This is a classic old hotel in a terrific location. But the emphasis is on "old".
The positiives: It is in an ideal location, right across the street from a gorgeous beach, with a wonderful old wraparound veranda where you can sit in rocking chairs and order drinks from the bar while watching and listening to the waves. Sea-side rooms have wonderful views and you can fall asleep to the sound of waves every night. The service is very friendly and the lobby and restaurant are classic old Victorian. The breakfast in the restaurant (up to $11 per person plus coffee is included with the room) has a great selection of eggs benedict, etc.
Unfortunately, there are negatives too. The owners seem to be milking what they can out of this great old hotel without keeping it up. Carpets are threadbare, paint on the outside is peeling, junk is stored in halls upstairs. In our room the bed springs had to be from the 1950's, and shook like a waterbed, although surprisingly we got a fairly decent sleep on it. Bathroom fixtures were rusting, the overhead fan was wobbly and felt like it was going to fall off, ancient AC over our heads had a filter sticking out; overall it felt like it had not been upgraded since the 1950's.
But we still have wonderful memories of our trip to Cape May. The town is classic Americana, with all kinds of Victorian homes, small shops, and great restaurants. We rented bikes for $10 a day and cruised all over. Spent the evenings reading on the veranda, sipping wine and listening to waves. Cape May is a great "grown-up" resort for people who don't want loud bars. And I still would go for this hotel over a Mc-Motel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over 110 years, the Inn of Cape May has been a grand, gracious retreat for guests seeking a wonderful getaway. Come see the splendor of our unique Victorian village with its beautiful beaches and gentle ocean. Relax on our porch rockers beneath our signature purple awnings. Take a carriage ride. Enjoy fine dining. It's all here, as it has been for over 100 years at America's premier seashore resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn Of Cape May Hotel Cape May