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“Probably the best value in Cape May” 4 of 5 stars
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La Mer Beachfront Inn
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #10 of 42 Hotels in Cape May
Philadelphia, PA
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Probably the best value in Cape May”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This place is right on the beach. It also has a private balcony for each room which is not the case for some ill designed hotels in Cape May (the door to the room is at the back).

Forget about the breakfast - I wonder why they even bother offering it - like a lot of American hotels it is just plastic wrapped stuff and bad coffee.

The hotel has a good pool and a reasonable restaurant attached as well. Takes about 10 minutes to walk into Cape May central but it is a really nice walk.

I think the main thing though is that for the price this place is by far the winner in Cape May in terms of the quality of the room, the location and the facilities in general.

Room Tip: Get one of the rooms on the higher floors and not the ones directly over reception as they are block...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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marakis, Manager at La Mer Beachfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you so very much for the stellar review!

We are thrilled you find La Mer Beachfront Inn as Cape May's best value.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your private balcony overlooking the ocean and appreciate your room tips, too.

We hope to see you soon and thanks again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I've been coming to Cape May for the better part of five decades although not as frequently lately. A big reason why I've been coming less is that hotel rates are so very high here for skimpy accomodations. I understand supply/demand and the shear volume of guest these places process during the summer. But rooms in most places are small, worn, not especially clean.

Well, La Mer is the exact opposite. My oceanfront king was huge, clean and economical. The refrigerator is twice the size of standard hotel fridges. The wet bar area had granite countertops. The bathroom was spacious. The rest of the property -- halls, parking garages, lobby, pool -- all seem to be equally well cared for. I've been driving past this place for years to get a little closer to the heart of town, but it will be my first stop from here forward.

If I had to pick one 'downside' it would be the fact that the location is about 3/4 mile from the center of the promenade and/or town. Not much problem for me but if you like to walk everywhere when you are here it may be a problem especially if toting kids.

Room Tip: 3rd & 4th floor oceanfront offer the best views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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marakis, Manager at La Mer Beachfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Wow! Thank you so very much for the 5-stear review! We love that your found our rooms new and especially clean. We are so happy your found our bathroom spacious, our grounds well maintained and our rooms huge and economical.

Again, thank you for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon!
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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My first impression of La Mer was arriving there in the dark and finding it lit up, inviting, staff professional/personable. I had pre-registered and there was no added vehicle information disclosure. The elevator can fit 21 people and you could probably stand a surf board up in it no problem. The hallways were well lit and fire detection/sprinklers /emergency lighting visible. This accessible room with kitchenette is modern and the room's furniture is Thomasville - which spells attention to detail and quality. The balcony welcomes you to the sound of the ocean in view. The bed was great and there were extra pillows in the closet. The flat screen tv on the wall also had a dvd plaer built-in. There is a electronic light panel display out side the room for the do-not-disturb /maid service required that can be triggered inside the room! There were FEMA lodgers there becasue of the hotels rating of storm proof resistance and safety. In November not as many restaurants are active but found a Brother's 2 Pizza on West Perry St. to be excellent ( It was rated #3 in New Jersey Monthly 2012 best pizza places) Before coming here I was at a Marriot for two days. To me the Marriot rates common to what La Mer's has accomplished . It is excellent. Thank You La Mer by showing what can be done! John R.

Room Tip: I did not use the spa or room services but expect the same as the otherqualities of it. I chose La M...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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marakis, Manager at La Mer Beachfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you so much for the stellar review! We are over-the-moon you enjoyed your stay with us this past Fall. We are thrilled you found our staff personable and professional. We also thank you for the in-depth description of our spacious rooms — as we strive hard to meet the demands of our guests.

Again, thank you for choosing to stay with us while in Cape May and we hope to see you again!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I came for the first time to Cape May, NJ and stayed at the best hotel! As we are both avid travelers, we can say with absolute certainty that La Mer made our trip one of the most memorable...from the time we arrived until we left! The hotel is first class in so many ways...the hotel is super clean, even after 2 back to back storms the glass of the french balcony doors was spotless! As a female, I was particularly impressed with the bathroom (spacious) because the lighting was perfect for applying make-up, and the hair dryer was as strong as the one I brought..normally even top-notch hotels never get this right! When you enter the room, it is bright and very spacious, the kitchenette has dark wood cabinets, stainless steel CLEAN appliances, and a marble counter...simply WOW! The bed, the pillows, the flat-screen TV, the inviting balcony, the million-dollar view...and most of all the super friendly staff made us feel like we were in someone's home! We were pampered and treated like very special guests...We ate dinner at the restaurant Pier House next to the hotel...the food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this hotel for making our trip so relaxing and comfortable...we are definitely coming back!

Room Tip: Ocean view all the way....
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  • Stayed November 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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marakis, Manager at La Mer Beachfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Wow! Thank you so much for the amazing, 5-star review. We love that you found our hotel as first class and that we made your trip a memorable one.

Thanks for pointing out that our bathrooms are spacious, our rooms as clean and our balconies as inviting. We truly appreciate you providing these in-depth details to fellow travelers.

Thanks again for the kind words and we hope to see you again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in an oceanfront room which, being on the third floor had magnificent views of the breakers and beach. The room was spacious and very clean. The kitchenette made for easy preparation of food we had brought from home-soups, pasta and salads. When I realized the did not provide tea bags (only coffee), my husband went down to the front desk, and an employee named Kate provided him with two from her personal supply. All the staff encountered were very friendly and helpful. The Inn is in a very nice location, away, but not too far from the center of town. Truly an upscale beachfront hotel.

Room Tip: Try to stay in an oceanfront room on the third or fourth floor for best ocean views. Be wary of corn...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Dover, Delaware
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I spent the weekend as Sandy was approaching at La Mer. We had a room with a panoramic few, which was even nicer than the view from our previous room. No complaints about the room or service.
We did have noisy neighbors, who thought nothing of talking loudly on their balcony in the middle of the night, but that is not the Inn's fault.
We ate two meals at the on-site restaurant. Interesting menu with delicious, if expensive, items. Service was a little slow at dinner and at breakfast the next day. Next time we will just eat at the restaurants 'in-town'. They are very good and less expensive.

Room Tip: Many of the rooms have views of the pool and the ocean. The rooms with panoramic views are great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Outstanding service, clean, comfortable room. Great parking. Lynne at the front desk very pleasant and helpful. Hotel is located at the northern end of Cape May, away from the hustle and bustle of the central Ocean Avenue district. Quiet and the perfect location for us.

  • 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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CateatLaMer, Manager at La Mer Beachfront Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Lynne is a gem and we are blessed to have her! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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Additional Information about La Mer Beachfront Inn

Address: 1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#9 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to stay with us and enjoy the luxurious comfort and seaside serenity at La Mer. • Spectacular oceanfront views• Private balconies• Granite wet bars w/ microwaves and refrigerators• High-speed internet• Heated pool with sundeck• Outdoor gas grill• Elevators• On-site laundry facilities• Personal safes • Multiple telephones • 40-inch LCD/DVD Televisions• Business Center • Banquet rooms• Off-street, covered parking• Beautifully landscaped grounds ... more   less 
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