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Carroll Villa Hotel
Ranked #5 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
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Philadelphia
1 review
“Cute BB with great location”
Reviewed 19 August 2009

Stayed at Carroll Villa while in Cape May for a wedding at the recommendation of a friend. It is a cute BB within a block of the beach. You couldn't ask for a better location. The rooms are small but nice and clean. The restaurant, The Mad Batter, serves a great breakfast. I definitely recommend the pancakes. Kathi, front desk, was very nice and accommodating. I would definitely stay here again.

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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

We arrived in Cape May during peak season without a reservation, walked into the Carroll Villa Hotel and secured the last room available .... described as the "smallest room". The manager "Chita" was overwhelmingly accomodating throughout our stay. The room was very comfortable and clean. The attached "Mad Batter" restaurant had wonderful food selections and our meals were fabulous ! Upon checking in we were provided a voucher for either breakfast or lunch at the mad Batter ($30 credit) plus a coupon for 30% off dinner. The morning of our checkout, bookeeper "Jen" went out of her way to put together a "brunch" for us , as we were checking out at 11 and planned to stay the rest of the day on the beach. We would highly recommend the "Villa" on just the customer service alone !

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Carroll Villa for our honeymoon. The staff at the Inn was very kind, courteous, generous and helpful throughout our stay. We liked it so much we extended our stay another night. We had two different rooms, 28 on the third floor and room 20 next to the restaurant. Room 28 is a large room with a huge bathroom and an additional living space. Much larger than a couple would ever need (which was nice). The room was clean and offered a nice view of the ocean which was just a block or so away. The AC worked perfectly and the room was icy cool when we walked in. The large bathroom had beautiful elegant tile and had a dressing table that my wife could use to put makeup on etc. The shower was a stand up only, but we didn't really care.

Room 20 was one very large room with a slightly smaller bathroom. It had a porch which opened up right onto the sidewalk. I was afraid the room would be very loud because of this, but with the AC going and the doors closed it was very quiet. Overall, we liked this room even better than the first.

The food at the Mad Batter was good. The Inn gives you vouchers for breakfast or lunch for each day that you're there. The $30/day voucher is more than enough for breakfast or lunch. FYI-voucher doesn't cover tip or alcohol.

In General we found Cape May, New Jersey very tacky and generic, luckily The Carroll Villa Inn made our honeymoon a complete success.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wayne, New Jersey
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

My Wife and I have gone to Cape May for the last fourteen years and have always stayed in the Carroll Villa hotel and will do so each time we visit Cape May. The room is clean and the décor is in the Victorian era. The staff is always glad to see us return and go over and above to make sure we are happy with our stay.

The Villa is located in the historic section of Cape May a ½ block to the beach and walking shopping mall. To us it is worth the money to relax here and take in all that Cape May has to offer.

The Mad Batter restaurant that is connected to the hotel is outstanding. The food is fresh and delicious. Their own versions of different dishes are a taste treat. Our tradition is to eat there for dinner the first night and the hotel gives their guests 30% off. What more could you ask for! We wait with great excitement for breakfast in the morning and why not, they make the best pancakes in New Jersey. The fruit bowl knocks our socks off. This is why we love to stay at the Carroll Villa and eat at the Mad Batter.

John and Alexandra Woody
Wayne NJ

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Staten Island
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

I visited Cape May for the first time with my husband and had a great experience. I stayed at the Carol Villa Hotel based on other trip advisor reviews which I depend on for most of my travels. The Carol Villa Hotel was located in town and convenient for shopping, restaurants and the beach. Cheetah, who made my reservation over the phone and checked us in was very hospitable and accomaditing to all our needs. The hotel is very clean I would stay there again if i return.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

I really don't get the reviews of this hotel. Our first night we stayed in the Annex. The stairs leading up to our room were really creaky and narrow. The carpet was old and filthy. Once in our room we noticed torn wallpaper and a ceiling that was in need of repair. The bathroom was new and clean but nothing special. Our sheets were really old and ragged. The place was so old and dingy that I was actually worried about fire.

The second night we were moved to the main hotel because of availabilty problems (which I knew about before I booked). The room in the main hotel was more charming and not as dismal. However the carpet was also really dirty and the whole building needs a lot of repairs. Our room here was really damp and a little smelly.

The best part of staying at the hotel is the breakfasts. We were given coupons for breakfast. The food was delicious at the restaurant. Even if I don't stay at the hotel - I will come back for breakfast.
All in all our stay was ok. Cape May has some beautiful chaming B&B's that have been lovingly restored. Carroll Villa may have been great several years ago - but now it needs some work.

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Rangers1, owner at Carroll Villa Hotel, responded to this review, 17 August 2009
Thank you for your review. We are a 135 National Landmark Building. The building is always in a process of renovation and fixture.
Fifteen years ago we had 34 rooms. Now we 21 rooms all with private bath.
The hallways are narrow. I imagine people were smaller than or that was the footprint the builders had to work with.
The building has a sprinkler system through out the building.
We do have a full time maintenance man and housekeeper who try to maintain our property.
We try very hard to main a high quality of sheets and towels and do all this in service.
We hope that you come back and enjoy our hospitality.
Best Wishes
Mark Kulkowitz, Pam Huber Owners
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West Chester, PA
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Reviewed 18 July 2009

Having a voucher for the Mad Batter Restaurant (in the same building) that was good for either breakfast or lunch -- good up until 3 pm -- was the best deal I ever experienced at a B&B! The days were mine to plan, and the flexibility worked beautifully, especially on the last day.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Carroll Villa Hotel
Address: 19 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1417
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Cape May
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#10 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Carroll Villa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carroll Villa Hotel is a family owned and operated historic Cape May hotel and home of the acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant and Bar. Guests will enjoy our welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, as well as our ideal location just a half block from the beach and the walking mall. Carroll Villa Hotel offers nineteen unique rooms which blend an eclectic mix of Eastlake, Craftsman and mid-century modern pieces with contemporary colors and modern amenities. All of our guest rooms feature private baths, complimentary WiFi, and flat-screen TV's. ... more   less 
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