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“Nice but Needs Updating” 3 of 5 stars
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Carroll Villa Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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12 hotel reviews
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“Nice but Needs Updating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The Carroll Villa is a nice establishment in the heart of Cape May. You can walk to shops and other attractions without moving your car. This is important because parking is scarce. Additionally, the food is very good (breakfast and dinner). However, there are some things you must be mindful of when staying here. Room 1 is designated a queen size room, but it is small. Room 9 is much bigger. There are no toiletries at this establishment besides a dispenser. Bring your own lotion. The carpet needs to be updated in the common areas and in the rooms. The bed was comfortable, but the mix of old and new decor in room 1 was not my favorite. I would return again, but not without a deal. This place is overpriced at the normal rate. Finally, no real lobby exists for socializing or relaxing. This was also a minus, especially if you like to relax in the lobby.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rangers1, Owner at Carroll Villa Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your comments..From my point of view Room 1 is a great,,,From the vintage photos of family members, to a high school graduation class along with a beautiful queen bed......
The room is a large one by our standards. It has the largest closet of any room, three windows, flat screen tv and private bath..Each room comes with Gilchrist and Soames toiletries as well as a shower gel dispenser...We are glad that you enjoyed your meals at the Mad Batter. Come see us again! Mark Kulkowitz, Owner
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Little Falls, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We needed a little getaway to relax and get in the holiday spirit....our stay at Carroll Villa was just what we needed! Staff at the hotel were very accommodating.....we had dinner and breakfast at the Mad Batter Restaurant - the lobster bisque was phenomenal! The Villa provided a 30% discount on dinner, and a $30 dollar credit for breakfast - food and service were excellent! We enjoyed the winter wonderland of Cape May - took a carriage ride to take in all the holiday lights....walked on the promenade Saturday morning - a glorious sunny day! Nothing better than being in Cape May and near the beach in December! Even though our stay was overnight, it felt like a full weekend away! We will be returning!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rangers1, Owner at Carroll Villa Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
It is always great to welcome back friends and friends of friends to celebrate the New Years party at The Mad Batter Restaurant at the Carroll Villa Hotel. We had a great New Year's party with over 175 happy diners enjoying great music and libation. We hope to see you again at the Carroll Villa Hotel and Mad Batter Restaurant. Mark Kulkowitz, Owner
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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

such a cute bed and breakfast. very clean and very quaint. love the mad batter resturant and bar too which is located right on the first floor. cheap happy hour! def check it out for your next cape may trip!

Room Tip: room 19 said full size bed but i feel like it was actually smaller- not a twin, but not as big as yo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Very nice place...but did not get the specific room requested and reserved! Placed in smaller room which was unconfortable! Also "Promised Departure Gift" never explained or offered! Had to return later after checkout to "ask" for it! Staff was friendly and accomidating and FOOD (Dinner and Breakfast) was excellent as was the wait staff! Just had to endure some shortcomings as mentioned!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This was our first time staying at the Carroll Villa Hotel. This is an older large B&B Victorian style building. If you are looking for the finer things in a hotel this may not be your choice of stays. But if you are looking to stay at a hotel that takes you back to the Victorian era with some added updated ammenities such as flat screen TV, then this is the place for you. We booked our 2-night stay by using a Living Social certificate which was a great deal at a great price. The staff at Carroll Hotel are xtra nice and go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. I highly recommend you try both the breakfast and dinner at the Mad Batter. Both were beyond our expectations. The dinner menu seemed a little pricey, but by utilizing the different discounts that they offer the check at the end of the meal was a pleasent surprise!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Our first visit to The Carroll Villa will not be our last. We went on a Saturday in October. It was chilly and blustery outside but warm in all ways in the hotel. Our front desk reception was friendly and informative. We were told of all the features of the hotel and provided with Coupons to Cape May attractions. If you haven't been to this tourist beach town, you will be impressed by the four season efforts of local businesses to make your stay interesting.
Our room was cozy and stayed that way overnight and into Sunday morning in spite of a dip in temperature outside. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet. We had good sleeps.
Sunday breakfast at the Mad Batter is not to be missed. I safely assume that this is true for the other six days. As an old breakfast chef, I had to have the oatmeal pancakes. They were everything pancakes should be, light in the mouth, substantial once they landed. The short stack was more than enough. You might want to split an order.
Our one somewhat negative experience was the Christmas comedy at the local Playhouse. We paid full price for tickets and then read the dinner and a play specials in the Play Bill. We could have had dinner at the Mad Batter and bought tickets for less than we paid for the show. How much? I thought I was being sent to seat number 102 when I was informed of the charge.
One negative - no reserved parking. We didn't have a problem in October but Sumer could present an issue. I do not think it too big a problem, however, this family-run establishment has been in business for 35 years.
Location: Ideal. You are steps from the pedestrian mall, the beach, and a number of prominent restaurants and cafes.
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this is a good bet.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hazlet, NJ
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was the first time my husband and I visited the Carroll Villa along with some friends and we had a great time. Living Social had a special and we were going to take the Christmas tour of the Inns so we jumped on the deal. Rooms were very clean and the bed was comfortable. Mad Batter for breakfast had excellent french toast and the coffee in the morning hit the spot. Would definitely advise to try it. No onsite parking but, that was not a problem because of the time of year and also we walked everywhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Carroll Hotel Cape May
Carroll Cape May
Address: 19 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#1 Green Hotel in Cape May
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
#9 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carroll Villa Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carroll Villa is a family owned and operated 21 room Bed and Breakfast Hotel and home of the Nationally acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant. Our building is a registered Historic Landmark, circa 1882, located in the heart of Cape May's historic district, half block from the ocean, and one short block from the Victorian Mall. Our Rates include full breakfast for two. All rooms have antiques, private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, LCD TV's and phones. ... more   less 
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