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“Updating Needed” 3 of 5 stars
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The Dormer House
800 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #30 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
Hamilton, New Jersey, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Updating Needed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Planned a romantic weekend with my wife. After searching many B&Bs found what I was looking for in the Smith Cottage. We live in an old house and know what to expect but found the ceilings cracked, caulking peeling, torn shades and painting nearly falling off. The furniture was comfortable and we appreciated the periodness of it. Was disappointed that some trim was replaced with modern equivalents and minimal effort was given to match the period. The stained glass by the Jacuzzi was a nice touch though.

We never saw any staff in the main house (other than at breakfast). During both meals they got our order wrong. Breakfast was adequate but would have expected something a bit more formal than being served by someone in a stained T-shirt. Privacy to the staff quarters were given by taping paper over the windows. I may be a bit particular but sloppy paint and cheap add-ons (like the blinds on the sun porch) show a lack of attention to detail. All-in-all would have expect a lot more for $280 a night

With so many choices in Cape May we probably won't stay here again. It wasn't bad but there are many other options out there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bakedapple, Manager at The Dormer House, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
We very much appreciate you taking the time to review our bed and breakfast. It is extremely important to us that you enjoy your visit, so I am deeply sorry that you felt we didn't live up to your expectations. We definitely appreciate the feedback because we are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you again!

Diana
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toms River, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We have stayed at the Dormer House a few times. It is clean but needs to be updated. The price I guess reflects this which is fine since it is one of the affordable B&B's in Cape May you can't complain about that. Breakfast was delicious!! I would stay again with no problem.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bakedapple, Manager at The Dormer House, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We appreciate your feedback and will pass this along to our staff. We are always looking for ways to improve and will absolutely take your comments into consideration.
Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again!

Diana
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had a great time at the Dormer House.The breakfasts were very good.You can't beat the location- close to the beach and close to the Washington Mall. The room was charming and the video that Dennis and Lucille made was a riot!The afternoon snacks were wonderful after a relaxing day on the beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bakedapple, Manager at The Dormer House, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your response! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were happy with the location. Thank you for your kind words about our videos on our website as well. We are in the process of making a few more right now so stay tuned!!

Thanks again,
Diana
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and I just got back from our vacation at the Dormer House. This was our second stay at the Dormer House, and we just love it there. Dennis and Lucille are so nice and really make you feel welcome. The location is great, we just parked our car and never had to worry about moving it if we did not want to. The room was great, perfect size, clean and charming. The food was great. My husband loved the breakfast every day he was thrilled, from the french toast to the buttermilk pancakes! My favorite is the afternoon sweets, what a nice was to kick back and relax after a day at the beach or a day or shopping! We know we will be back again next summer for sure!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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bakedapple, Manager at The Dormer House, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! It means so much to us that you enjoyed yourselves during your return visit. All feedback is much appreciated and we are grateful for your kind words. We absolutely hope to see you again in the future!

Thanks again,

Diana
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Garden City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Dormer House is a beautiful and charming home right in the center of Cape May. I especially loved relaxing on the wrap around porch during tea time. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Mayslanding
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Me and my husband came to the Dormer House for our 20th anniversary.Once again Dennis and Lucille did not disappoint. From the delicious breakfast "crepes and eggs benedict" to the tea time and snacks. Every part of our trip was delightful. We will be back to the Dormer House again next year. See you soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Great location, one of the best staff crew i ever seen, nice and clean rooms. Tea time was surprisingly good and and was a great setup. Overall i can truly and honestly say i had a great stay and cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Dormer House

Address: 800 Columbia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
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