I think Tidewater deserves 3.0 stars, but as is usually the case with trips, if you have a really good time, your opinion improves. Therefore, I actually would go with 3.5, and I'm rounding up to 4.
First the background - I stayed here one night for a wedding (not mine). The ceremony and reception were both at the Tidewater, as well as a breakfast buffet the next day.
The good - the room's furnishings are very comfortable. Bed and pillows are terrific and I slept like a rock (which may or may not have had something to do with the massive amount of food I ate). The water pressure in the shower was superb. The staff at Tidewater is incredibly friendly, too. They make you feel very welcome, and are warm and knowledgeable. The only staff issue I had was a bartender at the wedding who couldn't seem to understand me. I'm not difficult to understand. In his defense, the music was loud, but when I told him he misunderstood me, I was given a dirty look. Not taking off too many points though for one bad apple. Everyone else was great. Lastly, the location is terrific. It's right in the historic downtown area of Easton. Everything had this quiet New England kind of town. Trees were all changing colors for the season, lots of little mom and pop shops. Not necessarily the type of place you'd live in, unless you like that kind of thing (I'd get bored), but a great place to visit.
The mediocre - Breakfast. Not great. We had vouchers, so it doesn't matter how much it cost us, but it normally goes for $17 and it was small and not all that tasty. Not bad, but not great either. A few hot items (eggs, bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, waffles), some croissants and pastries, and some oatmeal. That was about it. Decent hot teas, but according to my girlfriend the coffee was poor and weak. I am including this as a mediocre issue, and not a bad issue, because again, the food was okay and we didn't pay for it. Service was pretty good, too.
The bad - Everything else about the room. First, you could hear everything outside your room. There was no insulation or privacy at all. Same goes for the room to the bathroom. Anything happening in the bathroom could be heard in the bedroom. The shower stall was also very small and the showerheads could not be adjusted to change the direction of the stream. Therefore, regardless of how tall you are, or if you want to wash your hair (not a problem for me, but trying to think of all of you), you are stuck with however the water is hitting you. Finally, the heat was terrible. We arrived at 1ish or so on a mid November afternoon. It was in the mid 50s outside, so not terribly cold, but it was rainy and overcast. The room was 67.5 degrees when we walked in and was set as low as it could go. I turned it up as high as I could (74 degrees) and understanding it might take a while for the temperature to reverse, my girlfriend and I went for a walk. We came back a couple of hours later and the room had only gone up 1 degree. After another 90 minutes of getting ready for the wedding, it had not gone up even a half degree (I didn't call maintenance yet because my girlfriend was getting ready for the wedding). Before we walked down, I called guest services to complain and they said that the heat would be coming on shortly. Not sure if that means they don't turn it on during the day, but that's pretty awful if so. It wasn't a warm spring or summer day - the heat was needed. So anyway, we are gone for another 5 or 6 hours, and when we come up after the wedding, the temp had only gone up to 71.
I guess my point is that this is not a good place to stay then in the late fall or winter. Late spring to early fall is probably wonderful, but they can't keep the place comfortable when it's cold.
My overall impression is that I liked it. We had a great time at the wedding which greatly improved my impression of the hotel. Its one of those Historic Hotels of America, so if you like historic buildings, then you'll really like it here. That said, we stayed at another historic hotel of America over the summer in Delray Beach. I know you can't compare a hotel in the summer in Florida with one in Maryland in late fall, but the Delray one was more comfortable.
I'd come back, but again, not at this time of year
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tidewater Inn is a charming and elegant hotel located on the Eastern Shore with roots that trace back to 1712. A romantic hideaway nestled in historic downtown Easton, Maryland, surrounded by boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and the famed Avalon Theatre. The Inn features 95 well-appointed boutique guest rooms, a tavern style restaurant and banquet rooms. A luxurious retreat just outside of Baltimore, Washington, DC and Wilmington, the Tidewater Inn is appointed with modern comforts, state-of-the-art conference space and exquisite banquet rooms ideal for weddings and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tidewater Hotel Easton
- Historic Tidewater Hotel
- Historic Tidewater Resort
- Tidewater Inn Easton Md