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The Chalfonte

301 Howard St., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Ranked #30 of 42 hotels in Cape May
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013
maxanddenise West Grove, Pennsylvania
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 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... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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67 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 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... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Chicken dinner was a hoax. Over priced, small portions. A thigh and leg for 36 dollars. My wife had the prime rib special. It was like jerky, tough an terrible. French onion soup was basically water and onions, no melted cheese. All sides were so, so. We couldn't eat the corn on the cob because it was mush. There was... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hotel is a Historic Hotel of America so definitely expect an old-world experience and southern charm. The building itself is old but very beautiful and the two rooms we had were spacious and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and the prices were not bad considering it was Labor Day weekend. Please note that the hotel does not have... More

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Chalfonte has landmark status, so you won't find televisions and telephones in your room. Recently the owner did bring the hotel more up-to-date with air conditioning and Wi-Fi in each room, but the hotel will still remind you of the Victorian era, and they have tried to keep it that way as much as possible. It works, because I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

I staye dat this hotel for the first time in a few years this weekend, and I must say everything was as authentic and unassuming as ever, with additions of fast wifi networks and wonderfully subtle air conditioning. The staff is well trained and emits southern hospitality, and since a lot of the staff lives on site, I feel like... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The price was fair for this property that is 2 easy walking blocks from beach and about 6 blocks from main downtown area. We loved that the kids could not watch TV in the room and the beach chair and umbrella set us for us on the beach.

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Baltimore, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

After calling many hotels, we finally found available rooms at The Chalfonte. It is a very nice place - definitely clean, definitely quiet and the staff is absolutely lovely - friendly and accommodating in every way. My only 'criticisms' (and I feel guilty for even bringing these up because everyone is SO nice here) is that it is a bare... More

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7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Like Cape May itself, the Chalfonte is authentic early 20th century charm. No air conditioning- but a shuttered door allows cross breeze. I only needed a single room for one night and the Chalfonte was the only place I could find one during this peak summer season. The room was small but clean and sufficient. It had a shared bathroom... More

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Washington, D.C., USA
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20 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We have been spending several days here every summer for many years. Before the current owners purchased the Chalfonte, however, we seriously considered finding another hotel in this lovely beach town due to the lack of amenities. The hotel has kept its old fashioned charm, but now has much improved the level of comfort it offers. Air conditioning is the... More

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Also Known As:
The Chalfonte Hotel
The Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
Chalfonte Cape May
Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
Address: 301 Howard St., Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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