I traveled to Cape May with my parents (I'm an adult) and my mom made reservations at the Cliveden Inn because she found it to be one of the better values, and the owner, Sue was friendly and helpful when she called.
I loved our stay at the Cliveden. A previous reviewer commented that the rooms were very small. I don't see how this is possible - we peeked into almost all of the rooms (except for on the third floor) and all of them were huge. Furthermore, each has a private bath, which you do not always find in a B&B. Our room had both a large main bedroom with a door and a twin bed in the passageway - this was a good feature for the extra privacy since we are all adults traveling together. The decor was very nice - not cloyingly Victorian, and certainly not cheap as a prior reviewer commented - everything looked like antiques or antique reproductions. There was a small problem with the toilet - not unexpected in an old home - and it was addressed right away. One of the previous reviewers also commented that there were no toiletries or high dryers in the bathrooms - we stay exclusively in B&Bs, and I've never been in one that offered these amenities.
The food was fantastic! Breakfast was a warm, delicious entree, 2 types of breads, fruit, coffee/tea and juice. The plates that were available were tiny, so it was easy to carry them out onto the porch and manage them from the end tables. Yes, I was a little surprised that there was not a dining table - again, this is not unique to this B&B - but I quickly came to love the experience of starting every day outside. The afternoon tea was a lovely, relaxing benefit. We were always asked if we were done with the tea before it was cleared away. On the day or two where we were the only guests, Sue actually remembered how we each took our coffee.
In addition to the lovely home itself, the Cliveden Inn offers several other benefits. It is 2 blocks from the beach and a short walk to the downtown. Each guest has access to the use free bikes, beach towels, and beach chairs (there is even an outdoor shower). We were allowed to store food in an extra refrigerator, which we used to make our lunches on the porch. There was also a water cooler, which was a godsend, and a decent-sized selection of books to choose from. The cottage looked large from the outside and the people that stayed there selected it because the Cliveden accepts pets (perhaps only small pets? Not sure.). Columbia Avenue seemed to be a well-traveled street, at least on the weekend - although not noisy - so the people-watching from the porch was very entertaining.
Every time we had a question or a problem the staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. We spoke with Sue a bit more after we were the only guests there, which was a delightful experience. I would definitely recommend the Cliveden Inn to anyone.
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- The Cliveden Inn Cape May, New Jersey