
#8 Family Hotel in Annapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Historic Inns of Annapolis 3.5*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
History comes to life at the Historic Inns of Annapolis. Located in downtown Annapolis, the Historic Inns of Annapolis comprise three unique hotels - each one with a storied past and significant place in American history. Perfect for a family vacation or a business retreat, the inns exude charm and class that have attracted guests for generations. From guest rooms to banquet rooms, we have all the space you need for the ideal getaway! ... more   less 
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