Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
What We Love
- The sheer grandeur of the 1816 mansion, with its mix of modern decor and antiques (polished hardwood floors, carved wood bed frames)
- The Linden Ritual treatment at the spa (a wrap of local flowers, sage, blackberries, eucalyptus and rosemary)
- Crab cakes, crab soup, buttermilk biscuits and local specialties at the inn’s lauded restaurant
What To Know
- Views are of the manicured waterfront lawns or the Miles River
- Not all rooms are in the historic part of the house; there are new wings connected by walkways
- Popular venue for destination weddings, events and even movie sets (see: Wedding Crashers)
- A 10 percent resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Staying here feels like an elegant journey to an earlier era. The overstuffed couches, antique chests, Audubon prints, French doors and terraces are pure romance. Off in the distance, fishing vessels trawl for the Chesapeake’s famed oysters and crabs, and sailboats skim across the river — both experiences available to guests. Throughout the winter, the fireplaces blaze while guests settle into the couches for afternoon tea.
Bed and Bath
All 78 rooms have the air of a 19th-century English country home, with polished hardwood floors, carved wood bed frames and floral touches from bedspreads to curtains. Views are of the manicured waterfront lawns or the Miles River, and such vernacular amenities as fresh fruit and cookies daily and fluffy robes. Spacious bathrooms show off a simple white and stone palette, and have double sinks, baths tubs (in some) and glass enclosed showers.
On a culinary level, mornings start with the inn’s version of eggs Benedict — crab cakes, homemade pancetta and buttermilk biscuits. During the day, you can pop into a local tavern for steamed crabs while cruising the art galleries, farmers markets or antique stores in St. Michaels or nearby Oxford and Easton. For dinner, visit the inn’s Stars restaurant for artisanal cheeses, local oysters and other seasonal seafood dishes. For more pampering, head to the property’s Linden Spa and indulge in the signature Linden Ritual treatment, a wrap of local flowers, sage, blackberries, eucalyptus and rosemary.
In the Area
You can tuck in for the weekend and never leave the estate, with its gardens, Chesapeake Bay views and crackling fireplaces. But if you do, there’s more charm outside, from the sailboats passing by to the scenic colonial town of St. Michaels. Explore the area’s maritime history at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, browse Washington and Harrison streets in Easton, where antique shops and boutiques abound. Or the head to the Academy Art Museum, home to a permanent collection of more than 1,000 pieces of European and American works on paper.
How to Get There
We stayed there this weekend two nights. Very expensive room rate. The room and the grounds are beautiful. Unfortunately the value was poor. Our sink had no running cold water and after maintenance repaired still no cold water. Room thermostat non-functional the room remained at 65 degrees despite thermostat at 72. Frigid and a waste of energy. The breakfast service was a buffet for two people $80! The wait staff was awful. We asked for more coffee and the non-busy waitress said I will find your server and she can take care of that for you. The Inn would benefit from a top down review of their service standards and replacing their management. Would never again stay at the Disappointment Inn
Initial impressions - GPS took us in via the Service driveway, so we missed out on the initial "Oooh!" of approaching the Inn down the long bricked and beautifully landscaped lane to the entrance where the valets awaited to greet us, help unload the luggage, and park the car. Not knowing this, we parked ourselves in one of the four covered electric charging ports and plugged in to recharge. Unfortunately for any electric vehicle arriving after us, one of the charging spots was occupied with a gas vehicle for both days of our stay.
We had arrived in the morning, informed the front desk, and were directed that the room was currently vacant and would be made ready earlier than our 4pm check-in time, so we kept close to the resort and made use of the pool, grounds and bicycles until the room was ready at 3pm. Our room #10 was ground level and had a small deck looking out at the harbor and marsh. It was mostly clean, but excellence is in the details and this room needed polish to clean the water rings off the marble bedside table, a little touch-up paint on the door and moldings, carpet shampooing and retrieval of a pen on the floor; not what we had expected from the property's reputation. Along those lines, the hallways leading to our room were also in serious need of vacuuming. There were plenty of glasses in the room, a nespresso machine with a selection of coffees, and bottled water. Also, a small refrigerator tucked inside the credenza if you wanted to keep something else cool. The ice bucket in the room had been filled at turn-down service, otherwise we didn't see a place to get your own ice.
The grounds were beautifully kept garden spaces, and the river side was an expanse of green with plenty of swing seats, Adirondack chairs, and conversation groupings of cushioned seats around elevated stone fire pits.
The pool was perfect with ample lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels; and a poolside bar offering some food service, and a container of chilled fruit scented water available to all. Adjacent to the pool was the Linden Spa and fitness center. We did not utilize the Spa's services outside of the shower and changing room, but the fitness center was clean and well equipped with cardio machines and weights, and chilled eucalyptus oil towels.
There were plenty of bicycles with baskets readily available to take for a ride or to visit town, and the local traffic was considerate of riders. We felt very safe there.
The Inn at Perry Cabin does have an activities calendar, and we were lucky enough to play What's My Wine with Chance, where we learned about the 1950s program "What's My Line" and applied the process to identifying four different wines from samples placed in front of us. Chance was knowledgeable and entertaining. We also chose the morning paddle board lesson and tour with David, of Shore Pedal and Paddle, directly off the Inn's pier. Why more guests don't take advantage of this is a mystery as we were the only ones on that perfect morning. We would have done more activities had we stayed longer.
We did not eat at the Inn, choosing instead from the many offerings in town.
Overall, I would say the Inn at Perry Cabin is a destination hotel resort with character and charm, but for the price of an overnight in the Deluxe King we anticipated a bit more elan from the employees and staff.
We just completed an excellent stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin, celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary. The staff, alerted to this being our anniversary weekend, went above and beyond the call of duty to make it a special weekend. We received a wonderful room upgrade (Room 55 - great choice) at check in. We chartered one of the property's yachts for a two hour sail - shout out to Captain Mark for that great trip - as well as some spa time (beautiful facility with excellent therapists). We also fit in some biking time, and the boat folks were even good enough to arrange for us to get access to two Kayaks earlier than usual so we could beat some of the morning heat.
In short, there was no request that went unsatisfied, and the property just gets more beautiful with every passing year and visit. If you need a wonderful getaway, the Inn is a super place to visit.
This was our second trip to Perry Cabin, this year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We stayed for two nights in a Deluxe Water View Room. It is advertised to "Indulge on your personal furnished terrace, boasting expansive waterfront views" and I took this to mean you would also have a water view from the room. That part was a bit disappointing as you could only see the water view from the room if you stood by the door and windows. There was no water view from the bed or sitting chair. Not certain if that is true of other rooms in this category. It was a very nice view from the terrace and we also enjoyed morning coffee by the water's edge on the resort's waterfront chairs. I found the bed to be uncomfortable, but that's probably mostly my opinion of most hotel beds.
We ordered room service breakfast both mornings and they were excellent. There were complimentary bottles of water in the room, which we appreciated. There was also a Nespresso machine, which was nice, though we didn't really care for the flavor of the coffee. We did not eat in any of the resort restaurants.
The resort's landscaping is always beautiful and this year was no exception. There are gas fire pits at various places throughout the resort property and we enjoyed one of those on a cooler evening. We did get a massage at the spa, which was relaxing, but did not get involved in any other resort activities. We just relaxed and enjoyed quiet time at the inn.
Other than a more comfortable bed and better water view, there really wasn't much to improve upon in my opinion. Our room wasn't quite ready at the 3 PM check in time, but it was shortly after. I did not pay full price for this room through the Perry Cabin website. I booked at a discounted rated through a third party site. That amount was almost $200/night less than the Perry Cabin rate, which seemed about right for the room. Hard to imagine paying the full price for this room, though the location is beautiful and to me can't really be matched in St. Michaels. We really like Perry Cabin and I'm sure we'll return again in the future.
Don't go to the Inn at Perry Cabin. I have stayed at the Inn a dozen times over the last ten years, the place has lost it's mojo. The food service is terrible. If you eat in the dining room, you are pestered by flies. If you order room service, the food arrives late (over an hour and a half on a promise of 40 minutes) and cold. Hard to eat cold oatmeal! Hard to believe scrambled eggs and oatmeal take that long. Often, items on the limited menu are not available and the promise of gluten-free food is not fulfilled. The new owner has invested heavily in physical plant and it still looks a bit like Cape Cod. There are three new lighted tennis courts and nice plantings. The rooms are in separate buildings spread around the water. It's too bad they haven't invested in the right kitchen, serving tools and staff training. Much of the staff come from the Philippines and Russia. English is a second language and verbal exchanges often take quite a while. There is a spa and water activities, they seem to be run as separate concessions with separate billing and limited communications between them and the hotel. Activities are expensive. A half-day sailing on a 32-foot boat cost the same as a whole day fishing for six a few miles away. It is not a luxury resort, but it charges top of the line prices. Give them a year or two to put the place in order before staying there. When advised of problems (in a constructive way), management promises to solve them, but they continue to fail. The attention of management seems to be on building a nearby golf course and small homes rather than on maintaining the quality of the once delightful Perry Cabin Inn.