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Inn of Cape May
Ranked #32 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed 10 September 2012

Outside: Nice pool with plenty of chairs, very close to beach, lots of rocking chairs on large front porch which was ultra relaxing, hidden rack for bicycles, large "free" parking lot, short 4 block walk to Acme grocery store and the nice shopping area. It is really in the center of activities; very well located.

Inside: Showing its age. Yes its charming, and mostly clean, but is very out of date. WIFI is only available on parts of first floor (lobby, front porch areas); NOT in the rooms. Water pressure in shower varies quite a bit between rooms, mine was a very strong trickle. Bathroom floor slopped down quite a noticable bit; very strange feeling. Bathroom sink was about 14" wide by 6" across; smallest I have ever seen and always a risk of hitting your eye on faucet while brushing teeth. A/C unit is controlled inside room and worked great. Cable TV worked well with all the normal hotel channels. There was no fridge or hair dryer in my room. Elevator is there, but VERY small and frustrating to use. My room was on 2nd floor so 1 easy flight of steps allowed me to avoid elevator.

We got a voucher, 1 per room, for $11 towards each days meals. This covers about 1 persons breakfast in the 1st floor dining room. Food was very good and plenty of it.

Staff was not top rated. We just didn't get the feeling they really wanted our business. No specifics here, just that feeling. This does NOT include the food/bar workers; they worked real hard to make us happy.

Due to superb location, I would consider staying here again. Also, knowing there are no fancy hotels (that I can afford) in the area, this might be considered a good value, but.....

Room Tip: Some rooms face beach more than others. Rooms that face south get early sun which really lights up t...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

The Inn of Cape May takes all of our reasons for vacationing in Cape May and wraps them up in a purple bow--the beach, the shopping, the restaurants and of course, the Victorian charm.

Located on a corner with the ocean on one side and the free parking lot on the other, trips to the beach are super easy. We stow our beach gear in the car, the hotel provides daily, clean beach towels and within minutes of leaving the inn, we are sitting on the beach. Entrance to the beach is so close that sometimes we return to the inn for a quick lunch on the porch. When the surf is too rough for swimming, the inn has a well maintained pool.

Great dining and shopping are located within walking distance of the inn. The Washington Street Mall is just a few blocks away. In fact, we usually don’t use our car for our entire trip. Breakfast in Alethea’s Restaurant is included as part of your room rate and there are dozens of satisfying options. Alethea’s is also a nice choice for dinner, but in my view better dining is found elsewhere.

The Inn is over a century old and is loaded with character. The front porch includes rocking chairs, ocean views, morning coffee and a service window access to the hotel bar. Even rainy afternoons can be enjoyed from the porch in a rocking chair with a good book and beverage of your choice. Porch sitting is far and away my favorite part of the inn.

The rooms are quaintly decorated with a combination of wicker and antique furniture but, the carpets are pretty worn and the bathrooms are in need of updating. The mattresses could also stand replacing. If your cleaning tendencies are more Felix Unger and less Oscar Madison, this may not be the place for you. Also note that there are no phones in the rooms and the ancient elevator can only be operated by a staff member. Unless you have mobility issues, be prepared to climb a lot of stairs and hope that you don’t forget something in your room and have to go back!

If you are unable or unwilling to compromise your Adrian Monklike expectations, then by all means do not stay here. My family and I have decided that there is too much right with the Inn of Cape May to let a little sand build up in the crevices spoil an otherwise amazing vacation. We have stayed here for years and we love it!

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room with a view of the ocean. Sleep with the windows open and listen to the crash...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Cheryl F
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We have been coming here for nine years now. We love it! It is right in the center of town. Breakfast included. Rooms are each unique and different. The staff is like family by now. They are friendly and helpful. I like having the pool and the beach right there. Best vacation spot.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

This is a Victorian era building and definitely shows its age. The hotel is attractive on the outside and just across the street from the beach. The lobby seems to double as an antique shop and appears cluttered. We were part of a group staying five nights and check-in was efficient. We later asked about the availabilioty of a safe and were told that there was none. To get to our third floor room there was a choice of stairs or an ancient small elevator. You had to ask the desk to summon the operator for the elevator. In off hours the person behind the desk had to abandon whatever she was working on to operate the elevator. The room itself was a disappointment. We looked out on air conditioning equipment on the roof of the motel next door. The sink was not in the bathroom but was in the sleeping area.The mirror was not over the sink. We had been advised that there were no phones in the room and that contact with the desk was limited to your personal cell phone. There was a phone next to the elevator which was used to summon the elevator from an upper floor. We found no problem with the pool area or the bar. Our group was assigned a specific area of the dining room. On balance the food was good to very good, but with limited choices. Our meeting room was too cold. We found all of the staff to be welcoming and helpful.

Room Tip: Try for street or ocean side
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank John G
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

The Inn of cape May boasts of being 118 years old, and it certainly shows it's age.
When you enter this Inn it's like you walked onto a movie set, unfortunately it's the Adam's family. The staff does nothing to dissuade you of this notion. From their lobotomized stares to their inappropriate bursts of laughter they lacked the skills to fulfill even the most rudimentary tasks. For example they could not tell us where we could make arrangements for the popular carriage rides. I don't think. " walk towards the mall and ask someone" is very helpful.
The one bell boy a sullen young lad got his job through nepotism he did t have courtesy to even say thank you when given a $10 tip for bring up 2 small bags. As he led us into the room he gave us no instruction on the amenities of the inn , or even say have a nice day. We could understand that he gave us no indications of any of the attributes of the hotel since there are none.
The rooms are small, dark and worn. We had an ocean view room, which since they had the tv blocking the window there was not much of a view. the carpets were stained and dirty. There was a loose floorboard which we tried to avoid because we felt we could fall through the floor.
The air conditioner is a large box coming out of the ceiling. It constantly goes on and off with a small sonic boom making it impossible to get a solid nights sleep. The draws were dirty,and had crumbs from the previous occupant.
The bathroom was like an architectural exhibit of the first indoor plumbing. The shower had no pressure, and the temperature never reached a suitable warmth. The linen provided was threadbare and uncomfortable. The towels were worn and looked liked prison issue, thin and rough. We expected to have the clean scent of salt air instead there was the musty smell of mold.

There is a small original elevator, built in 1878. If you dare to use it you must call the front desk for an attendant. If u are sentenced to stay at this in make sure you don't stay on the top 2 floors.
On our shopping around town we were told by many shopkeepers that this inn is known for its poor accommodations and inhospitable service.
On a positive note the included breakfast was wonderful , and the competent and friendly waitresses were the only bright spot.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

have stayed here a few times but the room i stayed in for a quick getaway with my daughter was in dire need of a redo. The bathroom sink was clogged every time we used it, carpeting is so old I was leary about walking on it barefoot, & the sheets& pillowcases were yellowed. the only good thing about room was it was a very bright room w/ many windows facing beach.I realize its a historic building & I love that about the Inn, But the hotel is in need of a refurbishing. I also have always had a problem in the restaurant w/ an order. I think I will be moving on from the Inn next time I stay in Cape May.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank lastylist
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

I stayed here in July, the only good thing about this place is the location , right outside the beach. Dirty pool. Unclean rooms. Rude people especially at the front desk. And the young man who was suppose to help me with my bags in the elevator just stood and watched as I struggled moving my bags myself.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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7  Thank Trip0596
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Additional Information about 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 #32 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Price Range: £79 - £287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Inn Of Cape May New Jersey

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