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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
    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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Wayne, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent facility. A/c for my room broke but was fixed within hours. Free strollers for beach saves carrying available chairs and towels. Good variety of breakfasts. Owners Esther and Pete are on-site. House was built in 1872 but is well maintained. Free chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, tea and coffee (in cottage) are available all day and evening. Location to beach... More 

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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ontario
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75 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

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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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 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
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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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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 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
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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