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The Chalfonte
Ranked #26 of 37 Hotels in Cape May
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We spent 1 night over the weekend. Stayed in a queen room with ensuite bathrm - sink in rm. They had a ceiling fan - said there was ac but didn't really feel it in rm. It is a basic room - a bed ,bureau, table & an armchair. Would have liked more room. It would be nice to have more towels 1 set each- no place to hang them - towels were damp the next day. The quilt and blanket needed to be washed - stains.
The hotel offered complimentary beach chairs & umbrellas @ beach. Also there were refreshments in afternoon - ice water,punch and chocolate chip cookies and a platter of cheeses & crackers out on porch.
Spoke with Dillon when making arrangements & @ checkin. Staff was a pleasure @ checkin but the woman @ checkout was brusque & harried. Asked to see another rm was told they weren't made up. Pushed to see anyways and did but wasn't asked if I wanted to make a future reserve or what I thought of room.
Next time I'll call & speak with Dillon again.

Room Tip: 2nd or 3rd floor with private bathrm further down hall - but no elevator in bldg
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

WE have a two night reservation and left before even staying one night. There was no lock on our room, there was a nearby door leading out to the street that had no lock. There was no air conditioning and the room was infected with sugar ants. The parking was impossible, the staff did nothing to alleviate our discomfort. We were not offered or given any kind of refund or compensation.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

You can't go wrong!! If you absolutely need TV or Wifi then perhaps look elsewhere (we had neither here) but if you actually go for vacation then this hotel is a beautiful gem right in the heart of Cape May. The Chalfonte is only a few minutes walk from the beach, the bus station and the town mall! You could not ask for a better location! This place is close enough to everything you want to see and visit without compromising the peace! The room was on the small side but it was neat and tidy. We stayed in a room that had a shared bathroom in the hall and it worked out very well. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was kept very clean and well ventilated and the shower worked great. The Front desk was so helpful and friendly and the accommodations as a whole were just lovely and really comfortable. There is no TV/Wifi/Pool at this hotel and honestly, we did not need it. It was refreshing to come back to the hotel, have a drink from the bar on the wrap around porch and then go to sleep without that interference. The hotel atmosphere was active and lively thanks to a number of beautiful weddings being hosted by this historic property, in addition to a bar crawl and a jazz festival, but the celebratory mood enhanced our experience. It is possible that on an average weekend or evening it is usually quieter but it was enjoyable all the same. I definitely recommend staying in this budget friendly, beautiful, special place and should I return this is the place I hope to be!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I stayed at the hotel for an event over the weekind. It is located very close to the beach but just far enough away that the summer crowds won't bother you. The hotel is old so the rooms are a lot smaller than modern hotels but that is part of the charm. I would definitely go back. The one drawback I would say is it looked like there was no ac which could be a problem in the summer heat.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brian R
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Chalfonte hosted my daughter's wedding reception this past weekend, and I cannot imagine a more perfect or beautiful place for a wedding. Terry Carr, the wedding coordinator at the Chalfonte, was wonderful during every step of the planning process, and she made sure that every detail was perfect. The food was outstanding! Her service staff is exceptional. Terry Carr and the Chalfonte understand true hospitality and are entirely gracious and welcoming in every way. Thank you, Terry and staff at the Chalfonte, for giving my daughter a beautiful wedding reception and memories that we will treasure in our hearts forever.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

I reviewed the Chalfonte a while back based on our experience with a room in The Southern Quarters, which is a large converted house next door. I titled the review "Know What to Expect".

This time we stayed in a "European Bath" room in the main hotel. The room was smallish, but still comfortable with plenty of storage space. Fans of B&Bs and older inns know that can be a REAL problem. We do NOT like living out of our bags! The ceiling fan kept it from being stuffy and the recently added central AC was delightfully cool for sleeping. The shower was plenty big enough for two. ;-) We only stayed one night so I cannot speak to the maid service, but we did see them "on the job", and our previous expereince was just fine in that aspect.
Again, just know what to expect. It is NOT a "four star", nor does it aspire to be. It's old! Kinda funky, but in a charming way. The staff is friendly and the the King Edward Bar is really a neat little place to have on site!

Room Tip: Just make sure you specify you want a private bath!!! The least expensive rooms share communal bathr...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

A huge property for a B&B and a very lively place. Great place to stay when in Cape May. 2 blocks from the beach and walking distance to the square with many bars, restaurants close by. The Chalfonte, a historic building, has many rooms and though small, are very pretty. The lobby is a wonderful place to spend time with a a bar in the premises along with a huge restaurant. The rooms had central air conditioning and wifi which unfortunately wasnt working while we were there. However, the staff was very helpful and we had a nice stay. Those looking for parking, please note there is parking on the road outside the hotel but its on first come first serve.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Chalfonte

Address: 301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range: £65 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chalfonte 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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 
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