Welcome to the Flag House Inn

THE PERFECT LOCATION WITH FREE ONSITE PARKING.   Centrally located in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland,  your state or country flag will be flying from our front porch to greet you when you arrive.  Park your car for free on site and then it’s an easy stroll from our bed and breakfast to all the sights, museums, shops and restaurants in the historic district.  Flag House Inn is located across the street from the pedestrian entrance to the US Naval Academy, two blocks to the Annapolis waterfront and three blocks to the Maryland State House and St. John’s College.

Important – You ALWAYS get the best value when you book direct with us using our modern reservation system, guaranteeing you the most complete selection of rooms and ensuring we get complete information from you about your visit,  

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In the morning enjoy a full cooked breakfast in our dining room, sourced by fresh and often local ingredients.  In the evening curl up with one of our many books or magazines to learn more about the Annapolis area, US Naval Academy, historic homes, sailing or boating on the Chesapeake Bay.

Spend several days to really get the ambiance of our town.  The Flag House Inn has been operating since 1992 and we can help you plan the best way to spend your days with us.

At Flag House Inn you enjoy:

  • On-site parking included.  
  • King-size beds for extra comfort.
  • In-room full bathrooms, A/C, cable TV and free WiFi.
  • Comfortable seating and plenty of lighting for reading.
  • Info on local attractions.
  • Dozens of great restaurants and pubs within 5 blocks.
  • Leisurely full breakfast in the morning.
  • Daily newspapers
  • Unique two-townhouse floor plan assures privacy with guests’ own front-door entry.

We take the guesswork out of the perfect stay:

  • Personal help with planning your stay.
  • Advice to choose the right restaurant for your taste, your style and your budget.
  • In room info for things to do: tours, museums, sails….

Everything is close at hand:

  • U.S. Naval Academy main entrance across the street!
  • Power & sail cruises on the Bay are a three-minute walk.
  • Best views of the Bay are from the Academy’s seawall.
  • Colonial mansion museums are 2-3 blocks away.
  • Colonial Maryland State House is five minutes walk.

The best in art galleries, antique and design stores, and fine retail shopping surround Flag House Inn

Flag House Inn is owned and operated by Marty & Carmel Etzel who reside on the premises and personally oversee every detail of your stay. See what recent guests have to say:

(October 2018):  “Our get-away days in Annapolis were great fun.  We were so pleased with our stay at Flag House Inn. The house was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Parking on the premise was very valuable.   Marty and Carmel made every effort to accommodate any and all of our needs.  Their house was a very short walk to the center of town and a walk across the street to the Naval Academy.  Our breakfast was absolutely delicious with homemade everything!  We would highly recommend The Flag House Inn if you are visiting Annapolis.   Sue and Chuck.  New Jersey”

(February 2018): “Dear Marty & Carmel, thank you for making our weekend stay enjoyable. We appreciated your service and attention to detail…. We look forward to our next visit. ”

(April 2018) “We really enjoyed our weekend at Flag House Inn and meeting you & Carmel.  Based on our experience, you seem to be off to a terrific start with this new venture. The Inn is charming! You succeeded at making us feel right at home and providing ample breakfasts that kept us going well into the mid afternoon.  In fact, on Sunday we skipped lunch altogether even after having a nice long walk through parts of Quiet Waters Park en route back home.”

(April 2018) “We enjoyed our stay very much.  The Inn is impeccably clean, the bed was comfortable, breakfast was delicious and the presentation was lovely.”

You can see many many more reviews on Trip Advisor and Google

Member of the Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association.


Dec 10 – What a busy weekend with Midnight Madness shopping on Thursday, Army-Navy excitement, Governor’s mansion open house and Boat Parade!  Our guests had a great time this past weekend.  It will be quiet the next two weeks but we are using the downtime to work on a new web site, plan some improvements and look at some weatherizing…. 

Nov 28 – We are proud to announce that today we have been accepted into the Maryland Green Registry. We had to demonstrate that we are conducting ped shortly!o be displayractices in our operations that minimize impact to the environment.  Look for the logo t

Nov 25 – The annual Illumination (tree lighting) took place tonight, signaling the start of the holiday season.  Upcoming events include Midnite Madness (late shopping on Thursday nights) and Boat Parade on Saturday December 8.  Book now and enjoy some great holiday shopping!  We can help guide you with some great ideas on shopping around town, we are doing most of our Christmas shopping within walking distance of the Inn! 

Nov 12 – In our own small way we are going more green – we are recycling all leftover soap and shampoo and sending to an organization that recycles them and creates Hygiene kits, which are distributed in the US and all over the world…. 

Oct 22 – Our guests have been loving our fall fruit special, spiced apples. Our friendly farm stand has been supplying some lovely cooking apples. See our instagram @flaghouseinn for some pics 

Oct 16 – We’ve been quiet here because we have been so busy with the boat shows and lots of visitors.  We continue to get great feedback, see this email we got today:  ” I just want to thank you and your wife for a memorable weekend. The rooms were very nice and the breakfast absolutely delicious. They were better than the ones I have had on a cruise. You made us feel right at home.  We couldn’t have been more pleased. My husband & I will be coming in the spring. Thanks again. Luann” 

Sep 25 – More progress!  We had a vent cut through the wall on 3rd floor between the 2 houses to improve air flow, especially in the summer, this should reduce the high hallway temps on the #24 side in the summer and balance the heat in the winter. 

Sep 24 – A major milestone today as we signed a contract with a landscape contractor to add 3′ of depth to the parking courtyard.  When that is done we’ll add a custom built shed and finish it off with trees/shrubs to give a nice enclosed feeling.  Done by spring .  And of course in compliance with the Historical Preservation Committee (we’ve got 6 permit applications to show for it!)

Sep 19 – We get a lot of “thru trippers” especially on weekdays, people on a road trip visiting just Annapolis or a number of cities.  They are always receptive to our recommendations and often discover a lot of the charm of Annapolis on their own.  Here’s a nice email we got today from one such couple, Lee & Don B who stayed with us last week :

”  Dear Carmel and Marty, Don and I can’t thank you enough for making our stay last week so enjoyable! You have created a wonderful warm and inviting place for we travelers to stay, so much so that we hated to say goodbye! All your attention to every detail, be it the accommodations , the newspapers, the recommendations or the cuisine did not go unnoticed, and every day since we returned home, we wondered what was for breakfast!! You have set the bar high for any future B & B we may stay in! We hope to come your way again, and will look forward to staying at the Flag House and enjoying your wonderful hospitality!  Best regards to you both,


We are so touched by all these messages and reviews. Our goal is simple: Give every guest a great and modern experience, set within our classic home….

Sep 11 – I was just over at the Navy Athletic department ticket office and they confirmed the football game is on for the weekend, no delays or postponement expected.  “We’ve played in worse”… 

Sep 5 – Are you ready for some football!?  And some 2nd Class parents?  We look forward to hosting many people over the next days especially for these 2 events.  The menu is prepped and we are bringing on several new breakfasts such as Farm Stand Breakfast Bowl, featuring homemade pesto (with basil from our garden), fresh cherry tomatoes (also home grown), broccolinni, roasted potatoes, poached egg and more! 

August 30 – We are back from a refreshing weekend away, we shut the inn down  and headed to a music festival in southern VA, where we had some great wine, got some new breakfast ideas and heard some fantastic music (www.locknfestival.com) .  Anyway we look forward to the many diverse people visiting for Labor Day weekend…. 

August 21 – More improvements on the way!  Today we got a delivery of new clock radios, they will have 2 USB chargers and 2 electric plugs built into the clock… this will make it much easier for guests to charge their devices, we recognized there were limited plugs in each room….

August 13 – We are now recovered from Parent’s weekend, this is for USNA plebe (freshman) parents to visit their son/daugter after 6 weeks of plebe summer induction. We hosted 5 families plus met the parents of our own plebe we are sponsoring…. Our guests were very appreciative of our place and they are sharing this in social media…. This is a review received today in Trip Advisor: 

“I stayed at this beautiful, romantic, charming Inn when my son was transitioning into the Naval Academy, which happens to be right across the street. It could not have been more convenient nor the owners, Carmel and Marty, more delightful or accommodating! Lovely rooms, free parking, one block to restaurants, shops and the waterfront and getting to events at the Naval Academy or having my son walk through the gate and across the street from the Academy to the Inn to join us was such a luxury as we did not have to drive onto the yard or find other parking.

The breakfast dining is fabulous with fresh fruit and gourmet dishes and all other amenities were provided such as umbrellas to borrow, books and newspapers to peruse, a mini fridge for keeping beverages and the front porch swing with the view was so relaxing. I’ve stayed twice when in Annapolis and will definitely make this my home away from home when visiting my son.”

August 3 – As earlier mentioned, we have upgraded the wi-fi in the house, getting a faster line and placing “booster pods” all over. We will be having guests try this out over the weekend before unhooking the old system… Yay!!  

July 30 – we’ve had a surge in bookings the last few days and weekend nights until end of October are going fast.  We do however have plenty of rooms for you on weekdays which are priced lower too…. 

July 29 – In addition to the rainy day tips we now have a little handout with our recommendations … we’ve met so many fellow business owners around town they have been so generous with their advice 

July 23 – it’s been a bit wet (ok it’s been really soggy!) the last few days but that’s shouldn’t deter you from coming to stay with us – we have developed a one pager handout that we post/hand out to give some ideas what to do.  Our guests the past few days have found plenty to do to stay occupied when it rains….    

July 16 – Now that we are fully moved in and back from vacation we are working on improving your experience here at FHI – today we completed upgrades of all TV’s to HD signal.  Next up – faster internet!  

July 12 – Summer is in full swing at the Flag House Inn.  There is a lot going on in DTA (Downtown Annapolis), and we can recommend some great activities as well as our favorite eating and drinking spots.  There’s free concerts, Dinner Under the Stars, and our favorite, Sailing Night on Wednesday nights with the Woodwind Schnooners

So book your summer stay and join the fun!

Don’t forget, when you stay with us, you get on site parking INCLUDED in your rate as well as INCLUDED hot/fresh cooked breakfast.  At other downtown hotels that will cost you an extra 50-60 per night, so our rates include great value for your money.

Marty & Carmel