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“Great Place to Stay When Visiting Shelter Island” 4 of 5 stars
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108 Rams Island Dr, Shelter Island, NY 11965   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Long Island, NY
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“Great Place to Stay When Visiting Shelter Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Having enjoyed a relaxing weekend on Shelter Island at the wonderful Inn at Chase Creek in the fall of 2010, we decided to return to Shelter Island with our kids this past August. For our return visit we needed a place to accommodate a family of four and the Ram's Head Inn seemed to fit the bill. We were not disappointed.

This is a great old place with beautiful grounds, its own private beach and a restaurant on site in case you decide not to venture into town (though, be warned, it's not intended for the budget conscious). The staff was very friendly and available and the rooms were clean and well appointed. Keep in mind that this is essentially a plus sized B&B so don't expect a TV in every room with free HBO and 24 hour room service.

So, if you're looking a for a quiet and relaxing stay on Shelter Island with the family, the Ram's Head Inn is the place to stay,

Room Tip: A room facing the grounds avoids having to hear cars pulling up the pebble driveway and drowning you...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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143 reviews 143 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011 via mobile

Great inn with huge yard and beach. A bit shabby chic. Great restaurant too.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
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34 hotel reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Beautiful property overlooking water. Staff was helpful and professional. Our room was immaculate....(but tiny...not sure if some rooms are bigger.) We had dinner one night at restaurant, and it was excellent with interesting local wines. Only disappointment was breakfast (included in room rate) which was dreary buffet of dry and instant cereals and ordinary pastry. Hotel is old so you hear people going in and out of rooms, but this wasn't a problem for us, and we will go again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

The setting is remote and beautiful with sweeping lawns leading down to the water. The service was fairly good, but never enthusiastic or exceptional. Many rooms have shared bathrooms which caused some social awkwardness. The food and drinks were tasty, but we ate many meals away from the Inn just for variety. It was very pleasant to sit on the large porches and visit with others attending the wedding.

Room Tip: Be aware that many rooms have a shared bath
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockport, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

This is a great little independent hotel on Shelter Island, off Long Island, New York. It was built in the thirties in the Long Island grey "Clapboard" style that you find all over the island and retains most of its original period features. It is set in a spectacular location up above the sea with grounds running down to a small beach. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. Shelter Island is a very peaceful and pleasant area with the added bonus of lots of breeding ospreys - very spectacular! The only drawback is that the restaurant is not open during the week at this time of year (June) and the nearest restaurants require a car journey. Also we found this end of Long Island a little expensive, probably due to the proximity to the snooty Hamptons (best avoided - they don't really want tourists in the Hamptons)

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

On Saturday, October 2nd, my husband and I had our wedding reception here, and our families stayed together in all 17 rooms at the Inn. Our whole weekend was nothing short of amazing, from the adorable guest rooms to the excellent and abundant food, to the incredible country meets ocean setting. Everyone keeps telling us what a unique and fabulous place the Ram's Head was for our wedding, and our families already can't wait to come back for a reunion weekend next summer. Kelly the event manager and Shawn the chef are both at the top of their game and super professional. We will be coming back here for years to come as often as we can. We can't say enough about this place. It's just the best place you can go on Shelter Island.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

My wife and I have frequented the Ram's Head Inn several times over the last decade, and while we were upset when the Inn was put on the market and disappointed with the food and service during that time, whatever the owners/management have done for the 2010 season is fantastic! This was by far the all around best experience we've had at the Inn. From the new chef & local menu to the polished and friendly staff, we feel like whatever was lost over the past two years has been found and greatly improved. We booked our family reunion at the end of October with the Inn's event coordinator, Kelly, this past weekend. She put my wife and I at ease and made the event of 120+ people appear seamless.

We're very happy that the Inn is back and can't wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ram's Head Inn

Address: 108 Rams Island Dr, Shelter Island, NY 11965
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Shelter Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ram's Head Inn is a gracious center hall colonial with 17 charming and comfortable suites. It's a world apart, without being a world away. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ram`s Head Hotel Shelter Island
Rams Head Hotel

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