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“Restarant Service Poor and Limited Menu”
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Ram's Head Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
awaves
1 review
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“Restarant Service Poor and Limited Menu”
Reviewed 6 July 2008

We didn't stay at the Inn, but were told they had a lovely restaurant outside very close to the water, so we ventured there for dinner. The property was quite lovely, but the restaurant unfortunately was a let down.

Despite the fact that we called ahead and made a reservation, we still had to wait 30 minutes once we were there to be seated. This wouldn't have been so annoying had there not been numerous empty tables available the entire time we were waiting. Once seated, the menu itself offers only four dinner entrees to choose from at a fairly hefty price. This is definitely not a good place to dine if "variety" is what you're looking for.

The service unfortunately was the most disappointing. He was not attentive or helpful at all. We found ourselves having to ask for things that are usually givens at even lesser quality places. ("Do you have any specials? May we have some bread while we wait for our meal"? May we please have some salt & pepper? Etc.) Our food took an extraordinarily long time to come out with no apologies. Our meals were good, but at this point we were so put off by our experience that we didn't enjoy them as much as we could have.

We ate at a little place the evening before called the "Sweet Tomato". The food was amazing, the service was fantastic and for half the price of The Ram's Head Inn...I'd recommend you go there.

  • Liked — The property
  • Disliked — The serice
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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New Orleans, LA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2008

We stayed here for one night. We arrived on the 2nd to last cross sound ferry from CT then had dinner at Sunset Beach also on Shelter Island.

We arrived to the hotel around midnight and checked in. There were a few people around the bar: the restaurants Chef Boudreau, the bartender, and another woman who also worked at the hotel. My wife and I had a beer and stayed in the bar for another 2 hours. They were great hosts and gave us lots of tips about where to go in the Hamptons as well as New York City

The rooms were clean and nice, with good light. We stayed in a room with shared bath (down the hall), which had a sink in the room. It was very comfortable.

We enjoyed the breakfast the next morning, and sat in the hammock on the back part of the property.

I would recommend staying here; the staff was friendly and the hotel nice, the location beautiful. Unfortunately we had to leave after one night and had arrived too late at the hotel to enjoy dinner at the restaurant, which I hear is very good.

When arriving at night, Shelter Island is a bit confusing - bring a map or GPS!

  • Liked — The people
  • Disliked — That I could not stay longer
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2007

I stayed at the Ram's Head in July 2007 and had a lovely time. The Ram's Head is quite beautiful. The back of the building looks onto a large, sloping yard and is right on the water. There are hammocks (my fiance and I spent a couple of hours swinging on one, it was fun!) and a tennis court. We also took a lovely walk on the beach. We had breakfast overlooking the backyard and water and it was very lovely. Breakfast was decently priced.

Our room, although lovely and well-decorated, was extremely small. We paid around $200 per night to share a bathroom with a couple of other rooms. The bathroom was large and it wasn't a problem sharing with other guests. However, if I were to return, I would spend more money to have the bathroom en suite.

Although the B&B was full there were always parking spots available.

Overall, a very pleasant experience...I would certainly return!

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2006

My husband and I stayed here for a few nights in the off season (after Labor Day).

What's great: the location! We felt like we were on a retreat, far from civilization. It's a quaint old Inn, in a very secluded area. We spent a lot of time relaxing and reading on the expansive front lawn with its great water view. It was serene and lovely. The breakfast was adequate and served in a pretty room. Our room was bright and comfortable. Also, Shelter Island itself is wonderful. We loved the laid-back, quiet atmosphere and the surrounding wildlife. (We saw deer every evening, fox, ospreys, etc.)

What's not so great: Our quiet weekend was almost ruined by the very LOUD music coming from a staff party upstairs. We went to the front lobby to complain but there was no one there! There was another couple there who were FURIOUS and also waiting for some help. It took quite a while for someone to show up. Doesn't seem like anyone's really running the show here. But, really, this place could be perfect with some attention.

  • Stayed September 2003
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atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2005

the rams head is on a beautiful piece of property with the front lawn rolling down to the water - very scenic. the inn is a pretty cedar shake home with
an exspensive restaurant. the bad news is that the inn is poorly managed.
the staff lives on the 3rd floor very noisy at night woke us up. water pressure is non existent. again, if the owners correct a few things this could
easily be a great place. the inn has kayaks you can use as well.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Additional Information about Ram's Head Inn

Property: Ram's Head Inn
Address: 108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, NY 11965
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Region: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Shelter Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ram's Head Inn is a gracious center hall colonial with 17 charming and comfortable suites. It's a world apart, without being a world away. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ram`s Head Hotel Shelter Island
Rams Head Hotel
Ram's Head Inn Shelter Island, Hamptons

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