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“Mostly nice, but would probably look elsewhere next time”
Review of Inn of Cape May

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Inn of Cape May
Ranked #31 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Rising Sun, Maryland
2 reviews
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“Mostly nice, but would probably look elsewhere next time”
Reviewed 30 July 2011

The hotel is like walking around a museum, if you like that sort of thing and can appreciate historical places and antiques, then great ! When we first walked in the hotel to check in, we immediately noticed NO AIR CONDITIONING... only the rooms are air conditioned, so walking around the hall, lobby, and hallway restrooms are ... not completely pleasant in the hot weather.

The restaurant was fantastic, the rooms were fine, bathroom clean, the beds ?? A little hard and very plasticy sounding ? Sounded like we were sleeping on plastic bags. Did they think we were bed-wetters? eh.... is there another way you guys can keep the beds sanitary besides having rubbery/plastic mattresses?

If we go back to Cape May, I would look for a more modern hotel. Also, The original elevator was so cool to see and experience.... but I took the stairs to and from my 3rd floor room as much as I could because you have to be given a ride in the elevator by an employee and with them working all day in no A/C, getting so close and personal with them in a broom-closet sized (gorgeous) elevator was a bit stinky.... literally.

one more thing, why on earth would you guys close the pool every day at 6:30 pm.?? after a full day out and about, we'd all love to take a refreshing dip !! That is ridiculous, as well as the 85 year old lifeguard woman you have watching the pool.

All in all, it was an okay experience and I would stay there again if I had to.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Solomons, Maryland
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

The Inn of Cape May is absolutely disgusting. The best possible outcome would be for Curtis to buy the property and work his magic - as he has done for Congress Hall, The Virginia, Star, and others.

We only booked a room here because this was a last minute trip. It is a combination of The Glass Menagerie, One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Misery, and Titanic.

When checking out, the woman at the desk said, "Come back and see us again." We were biting our tongues, as we couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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taimenz, Manager at Inn of Cape May, responded to this review, 4 August 2011
I am extremely sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We are a family establishment who strive to provide a family friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices and are on a different playing field than the other establishments that you mentioned in town. Unfortunately our building is over 110 years old and all wood which doesn't allow for certain upgrades like other building in town. We hope you do enjoy your stays in Cape May in our building or others.
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Ramsey, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

The Inn of Cape May is a beautiful Victorian Inn steps from the beach and restaurants/shopping. It has five stories and each room is unique. It is light and airy inside with tasteful antique decorations, and it is full of charm. One of the highlights of the hotel is its porch. We have spent many evenings on the porch sipping cocktails from the onsite bar. The porch looks straight onto the beach and you can feel ocean breezes as you relax in a rocking chair. The Inn has a private pool (that it shares with another hotel) and it offers guests $11 vouchers for breakfast every morning at delicious Aleathea's Restaurant. We had our wedding reception at the Inn and our guests still rave about how wonderful the Inn was. We cannot recommend the Inn enough.

Warning: The Inn is over 100 years old -- do not stay here if you are planning to scrutinize the walls for cracks and/or are expecting a pillow top mattress. Book a room at the Inn if you are looking for a unique, Victorian seaside experience.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Connecticut/Quito
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

I stayed here for a week while attending a Road Scholar program. Cape May was on my travel list, because I had visited once with my grandmother and had fond memories. The hotel with its wrap around porch, across the street from the beach and cement walk, which replaced the boardwalk demolished in a storm, short walk to pedestrian shopping area, and also in the historic district with its Victorian houses was just what I wanted. Because it is one of the oldest hotels, the rooms are irregular and fun. Air conditioning and televisions with cable have been added, but not telephones and hairdryers. Of the three storage shelves over the toilet, the bottom one was at an angle, so you can imagine the result if things were placed on it. I could hear the surf in my room which had a partial ocean view. The furnishings are wicker with two chairs by the windows and was comfortable and clean. Two guests said the carpet in their room should be replaced. The lobby is Victorian and serves as a gift shop as well. Internet connection and computers are also availble here. The bar has an ocean view as does the enclosed porch dining area. There is also a large dining room. The food for our group was quite nice, but when I stayed an extra night and ordered from the menu, it was very, very good and reasonable. On registering a coupon for use in the restaurant, bar or gift shop was included which made the room cost a good value. There is an outdoor pool and two second floor porches: one screened and the other with chairs and tables overlooking the pool and ocean, and free off street parking. If you enjoy imagining what seaside vacations used to be like, older, quirky places, then you should stay here. If you want dining in the area with an ocean view, you should eat here. If you need everything to be modern, new and like the chain hotels, you should stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Virginia
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

What a nice surprise. Competitive rates. Steps from the ocean. Free parking. The room was clean. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, however, it's very well kept. Unlike a lot of B&B, the floors weren't creaky. Classy decors. Quiet A/C unit and a nice flat screen TV. Breakfast was yummy. Very helpful staff.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2011

My husband and I just returned from an overnight stay at the Inn of Cape May. Based on the reviews I read here, I was skeptical but I found out for myself that these bad reviews were rather exaggerated. We had a king sized corner, ocean front room on the second floor. The room was very clean (although there was the burned imprint of an iron on the carpeting) and quaint. The bathroom was small but clean and well supplied. Our stay was part of a package that included credit which we could use toward dining at Aleathea's. Our dinner was superb and our waiter was polite, friendly and efficient. Yes, the inn is old and there are some sections of wallpaper and carpeting that could be replaced but we appreciate that the owners have maintained the authenticity of a 100+ year old inn. I would absolutely recommend the Inn of Cape May!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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West Dennis, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Cape May is a great spot, and the Inn of Cape May is a great spot. It's vintage Cape May, nothing too fancy but is what Cape May is all about!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Inn of Cape May
Address: 7 Ocean St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2411
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #31 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 110 years, the Inn of Cape May has been a grand, gracious retreat for guests seeking a wonderful getaway. Come see the splendor of our unique Victorian village with its beautiful beaches and gentle ocean. Relax on our porch rockers beneath our signature purple awnings. Take a carriage ride. Enjoy fine dining. It's all here, as it has been for over 100 years at America's premier seashore resort. ... more   less 
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