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“Comfortable stay, welcoming Innkeeper, great spot”

Blue Heron Inn - a Bed & Breakfast
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Blue Heron Inn - a Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 6 Solomons B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We stayed in room three, which is on the third floor. The description calls it cozy, and compared to the king suites on the second floor it is much smaller. We thought is was just the right space for us, and our 8 lb Italian Greyhound. The queen bed was very comfortable; the bathroom was much larger than expected and had all the right amenities, including a hair dryer. It was a hot weekend so we turned on the supplemental window air-conditioning unit, which also served nicely as white noise--there was live music somewhere nearby that lasted until 3 a.m. but was barely audible with the ac going. There's Keurig coffee service on the landing for each floor, and a shared mini frig and freezer. Both a nice plus.

The room has views of the east and west through matching dormer windows with window seats. We sat on the back (east) second floor porch in the afternoon, reading and enjoying the boating scene. The grounds were very neatly manicured and the pier was in great shape.

Regan, the Innkeeper, could not have been nicer and more welcoming. We arrived a bit early and were greeted warmly by Amanda, the owner. Our room was ready for us.

We were a bit disappointed in breakfast, which included coffee, juice, fruit, a small cheese selection, bacon and French toast. As I write this it sounds good, but I guess we would have liked the option for eggs. Next time I'll ask, since I'm sure that Regan would be happy to accommodate special requests if she can.

Room Tip: In the summer, the view from the second floor king suites looks like it will be blocked by two large...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank WAOM
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We had similar problems as stated by previous reviewers. Beautiful house, gorgeous room, great location. The owner/manager seems to be absent, breakfast not so great but plentiful, room cleaned very late in the day, like at 4 pm, no one watching the house, we walked in one night late and door was unlocked and no one downstairs, kind of spooky. Reservations was also confirmed after a few phone calls and emails. The owner/manager needs to put more time into this B&B.

Room Tip: Take either of the king size rooms on the 2nd floor
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank zahav
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We have been to the Blue Heron a few times and this year the service wasn't what we expected on our last visit. I couldn't get Regan, the manager, to call me back and had to email or call 4 or 5 times to get a reservation. If we hadn't had such a great experience in years past, I would have given up. We realized at dinner time that the restaurant was closed for a private party and just closed completely the next night so we couldn't eat there this time. I would have expected staff to tell us in advance rather than us finding out at dinner time both nights. Our room was never cleaned or serviced and I had to go find toilet paper in a supply closet. We did get breakfast but it wasn't good and certainly wasn't the amazing meal we had on out previous visits. Most of the time you come in and the place is just empty and there is no staff to be found. I like the rooms, giant balcony, view, and location. It is a beautiful property and the rooms are pretty and clean upon arrival but the rates are too high for this type of service. I'll stay there again (maybe not right away) and hope it gets back to the standard that it was before.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Marie C
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We made reservations well ahead in advance to go to the Blue Heron Inn, which we had visited twice before. A few weeks after we made the reservation, the owner/manager called and said that there was a "miscommunication in the scheduling" and that she'd "accidentally" scheduled a wedding the weekend we had scheduled, but that part of our party could still rent the studio apartment, which we accepted. Then today, a week before our trip to Solomon's, we got an email stating that the guest who had reserved the apartment had a "family emergency" and she was sorry that she had to cancel our reservation. Solomon's Island is a beautiful location, with some great restaurants, but the Blue Heron Inn ended up being a very disappointing experience. We will frequent the other B&B's in Solomon's Island from now on!

Room Tip: Choose the other B&B in Solomon's!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank MarylandTraveler111
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The owners' energy is all on their restaurant, which totally takes over the first floor of the house. It felt as though the bedrooms were really just a sideline. The restaurant is very noisy, including the jazz music on speakers that come through very loudly in the bedrooms above the restaurant. I believe that the restaurant is open on weekends only, so I would recommend staying here only when the restaurant is not open.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank ElizabethTraveler123
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We stayed in the suite with some friends of ours on the pullout, the hosts were wonderful, property is very nice. Everything in town is in short walking distance to here as well, enjoyed exploring the area.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Weezulman
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We just returned from our first trip to Solomons. Thankfully we enjoyed the location, the inn however, was disappointing. We booked our room for 4 nights but our room was only "cleaned" on 1 of the 3 mornings. I use the word clean very loosely, as basically they made the bed and gave us clean towels, they did not clean anything-including at a minimum wiping the bathroom sink and taking away the used glasses-which they did NOT do. We were the only guests in the main house on Thursday night, I can't believe they couldn't come in and clean our room on Friday morning. At breakfast Friday morning I was amazed to see that we were given 2 small BOTTLES of orange juice and there is no fresh brewed coffee-only a Keuring, which you have to use to prepare your coffee yourself. And, we found out on Saturday morning, that on Sunday morning they do not provide a full breakfast to the guests of the inn, but if you want to eat at the brunch at the Bistro they will give you a $10 discount. Really? It would have been nice to know this when we booked. There are only about 5 parking spaces in front of the inn, but people staying at the inn do not get reserved spots. If you leave and a dinner guest comes in, then when you return you have to park your car down the street at the public lot and walk back to the inn.
This is not what I expected nor what I consider to be standard in B&B's that charge similar rates. As noted by an earlier review, the main focus appears to be the Belle Bistro that is operated on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.This inn has a beautiful location, but they are not making it user friendly and frankly I think missing a huge chance to make this a great place with just a few changes. If you do not provide daily room cleaning then your guests should be told that when they book their stay. A Keurig is nice for a cup of coffee in the middle of the day, but at breakfast, brew a pot of coffee for your guests, and don't serve the juice in a bottle-I could get that at a Hampton Inn for a lot less. Put some chairs out on the lawn so your guests at the inn can enjoy the view while your dinner guests are using the great room and the deck. And provide daily cleaning service.
They are charging for a 4 star inn and giving you, at best, 3 star service - hence my rating.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank needarita
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Additional Information about Blue Heron Inn - a Bed & Breakfast

Address: 14614 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
Region: United States > Maryland > Calvert County > Solomons
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Solomons
Price Range: £114 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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