A visit here really is like a trip back in time, so if that's not your cup of tea then look elsewhere. But if it is, a visit to the Chalfonte is a lot of fun. Keep in mind the hotel is old...really old, and you've just got to roll with it. The rooms vary wildly, but the room I had was charming, quiet, and super-clean. The bathroom was new, and so was the bed, but the furnishings were antique.
The website is very clear--the rooms do not have televisions. The AC is central AC, so you can't control it. There is wifi and mine worked great. The staff was friendly and helpful, but one thing I will say is you have to ask questions. For example, I didn't know there was an ice machine until I saw a guest with a bucket of ice.
But I LOVED the unique atmosphere, the front porch and rocking chairs, the silence w/o TV and the urge to get on the computer. It's 2 short blocks to the beach. I sat on the 2nd story balcony and watched fireworks for the 4th of July. I read a lot of books. I found the staff helpful and as a solo traveller really kind and friendly. (I travel alone a lot and I can't always say this.) And I was sad to leave.
A few things to know: Ask questions of the staff. They were happy to answer. Don't assume something isn't available just because no one mentioned it--I saw a guest get an ironing board, for example.
It's been said before--call their # to get the best room choices and also to learn if there's a wedding going on. I also got a better rate than I would have on the website. Maybe that was luck, but calling is clearly the best option.
Expect this to be "old time", so if you like to control your AC (I don't care), want to watch TV, and want big rooms automatically, etc., this might not be the place for you in Cape May.
I met a lot of great people just hanging on the porch or having a glass of wine at their bar. I feel like I found my spot at Cape May, maybe you will, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1876, The Historic Chalfonte Hotel is recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Cape May, America's Original Seaside Resort. Situated just two blocks from the beach, The Chalfonte offers a unique seashore experience defined by warm, Southern-style hospitality and simplistic traditions. We cater to every budget with spacious suites, guest rooms with premium and European style baths, and traditional rooms with shared baths down the hall. Guest rooms feature crisp linens and cool seaside colors, and are free of televisions, telephones, and clock radios. Our nationally acclaimed Magnolia Room restaurant serves Southern-style fare with lovingly prepared family recipes and our King Edward Bar is famous for its classic cocktails and casual ambiance. Our guests continuously return from around the world to enjoy this very special destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
- Chalfonte Cape May
- Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
- The Chalfonte Cape May, New Jersey