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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Annapolis 2.5

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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Pros

  • Affordable hotel with a good range of amenities for the price
  • 15-minute drive to Chesapeake Bay and the US Naval Academy
  • Simple, clean rooms offer flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Upgrades include whirlpools and fireplaces or suites with separate bedrooms
  • Free breakfast buffet with decent fare that includes waffles
  • Free coffee, tea, and cookies in the lobby
  • Indoor pool and hot tub is a plus in cool weather
  • Pet-friendly rooms are available, for an extra fee
  • Free shuttle to local stops offered evenings and Saturdays
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel 

Cons

  • Dated decor throughout
  • Small pool has limited operating hours 
  • Tiny fitness room with only a few machines
  • No restaurant or bar on-site

Bottom Line

The 100-room Country Inn and Suites By Carlson is a good budget-friendly option for guests seeking a homey and comfortable environment in Annapolis. Although dated, clean rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, plus upgrade options for suites and romantic whirlpools. An indoor pool and hot tub add appeal, though they are small and only available during limited hours. The free breakfast is a continental buffet with waffles, plus free coffee, tea, and cookies are always offered in the lobby -- a nice touch typical of the brand. Although pricier, the Historic Inns of Annapolis offers far more charming and stylish interiors in a historic building.

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Scene

Simple hotel with some nice amenities makes for a comfortable stay 

This comfortable, unstuffy hotel is typical of the Country Inn and Suites brand. It is an attractive option for families and adult travelers looking for an affordable stay near Annapolis, Maryland. Inside and out, it is clean and well-maintained, with appealing spaces that air on the side of homey instead of contemporary. The lobby is a cozy place with ivory walls and wood floors creating a backdrop for maritime accents. A brown leather sofa and chairs create a sitting area around a fireplace, all with a snug living room feel. The walls are full of black-and-white photos of sailboats, and there are a number of model boats around the room. A lending library for guests to peruse, and a station with free coffee, tea, and warm cookies (that give the lobby a lovely fragrance) add to the friendly vibe.

Location

Close to restaurants and shopping, a 10-minute drive west of central Annapolis

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Country Inn and Suites by Carlton is a short way off Route 50 in Annapolis, Maryland, 13 minutes west of the US Naval Academy by car. A two-minute walk across the road there are a grocery store and several restaurants, plus a local bus stop. A bit farther down the road -- a four-minute drive -- is Westfield Annapolis Mall, a popular spot with the typical array of chain shops and eateries. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a 25-acre English village full of craft shops, food vendors, theaters, and a children’s area, all a seven-minute drive away. Nearby -- a 15-minute drive from the hotel -- guests may take boat tours of Chesapeake Bay, with a focus on the historic significance of the area. It is a 40-minute drive to Baltimore, and a 45-minute drive to downtown Washington, DC. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. A free shuttle is available evenings and on Saturdays to transport guests around the area. 

Rooms

Dated design but quality amenities like microwaves, coffeemakers, and DVD players

Standard rooms are old-fashioned and lackluster, but comfortable and well-appointed. The mostly neutral-tone rooms have carpeting, plaid curtains, striped bedskirts and armchairs, and a few paintings with a maritime theme adorning the walls. Wood furniture shows some wear and tear, but everything is clean and neat. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, and an iron, but there’s no safe for valuables. Suites offer a separate bedroom with a second TV and a sleeper sofa. Whirlpool rooms are a romantic option with a king-size bed, a fireplace, and a two-person whirlpool tub in the bedroom. Bathrooms are simple and spacious with a curtained shower/tub combo. A hairdryer is provided, and free toiletries include soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. 

Features

Free breakfast buffet, indoor pool and hot tub, tiny fitness room, and free Wi-Fi   

Features are limited, but check off the basics. The free breakfast buffet is served in a generic, comfortable space with a few black-and-white photographs giving a nod to the location. Typical choices like eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, waffles, fruit, and cereals are available. No other meals are offered on-site, but a station in the lobby provides free tea, coffee, and cookies baked in-house.

The indoor pool is a plus, though it is small and has limited hours, especially on weekdays, due to it being used for physical therapy. It is in a utilitarian room done in blue and white tile with a few chairs, but little done for comfort. It includes a separate hot tub with room for several people. The fitness room is tiny, housing a few cardio machines and one for weight training. Pets are welcome for a one-time fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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2600 Housley Rd, Annapolis, Maryland 21401-7009, United States

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