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Mainstay Inn and Cottage

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635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Mainstay Inn and Cottage
Ranked #24 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Wayne, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been staying at Mainstay Inn every June and Sept. for around last 20 + years. New owners Esther and Pete chat with guests at breakfast and afternoon tea. Pleasant change from previous absentee owner. Great porch with rockers, rocker swings and hammock to chat, eat outside or relax. Large window opens to be a door to porch. Diane (innkeeper and... More

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Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I could give this 5 stars as the building is really just stunning architecture and it is beautifully maintained and impeccably clean; however, while the innkeeper, Diane, was nice enough, she was not accessible aside from check-in (and even then, we had to wait for her to appear). We checked in on Friday afternoon, so had expected her... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mainstay Inn will remain always close to our hearts. Literally. Yes, this is THE Premium B&B in Cape May, and deservedly so. Yes, it dates back to the 19th Century, and stays remarkably young for its age. Yes, this is the one all the horse-&-carriage tours pass by and point out with pride. It is indeed a splendid property.... More

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Nutley, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great stay at the Mainstay Inn. My husband and I have always passed by this B&B and admired the architecture. Now that we have stayed there we can appreciate it even more. There is such history in this building. Breakfast buffet was fresh and inviting every day. Found many times to sit and relax on the porch... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had been traveling to Cape May for many years and always passed this beautiful building. However at the time we were traveling with our small son and this is not a place for young children. Needless to say, when he was grown and out on his own, we could not wait to experience this inn and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a wonderful inn...the hostess was very friendly, our room was beautifully appointed with antiques but had all the modern conveniences, the beds were so comfortable that we didn't want to get up! Breakfast and afternoon tea are served on the wrap around veranda....both offer a variety of homemade baked goods, fruits, cheeses, eggs, cold cuts, teas and coffee. Sipping... More

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MainstayInn, Manager at Mainstay Inn and Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review and I hope we have an opportunity to see you at the Inn again in the near future. More

Gibbsboro, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I love Cape May and have always walked past The Mainstay Inn and hoped some day to stay there. This June our wish came true, and our time at the inn made this trip our best vacation in 20 years. The owners, Esther and Peter, were wonderful - very engaging and fun to talk with, as well... More

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Belair, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at the Mainstay Inn for a long summer weekend in late June. The room was lovely and well-appointed. The owners (Pete and Ester) were onsite that weekend and couldn't have been lovelier. Karen and Tracey (staff) were able to provide invaluable tips on where to eat. The veranda on the property was the star however, and the envy... More

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Putnam Valley, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was our third stay at the Mainstay out of seven times in Cape May. The owners have changed, but the innkeepers remain and I didn't notice any difference. The building and property remain lovely and clean. It is a quick walk to the beach and the inn provides chairs and towels. You can use these even if you check... More

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Wayne, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Previous owners were absentee owners. New owners are on-site and chat with guests daily as they learn the B&B business. Previous innkeeper (Diane) was kept and that was a wise move. Slight changes being made by new owners such as sofa replacements in some rooms, new fine china cups for tea, etc. Most great things about this inn remain. Best... More

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Additional Information about Mainstay Inn and Cottage

Address: 635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Mainstay Inn And Cottage Hotel Cape May

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