O'Callaghan Hotel Annapolis
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It is really cold in Washington today, barely above freezing, and with the wind it feels much colder. We had a walk out this morning, but decided just to hang around the hotel in the afternoon until it's time leave.
This evening we catch the Amtrak to DeLand in Florida where we will be staying with Toby until we are ready to continue with our trip.
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Historical Traveler Reviews O'Callaghan Hotel Annapolis
Was lucky enough to get parking on the street right out side hotel. Lobby was nice. Thats about all the good for this 3* hotel.
I am orginally from Ireland and my husband and I thought it would be a great start to our Ireland vaction to stay here the night before we flew to Ireland from BWI. We traveled to Annapolis from PA and arrived around 10:30 pm. Our 2 year old daughter was with us and was sleeping on my shoulder. Even though we were the only people in the lobby, it took us 25 minutes to be checked in. Evenatually we were given a keycard and directed to a room. To our horror, we discovered that someone was already in the room they gave us. We were able to open the door with our key and only knew someone was in there when they yelled at us from the bed. We returned to the lobby where we were given another key and directed to another room. Unbelivably, the same thing happened and we distributed *and frightened) an eldery lady. We returned to reception again and were apologized to and told that we were being upgraded to a suite. Gladly we made our way to this room. I called recption to ask them to bring up the pack and play crib that we had reserved to be told that they had none. A few minutes later we were told that they had made a mistake and the room we were in was taken and we had to move. I was furious by this point and our tired 2 year old was screaming. We were given a key to another room and made our way there. When we opened the door, we discovered that the room hadn't been cleaned. Dirty towels were on the bathroom floor, beds not made etc. I went down the reception again and we were told to wait in the lobby while someone cleaned the room!!! Our stay here was disgraceful. It was almost midnight after we were eventually in a room. If my daugher had not been upset and tired we would have looked for another hotel.
Here's a copy of the letter I sent to management, and to their headquarters in Dublin:
On a recent visit to Annapolis I found the service and quality poor. The staff was very abrupt and clearly agitated when questioned concerning siteseeing events and other services that a normal concierge would provide. Since the hotel does not have any snack vending machines on the premises I elected to pay $8 for a slice of cake that tasted like it had been sitting in the refrigerator for weeks. When I advised the employee the next day concerning the cake I was ignored as though my comment was not valid.
We stayed at the O'Callaghan Hotel in Annapolis in Dec '03 and while it's not terrible, I wouldn't recommend it. The room we checked into looked fine but at night, around 1 AM, the toilet overflowed and flooded the bathroom. When we called, we were told we would not be able to change rooms until 7 AM. That was horrible!
Plus, the garbage truck was so loud it kept us up at night while we were trying to not think about the flooded bathroom!
Once we moved to another room, it was better but I'd say stay elsewhere.
I always try to stay here
I like this hotel! They usually have a good rate offered on their website, and the hotel has a lot more character than the large chains. Sometimes the valet parking is problematic (USNA football games), but there is a city parking garage a block or two away where you can park. Most of the rooms have broadband access.
So, I guess it depends on your expectations - this is no Ritz-Carlton, but I find it better than Courtyard/Hampton Inn, and it certainly has more personality.
I stayed here in Sept. 2004. I was expecting a Hotel Monaco type of hotel and instead it was nothing of the sort. The front desk staff was nice, but didn't go out of their way to assist. I guess my biggest complaint was that either the sheets were really cheap or really expensive because they were "noisy". Everytime I moved or did anything to rattle the sheets they made a swishing noise, like parachute pants or a swishy jogging suit. So I basically had the worse night's sleep of my week long trip (I only had to stay here one night before moving on to Baltimore). The pillows were flat and useless, I might as well have not had one at all. I did not dine at the restaurant but instead had breakfast at Starbucks down my the marina. The main reason I stayed here was because of the location and I thought it would be nice. It had average decorations (much like any Hampton Inn style or chain hotel) which is also not what I expected. If I had to go back to Annapolis, I'd stay on the out-skirts, pay less and drive to town to see the sights as there is plenty of parking in this little city.
Stayed here on two different occasions. Both times I found the staff friendly but both times my bills were overcharged. (The fixes were quick - but be sure to review the charges on check-out). Did not eat in the restaurant - exorbitantly expensive for the class of hotel that it was. (Went to a fabulous Amish market / restaurant for some great Pa. Dutch cooking). The location was convenient to historic Annapolis. The rooms and bathrooms were nice for the standard 2 queens deal, but one room had some peeling wall paper and gunk on the wall which their housekeeping staff should have taken care of. Overall the hotel was not what I expected for the money.
A Study in Contrasts
This hotel, which used to be the Holiday Inn Annapolis, is remarkably uneven. The rooms are well-appointed and furnished, newer than most, but the climate control doesn't work quite right (the thermostats are a little too sensitive) and the towels are so thin they tear. The reservations and front desk staff are very helpful, but the restaurant staff is uniformly sullen and the bell/valet staff is overmatched by the facility's lack of sufficient parking. The O'Callaghan is often less expensive than other hotels in downtown Annapolis, and at the right price may well be worth the unevenness. But it's six or seven blocks from the City Dock, so be prepared to walk or utilize the hotel's shuttle service.