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Mainstay Inn and Cottage

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635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Ranked #26 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Elkton, Maryland
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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
13 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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Nutley, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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Address: 635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
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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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