The Reeds at Shelter Haven
What We Love
- Cushy extras such as free WiFi, electric car charging, evening turn-down service and seasonal activities such as standup paddleboarding in the harbor and morning yoga classes
- Seasonal beach service is included in the rate; hang a beach card on your door the night before, and the beach concierge will shuttle you to the shore the next day (though it’s only a two-block walk from the hotel)
- Views of the bay from the excellent Water Star Grille attract a well-heeled local crowd as well as hotel guests
What To Know
- Each of the 37 guestrooms is configured slightly differently (but they’re mostly between 325 and 375 square feet)
- The hotel is a major wedding destination
- There’s a rooftop with a small plunge pool and hot tubs, better for relaxing with a good book than swimming
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The interiors at the Reeds at Shelter Haven reflect the hues of the beach and ocean just beyond the doorstep. The lobby is decked out in tranquil blues, sand-tone marble and Midcentury Modern furnishings, while the sleek light fixtures and fireplace give off a sense of warmth.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 37 guestrooms is clean and comfortable, with blond wood headboards, blue or taupe accent walls and simple shell details throughout. WiFi, Keurig cofeemakers and iPhone (5!) docking stations come standard in each room. The uber-comfy beds are decked out in Frette linens, and the white subway-tile bathrooms are outfitted with chrome fixtures, Malin + Goetz amenities and marble-clad sinks.
Despite having only 37 rooms, the Reeds at Shelter Haven has the all amenities you’d expect of a large-scale resort, with free paddleboarding and yoga, two restaurants, a bar, and a small rooftop with a plunge pool and hot tubs. The roof deck is nice, but you’re better off taking advantage of the hotel’s included beach service: You can coordinate golf cart drop-off and beach chair setup on Stone Harbor’s sandy shores, just two blocks from the hotel. But the Reeds’ crown jewel is the Water Star Grille, an umbrella- and twinkle light–filled alfresco restaurant with spectacular views of the boats and upscale homes fronting Shelter Haven Bay. Come winter, the indoor restaurant Sax seats up to 64 and serves equally delectable New American cuisine.
In the Area
No trip to Stone Harbor would be complete without sampling the crab cakes from Back Bay Seafood, a hole-in-the-wall takeout spot 15 minutes north of the hotel on foot. Stay closer to home with dinner at Quahog’s Seafood Shack or the hip new taco spot next door. Satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream cone from Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream or Nutella latté (made with La Colombe coffee) at Café Noir. Stroll along Stone Harbor’s 96th Street, which is lined with shops, boutiques and cafés, just beyond the hotel’s doorstep. Directly across from the hotel, Fred’s Tavern & Liquor Store is a favorite for lunch, liquor shopping (there’s a store in the back), or partying like a local into the wee hours.
How to Get There
To start, the service is phenomenal. Three days before our stay, I received a call asking if there was anything they could do for us for our stay or if there was a special occasion. Next, we arrived a little early, we were coming from a wedding and tacking on a day to our trip in Stone Harbor. No problem, the room is ready! We were planning on going back to the beach, we had been down there before we checked in, and the concierge set us up with the shuttle. They had beach towels and chairs available, we had our own chairs but the ones they had were very nice. Once you take the shuttle/golf cart down, there was someone waiting to help us out with our stuff and get us set up.
In the evening, we grabbed a drink at the bar in the lobby and went out to the back patio to enjoy the sunset and have a drink. The sunset view here is amazing, and the back patio is the highlight of the property. Huge bar, seats right on the water, everything was great.
We ate at the SAX restaurant on property, it was a little pricey (Manhattan $$$) for the quality, but that's not really on the hotel itself.
The king town view room was great, small balcony, really nicely done hardwood floors, huge TV, nice little counter/bar with fridge, plenty of glasses, even a wine opener. The toiletries were top notch, my only issue was the lack of a fan in the bathroom.
The only 'caveat emptor' would be that they do host weddings on the property, and the wedding may be loud, and kind of encroaches on the patio. This didn't stop us from enjoying the deck (no we didn't crash the wedding, we parallel-partied), but if you're sensitive to this type of thing, I'd recommend asking the helpful staff if they have any events going on during your stay, they are more than happy to help.
Recently, I stayed at the Reeds for a couple days, and was delighted. the accommodations were lovely, the food terrific, and a top notch bar. I was most impressed with the service from everyone with whom I came into contact. From valet service, to check in, beach service, maid service, and management, I was treated extremely well and felt very special. Everyone had a smile, and went out of their way to provide great service. I will go back!
The only reason they’re getting one star is for the atmosphere . The rest of our event would be negative stars. We held our son‘s rehearsal dinner here and booked a private room . Our appetizer and dinner selections were made prior to the event for our 30 guests. We also requested to have the event wrap up around 8:30 so we could prepare for the wedding the next day. A half hour into cocktails we had to remind them that we ordered butlered hors d’oeuvres that were never served. We sat down for dinner at 7:00 and around 8:00 we inquired about our entrees and were told there was a large wedding downstairs and we would have to wait. Our dinners arrived at 8:25 and were cold as if they had been sitting for some time. We had a prompt them for our desserts and finished the night without even being asked if we wanted any coffee. We will not be returning for any future events or dinners .
Great hotel - staff was very friendly and accommodating, concierge very knowledgeable, rooms were very clean and updated, service at the bar was quick and drinks were very good. We will definitely go back again!
My wife and I enjoyed our four day stay just after Labor Day. This is the fourth or fifth visit to the Reeds, and we always enjoy returning. The staff is extremely friendly, from the hotel to the beach to the restaurants there is clearly an excellent hiring and training program in place. There is no end to staff requests to help with anything we may desire to enhance our stay. There have been comments about the pricing, but this is the Jersey shore, and Stone Harbor in particular: it is expensive. If you really want to feel high prices, travel south to Cape May, where the New York presence is strong.
We love this place, from the great rooms to the beach service to the restaurants, and especially the staff.