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4344 Columbia Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042-5910
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#1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ellicott City
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4.6
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4.9
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4.8
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4.6
Two hundred years of history await you at the Wayside Inn. Conveniently located in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, and within a short drive of either Baltimore or Washington, D.C., the Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape to the past. A historic building providing modern amenities and fabulous, full breakfasts combine for an unforgettable escape.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Flatscreen TV
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一針 見 wrote a review Sep 22
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I booked a room couple months in advance. However, when it was getting close the the date I booked, they sent me a cancellation notice without any explanation. I booked the room early on just so that I could make sure I will be able to have a place to stay. But, with their cancellation, I had to find a hotel room in a rush. Obviously, I will have to pay a higher price. Also, that made it so stressful for me. Anyway, with this experience, I highly recommend not to use this hotel. I totally recommend to say NO to this hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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11tt wrote a review Jul 2022
United States113 contributions53 helpful votes
The place feels like a home away from home. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Our room is nice and clean but needs a little refreshing. Breakfast is delicious. They were very accommodating to our needs throughout the stays and with visitors.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Bromfield5 wrote a review Jun 2022
Frederick, Maryland14 contributions11 helpful votes
Overall, I think it's just a difference in decor preferebce-----the photos reflect a serene, calm, classy, elegant style for this INN. Reality is that this place "could be" and "may have been" all these things at one time, but now the overall look and feel of the house/rooms is one of clutter and chaos and knick-knacks.....a jumble of confusing items....Christmas decorations (left over in JUN.....or maybe early?).....stuffed animals, doilies, odd esthetics....as soon as I walked through the main entrance into the hall/lobby....I knew I wasn't going to be happy----clutter......overstimulating, not organized or streamlined...just......yuck.....if I thought I could get a refund on my $280 at that point, I would have most definitely bailed. The room had way too many pieces of chunky furniture in it.. and I felt the need to dust the furniture and scour the bathroom before I felt comfortable to stay......I know that sounds crazy, but that was the vibe......it's disappointing too because the house has really great bones....and the place could be a 5-star venue.......but right now, I just felt extremely unsettled there. There was a patio and a deck and porch furniture, but you couldn't really utilize those areas well because the cushions on the chairs were wet (rains a lot in that area, but what effort would it take to bring the cushions in if rain is forecasted?) and the chairs that didn't have wet cushions had bird poop on them..... The bed was very nice and the sheets were GREAT! But even the comforters/blankets were overly busy with a mix-match of design/fabrics..............I guess I just like clean lines and calm, soothing environments.....not confusing clutter. The workers/owners seemed kind enough.....the breakfast was nice. I think the owners may live there, so there is a bit of a conflict between....it being their home......and then being an INN......Of all the many reviews I see here of this INN, I seem to be in the minority with my feelings.......must just be a preference of mine to not appreciate the visual distraction of incongruent random items. Get rid of 1/2 the furniture and all the knick-knacks and you'd have a much more pleasing environment, in my opinion. They had a large kurig-type coffee machine on the 2nd floor.......but when we went to get coffee at 9am, there were no clean mugs (3 dirty ones) no spoons or stirrers.......just strange......coffee was served during breakfast, so that was appreciated.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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BillySalts wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York550 contributions147 helpful votes
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The highlight of our trip! A few things I must point out, The Wayside Inn is now under new ownership. Susan & David are no longer the propitiators. I met the owner, an unassuming man in the kitchen and shook his hand when I left. Joe is the manager and greeted us when we arrived on Saturday. I told him we have dinner and concert plans and would be back late. He gave us a through tour on how to use the fancy coffee maker, how to use the jacuzzi tub (we didn't us it) as well as the robes. What struck me the most was the branding. The robes as well as the beautiful coffee mugs all had a wonderful logo. Once we took our belongings out and settled into the room, we decided to enjoy the outdoors. My wife grabbed a beautiful blanket and we went outside on the roof deck. We're just taking it all in, I had a bottle of Napa Valley wine I brought from home for us to enjoy, it was really picture perfect. The actual inn is over 200 years old, one of the historic homes in Maryland now made for my enjoyment. Did General Washington sleep here? Inquiring minds want to know! The staircase was truly a sight to see. Made from wood, they crafted these beautiful wooden turns to the upstairs. Creaky wood? Sure. It gives the inn a comfortable charm. Our bedroom had a magnificent sleigh bed and the sheets? Joe was explaining to my wife the thread count. I'm a guy, I was tuning it all out, haha! After a comfortable night sleep, I woke up early. I'm an early riser, I made myself a great cup of coffee and went downstairs to read my book. The sitting area with it's beautiful furnishings, it's a welcoming room. Everything is meticulously cared for, it was a pleasure to have this moment alone and take it all in. After an hour, I went upstairs and took a shower. We have 8:30am breakfast reservations, I want to get on the road to beat the traffic. We were served a French toast bake, absolutely divine. When staying at any B&B, the shower products as well as the food should be top notch. Staying at the local Marriott doesn't give you the same experience. After breakfast my wife made us Dove Hot Chocolates as we packed up. I highly recommend The Wayside Inn. From the quaint accommodations to the fab breakfast, I thank you making our stay special.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: Breakfast was amazing!
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Dayspaguru wrote a review Aug 2021
Alexandria, Virginia3 contributions
Lovely quaint hotel on a beautiful property. Easy check in and lovely old fashioned decor. I got a good night sleep and the gourmet breakfast was exquisite. The location is hard to see from the road but it is not far from downtown Ellicott City. Highly recommend this BandB!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Mary S wrote a review Apr 2021
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My husband and I recently returned to the Wayside Inn (our first sty was in 2018) and we enjoyed it just as much! We stayed in the Margot Suite, which is small but very comfortable. The hostess was lovely, the inn is very comfortable, and the breakfast was amazing. We’ll definitely go back again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rebecca S wrote a review Dec 2020
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My husband and I desperately needed a weekend getaway and a break from our kids so I searched the area for a B&B and found this one. We love character and history in a B&B so we enjoy the creaky floors, winding staircases, and all the other little oddities that come with an extremely old house. The owner was so warm and welcoming and the breakfast was outstanding! He served us what may have been the best croissant breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had and that’s saying something. We felt the pricing was great, the stay was comfortable and the food was on point.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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botox13 wrote a review Nov 2020
New Delhi, India30 contributions26 helpful votes
We booked the Banneker room for the night of November 8th. The property is right on the highway. With the fall season, our uber driver missed it! The home is beautiful and well decorated, we could enjoy the tourist attractions on the main street in the town in the afternoon. However, the room is extremely creaky, anyone walking in the room would make so much noise, it's very old and not well maintained. The jet tub (Jacuzzi) makes so much noise, you would not want to run it at all. However, the breakfast is par excellence. Joe arranged a fruit meal for us, followed by a mini buffet :) - baked egg, sausages, a mini-croissant sandwich - served very well. They do have coffee and tea machine that works well. But the room is small and the floor makes noise when anyone walks, the bathroom is much bigger (compared to the room). Overall, banneker room is too pricey (at $199 + taxes = $224). I have been to better bed and breakfast places for $150-$175.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Room Tip: Banneker room is extremely creaky, dont walk - your partner will be annoyed :)
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maelwysmyrddin wrote a review Feb 2020
Columbia, Maryland11 contributions3 helpful votes
I really enjoyed the night I spent here. We were looking for a quick getaway and this provided a nice fun trip close to home. The new owner was very friendly and talked to us all through breakfast. The Rooms were clean and well maintained.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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tippercup wrote a review Jan 2020
Pennsauken, New Jersey34 contributions3 helpful votes
This was an Interesting stay. Me and my husband planned to stay for two nights at the last minute, but after reading the reviews we changed it to one night (and we glad we did). There were several issues First, we booked the Ellicott room,however we noticed the next morning that we were given the incorrect room which was the the Banneker Room. The rooms are the same the only difference are the beds. If I would have never said anything to the owner(Joe) he would have not mentioned anything to us about the mix up. Second , the room was extremely cold. There was no heat, the only heat was the fire place which is located in the bedroom. We were given one pack of logs which lasted for four hours. Third the lack of tv channels.There are only basic channels and the rest are HBO channels. We watch Netflix on our iPad for the night. The highlight of the evening was the jet tub and spending time with my husband. Luckily we had the heat from the tub keeping us warm because there is no heat in the bathroom. The next morning, we were suppose to receive a three course meal. We received coffee or tea, fruit dish with yogurt and our main dish. We were not offered any assortment of juices. The only reason why we chose this place because it was listed in the Select Registry Book, which we found out as we were checking out that they are no longer apart of. I explained to the owner that it is listed on their website under how did you hear about us. He said that he will remove it. Unfortunately, we will not be staying here again.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Wayside Inn
What are some of the property amenities at The Wayside Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Wayside Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Wayside Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Wayside Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Wayside Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Outback Steakhouse, Duchess Variety Store, and Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Are pets allowed at The Wayside Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Wayside Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Daniels Ghost Town (4.5 miles) and Historic Oakland Mansion (2.6 miles).