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Mainstay Inn and Cottage

635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Ranked #23 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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btm1323
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My title says it all...the Mainstay ruined me for other B&B's. I have been dying to stay here for years and when the opportunity arose I couldn't resist. Our room (the Cardinal Gibbons) was pure perfection. It was the largest hotel room I have ever stayed in. Tracey is a wonderful host and her breakfasts and snacks were delicious. You... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Mainstay 18 years ago. I brought my older daughter (15) down for a couple of days for the first time since. It was just as nice as it was 18 years ago. Immaculate, quaint, food was delicious, and everyone hospitable. No need for a car once we got there. Highly recommend it...

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My husband and I had a fantastic, relaxing time at the Mainstay Inn. We could not have been happier with our selection. Cape May is a charming Victorian beach resort, and Mainstay is a perfect example of the historic, gracious ambiance of this lovely community. Our room was spacious, private, and very comfortable. Everything one needs to feel at home... More

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Elkton, Maryland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
10 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My husband surprised me with a trip to Cape May for my 50th bday. He booked us the Windsor Room at the Mainstay Inn and Cottage. Dianne went above and beyond her managerial duties by having champagne and roses in our room upon arrival. The Inn is meticulously clean-the faint smell of lemon furniture polish was a welcoming scent upon... More

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Lancaster
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stayed here for the weekend. Actually we had the whole cottage to ourselves and two other couples. It was very enjoyable. The Inn was very comfortable, The porch is fantastic. Very close to the beach and to the center of town. Breakfast was ok. Very quiet rooms! Neat history. Beautiful grounds. Off street parking is available. Sitting in the parlor... More

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Philadelphia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This place is great. Nice breakfast spread in the morning. Clean rooms and nice ambiance. The cupola is a neat little spot, if you're brave enough to climb the steep steps. Quiet nights and rocking chairs on the porch. Ideal location and wonderful owner.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Mainstay is a great B&B. There is a lot of interesting history with the property. The brunch is very good and the inn has one of the best porches to relax on. The grounds are beautiful as well. It is a short walk to the beach, and the inn provides you with chairs and towels, so even less thing... More

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Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Thanks to the Mainstay Inn not only was my 30th birthday amazing, but they also helped me resolve some issues with the City of Cape May in obtaining a marriage license. I can not thank everyone there enough for the help in making both of the important moments of 2012 possible! The afternoon tea was amazing as well as the... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Ever since I saw the pictures of the Gibbons room of this Inn on the website a year ago in Japan, my strong determination has always been to visit Cape May and stay at this particular room, if I ever visit the US again in the future. I was deeply fascinated by the Inn, the room, and its atmosphere. This... More

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Howell, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Stayed on Dec 1st, 2012 in the Grant room. Loved the high doors, windows, etc. Once we got into the room we couldn't believe the size. Staff was very friendly. Warning: Dallas cowboys fan. Location was perfect. Short walk to many restaurants and shopping. Very clean. Definately the place to stay.

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Mainstay Inn And Cottage Hotel
Mainstay Inn And Cottage Hotel Cape May
Address: 635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #23 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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