The oldest continuously operating hotel on the East Coast open since 1877. A Italian cube structure, with most of its original construction intact. The Ritz its not...
The rooms have the original wood floors, so no musty odors that you get at most beach hotels. There is no AC, just a ceiling fan in the rooms. A nice breeze at night, hot room during the day. The sound of the ocean in the still of the night was a treat.
The majority of rooms have only a sink in room. You share 4 bathrooms on the hall. I stayed on the 3rd floor we had two bathrooms with showers, toilets and sink. 1 with a claw tub, and toilet. The bathrooms were kept pretty clean and stocked by the staff. For those with OCD there are some rooms with private bathrooms. My one suggestion would be a towel bar on the side of the sink.
Now being an old hotel there were a few problems. The claw tub should have been reglazed and a new spout. A can of glaze from home depot would have done the trick. SInce there are only a few bathrooms on each floor, I think they should be UPGRADED so that they are top of the line. They are serviceable, and clean but an upgrade would be nice.
The weakest spot for me was the bed linens and my firm mattress. The bed skirts, sheets and comforter could have been upgraded, and updated. The hotel needs to be old, the linens don't.
The breeze through the 2nd slotted room door was nice. Too bad a previous renovation removed the little glass window that you used to be able to open above the door for a breeze at night.
The rocking chairs on the porch, the Lemonade and cookies, and the Cheese at the bar were great opportunities to mingle with other guests. Very family oriented and not a lot of riff-raff. No tvs in the room made for newspaper sharing and banter on the porch and in the lobby.
The best parts of the hotel in my mind were the following 3 in no order.
#1The staff was well trained, friendly and courteous. Mostly college kids from PA, DelMarva, and England. A flock of Turkish lads were busy scraping and painting the back exterior of the hotel. An old gal like Chalfonte always needs something scrapped and painted.
#2. The Magnolia Room was great eating, breakfast and dinner. Many of the room rate packages include the breakfast and dinner in the room rate. Check to make sure...so you aren't diappointed. The fried chicken is one of the top 10 in the country and it is. The two cooks are sisters. Their mother cooked at the Hotel for 60 years. Now thats staff loyalty. Buy the cookbook.
#3 They have a childs dining area with supervised eats, and playing. A nice garden and swings. The kids can eat together why the parents share a meal sans kiddos. The fee is nominal.
Quiet, restful, a bit no frills at a frills price...but a rare opportunity to experience lodging from a long gone era. My family and my little one especially loved the staff and the Chalfonte.
- 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