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!
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).