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“Cozy environment on the Bay” 4 of 5 stars
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Swan Haven
20950 Rock Hall Ave., Rock Hall, MD 21661   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Rock Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Cozy environment on the Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

The owner Benton is very accommodating. This is a very nice inn and the rooms are very comfortable and spacious. It is a very relaxing environment and is great for a getaway to this part of Maryland.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

Absolutely wonderful two-night stay in this cosey little Rock Hall treasure.

Benton and Allison, the owners of the BnB go out of their way to make accommodations for you through, comfy and well-resting.

We had the poor fortune to spend the nights during a severe heat wave (days > 105*F), so being stuck on the upstairs floor, we wished it was a little cooler to sleep. But everywhere else in the BnB was perfectly cool.

We took the Kayaks out (complimentary of course) and enjoyed the wonderful view of the bay. The Continental breakfast was delicious, plenty of interesting choices.

Very recommended.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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main line usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

Swan Haven is a great getaway from the rat race. Benton and Allison treat each customer as long lost friends and the views are great. My wife and I have been to B&B's all over the country and this is one of the best. Each Room is beautiful and the Great Room is a "great" place to have a cup of coffee. Benton told us to go to Sauced on Man, that was a great find as we bought some Crab and Shrimp Bloody Mary Mix. I cant wait to go back to the dock and watch sunset one of the best in Rock Hall.

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, FL
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2009

The Inn was lovely and we enjoyed our stay. The owner was friendly and accommodating, the room and the Inn were very clean and nicely decorated. We enjoyed eating breakfast out on the deck.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NEW JERSEY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2009

Rock Hall is lovely, we have stayed at a number of different B&Bs in town, Swan Haven is by far the best, if you want a place to relax and feel comfortable. The rooms are very clean and tastefully decorated. New Owners have added a beautiful extension to their Great Room which makes you feel comfortable enough to pull up a seat in front of their large TV and enjoy your stay! The view from their dock is just unbelivable! The sunsets are incredible! The Owners Alison and Benton are very accomodating and make sure you feel comfortable throughout your stay. Each time we leave we feel like we have left a piece of paradise behind, which makes us very eager to return.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2007

We have stayed at Swan Haven, a 10-room B&B several times and have always enjoyed it. The Inn has wonderful water views and is walking or biking distance to town's small beach and several good restaurants. Bikes and canoes are available. This stay we had our own screened porch with a view of the haven, just lovely. I recommend paying a little extra for a room with deck or porch access and asking for a room that is not on the street. Many rooms have soaking tubs plus showers (showers can be a little on small side, an ample person might feel crowded). The common areas, including a breakfast room/living room with great view are very comfortable. The breakfast fare runs to to be cereal, yogurt, bagels and store-bought pastry. Beds and linens are quite nice and everything is spotlessly clean. Rates are fair considering the nice accomodations and pricier options nearby.

  • Liked — view, location, decor, comfort
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Southern Maryland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2007

Overview...
NEW owner/innkeeper Ron is friendly and informative
Rooms: clean, big, comfortable
Baths: clean, modern, awesome two-person jacuzzi tub!
Breakfast: continental, but nice and plenty of it!

Details...
This was our first experience in a small, home-like Bed & Breakfast. My husband and I booked last minute for a one-night getaway. I chose to stay at Swan Haven during this trip to Rock Hall because of the jacuzzi tub (my husband's only requirement) and the website pictures of the rooms and property.

When we arrived, Ron the new owner/innkeeper was welcoming and informative. He gave us a mini tour and brought us up to our room. My first impression was: this place is really new, clean, and bigger than I imagined. I was relieved (since you never really know you'll get what you see on a website)! I felt their website was an accurate representation of the place. The outside view of yard and dock was much more bland than the colorful pictures, but it is March after all! From looking at the plantings around the place, I would think spring and summer would be very beautiful.

Rooms 8 (ours), 9 and 10 (I peeked in) are upstairs. They have semi-private decks overlooking the water and you can walk down the steps to the yard and dock. The deck and view face NNE, so you can see a nice sunrise, but not the sunset (this was probably my biggest disappointment). In the hall is a shared mini frig -- with ice & wine and water glasses -- plus a reading room.

We reserved and stayed in room #8. Since it was still off-season we paid $168. I thought it was a very nice room and amenities for the price (we've stayed in more expensive places that were not nearly as friendly and inviting as Swan Haven). The room was prettier and bigger than I expected. The bed is a king and very comfortable with big fluffy pillows. There was also a ceiling fan, TV, two chairs (one with a reading lamp), dresser, and two nightstands (both with lamps). I liked reading what other guests had written about their stays in room 8 in the room's guest book.

The bathroom was bigger than I expected, but both my husband and I thought the two-person jacuzzi tub was a bit smaller than we thought from the photos. At just 5'2", I had plenty of leg room and found it very relaxing, but my husband (5'10") was not able to stretch out his legs. The hot water in both the bath and sink was almost instantaneous and we had plenty to fill the tub. The plush towels and nice soaps were welcomed touches.

Sunrise the next morning was pretty and we were entertained by the multitude of waterbirds: a heron, loads of ducks of all sizes, big seagulls, and even an osprey.

Breakfast was continental style, but there was a lot of it...coffee, milk, orange juice, and hot water to make your tea, hot chocolate, or oatmeal; fresh strawberries and bananas; hard boiled eggs; bagels, raisin bread, english muffins, etc with cream cheese, jelly and even those yummy little cheese wedges.

We didn't spend much time out on the dock because it was cold, but it would be a nice place to sit and fish or crab.

For reasonably-priced local dinner go to Harbor Shack. The crabcakes and the fish & chips are great. We were disappointed that Waterman's Crab House wasn't open for the season yet (the locals rave about the food there).

Though we didn't have time to see them, there are several little shops on Main Street. also there is a wildlife refuge and winery nearby.

If you are looking for a relaxing little town, Rock Hall would be a good choice. If you're looking for exciting nightlife, it didn't appear to be the place to visit.

  • Liked — Clean Modern Inviting
  • Disliked — Couldn't see sunset from room.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20950 Rock Hall Ave., Rock Hall, MD 21661
Location: United States > Maryland > Rock Hall
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Rock Hall
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Also Known As:
Swan Haven Rock Hall

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