Admiral Fell Inn Hotel

, Baltimore, United States
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Admiral Fell Inn Hotel

, Baltimore
3 star

Rooms: 80

888 South Broadway - Baltimore - Maryland - 21231 - United States Hotel Website | 410 522 7377
443 Traveller

Reviews - Admiral Fell Inn Hotel

2/10
Poor Service
Submitted by: Chrissandra in 06/04/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My husband and I recently traveled to Fells Point for a restful weekend. We made reservations at the Admiral's Inn. We asked for a room with a king sized bed and a balcony. We called the night before our arrival to confirm our reservations. We were told that our reservation and room request was confirmed. When we arrived, we checked in and went directly to our room. Once there, we realized that our room did not have a balcony and was in fact very run down. The carpet was worn, the bathroom was disgusting, and the complimentary robe that they boast is an old l short cotton thing. We immediately called the front desk and asked why this was not the room that we reserved. We were told that some people that come to the inn every year had checked in and that theyalways get the room with the balcony. In other words, the room that they confirmed less than 24 hours before was given away and we were given one of the older rooms that was left over. All of the new and renovated rooms had already been rented for the weekend. We were particulary offended by the fact that nothing was said to us when we checked in. We were just given the other room. I should also say that not only didn't they tell us that we had been downgraded, they charged us the same price as the room we made the reservation for. When we complained, they offered to take $30.00 off our bill. Big deal. They wanted us to pay over $200.00 for a dumpy room that was right on the street. We had read such great things about the Admiral's Inn. We were excited to stay in such an historical building. However, after being treated this way, we checked out. How disappointing!!!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Admiral Fell Inn Hotel

Charming, refined, and spooky fun!

from letsgoorchid
I stayed at the Fell Inn for three nights on a weekend in the spring. I've stayed at many four and five star hotels, and didn't think the Inn would be very impressive. I was wrong! Even though our room was quite small (we had a Hopkins discounted rate room, so didn't expect anything huge), it was beautifully appointed with charming touches. The part that made the visit the most enjoyable was the amazing service at the concierge, check-in, and even the breakfast service down at the restaurant. Cider and hot chocolate were nice treats to come "home" to every day, and the location cannot be beat! The shuttle service was useful, although difficult to time and get scheduled correctly, but every effort was made by the front desk staff to accomodate our needs. On top of this, the ghost stories made our experience the most memorable. I would definitely recommend this place and would stay there again!

Charming - except for the nightlife noise!

from mabreid
My family was delighted to see this quaint hotel in the middle of Fell's Point. We'd never stayed in that part of Baltimore before and were delighted with the neighborhood and had fun exploring the outdoor market across the street after we checked in.

First of all - the staff could not have more polite or helpful. Our rooms were charming and well appointed. The "experience specialist" went out of her way to help us with aquarium tickets and offered advice on parking and ways to save money. (leave your car valet parked with the hotel and take their shuttle - the only way to go!!)

The only complaint I have is THE NOISE. We were on the street side and listened to bar music and loud voices nonstop until 2 am. We were there only one night. Had we been there longer, I would have asked for an inside room in hopes of getting a better night's sleep.

Inn With Personality

from DCProgCoord.
I stayed at the Admiral Fell Inn for a few days during a conference in the "Oliver" room. The room and bathroom were very clean. The decor of the room was nice, and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel stocks Aveda toiletries, which is a nice touch. The windows were drafty, but it is a historic building so I guess that is to be expected. My only problems with the room were that the refridgerator made alot of noise (I just unplugged it), I had one towel with a big stain on it, and there wasn't a lot of space to hang or put clothes. The armoire drawers were not empty but stuffed with extra pillows and blankets. Another problem is that you can hear guests in nearby rooms if they are being loud.

The conference facilities at this hotel are excellent! Very comfortable and great view! The morning breakfast buffet is also very satisfying. The neighborhood is safe and has lots of shops, bars, and restaurants and many attractions are in walking distance. I would definitely stay again -- this place isn't perfect but it has personality, which I prefer to staying in large hotel chains.

Charming!

from BermudaNative
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay in Baltimore at the Admiral Fell Inn. We were telephoned in advance by Diana and spoke often with both she and Tom as we worked out a casual agenda for our time there.

Quaint building with unique hallways, landings, lobby and rooms. Come to find out from one of the "ghosts" that it is in fact 7 older buildings joined together. The ghosts were entertaining, not intrusive or corny as a previous review stated.

The Inn's location made it a perfect launching point for our adventures. And I do say "launch" because we often took the Water Taxi..even in November it was fun..not too cold.

I awoke each morning looking forward to breakfast. The local and farm fresh items were a daily treat and I broke doctors orders to indulge in the Amish sausage each day. (don't tell!)

Diana and Tom helped us plan prior to arrival, they are the "experience specialists" (cute name) but each young staff member at the reception desk was just as helpful once we arrived.

We had avoided Baltimore for over a decade and upon reading of the revival of past years decided to give it a new go-round. Very pleased at the decision and we will return to the city and the Inn again in the coming year.

Wonderful getaway

from Brown47578
We had a delightful stay at the Admiral Fell Inn. I had booked the room BEFORE reading reviews on this site (some quite negative) and am glad I ignored them. We found the hotel to be a terrific experience. We booked the Aquarium package (a great deal we feel) and from the beginning felt appropriately pampered. Our needs were met without our feeling that anyone was hovering over us. We enjoyed the late afternoon with "the ghost" (fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream instead of popcorn and water chestnuts - who could complain!?) Extra gifts were received upon completion of a "scavenger hunt-type" activity at the Aquarium (a nice tote bag and beanie baby - none of which were advertised, but nice extra amenities). The breakfast was FABULOUS - fresh whole grain breads and bagels - many organic ingredients - great fruit - an abundant selection of many good things.
The location in Fells Point was fun. We enjoyed the shops within walking distance. When we wanted to go to the Inner Harbor area, we took the free shuttle. It always seemed available for us; the longest wait we had was maybe 20 minutes and we used it many times.
All in all - a great time at a reasonable cost.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
There is something really off about this hotel. Seems as though it is owned by someone who is used to running a highway motel and decided to step up. The only reason I say it was okay is that I paid very little for the room through one of the deals.
The room was nicely furnished, but standard, and odd things were missing like a full length mirror. As with the other reviewer, my room had an unpleasant "bathroom" smell and when I opened the windows to get rid of it, there was no screen. One of the coasters was still dirty with someone else's coffee and I also found the previous guest's things hanging on the bathroom door. I strongly suspected that the pillowcases on some of the pillows in the drawers were used.
The whole "magic" routine was silly and inappropriate for a supposedly upscale romantic Inn. They have a "ghost" who hangs around the hotel dressed in old clothes. He does not add to the experience. Instead, he feels quite intrusive. You can't just sit in the lobby without him talking to you, he interrupted our dinner date in the hotel dining room in a very annoying manner, insisting on doing his routine despite my dirty looks. This is a very expensive restaurant and the ghost thing treated us as though we were in Disneyland. I really felt as though the hotel did not respect my privacy.
I also agree with the other reviewer that breakfast service was rude and actually made the whole breakfast unpleasant. The staff literally ignored everyone and provided no direction or assistance whatsoever. The food was just okay. We listened to them bang silverware loudly into trays as they must have been setting up for lunch service.
I always stay in small historic hotels, but this one made me wish I had stayed in an upscale chain hotel.

Very Disappointing To Say The Least!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We checked in later than the internet check-in time and arrived at a room that had NOT been touched by housekeeping. Sheets were on the floor, glasses of soda scattered about, dirty towels and tub. We were asked to leave our things and come back in 1/2 an hour. One hour later we came back and the room was somewhat cleaner, but there was only one robe hanging in the closet, the people's things hanging on the back of the bathroom door were still there and the floor behind the door still had hair on it. Once in the king jaccuzzi tub, there was a green scum coming from one of the jets and settling as a ring around that 1/2 of the tub.

It's not mentioned on the website, but you pay for valet parking, there's no parking in Fells point, and the website states that it's an amenity, but it's a pricey one!

When you check out, be prepared to pay a fee for the priveledge of having a phone in your room. That's right, it's not part of the room charge, it's a separate fee on your bill. We did not use the phone at all and were charged an additional $5.00.

All this on top of a room rate of $259. plus applicable taxes.

My husband and I have been to many hotels, inns and B&Bs and this one is thoroughly disappointing.

Think twice before staying here - look elsewhere and choose something different. They charge a lot of money for a lot of nothing!

What a Disappointment

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Admiral Fell Inn looking for a romantic getaway weekend. When making the reservation I chose a package that included chocolates in the bedroom, drinks for each of us at 4 different bars, breakfast and a jacuzzi in the room. The only good thing were the chocolates because they were Godiva.

No one in the reservations department told me that there was no parking and that valet parking was $19 per night. The room rate was $299 a night, and our room was extremely small, with inside windows, next to the elevators, and the jacuzzi was set up in an old looking bathroom, not appealing at all. I don't mind small cozy hotel rooms, but when I pay $300 a night, I expect better. The water in the shower was either scorching hot, or freezing cold, and we noticed there were hairs in the jacuzzi that were not ours!

We went to their restaurant (called True) for dinner. The waitress in-charged of serving water, greeted us rolling her eyes, and telling us what a long day it had been, and how fed up she was! We were carrying drinks from the bar, but the waitress did not bother to remove from our table the unused wine glasses. It took us more than 10 minutes to locate the spoon for the soup. The waitress left the empty appetizer plates in our table for more that 10 minutes after we were done. Our drinks were never refilled. The quality of the food was mediocre and extremely expensive. And the waitress took forever to bring our bill.

The bars where you can have the complimentary signature drinks are way outside Fell's Point neighborhood, which defeats the point of staying there. We walked under the rain for more than 20 minutes to get to the Power Plant (were the bars were located) and this area turned out to be a meat market for teenagers and college students. All the different establishments had lines outside the door, loud music and were jammed packed. This was not the concept they advertised on their website for a romantic getaway with complimentary drinks. We only used one coupon and returned to the hotel.

The breakfast next morning was also mediocre. Nobody bothered to serve us water, and the salt and pepper shakers in the table were empty. I had been told over the phone that the cheese selection and the breads were incredible. I only saw 1 loaf of regular looking bread, and cheddar and Swiss cheese on a table.

For the amount of money this night ended up costing us ($430 after parking fees, dinner, drinks and taxes) we could have had a wonderful weekend somewhere else. Never again would I recommend the Admiral's Fell Inn.

Wow, what a waste of time and money!

from bigtravlr
This is absolutely the worst place to stay in all of Baltimore. I've stayed at a number of places in Baltimore and wanted to bring my wife here for a nice getaway weekend. I wanted something special and went looking on the internet and found the Admiral Fell Inn. I thought the pictures looked nice as did the write up about the place. When we arrived we realized that parking was a big pain. I knew it would be but valet service was $25 or you could go 4 blocks down and park it your self for $15 per day. No come and go service there and valet was $25 everytime you took the car in or out. The lobby was nice but the front desk person seemed to be a bit rude to us.
The bellhop took us to the room. The room was tiny and had a weird smell to it. Like another writer said, we also had roach motels under the sink in the bathroom and under the bed (which wasn't under the bed when we arrived). I asked for another room because of the smell and the obvious roach problem in the room but wasn't able to get moved b/c they were booked.
They offer packages like roses etc. I ordered a dozen roses for something like $89 and they weren't even in the room when we arrived. I had to call down to the desk to find out where they were. When they brought them up, which ruined the surprise) 3-4 of them were browning. You can go to a grocery store and get 8 dozen for what they charged.
So we stayed b/c we had no choice. The room never lost the stench, we felt dirty in it after seeing the roach motels. It was loud (which can happen in Fells Point) so thats not the end all be all.
The next day we went looking around the quaint neighborhood which does have alot to offer and there are many great restaurants and bars and shops to visit. Fells point does have 2 bed and breakfasts that look really charming and that's where we plan on staying next time.
All in all I don't recommend the Admiral Fell Inn. It's dirty and smelly and the service was not up to par. It was aweful to say the least. Go to Fells Point.... just don't stay here!

Great location...wonderful staff!

from pha1226
We just got back from an overnight trip for our anniversary. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful. When the free shuttle was stuck in traffic and we had dinner reservations, the desk clerk gave us cash for a taxi! The shuttle picked us up after our dinner in 5 minutes. Our room (a king on the 2nd floor) was small but clean and beautifully furnished. I wouldn't stay there with my kids but it's a great place if you want to barhop, eat at nice restaurants or shop. Even though it was a weekday and the website said they would have a continental breakfast, we had delicious eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit and breads. The only thing keeping me from giving them a 5 rating is the mousetraps in the dining room (complete with dead mouse. I overlooked them because breakfast was included and better than expected but no way would I have eaten at "True". The waitress nicely explained that it was a very old building but I'm sure there's a better way to handle the issue.

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  • Address: 888 South Broadway - Baltimore - Maryland - 21231 - United States
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