If you're looking for the cold predictable impersonal efficiency of a large hotel, if you need an elevator rather than stairs, or if you're looking to party loudly so the whole street can hear..... best stay elsewhere.
But if you value the traditional home-from-home values of a old-school family-run B&B, then you will most definitely, as we did, leave the Flag House with a big smile, complete satisfaction, and the warm reassurance that this special kind of establishment beats the hotel experience every single time.
We spent a single Monday night here but genuinely left felling that we had made firends with both our hosts and the town of Annapolis, both equally charming and welcoming.
The booking process was both efficient and informal, with helpful directions and advice. We arrived a little later than planned but were greeted with a very cheery and friendly welcome, and no-fuss help with parking and bags.
From the moment we stepped in the door, the beautifully furnished property was made to feel like home. The cute tradition of flying the flag of a guest's home nation is only a small indication of the attention to detail and kind thoughtfulness to follow.
Our introduction chat turned into a lengthy, informative and entertaining conversation, already the relaxed feeling was that nothing was too much trouble. We set out for the evening with a wealth of genuine advice and recommendations about restaurants and bars (location helps here, it's a very short pleasant stroll to the heart of town), which made for a superb night out.
Our room was thoughtfully furnished, and clean and comfortable to a first rate standard.
After a good night's rest, we headed downstairs, already quieltly impressed with the Flag House, only to have our satisfaction exceeded again by a delightful home-cooked breakfast, totally fresh, flexible choices, overly generous, and top quality in every respect. Casual chat with our hosts again turned into a long relaxed conversation, and invaluable advice, which made for a great start to the day.
When finally packed up, we left reluctantly and happily to warm farewells, and the promise to return soon.
Show me a hotel that can do all that! And at a rate which is wonderful value. I honestly can't think of a single criticism, even a petty one. Charlotte and Bill demonstrate a masterclass in everything that makes the warm hospitable friendliness of the right B&B unbeatable.
By the way, in case it didn't come across in the review.... we kinda liked the place!
- Also Known As:
- Flag House Hotel Annapolis
- Flag House Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Front and center in the National Historic District, Flag House Inn is one of the largest private homes near the waterfront. Originally two Victorian townhouses, Flag House was restored in the early 1990's, acquired on-site parking, and now combines the privacy of an inn with the friendliness of a bed and breakfast.The large front porch, flying the state or national flags of guests, greets you with swings and teak benches. The guest entrance opens onto splendid interiors filled with original naval and nautical art and memorabilia, fine paintings, antiques, and reproductions. Flag House offers five welcoming and comfortable king or twin bed guest rooms, including a two-room suite, each with private bath and cable TV. Enjoy a large, hot breakfast before setting off for the day to explore this beautiful and historic neighborhood. ... more less