My boyfriend and I decided to go on vacation to Cape May relatively late. We had been talking about it for a while, but only started looking into things in the middle of May, barely a month before we planned to take our vacation. While researching hotels online, we realized how very expensive it is to stay at a nice hotel near the beach; almost every place we looked at was $200-$300 per night, which we thought was completely outrageous! We found The Hotel Alcott on www.capemay.com and saw that the starting room rate was only $130! We called, and the gentleman at the service desk could not have been more helpful! He helped us find the best time to come, told us about the rooms, gave us a bunch of different rates based off of what we could afford/wanted, was extremely patient as we kept wanting to talk it over and call back, and got us a room for $150 a night!
The Hotel Alcott is even more beautiful when you see it than it is in the pictures. Not only is the hotel beautiful, but it’s only one block away from the boardwalk and beach and three blocks away from the Washington Street Shops; my boyfriend and I walked to everything on our vacation except Wildwood! Along with the beauty and fantastic location, the staff is also incredible! They let us check-in early, gave us guided instructions and maps throughout town, and walked me up to the top floor to get pictures of the room right before we left because I forgot to take some for our scrapbook; they really go out of their way to please you and give you the best vacation ever!
The rooms are very small, but they are extremely comfortable and clean! The maid comes every day and the room is spotless after she leaves! The entire hotel uses central air, which can be controlled in each individual room, so it is nice and cold plus you don’t have to worry about one of those window air conditioners being loud or not working properly. The bed and pillows are soooo comfortable! Normally hotel beds are hard or lumpy, but this bed was as comfortable and soft as a form mattress!
Each room has two side tables with drawers, a slim closet to hang clothes or for storage, and a large credenza that stores the TV and provides three drawers for your clothing. We were a little unsure about putting everything we brought with us in the drawers (I mean, we didn’t know the people who work here), but everything we put in the drawers (IPods, camera, keys, wallets, money, etc.) or even left out throughout the room were right were we left them after the maid came only neater =). They are an amazingly honest and trustworthy hotel!
The bathrooms are absolutely spotless, and they give you plenty of soft, fluffy towels! For the two of us, they gave us six bath towels, three hand towels, two washcloths, and a floormat every day. Six towels may seem excessive, but with constantly going to-and-from the beach and heat, we used all of the towels every day; they provide fantastic service with everything, everyday!
Another aspect of the hotel we loved is how it’s on a side street/the serenity of the hotel. So many people want a hotel that is on the main street across from the beach, but they don’t think about how busy that street it! It’s kind of difficult to enjoy the ocean when all you can hear is traffic rumbling by, people yelling, etc. The Hotel Alcott is in a perfect location to enjoy a quiet breakfast in the morning and a relaxing, fresh ocean breeze in the evening. Also, many of the hotels are so large that you can quite easily get a noisy neighbor who keeps you up all night or wakes you up early in the morning, but The Hotel Alcott is the most quiet and relaxing hotel I have ever stayed at! The guests are all extremely pleasant, polite, and even helpful! It’s a wonderful experience to be eating breakfast and be able to just casually start chatting with the people sitting around you.
A final wonderful factor is their delicious continental breakfast! This is no ordinary continental breakfast with cheap food; The Hotel Alcott serves fresh croissants, muffins, bagels, cereal, milk, juice, and coffee which you can either eat inside or out on the veranda, which is extremely pleasant.
The only down-side to The Hotel Alcott was the parking. While most of the hotels have parking lots, since The Hotel Alcott was designed from an old Victorian hotel/house, the only parking is on the street or in their parking lot 6-8 blocks away. It was extremely difficult to find parking when we arrived Sunday, but Monday-Wednesday was 1000 times better! All of the locals come to the beach on weekends and take all the parking spaces, but during the week we found free parking within 3 blocks of the hotel every time! If you stay here, don’t stress about the parking even though it’s frustrating at first; it does get better =). My boyfriend and I are already planning our next trip, and we definitely plan to stay here again!
- Also Known As:
- Alcott Hotel Cape May
- Alcott Cape May
- Hotel Alcott Cape May, New Jersey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully restored Cape May Victorian hotel. Steps from the ocean and town center. Complimentary continental breakfast daily. Egyptian cotton linens. Tile/granite private baths. Complimentary lending library. Complimentary afternoon refreshments daily in-season. Special mid-week rates. Off-site parking. Fine dining in-season. Available for weddings and special events. ... more less
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