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“What's not to love?” 5 of 5 stars
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17 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #27 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
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“What's not to love?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Second stay with Harriet at the inn....awesome ... We stayed for nine days in room number 8, we were comfortable, breakfast was A1 and the b&b was clean and everyone was friendly! You can't beat the price and the location half block from beach cannot be beat !!!!!!
We will be back

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We have stayed at Poor Richard's twice now, and we are hooked. You cannot beat the location, a block from the beach and 2 blocks from the Washington street shopping area. Our room was clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. Harriet is a great host who helped us out with all of our questions and needs.

The parking is off site, and the breakfast is informal/continental, and we accept that as the trade off for the great price. If you want all the extras that a fancy B&B offers, book there and pay more. If you want to stay at a nice, clean, comfortable B&B, in a super location at a great price, then stay at Poor Richard's.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Poor Richard's Inn provides a stress free, laid back vacation atmosphere. Harriet, the innkeeper, is always friendly and helpful. She is a fantastic artist and displays her artwork throughout the inn. The rooms are comfortable, not over done and cheerful. One of the best bargains in Cape May without all of the fuss, and only a block from the beach. The outdoor shower is awesome after a sandy day on the beach, and the porches all provide a pleasant way to start or end your day. Breakfast is an informal affair, just as it should be when you are on a vacation (and does not require you to get up at the break of dawn!) . The staff is cheerful (even Ralph the cat). We have been going here for years, and extend our stay every year....

Room Tip: Room 6 has a tub in the room, very romantic and great for long baths
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

This Is our third consecutive year staying at Poor Richard's Inn for our annual Cape May Vacation. We have had accommodations in two different rooms and both have been very clean and nicely appointed. Park your car and forget it. The location is fantastic! The breakfasts are varied and quite satisfying. Lovely porches for relaxing. The innkeeper, Harriet, is friendly and very helpful. Her team of staff are also very nice. We feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed in this wonderful B&B. We plan to return again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

My sister and I went to Cape May to attend our nephew's graduation from the US Coast Guard Boot Camp. At the very last minute our elderly aunt decided she would accompany us. I called Harriet and she couldn't have been nicer about adding her to our reservation. She helped us so much in getting around Cape May and making sure that we got to the ceremony on time! Our aunt really enjoyed sitting on the front porch and watching the passers-by. She picked up a book in her room and Harriet offered to let her keep it so she could finish reading it when she returned home. The Inn is immaculate and charming. The breakfast was quite good; fresh fruit, wonderful quiche and home made breads and muffins. The location is fantastic...just a half block from the beach and a block from the pedistrian area. The parking was free and only a few blocks from the Inn. We throughly enjoyed our time there and if we are ever in Cape May again, we will happily stay at Poor Richard's.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

I just returned from a visit to Cape May where, for the third summer in a row, I stayed at Poor Richard's Inn. If Harriett Sossen has a room available, her inn will always be my choice when visiting Cape May. Harriett makes you feel so at home and goes out of her way to provide for the needs of her guests. By the time you leave, you feel like you are leaving a friend's home. Rooms are very nice and comfortable without being so fussy that you feel that you can't sit on the furniture...just what you want at the beach. Whether relaxing with a book on the second floor balcony which has a view of the ocean and wonderful ocean breezes, or enjoying Harriett's breakfast while chatting with other guests, a stay ay Poor Richard's is a delight. The parking for the hotel is a few blocks away (not two miles as another guest stated), but there is an unloading area in front of the Inn and Harritt's Inn is so well located that restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance. I highly recommend Poor Richard's to anyone who comes to the beach to relax and enjoy. Oh, and did I mention that the room price is very reasonable?

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Poor Richard's was recommended several years aago & it is now the only place that I will stay when I go to Cape May. Harriet is a wonderful hostess and her place feels like home. Her artwork fills the walls, her rooms are all decorated in a comfortable Victorian style, and the general atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. Harriet provides a delicious array of foods for breakfast every morning to get your day started. The inn in just 1 block from the beach & within easy walking distance of shops and restaurtants. I think that she has the perfect location - you just park your car upon arrival and there is no need to use it again unless you are leaving the area. The porches are also perfect for reading, people watching or having a cool drink. She and her team have always made my stay special & she is very accomadating. I always enjoy my stay & will continue to recommend Poor Richard's to friends & coworkers. Kudos to Harriet & her team!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Poor Richard's Inn

Address: 17 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Poor Richard's we try to strike a balance between today's informality and yesterday's charm, without being pretentious or overbearing. We're friendly and helpful, but respect your privacy; and while the rooms are furnished with period pieces, our primary goal is to have guests feel comfortable and "at home" — we're not aiming at strict Victorian authenticity...and our prices aren't too outrageous. We are located less than a minute's walk to Cape May's main beach. ... more   less 

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