My wife and I decided to spend one night in Cape May over the Labor Day weekend. Alexanders' was recommended by another inn which was booked up.
It was a good choice. Larry, the innkeeper, was gracious over the phone. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and left on Sunday. We had the Green Room....which an earlier reviewer called "musty." We experienced no such thing. The room was clean, cooled with an air conditioning unit; the bed was a bit solid, and not as comfortable as we might like, but that's a personal preference. We enjoyed the room thoroughly, keeping in mind that the private bathroom is an add-on, thus taking away from the total square footage. The shower is right out of a cruise ship...that is to say, small. However, there are very nice touches such as soap and shampoo made especially for the Inn; it's not the small cakes of industrial soap you might expect at inns elsewhere.
We arrived in time for afternoon tea; it's nothing fancy, mind you. Tea and coffee are set out along with some cookies and petit pastries. It's a nice touch, however.
There are many things to recommend about Alexanders', even though one might sound a bit negative. The inn has a wonderful, genteel shabbiness about it, from its use throughout of authentic antiques. There aren't any reproductions of Victorian couches that I could see...the ones at Alexanders' are the real thing. Our armoire and furniture in our room were antiques, from top to bottom. Yes, there are other B&Bs throughout Cape May which feel more modern even though they have antique reproductions...but there's something about being in an atmosphere that's truly authentic. Sitting in the parlor is relaxing in and of itself...the piano room is next door. And taking in a breezy afternoon on the wrap-around porch was a great treat.
If you're looking for a B&B that's right on the beach, Alexanders' is not for you. It's a short, three-or-four block walk to the beach, however, and beach tags are included in the room rental. The inn is one block away from the Cape May pedestrian mall, which comes alive in the evening, once everyone clears the beach. It's also located precisely between city hall on your left, and the fire station on your right. Saying it's "centrally located" is an understatement.
We received an unanticipated treat when we were told that Sunday morning brunch was included in the price. The five-course meal was excellent; keep in mind that they count coffee as a course. I had Eggs Benedict, with a crab cake replacing the Canadian bacon. Very, very, very well worth it. My wife had the sausage-nut strudel, which she also loved. Alexanders' also serves a full dinner six nights a week; be aware that it's a gourmet dinner, which means gourmet prices, but it's received superb reviews. We didn't take advantage, choosing another restaurant instead.
We found the ambiance and the graciousness of Larry, his wife and the other staff to be superb, and we'd go back. Wanting to make sure there would be no problems after reading some of the earlier reviews, I wore my TripAdvisor.com ballcap to send a oh-so-subtle signal. I needn't have worried: every guest I saw at the hotel received the same excellent level of service, and everyone seemed very pleased with their stay.
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