Historic Inns of Annapolis
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We just returned from 2 days at the Historic Inns of Annapolis. We stayed at the Calvert Inn having read that the Maryland Inn was really a disaster. This Inn was in a great location - everything we wanted to do was withing walking distance. The valet parked the car and we were off ($18/d). The staff were friendly if not particularly efficient. A request for soap, shampoo, and conditioner was essentially ignored twice, although they were apologetic both times. The room was a good size but incredibly musty and not particularly clean. We turned on the air and opened the window, just to get some fresh smells.
This place is great because of its great location. You can't be real picky because it won't measure up.
Worst hotel ever
This hotel is run down, smelly, old, and a little creepy. The shower had no hot water - I was told that the pipes had probably calcitrated and that I should take a bath. The door to my room did not latch shut when I closed it. The overhead light in my room flickered on and off as if it had a short in it. The room smelled musty and mildewy. The mattress was very "historic" - old, droopy, and uncomfortable. The bedspread had a stain on it. My room was not cleaned properly. The coffee pot was not emptied and no new coffee was left. The staff was not accomodating in the least. I asked to be moved to a better room and was denied even though the front desk told me they were holding open three unoccupied rooms in the Robert Johson House.
The only good thing about this hotel is the location.
If you are crazy and still considering staying at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, the one strong recommendation I can give you is: when you make your reservation, clearly and firmly DEMAND to be placed in the Robert Johnson House and tell them under NO CIRCUMSTANCES do you want to be placed in the Maryland Inn.
I was stuck in the Maryland Inn my first night, and my room was unacceptable. It was small, musty, and dimly lit, with a window-unit A/C that kicked on and off all night (and didn't do a good job, either). The bathroom had no counter to put anything on, so I had to keep it all in my suitcase. There was a stall shower with no light. It was awful. The staff didn't go out of their way to change my room that night, and actually tried to joke with me that it must feel like I'm staying in "grandma's attic." When they switched me the next day to the main building, it was a step up (compared to what I'd just left), but if you compared the room to anything you'd get at a Mariott or Lowe's, etc., it was still rough. Don't stay here.
This was the worst stay I have ever had in any place. The front desk was totally uninformed, the service was non-existant. They didn't tell you you had to walk to the inn where your room was two blocks away.
There was no front desk at the Maryland Inn, no ice machines or soda machine, no nothing. The place was a dump. It was creepy. Never again.
Location, Location, Location
Badly in need of a make over, understaffed with average rooms and no breakfast......but its right in the middle of Historic Annapolis so location is its prime attraction. Parking is a pain and a half, and there's no pool!
Badly in need of an overhaul
As a European familiar with old hotels, I couldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. We stayed in the Maryland Hotel for just one short night, so cannot comment on either the staff or other facilities, only the room.
This is the only hotel room I've stayed in anywhere in the world where it was impossible to shut the window (it seemed to be welded open but I didn't try too hard because the window frame was too dirty to handle).
The A/C unit had all its baffles broken so the overall noise from outside was terrible. The carpet and bathroom shutters were probably last cleaned around 1776. They charge $18 for valet parking with no other parking options. I could add more but I think you get the general idea.
My husband, 11-year-old daughter, and I spent a great weekend in Annapolis Sept. 27-28. Historic Inns seems to be one of the few places in the historic part of Annapolis that does not require a 2-night minimum on weekends. We stayed in the Robert Johnson House (Building #2), and we found the room attractive and extremely comfortable. The closet was ample, the bathroom was fine with plenty of towels, hair dryer, and toiletries, and there was a little dressing area with an ironing board and iron conveniently tucked away on the wall. The beds were comfortable, and the television had every channel you could want.The staff was extremely accommodating, especially with keeping our car and luggage for a few hours past checkout. Air conditioning was on in our room when we checked in, which was thoughtful, as it was a hot day.The Inns consist of three buildings (all within about two blocks of each other on or near State Circle) run as one hotel. All three looked nice, although I felt that our's was probably the quietest as one of the other's houses the lobby and the third is over the Treaty of Paris Restaurant. Historic Inns really combines the charm of a Bed & Breakfast with the services of a hotel. While I generally prefer the intimacy (and the lower prices!) of a Bed & Breakfast, if you need two beds and/or are only in town for one night, staying at Historic Inns is pleasant and super-convenient to the Naval Academy, shops, and restaurants of Annapolis.
Historic, Maybe - Return Visit, No way
We went here on our first trip away after buying a business - just a one-nighter to relax. The bathroom was filthy (toilet used, not flushed or cleaned) and the room heater came on every 45 minutes with a thunderous roar. No sleep! Upon checkout I gave my honest answer about how my stay was - the manager took my name and information, was very apologetic and assured me that I would hear from them. That was in February. Avoid this place and find a real bed and breakfast in Annapolis, or make a day trip from outside the town.
This place is a joke! Should be condemed. Historic Inn's, hah! The slum lords who own this place should convert to project development for long term lease rentals.
Take A Pass
There are few attractive places to stay in this attractive small city. This is a poorly managed operation that combines the worst aspects of an aging small urban hotel with an inn. There is little "historic" about the inns excpet the exterior walls. It is run as a large impersonal hotel with little serivce. As an experienced traveler who prefers style and high standards, I would recommend the well located Hyatt by the waterfront. What Annapolis does need is a first class inn. Take a pass on this one.
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