We enjoyed our stay at "Bob Pascal's St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa" and would recommend it accordingly. It's a well-run yet unpretentious place with a marina vibe, but not an adorable B&B or well-appointed upscale hotel. The value proposition is a stretch, but far cheaper than the Inn at Perry Cabin, and acceptable given the popularity of St. Michaels.
Our party, two parents with an infant, stayed in a Miles River suite for two nights, mid-week, in high summer season. The two-room suite is large, including a vanity sink separate from the bathroom and another sink in the main room with a refrigerator. We had plenty of room and appreciated the space, but it seemed semi-furnished. The wall hangings are few but tasteful. The TVs are old and small, but there is one in each room and they have a good number of channels. A good selection of DVDs is available for rent.
A balcony was accessible from both rooms, all of which had excellent views of the harbor and the Miles River, including the Hooper Strait Lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus across the harbor channel from the room. There are boat slips just a few feet from the balcony, which afford intimate views of the comings and goings of the marina tenants, but felt a bit exposed as a result.
The restaurant was not top notch, but very good, better than expected, and appreciated as a go-to place during our stay. We looked forward to our meals, including two breakfasts, a dinner, and one light dinner as room service. The crab cocktail, halibut, and risotto were great. Complimentary morning coffee in the lobby was an apt substitute for in-room coffee. The tap water didn’t taste very good. We received a couple of complimentary bottles at check-in to start us off.
The pool was small and shallow, with an uninspiring spa section in one corner. The pool area was otherwise pleasant with views and direct access to the bar and restaurant though a window.
The spa seemed like a separate operation that outclassed the inn a bit. We couldn’t schedule back-to-back services for Thursday on a Wednesday, but my wife did get a facial and appreciated the narrative about the high-quality products being used.
We arrived in danger-zone weather, 100° with oppressive humidity. The air conditioning was thankfully robust throughout the facility, but the otherwise reasonable walk to town became absolutely prohibitive, not to mention with an infant. The short drive to town and parking were no trouble during mid week, but may have been more of a hassle on the weekend.
There are more quaint and classy places to stay in St. Michaels, but we had a great time staying at the Harbour Inn.
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- Contemporary hotel located on the waterfront with views of Chesapeake Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina And Spa
- St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina Hotel St. Michaels
- St Michaels Harbour Hotel Marina
- St Michaels Harbour Resort Marina