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The Chalfonte

301 Howard St., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Ranked #24 of 42 Hotels in Cape May
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014
ChuckB10 South River, New Jersey
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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South River, New Jersey
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Although we stayed at The Southern Quarters which is separate from the hotel it was nice. The location was great, situated between the beach and the Mall makes walking everywhere very easy. The bathroom had a claw foot tub was more of a novelty then practical. Great weekend getaway for the off season price!

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Oley, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

...and could not have chosen a more perfect spot! The Chalfonte is like stepping back in time and was more than we could have asked for! A last minute trip found limited choices for us, so we booked this Grand Old Dame as it was our only choice. Who knew that this fabulous hotel would be such a charm. The... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Once you step inside this nearly 140 year old hotel/restaurant, you'll immediately realize that, if you've come just for dinner, perhaps you should attempt to book a room and stay the night as well. Which, I would imagine might be fairly difficult during peak summer months - but worth inquiring about. The Magnolia Room dining experience has to be experienced... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What a wonderful experience this turned out to be. When you live close to the highway it is a real treat to sleep with the windows open on a quiet street!! The horse drawn carriages went by several times. The staff is lovely and the am buffet was great. Loved the old style of the hotel. It was neat and... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have spent many years traveling to South Jersey and exploring all of the beach towns. Cape May is by far my absolute favorite (any time of the year!) My favorite place to stay is the Chalfonte Hotel. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations for varying budgets. I personally prefer the Southern Quarters; it is the cottage located next... More 

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Summit, New Jersey, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A little challenging finding parking on a Summer weekend, and no elevator, but rooms were decent sized. Our bathroom was small and a little difficult to maneuver in. Floors everywhere are slanted, giving an "am I still drunk?" feeling! We had a corner room with a balcony, which was nice, but people were standing outside our window talking at 8... More 

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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family and I have been coming to Cape May most of our lives. Second only to my grandmother's house, the Chalfonte embodies, to me, what a true Cape May vacation should be. We usually choose a room with a shared bath down the hall, which works perfectly for us. Showers are always in the outdoor shower (when was the... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband and I have returned to The Chalfonte for the last few years on our anniversary. The Chalfonte is definately not for everyone. We always request Southern Quarters. It's the house adjacent to the Main Inn. We like the upstairs room; it has a private porch. You can sit outside and people watch while listening to the horses walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful first stay at the Chalfonte, and look forward to returning again soon. The incredible building is a time capsule, and the staff were uniformly charming, helpful, and welcoming. The Sunday buffet dinner was delicious, and our ocean-side room with queen bed and private bath (sink in bedroom) was uncluttered, beautiful, and very clean.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I very hesitantly stayed here after my man insisted that this was his favorite place in Cape May. The place is beautiful on the outside. Inside is obviously quite dated. The staff was super friendly and accommodating. The rooms were a nice size. The bathrooms were only a toilet and a shower. The vanity was inside the room itself to... More 

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Address: 301 Howard St., Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 70
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Also Known As:
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#13 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
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