First time in Cape May, NJ. Took my daughter for a weekend as a birthday gift. We stayed in Room 301, what a view! Absolutely spectacular! And, it's in the corner, so nice and quiet. On the balcony outside the door is a double Adirondack chair which my daughter enjoyed each morning as she read the local paper (free to guests). The room is very spacious and I love the little kitchenette! The only thing I would recommend is that they add a small microwave so you could reheat leftovers, etc. The fridge was good and there is a nice set of cooking/eating utensils/plates, etc. The beds were very comfortable and look brand new, as did the bedding. The furniture is a little dated, but more than functional. Flat screen TV is a nice perk for an older hotel. The bathroom, although functional, is badly in need of updating. There's a free standing sink and absolutely no prep room (counter) at all; no where to put your stuff. it's a good size bathroom, so they could easily just put a nice white beach-style small cabinet which would add charm and functionality. The only plug in the bathroom is the old kind right under the light above the mirror. It's hard to maneuver your hair dryer plug into this thing. There's another mirror in the bedroom, but no nearby plug to use while drying your hair, unless you unplug the TV. The bathtub is yellow and dated, but the wall tiles are in pretty good shape. Always plenty of hot water. There's a window right over the tub, but it is frosted glass and has a blind on it, so that was fine. The AC is a regular window unit and that's in the kitchen over the sink. It can be noisy. Word of advice, it you keep it on the lower setting with the temp set at around 72, the room is very comfortable and the unit is a lot quieter. The pool is very well kept -- clean and sparkling. It's a smaller pool and the area gets crowded fast, so we didn't spend much time there. The lodge has two cute rocking chairs with pillows in front of the office, and we enjoyed those on one occasion, very relaxing. There is an elevator in the back to get to the upper floors but we took the stairs most of the time as you want to soak in these views as often as you can! We stayed September 7, 8, 9 and checked out on the 10th. All in all, the weather was pretty good, but you could feel Fall coming as the wind was tough at times. I would, however, go again at this time as the rates were great and there were no crowds; easy to get into restaurants. As far as that goes, Harry's right across the street was very good, wonderful people, good food. Don't bother with the Rusty Nail, substandard food, no indoor ambiance and uninterested waitstaff. We would recommend the Harbor View. Great food, large portions, fair prices, beautiful views, great waitstaff. They have a gorgeous outdoor eating area, but again, the wind was pretty bad that night, so we ate inside on the 2nd floor, it was wonderful. We also had lunch on our last day right before leaving at the Blue Pig located in Congress Hall. Had the Mac & Cheese, which was wonderful and their outdoor eating area is exceptional. For things to do, we would recommend the combo Trolley tour along with the Emlen Physik Estate visit. Very nice, very relaxing. We also enjoyed the Trolley Ghost tour, several trips to the Washington Street Mall (loved that place!), the lighthouse, and, of course, the magnificent beach. Oh, and yes, more than likely, you will see dolphins. On our last full day, at about 1:30 pm, we saw what had to be a school of about 20-30 of them; and some came pretty close to shore. That was a wonderful experience. All in all, Cape May did not disappoint at all. And the Capri would be my choice next time and I would want the same room as you cannot beat that view. The staff there are also very friendly and more than willing to answer questions and help in any and every way they can. Oh, and lastly, the Capri has these beautiful hanging flower baskets all around the balconies; believe me, pictures do not do them justice, they're gorgeous and the staff works on them every day. What a great place; I hated to leave! Give it a try!
I would definitely choose room 301 again -- very comfortable and you just cannot beat that view!
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