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“Wonderful water views!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ship Watch Inn
401 1st Street, Chesapeake City, MD 21915   |  
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Maryland
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful water views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

I've been going to the Ship Watch Inn yearly for almost 10 years and keep coming back. I always stay in Talbot, the smallest, but in my mind most charming room. The big draw for me is the covered deck that stretches the length of the building overlooking, and right on, the C & D Canal. The canal is usually quiet and calming. But, it is also facinating to watch the huge container ships glide past almost without sound. The B & B is directly across from the where the pilot boats that take the canal pilots to the ships are docked. Watching the exchange of pilots is fun to watch. This B & B has staff present only during the daylight hours, so if you need staff to attend to you all hours of the day & night, this place is not for you. Renee & Pat who prepare & serve a tasty breakfast and make sure there are cakes, cookies, & snacks left out for you (as well as chiled waters, sodas and wine, coffee & tea) are friendly and efficient. The rooms are clean, comfy and nicely decorated--but I spend the majority of my time there out on the balcony watching the world go by. Yes ,it is an old building and has paper thin walls--noise can be an issue if there are guests with loud voices and heavy feet. That truly is my only complaint. If you are looking for a water view in a peaceful, pretty little town with not much excitement, the ShipWatch is for you.

Room Tip: The 3rd balcony does not have cover. In the summer heat/sun might be an issue while sitting outside...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Let's just get over the fact that the building is old and the rooms are not sound-proof. You will undoubtedly hear someone. They will hear you. That's a given when you go to a property such as this.

Now on to everything else that is wonderful!!

Our room, the Chesapeake suite on the 2nd floor, was marvelous! Everything was clean and right where we needed it. I loved the whirlpool tub and unique furnishings. Our linens and towels were changed the next morning while we took a stroll through the neighborhood, and everything was perfect again by the time we returned (all without having to ask or keep checking back.)

From the room, we had outside views in three directions. We loved the deck that overlooked the Canal and the rockers where we sat to watch the boats go by. Since ours was an end room, we got a larger and slightly more private area of the deck that overlooks the canal.

A very pleasant and LOUD surprise was that sometimes extremely large ships/barges travel by with extremely LOUD and wonderful horns. We had the pleasure of experiencing this twice our first night there.

The breakfasts made by Rene were delicious and plentiful. We appreciated the snacks, cakes, and beverages left for us to enjoy as we wished throughout the day. Rene is a delightful - friendly, helpful, but non-intrusive Inn Keeper.

There's not much to do in Chesapeake City except relax and find your next place to eat. We excel at both of these things, so for us - this was the perfect getaway vacation spot.

Can't wait to return!

Room Tip: As with any 'old' building, if you don't want to hear noise from your upstairs neighbors...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Dix Hills, New York
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

I recently stayed at the Ship Watch Inn when in Chesapeake City for a family get-together. It was first rate from start to finish. The room we stayed in - The Dorchester - was well-appointed. It was old world charming but up-dated and modern at the same time. I found the staff accomodating and involved. Breakfast - which is included - was good and they were more than willing to handle the requests we had. It is definitely a place I would visit again and plan on another visit sometime this summer. You won't be disappointed if you enjoy staying at a Bed & Breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Norwood, PA
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19 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

We chose the Ship Watch because we love to be in rooms with a water view. This certainly lived up to our expectations as we had a nice view of the canal from the room and from the walk out shared balcony. The breakfasts were very good, and Renee was a pleasant hostess. There were only two other rooms occupied, so it was fairly quiet, although we see what people meant about thin walls - there doesn't seem to be sound insulation between walls and floors. When the tenants upstairs walked and when the overhead room was cleaned, it was quite loud. Nonetheless, we would come back. This was a clean property with nice amenities. although it is true no attendant was at the property after 5 p.m., there was an emergency phone number and we had no problems.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, PA
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We have stayed at the Ship Watch 3 times and loved each stay. The rooms are very comfortable and immaculate. I've never seen any mold or anything else. We've stayed in different types of rooms from suite to reular room and enjoyed them all. And the views out the windows and from the balcony are so relaxing. Breakfast has been great each time. My SO loves the cookies and other yummies that are available in the dining room--great for a midnight snack. The hot tub is right by the water, and you can laze away sipping some wine and watch the boats go by (though this last trip the hot tub was closed--Hurricane Irene did her damage--it was too cold anyway). Both Renee and Pat have been extremely helpful and accomodating. Chesapeake City is a cute little town with several restaurants and a bunch of shops. You can park your car and never have to move it if you don't want to. If you want to get away from the craziness and kick back and enjoy the moment, this is the place to do it.

  • Stayed November 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

Wow! If you need a couple of days away from the craziness of your everyday life, this is the place to visit! First off, the town is so quaint and peaceful. The views are stunning from the wrap-around porch, a great place to read the paper in the morning :)

My husband and I were in Chesapeake City for a wedding and had the pleasure of staying at this fabulous B&B. Renee was wonderful and so accommodating to our needs! My husband loved the morning waffles, but I wanted something a bit healthier, so she made me egg whites instead. This is why we loved the B&B experience! If you want a buffet full of all you can eat boxed eggs, then a big hotel chain is where you belong. I would rather have a personalized experience any day of the week, but that's just me.

Next time we go, we're gonna try to stay in a different room. Renee showed us a couple of other rooms that were open, and they were all so different! The place is decorated beautifully and has very unique charm. We hope to be back in the spring!

Room Tip: Next time I will be booking a suite, they looked fabulous!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Chesapeake, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

At $205 a night, I would have expected better. The view of the C&D canal from our 3rd story room was great bit the room was not very clean and the walls were paper thin. It was obvious that there was not an attendant staying at the place because from midnight until 4AM very loud and rowdy party goers made sleeping impossible and had us questioning our security. Breakfast was very limited to waffles and sausage links. I've had a better breakfast at Best Western. We like to check the Weather when we travel but the TV was very small and was pretty much unwatchable. The curtains were broken and the shower fixture was in very bad condition. The inn had central AC and was not controllable from our room. It was uncomfortably cold and we could do nothing about changing the temperature. The Hot Tub was broken and looked like it had been broken for quite some time. In general it looks like the place is in need of some serious maintenance. Other than the fantastic view I would not recommend this establishment and calling it a B&B is a misrepresentation. It is an old Inn badly in need of repair. The price of the stay is definitely not worth the experience.
On the upside, The town of Chesapeake City is a very quaint place and we had a nice time wandering around the shops.

Room Tip: Don't waste your money. The view is not worth the price.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ship Watch Inn

Address: 401 1st Street, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Location: United States > Maryland > Chesapeake City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Chesapeake City
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only waterfront bed & breakfast in historic Chesapeake City. 8 rooms and 2 suites boast amazing views of the C&D Canal, all with outdoor decks and private, en suite bathrooms. A range of room accommodations are available to meet everyone's individual preferences. Full service, home cooked breakfast, unlimited beverages and home baked goods are complimentary and included with your stay. ... more   less 
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Ship Watch Hotel Chesapeake City

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