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“Great location, OK Inn, not value for money”
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Robert Morris Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Oxford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great location, OK Inn, not value for money”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Based in Washington DC we often spend a weekend on the Eastern Shore. Morris Inn fits the rustic environment of Oxford and has an excellent location. The rooms are OK. We had a room with a sitting area, a bedroom and a bathroom in the middle. Lots of space but somehow not very appealing. Wireless works, but not in all rooms, including ours. The Inn appears somewhat run down. I believe that I read somewhere that it was recently renovated. If so, that is not obvious. The breakfast was really nice and service good. All in all an OK experience but for the money we paid, we have had much nicer stays on the Eastern Shore. This is our first time in Oxford and we are definitely coming back to Oxford, but probably not to Morris Inn.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank GranddanoisbasedinDC
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 22 February 2012
Many thanks for visiting the Inn and for taking the time to review us. We are so pleased that overall you enjoyed your experience but disapointed you will not return. We recently acquired The Inn and chose to "live with it" for a while. This ensures that renovations and redevelopment is sensitive and appropriate given the buildings age and historic significance. We are planning our refurbishment and redevopment over this year and carrying out the works at the end of 2013. Please do try The Inn again.
Mark & Ian.
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Potomac
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

The Barboursville 5 Course wine pairing dinner was perfect...the wine and food were spectacular. Janet, Mark, Luca, Kat, our breakfast waiter (I can't believe I forgot his name, because he was the perfect waiter!) as well as the entire wait staff were so gracious, fun, down to earth... Hospitality came naturally for all staff...It's just a great place and we enjoyed a wonderful get-away from the DC area!

The only thing lacking was a place to "hang out" and read or play a game with maybe a cocktail or coffee. A relatively private den/library type room I guess that we're accustomed to in an inn would have been great there... If the room had a view all the better. Also, the couches in the corner of the diningroom would be really nice flanking the fireplace in the pub during winter months...I would love to drink a Bailey's on one of them near that huge pub fireplace! In the summer they could be removed to make room for tables. (Just a friendly suggestion). The pub bar with the TV is nice, but not as the only place to go as a guest in the winter. Our room was not condusive to hanging out and is in need of renovating.

I believe the emphasis has been on excellent food...with great success. I suspect the next effort will likely be placed on bedroom renovating and tweeking of the little details. Don't let any of the negatives stop you from spending a night or weekend, because over-all it was truly a great place to spend a night (if not for anything, but the great breakfast!) We had a great time...you should definitely check it out. We're curious to see how the inn evolves over time. We are sympathetic that the tough economy won't allow for over-night improvements of the guest rooms and that a 300 year old inn is not exactly easy to improve. Great luck to the proprietors! Hats off for all of their hard work.

Room Tip: Pay more for the admirals rooms (larger) and have a view if you can; otherwise don't expect much...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank CindyH_47
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Thank you so much for your kind and generous words. Having taken over eighteen months ago we and our team have worked tirelessly to get the service and food and beverage services right and we are delighted you enjoyed it so much. The dinner was a great success much down to Mark (Chef Proprietor) and Luca's (Wine maker) long relationship and both being passionate artisans in their respective fields. Great staff rounds out a great experience and they too join me in thanking you for your comments. We are currenlty planning a major renovation of the Inn to be carried out late in 2013. This will be sympathetic to the history of the whilst addressing all the issues you found.
Thank you for your business and support. Mark & Ian
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

This place is amazing! Mom & I came here for a girls trip and it was lovely. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly.Janet in the office was the nicest person in the world and ready to help with anything. The staff in the tavern were great to, they made sure we were enjoying our meal without being intrusive. The room was on the smaller side but what can you expect? The bed was very comfy and as others said there was no TV but who needs one? We will definatly be back to this gem on the Eastern Shore.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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1 Thank RCYDC
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 17 January 2012
Absolutely dleighted you had a great time and many thanks for your kind review. Staff as well as guests stay here and they really appreciate your comments. We are lucky we do have fabulous staff! Regards Mark & Ian
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Annapolis, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Perfect opportunity to appreciate how our ancestors lived 300 years ago when visiting this special property. Walking on anchient hardwoods and looking at other original architectural details was fascinating. It has beautiful views of the river and is quietly located at the end of a street. Food is AWESOME!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Thank curtisrealestateco
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 17 January 2012
Many thanks for you generous review and kind comments. We really appreciate your business and look forward to your return. Mark & Ian
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Bayport, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2011

Was a very pleasant stay. If you are into antiques and old fashioned hospitality, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Thank Whiterabbit13
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Many thanks for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to The Inn. Winter is a very peaceful time of year. The town is quiet and still - a great time of year for a relaxing break and our winter packages are unbelievable value.
Happy Thanksgiving
Ian and Mark
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This Inn came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The lady taking our booking explained that the cabin rooms were small, but we were happy and comfortable in ours and who needs a TV anyway? Pack a book instead, although there were plenty of magazines provided. Loads to explore in the area, and don't forget to take the Oxford/Bellevue ferry if you're heading to St Michael's. The winter leisure D, B & B package is unbeatable value, and no part of the menu is off-limits, such a welcome touch. The whole dining experience was a joy, from delicious, freshly prepared breakfasts, to truly memorable dinners in the tavern area. The wait staff were friendly and attentive, knew the menu/ingredients well & worked well as a team. The owners are clear in their aims, working to establish this unique, historical place at the head of the gastronomic field. They got our vote, 100%. Thank you for a great weekend and particular thanks to Chef Salter for making my 78-year-old father's special savoury.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank yingonthewing
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 7 October 2011
What a generous and kind review, much appreciated and our staff love to read them too! Mark and I are so pleased you appreciated the great value for money we offer and having worked in Scotland and having a Scottish wife, Mark relished the opportunity to do the savories. Having Mark as a Chef partner is such a blessing as he truely is a master of flavor and champion of regional produce. Our thanks and we look forward to welcoming you back again.
Mark & Ian.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

The Robert Morris Inn is a fantastic place to stay. Not your normal hotel, no tv in the room, a refreshing change. Old fashion comfort that was fun for our one night stay. The best part of staying here is the dinning. Fabulous food in an elegant manor, or in a rustic inn, or eat out on the patio. Whatever you do be sure to have their Crab Cake, best ever. The town of Oxford is just a sleepy old town on the Trad Avon River, not a lot to do here ,but just walk and relax in the park on the river. if you have never been on an old style ferry be sure to take the trip. Love the town have been here many times.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Innspiration, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this review, 29 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a gracious and kind review. Mark and I are thrilled you had such a good time. Having Mark as our Chef and owner ensures terrific cooking and the Inn is such a great building in such a peaceful and historic town. We try to rest the weary and feed the soul!
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Property: Robert Morris Inn
Address: 314 N Morris St, P.O. Box 40, Oxford, MD 21654-1019
Region: United States > Maryland > Talbot County > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Robert Morris Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the home of Robert Morris who gained fame as "Financier of the Revolution". General and later President George Washington was a close friend and visited Robert Morris often. In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake here and fell in love with our renowned crab cakes. More history is located here. Now the Eastern Shore's most unique historic restaurant with rooms under celebrity Chef Proprietor, Mark Salter and Ian Fleming. Enter the Inn and step back 300 years: a pristine yet historic interior welcomes with timber beams, panelled walls and open fires in the cooler months. Through to Salter's Tavern featuring historic red brick walls and old slate floors, with magnificent fires in the cooler months and offering casual outside dining on our Terraces and Veranda during balmy warm summers. This is a truly historic Inn, cosy with a natural patina running through. Friendly, great cuisine and understated professional service. ... more   less 
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