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“Felt like a Fratt house”
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The Annapolis Inn
Ranked #6 of 25 Annapolis B&B and Inns
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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215 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Felt like a Fratt house”
Reviewed May 31, 2011

My husband and I stayed here 1 night on the way to somewhere else...
From the minute the door opened we felt like intruders with little or no contact with the owners as they were busy preparing dinner for 20 Navy men, who visit on the weekends on a regular basis ( not mentioned on their website!)
We had the exclusive use of our bedroom and that was it!!
No welcome tray of cheese or wine, water or anything ( too busy) and the Christmas tree was still in the corner of the living room(.did I mention med February ).but wait we really couldnt be in there either...
the dinner party was in full swing when we came back from our dinner and continued until 11 pm..( what guests??)
Did I mention we were the only ones booked into this place? We thought we had "prepaid" online or we would have checked out asap..This was a top rated Conde Nast selection...
whoa..can you pay to get that??
The location was great but that is all it had going for it.
The breakfast was good enough but frankly we were annoyed to have to spend from 8 till 10 to get out of there..another inconvenience to us...
would I return?
not in my lifetime...

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1J4P4L, Owner at The Annapolis Inn, responded to this review, December 30, 2011
I don’t think that it is necessary to state that as well as being innkeepers, we are also residents of Annapolis and do have our own personal lives. Consequently, we do get involved in community activities and enjoy many of the things that bring guests to Annapolis. One such activity is volunteering as official Sponsors for Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy. We welcome the Midshipmen assigned to us into our home on Saturday, the one day of the week that they are given liberty. The one thing that every Midshipman wants is home cooking in very large quantities so dinner is always a part of their visit. We are proud to say that we have been sponsors for the past 12 years and have an on-going relationship with the many Naval and Marine officers who were once our sponsor sons and daughters.
In Annapolis B&Bs are only allowed to have one kitchen and one dining room. We use our dining room for breakfasts with our guests, and we use it for our personal entertaining purposes as well. When our guests have the opportunity to meet or interact with our Midshipmen, they have always considered it an incredibly wonderful experience. Our Midshipmen will sit with our guests for as long as our guests would like to answer any questions that they may have, and if they happen to be present when a guest arrives, they graciously offer to carry the guest’s luggage to their room. I cannot even begin to list the number of accolades we have received from the parents and families of the Midshipmen, the US Naval Academy, and more than anyone, our guests. These young men and women have just graduated from High School or have already served in combat as prior enlisted personnel, and are now lost in a new world of strict discipline, rigorous studies and strenuous physical conditioning. I cannot begin to say how many guests have said to us, “Thank YOU for serving our country”.
We sponsor approximately 23 Midshipmen, but we cannot seat more than six at a time at our table. Our Midshipmen are exceptionally courteous, well-mannered and behaved, and respectful of our business and our guests. This is far from being a Frat House, but this is their home away from home. They could be out in the streets getting in trouble and feeling depressed and lonely, but, instead, they are enjoying a good meal in a safe and enjoyable environment. There is no greater gift that we could give their parents, many of whom are our guests and friends as well.
While we like to think that we could have dinner in our own dining room without asking for our guests’ permission, our living room is still open and available to our guests if they would like to relax after dinner in front of the fireplace. Dinner in the dining room does not pre-empt our guests from using our living room.
And, yes, our Christmas tree was still in the living room. Why was it there?....... because on the next day, two couples were arriving. Both of their spouses were returning from active duty in Afghanistan; they never got to celebrate Christmas together, so we volunteered to “hold” Christmas for them until they were reunited at our Inn. We have to give ourselves a pat on the back and admit that we did a very good job of it too! Do we need guest approval if we want to keep our tree up even after we explained why it was still up?
Our website does clearly state that quiet time at the Inn begins at 11 p.m. It also states that we serve breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and our guests tell us what time they would like to have their breakfast within that time frame. We serve a very elegant and substantial three-course breakfast, also stated on our website, but at times our guests will ask us to abbreviate breakfast for them or they may prefer to skip breakfast entirely. But no one is required to have breakfast. We have had breakfasts that have lasted until 2 p.m. because of the wonderful rapport that we develop with our guests, and it is the perfect time for guests to have our company all to themselves for as long as they’d like. At dinner time, obviously, we may have other commitments and may not be available. Many times our guests will invite us to join them for dinner, and we will make ourselves available, if possible, when we know in advance.
What is not on our website is the mention of any wine and cheese tray.
In our efforts to “go green” and be eco-friendly as well, we have installed a reverse osmosis water filtration system to the Inn’s entire water supply. Our tap water is now purer than any bottled water, and is healthier for our guests; it enhances the flavor in our cooking, and guests can also wash their hair without concern for the effect of hard water on their hair. We are able to eliminate the use of plastic bottles, use less detergent in our laundry and eliminate the impact of hard water on our showers, faucets, toilets, bidets and water pipes.
In this review it appears that having a personal life is the cause of guest dissatisfaction. There were no complaints about our failure to provide any of the services to which they were entitled. And we were certainly available at breakfast time to socialize with our guests. The poor ratings given to rooms, cleanliness, service and sleep quality were unsubstantiated; because of this, we have no response to offer.
We are exceptionally proud of what we do for our activity military, and find it disheartening that fellow citizens do not share a feeling of gratitude or appreciation for what these young men and women are sacrificing and enduring. If guests have no sense of appreciation for those who are fighting for our freedom, liberty and country, it is any wonder that the efforts of the best of Innkeepers would be criticized too? The Annapolis Inn is proud of its support of the military and the US Naval Academy. Nothing will ever change that.
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

We thought the high point of our visit to Annapolis would be the Academy. We were not correct. Our visit had twin peaks - the Naval Academy and The Annapolis Inn. We were WELCOMED by one of the owners, Alex, and shown to the ELEGANT Murray Suite with a view to the garden. The bath was surrounded by Italian tumbled marble, had a massage therapy tub and etched glass shower door. The sitting room had a working fireplace, comfortable chairs and a lovely view of the street. The bedroom was spacious with silk hangings in rose and gold silk - a theme carried to the king bed. We did not want to leave our suite! With the help of Alex's knowledge of the many alleys in Annapolis, we were a stone's throw from the Academy and deliciousl restaurants and good shops. We met Joe, the other owner, the next day at the most delicious breakfast prepared by Alex. Fresh fruit, muffins and French toast made of panetonne - yum,. Joe was as informative and welcoming as Alex and we count these men among our friends. They host midshipman so the young people have some home life away from home (those lucky young men). Joe and Alex made a wise choice of careers in hospitality. They belong with people. We were treated as royally as the many distinguised guests they have entertained at The Annapolis Inn. If they don't have room for us - we are not going back to Annapolis.. A big thank you to Joe and Alex for a memorable weekend.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Clifton, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2011

Our first trip memorable , we will return! Very gracious hosts provided supurb behind the scenes info about the historic Annapolis Inn. Also provided excellent directions ,must see attractions and resturants. My expectations were exceeded and we left relaxed following our stay-Thanks to Alex and Joe!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank sashapits
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Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 16, 2011

Fantastic location, great hosts, classy suites, tasty food. 5 Stars in every category.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Thank ragzzz
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Washington, DC
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2011

Joe and Alex really go above and beyond. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. What a find!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jason S
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Middletown, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2011

My wife and I are no stranger to Annapolis and have stayed in many local hotels, when were not staying on our sailboat. I took my wife to the Annapolis Inn as a surprise and treat. Is it more expensive then staying at a lesser B&B or a Holiday Inn? Yes, of course, but you're getting so much more. It's romantic, historic and close to the center of Annapolis without being too close and caught up in the crowds. Our hosts were wonderful and full of advice and stories about Annapolis and the Inn. Plus you're sleeping in a bit of history. A place that was visited by Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and John Adams. If you want to impress your wife or special person in your life...really! Then this is the place. We'll be back.

PS - Did I forget to mention the breakfast that will knock your socks off!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blakeslee, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2010

Stayed here for a girlfriends Christmas getaway and every descriptive word that comes to mind is a superlative! The innkeepers, Alex & Joe, make you feel like family. This was my first visit to Annapolis and I plan a return trip to just hear more stories of this great city from Alex and Joe! The interior design is exquisite in every way and staying here makes one feel like royalty. Alex chefs up a three course breakfast every morning which is just divine. You can then skip lunch and have more time touring around this enchanting city. Christmas time is wonderful here - can't wait to see it in the Spring!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: The Annapolis Inn
Address: 144 Prince George St, Annapolis, MD 21401-1723
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Location: United States > Maryland > Annapolis
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Annapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegance, comfort, convenience and outstanding service await you at Annapolis's most luxurious and historic Bed & Breakfast. Our rooms, amenities, breakfast and service are sure to make you feel exceptionally pampered, regal and special. Let us help plan your stay. With just one phone call to us, we will help plan your stay and take care of every detail of your visit to Annapolis. Ask us about the history of the Inn, our affiliation with the Naval Academy and St. John's College. We hope you will be among the Alumni and families of both colleges who consider us their "home away from home." ... more   less 
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