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Charming Inn, Fabulous Service!
We so enjoyed our stay this past fall at Five Gables. A perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. We booked one of their package which included a couples massage - and it was fantastic. The staff was terrific, we so enjoyed meeting the new Innkeeper Marianne. Very professional and made us feel at home. I would recommend Five Gables to anyone!
I just got back from having a "Just the Girls" weekend package with a friend and will say it was time and money well spent. Five Gables is cozy, feminine and a perfect location if you like to keep you finger on the pulse of what's going on in downtown St. Michaels. Bathrooms were clean and well appointed, bedding nice and homey, climate well controlled.
Had a Wonderful Time!
My wife and I went for 2 nights and this was my wife's first full body massage. We did the therapy tub bath and couple's massage and we loved the experience. The recommended restaurants were great and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our suite had the best multi head shower and sharing wine on the front porch was a great relaxing activity. The spa and facilities are so clean and the 24 hour availability of the sauna and pool was a treat as we spent mid evenings privately in the sauna area relaxing and having great conversation.
This was our second time to the Inn and we'll go back again and again!
Charming and Quaint!
My husband and I just got back from celebrating our anniversary at the Five Gables Inn and Spa. We got the Romance Package and were very happy with it. The spa services were great. We found the staff to be nice and friendly (but not overly friendly and in-your-face which can be bothersome at times). The Inn was decorated very nicely. We stayed in one of the suites. The room was great- not as big as I expected for the price but still very nice - very cozy. We knew the breakfast was not a hot one but it was an extensive continental breakfast with a nice selection of food. We really have no complaints and we would definitely recommend this Inn and Spa.
Great place to relax and enjoy
I just returned from a stay at Five Gables and found it to be a wonderful place to relax and get away. The innkeeper was very helpful when asked for places to tour, shop and eat. The owners are gracious and made me feel welcome. The spa treatment was heavenly!
I've stayed a many Bed & Breakfasts and Inns, this ranks right up there!
Being from the south, we had not explored the east coast of the US. We recently visited the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The highlight of our trip was St Michaels and Five Gables Inn and Spa. We signed up for the Romance Package (mid-week is cheaper than week-ends) which included a couples's massage. It was a perfect fall day, so we went bike riding and had our massages midday. When we got back to our room a chilled bottle of Champagne and strawberries waited. In the afternoom we shopped the stores and had a delighful dinner at the Bistro. It was definitely a Romantic getaway, and then some. The staff at Five Gables was friendly and helpful with directions and dinner reservations, but not overly attentive. The Inn was clean and well maintained.
I visited here with my two sisters this year and it was a disappointment. The owner was snooty and dismissive of our concerns, acting as if we were too picky. The site advertises a pool and we arrived to find it was under renovation, and the response to our disappointment was to tell us "there are so many other things to do in St. Michael's." That's not the point! Walking in a swimming pool is good for my arthritis and even if I didn't use the pool, we should have been told. There were no offers of anything to make up for it, or any kind of extra touch or extra courtesy. I now see other reviews about the same problem and it looks as if that pool was "under renovation" for a heck of a long time! It better have mother of pearl inlay by now! Anyway, the continental breakfast was so-so (juice not even cold when we had some by 9:40 a.m.), and the trip was "okay" but not "spectacular." I did really like the hydrotherapy tub, however. Made up for the fact I couldn't use the pool -- somewhat! Was this is a really horrific experience? No. Was it a really fabulous experience? No. Would I recommend it to others? Nope. I don't like giving an Innkeeper over a hundred bucks a night and then being treated as an annoyance when I actually expect amenities.
My entire family came to St. Michael's the weekend before Labor Day for my cousin's wedding. The choices we had to say were here, Inn at Perry Cabin or the Harbourtown Resort. Hands down, this was the place to stay. The Harbourtown seemed like a generic chain hotel and the Inn, although gorgeous, seemed to not be worth the money. My cousin and her husband did spend the night there, and it was an incredible suit.
For such a charming town, this totally fit the bill, on every level. Our room was adorable, the service was great. Breakfast was enough-nothing too special. My sister got a massage, and said it was great. The charm of the rooms with the toile bedding, the fire place, etc was just adorable. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!
I booked the Signature Spa & Sail Package from May 21-23, 2004 as a much needed getaway. I had heard about the inn through an article entitled "Just the Girls" weekend published in a Sunday edition of the Baltimore Sun which I read sometime in March. The article prompted my reservation. Prior to my visit I logged onto this site curious to see if the reviews matched the glowing comments of the Sun reported. I was shocked to see two negative reviews out of three. Needless to say, I was nervous, I hadn't been away in a while, I was spending close to $1000 and didn't know if I should cancel. I called the inn explained my concern. The owner who was not at the inn when I called placed a call to me within 30 minutes and explained. My gut said to go since the Sun reporter had been there after the stays of those parties who wrote negatively about the inn. Let me say that I am very glad I followed my instincts!!! My stay was perfect!!!. The room was spotless. The towels, rich, thick and inviting. The staff attentive, but not bothersome. The bed was comfortable and full of pilows. The decorations pleasing, simple and useful. Nothning showed wear. The floors were harwood pine. Yes the inn is on the main street in St Michael's but my room #5 was quiet and never did I hear a hint of traffic. I was on the second floor and had a balcony which overlooked a yard. I was entitled to an hour long, full body massage in the spa which was superb and relaxing. The crabs and beer dinner was at a long standing St Michaels crab house and the restaurant had no problem honoring my meal certificate. The sail launch was 12 miles south of the inn and I chose to participate on a sunset cruise with 29 other passengers. The captain was entertaining and passionate about the sea. The boat is a registered historic landmark and if you wanted to steer or raise sails you could. If you just wanted to enjoy the ride then you could do that as well. You were permitted to bring food and drink (alcohol allowed) on board. The continental breakfast at the inn was just as described: a selection of juices, cereals (hot & cold) yogurt, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, whole grain bread, etc. The room for breakfast was three steps from my door across a hall and again I never disturbed by patrons or staff. The room was clean, bright and very nicely decorated. The owners obviously put forth a lot of attention to detail. The inn had a pool, but it was closed for renovations during my stay. The owner sent notice prior to my visit of the closure and provided me the opportunity to cancel the reservation w/o penalty. Honestly, I never had time for the pool. Five Gables was within walking distance to almost all restaurants and shops. Bicycles were on site, free of charge and I used one daily. This inn was next to the mega expensive Inn at Perry Cabin. I rode over there one morning and was glad I chose not to spend the extra $$$$ to stay there over the 5 gables. While Perry Cabin is on the water the money was not worth the water view in my opinion. Also note Perry Cabin wanted $17 for one mimosa and a crab sandwich at lunch was almost $20.00. I was even more satisfied with my decision to stay at 5 Gables after exploring Perry Cabin. I have stayed at many inns in Vermont and Virginia and will talk highly of my Signature Spa & Sail package. I plan to return in the fall so I can better utilize the fireplace in my room. Upon checkout I asked the cleaning staff to let me view another empty room to compare. I viewed room #8 another corner room similar to mine except it had a single jacuzzi tub verses my double. The money was well spent and the package lived up to the description and I was not disappointed at all. Inns are as individual as people, ask questions and do research and disappointments will be few.
A wonderful experience!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Five Gables on Sunday, February 15th to Monday, February 16th for Valentine's Day. Our room was beautiful with a Queen sized bed, a fireplace, a jacuzzi tub, two bathrobes along with slippers, and a wonderful "Classical's Romantic" CD playing. We found the entire town to be delightful and we truly enjoyed ourselves. My boyfriend got an hour massage and he raved about his top treatment. We highly recommend Five Gables!