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
While the rooms at this property were already beautiful, their newest addition of rooms and suites across the street offered an equally beautiful but more intimate lodging experience. Tastefully decorated with a classic understated coastal vibe. Inside bar offered entertainment and an efficient and savvy bar team. Can not beat this in town location.
My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at The Reeds, everything was perfect. We had a gorgeous view of the Bay, and the location of the hotel right in town can't be beat. The view, location, and amenities are worth it, even though it is pricy. We asked for a Bay view, and the 2nd floor was very convenient to get to the pool or down to the restaurant and docks. We went kayaking, paddle boarding, took the shuttle each day to the beach, and went hiking at the Stone Harbor Point- stunning views! We ate dinner each night at the Water Grille because it was so beautiful watching the sunset. We hope to come back, perfect anniversary getaway!
Buckets Margarita Bar and Cantina has live music until 11 pm. Band plays at the front door of Buckets - door is open and it is so loud. Do they really have to play at the front door WITH the DOOR OPEN???
Arrived for the last part of our honeymoon in our Bay King room. We were excited to enjoy the balcony pictured below to then find there is no such room with a king bed and a balcony. We were told that, “oh yes that could be misleading - we’ll talk to the sales department.” So then after realizing I can’t sit on the balcony while my husband is out, I’d go to the “pool” (which is maybe 7x5 if we’re lucky) and hot tub which closes at 4pm! When I asked the staff about why a hot tub closes at 4pm I was told so it doesn’t disturb event guests. So not really sure who this hotel caters to but they’ve splurged on marketing but not the actual experience. It’s a shame because it’s a nice location and well kept.
This review is more about the outside restaurant/bar then the hotel itself. Our family left Ocean City on our boat with the Reeds as the destination. The 6 kids were going to the Aqua Park and the 5 adults were looking forward to having apps and drinks while they played. It sounded like a perfect plan. We arrived around 2 PM on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. All of the boat slips were taken so we dropped off the kids on the docks and were told to wait some distance away from the dock until a slip opens up. We were to be next. Several boats came behind us and all but one were very considerate and waited their turn. The one that wasn't cut in front and took the open spot when it became available. The dock master just shrugged and said that they guy was very aggressive. No kidding. Finally, about an hour after arriving, we got a spot. When we docked, we went right to the bar at the Reeds. When we sat down, we were told that it was last call as there was going to be wedding outside starting at 4. What a disappointment. Reading reviews, it looks like the hotel is a popular spot for weddings so I definitely will call in advance to make sure one is not going on. To make matters worse, the young lady attending bar acted like she was doing us a favor. Paying $18/ margarita is not unheard of anymore, but I expect it to be a good one. The two drinks were mediocre at best. They went down so fast, that we thought about getting two more (not sure if we could), but decided to go the Mexican Restaurant next door to get them. That was a smart decision. Great margaritas served with a smile.