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“Good, but not great -- needs attention to the details”

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Georgian House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 25 Annapolis B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 September 2011

We spent a recent Saturday night at the Georgian House bed and breakfast in Annapolis, MD. Yes, the house is old, has a lot of character and is in a great location to downtown, the rooms are nicely modernized, and the hosts -- Ann and Tom are friendly -- but the finer details that you would expect from a $230+ per night B&B are just not up to par.

First, when we entered our room-- the Samuel Chase Room -- which was comfortable but small (or "cozy" as the website says), we found there was no soap in the bathroom. Neither hand soap at the sink, nor bath soap for the shower. So before we did anything, we had to find Ann and ask for some soap. Next, later that evening, around dinner time when we returned to our room from touring the city to get ready to go out to a performance, we found our room permeated with the smell of a pan fried steak from cooking in the kitchen downstairs. Apparently, the ventilation in the kitchen is not very good, or some other unusual thing had happened, and cooking odors filled our room. Fortunately, the room has a small balcony and door, which we opened and ventilated the room. Later that evening when preparing to brush our teeth and go to bed, we found there were no glasses or cups of any kind in the room. By this time of the evening we were tired, in our pajamas and decided to not bother Ann, and just drank water using cupped hands. Next we hopped into bed to watch some TV on a small flat screen TV set and found that the reception of the TV channels did not work. Curiously, although when turning on the TV set it said Verizon FIOS, which is one of the best TV providers in the area, on every channel we explored the picture would pixellate, totally break a part and then go dark. So needless to say, we could not watch any TV.

Finally, the last two details that caught our attention occurred at breakfast the next morning. We were served a croissant-french toast with bacon, fresh warmed fruit, blue berry muffins and coffee and orange juice. Although the french toast and other dishes were good, the bacon appeared to be left-over from some earlier day, or time. It was an assortment of re-heated, broken pieces of bacon strips, clearly not freshly cooked that morning. And it was not what we smelled cooking the evening before. Then on a final note, we couldn't help but notice, with some reservation, that Tom, who played the role of server, brought us the plates of french toast, while attired in an old sweat shirt and jogging shorts. It kind of looked as though he was still in the process of exercising, or had just jumped out of bed in a hurry and pressed into duty.

I don't know about you, but when I spend time, and my money at a B&B in this price range, I expect to have a near flawless experience and to have the little things taken care of. That has always been one of the attractions for me and my wife of staying in numerous B&Bs around the Country. Warm and welcoming hosts, friendly talkative guests, unique settings, exquisite food and service, and attention to detail.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We spent one night at the Georgian House B&B in the Charles Willson Peale Room. The room was lovely, on the third floor and very comfortable. It was quiet, cool on a hot day and had it's own bathroom. The breakfast smelled wonderful in the morning and tasted even better. Parking was either on the street or in the city lot one block from the house. They give 50% off for guests of the B&B. The house is one block from the main street and within walking distance to the harbor. The owners were friendly and helpful. We would stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank rickurs
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

Ann & Tom welcomed us in to their delightful home for one short night (all
we could tag on to the end of a quick work trip to the US). Their Georgian house
is ideally located, not just to the centre of Annapolis but the all important car park (where we left our car). Also we got a massive discount voucher for the parking from Ann when we left! v handy

They made us feel completely at home immediately, the bedroom was beautifully and sympathetically decorated with a luxury en suite shower room. We also had a terrace/wooden balcony outside the room so we could sit out in the early evening before going out for dinner. The whole place was just simply comfortable and relaxing. We dinned at the best steak house in the region that night: Lewnes and the following morning we had a feast of a breakfast , prepared by Ann, shared with the other guests, who were from the US before venturing out to visit the amazing Naval Academy and museum. Great seafood lunch at Hell point on the harbour. Make your life easy and go stay there if you are coming to Annapolis, charming and v relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank Wandarina
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

Hands down, the best breakfast I have ever had! The hosts were very sweet and accommodating. The parking garage is conveniently next door AND cheap! Our walk to and from the event we were attending was short and they really are in the center of it all.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Marilisse G
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

The Georgian House B & B is perfectly located adjacent to but just a block away from the main street in Annapolis. Thus conveniently located but buffered from the evening's street life. Lovely home with elegant appointments, hosted by folks who know how to make you feel at home, while not intruding on your activities. Will stay there again soon.

Susan and Willard Whitson

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank JohnWillard
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Reviewed 29 December 2010

My wife and I had the best time ever in Annapolis when we stayed at the Georgian House B&B. We were coming to town to see a friends’ band, and wanted someplace romantic to stay – The last thing we wanted was a big chain hotel. After doing a ton of research on line, and reading countless reviews, we settled on the Georgian House. We couldn’t have made a better choice. It’s central location put us within walking distance of everything. We never even touched the car all weekend.

Ann and Tom were the best hosts anyone could ask for…helpful, but not intrusive. The grounds and building were immaculate, with an old world charm that just can’t be “made” or “bought. It has to be lived in and passed down through the centuries to feel this way. Our room was beautiful and clean, and the full bath was sparkling. We even had a view out over the garden.

After checking in, we asked Ann for a dinner recommendation for a place that was close to where our friend’s band was playing (the Ram’s Head). She suggested a quaint little place just a couple of doors down from the venue. We took her advice, and she even made the reservation for us. My wife and I had a fabulous dinner right out on the sidewalk, and the food was superb. We even saw the band walk by and chatted with them a bit. Chalk another one up for Ann and Tom.

We enjoyed our show, and then a couple more nightspots before heading back to the Georgian House for a wonderful, peaceful night’s sleep. We almost slept through breakfast, and that would have been a shame. Breakfast was phenomenal, and Ann’s special French toast put it over the top. We enjoyed the food and the company of the other guests, who, like us, were very pleased with their stay.

I would highly recommend the Georgian House as a great place to stay with great food and gracious innkeepers, at a most affordable price. We will be staying there again this spring when we head back to Annapolis.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shamdog
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

Stayed their during USNA Homecoming Weekend. Great breakfast in a wonderful dining room. Very friendly hosts. Rooms were cozy , their were books to read and videos to play in your rooms. Very close to the main street where all the restaurants and nightlife is located.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pompous
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Additional Information about Georgian House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 170 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Region: United States > Maryland > Annapolis
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Ranked #7 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Annapolis
Price Range: £110 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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