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Mainstay Inn and Cottage

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635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
Mainstay Inn and Cottage
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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143 reviews 143 reviews
22 hotel reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive but well worth it. Friendly staff, excellent accommodations, near the center of activities. The property is well kept and clean, a pleasant stay. The afternoon tea is a perfect break from walking around town. Breakfast a little too gourmet and not enough choices of cereals but that is a minimal inconvenience.

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47 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An exceptional small Inn located in an exceptional small town by the sea. The Mainstay is era perfect in fabulous detail, exceptionally well maintained, exceptionally clean and comfortable, run by exceptional staff. Easily lives up to Select Registry standards. Perhaps even raises the bar.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

An elegant Victoriana paradise in Cape May .Beautiful accomodations with a variety of rooms to choose from ,Terrific Tea in the afternoon,and a very filling breakfast . The BEST Victorian B&B in Cape May bar none ( the best B&B > period )

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Elkton, Maryland
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102 reviews 102 reviews
13 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Spent several days here for my birthday. The staff is amazing and per my husbands request had roses and champagne in our room upon our arrival. The decor is gorgeous. We enjoyed quiet evenings on the front porch swinging on fabulous, comfortable swings with oversized cushions. The breakfast was different and delicious each day. The french toast brought back childhood... More 

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Mainstay Inn has been on our "must-visit" list for over a year and we finally booked a night for Dec. 30th to start our NYE celebration early. Diane, the manager for 27 years, greeted us warmly and was most accommodating. Our room, the Grant, was impeccable, spacious and comfortable. We loved the sitting room and extra-large bathroom! One of... More 

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New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

In the most charming seaside town full of beautiful Victorian era properties, stands the breathtaking Mainstay Inn. Located on a beautiful tree-lined gas lamp illuminated street, this building is impeccably maintained. The staff are pleasant and most helpful in dealing with requests or with regard to chatting about the property's history as well as the surrounding area.The morning breakfast selection... More 

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Joliet, Il
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4 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The Mainstay is so well maintained in the victorian era it was built in. The furnishings, the decorations, everything is SO DARN beautiful for a history lover like me! The owners were there to greet us, very friendly, very eager to meet any needs we had. The breakfast and the company were so nice in the morning. Diane has been... More 

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Wayne, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
14 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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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