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“Nice and economical” 4 of 5 stars
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Poor Richard's Inn
17 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #30 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice and economical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

On a return visit to Cape May, I stayed in Poor Richard's Inn and I would say that it is definitely an excellent value for the area. The Inn is centrally located and the Inn hosts are very welcoming and hospitable.
I liked the morning breakfast set up. It is self serve and comes with fresh fruits and excellent coffee! You can either eat in the table area or you can use a tray to bring your food back to your room or upstairs to the very cute shared terrace which overlooks Jackson street.
I stayed in a very spacious room with three side exposures....... wonderful!
I guess the only thing keeping me from giving five stars is the fact that it has the quirks of an older home. You can hear the footsteps of those above you .......but this wasn't anything awful.
The water pressure is good, so showering is not a concern.
Overall, a very good experience and highly recommended!

Room Tip: If you want extra quiet...pick a room not facing the street.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Poor Richards is our favorite place to stay in Cape May. We have had to stay at other places when Harriet was all booked. They didn't even compare. The Inn is decorated in Harriets own colliage art which is absolutley incredible..each room has it's own character and charm. Harriet makes you feel like you have known her for years from the first time you meet her. We have recommended this Inn to all our friends. Just a block from the beach and two blocks from all the restaurants and town...once you park your car, you can leave it for the week and just relax. Our last stay began the evening after a hurricane went through the area. While the rest of the town was boarded up...we contacted Harriet and of course she said "come on down!" If you are going to Cape May...there is only place that I would stay...great job to Harriet, Melana and the whole staff.

Room Tip: Our favorite room is on the second floor in the front of the Inn...right off the porch that give a n...
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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harriettsosson, Owner at Poor Richard's Inn, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you to all who gave me great reviews this year. I love my guests and my job as innkeeper.
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North Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is one of the quaintest bed and breakfasts in Cape May. The owner, Harriet, makes you feel that you are more than a guest, but rather a good friend. Prices are reasonable by local standards. The best deals can be had after Labor Day. You are within walking distance of the beach and the mall. We love it and have been coming here for 20 years.

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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Floro, Norway
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

What a treasure of a place, so Cape May quaint. Very central, lovely clean rooms, The hostess was full of charm, had a totally long breakfast where we got to know the other guests. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lambertville, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

We had a very nice time! Harriet is a very experienced and helpful hostess and innkeeper. The breakfast is self-serve, ample, and delicious, with one hot entrée, a cake or sweet bread, toasting bread and/ or English muffins, cereal, fruit, etc. The room was very functional with a refrigerator, TV, and a comfortable and clean bed. For Cape May, which can be very pricey, Poor Richards delivers very good price/ performance.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Well, me and my wife have been staying here for years. I think I've been in each room, which are charming, clean and super comfortable. This 3 story B and B built in 1872 is very affordable, located in the perfect spot and has a beautiful 2nd story porch with views of historic JACKSON ST. and Beach. Speaking of the beach, Jackson St, is the most gorgeous location. Get ready to take scenic pics from the Jetty on the beach directly down the Street from Poor Richards. Washington St. is a stone's throw from our home away from home and features great shopping, eating and strolling opportunities. Harriet is an absolutely wonderful host. Heck we got engaged on the beach at Jackson Street. Why not its got romance written all over it.

  • 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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6 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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 #30 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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