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“Would not suggest this place” 2 of 5 stars
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Thomas Webster House
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933 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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“Would not suggest this place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2007

We just got back from our first visit to Cape May, NJ and it is a truly wonderful place. But warning - if you stay at the Thomas Webster House - you can expect to have your beach memories marred by a message on your answering machine upon arrival back home. Eventhough you have hauled the garbage down 3 flights of stairs, cleaned out the refrigerator and hand washed all dishes (no dishwasher), you will receive a nasty call that the sink (malfunctioning garbage disposal) and stove were not cleaned "up to par" and the girl that works for them complained that the kitchen floor needed cleaning. IMAGINE! A check for $550 for 2 nights on a 3rd floor rental, several blocks from the beach and the proprietor has the nerve to call us and say we had dissappointed her! This after many "friendly reminder" notes left all around the place about closing windows, being quiet, hauling garbage, and washing all sand off your feet before entering "her house." P-L-E-A-S-E! Do not stay here - this woman wants to live in a private residence at the beach, not run a business.
P.S. No paper towels, no box of tissues and we had to ask for an extra roll of toilet paper .
P.P.S. Harry - the gardens are beautiful!

  • Liked — the gardens
  • Disliked — propreitor's policies are like you a guest in her personal home, not a patron paying to receive a hospitable service
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2007

Pros - The place is very charming and inspires a quaint, cozy feeling. It definitely has more charm and character than a hotel room. It is also within walking distance from the beach (about 7 blocks).

Cons - The beds are very small and the mattresses very old and noisy. Two people will certainly have a hard time sleeping together (my wife and I both weigh less than 170lb and we had a hard time turning around without waking each other up). The house is also right next a pretty busy street, so expect some noise at night.

For my wife and I, however, the worst part of the trip was a message left on our answering machine by the The Thomas Webster House's owner, Berny. She, in a very rude tone, said we didn't clean the stove and sink properly before we left.

That confused me: we paid $275 a night to stay at her inn and did all the dishes before we left (I thought I was being a nice guy by doing so). I probably didn't leave the place spotless, but we shouldn't be required to do so. Can you imagine getting a call from the Marriott saying you didn't make your bed before leaving the room?

The fact that the owner of the establishment seemed annoyed to have to further clean a sink makes me think they don't really clean the place between guests. And now that I think of it, they don't have maids. Do they wash the sheets between guests? Do they replace the towels? I am afraid they might not since a couple of specs on the sink and stoved distressed them so much.

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Additional Information about Thomas Webster House

Address: 933 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cape May
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Historic Thomas Webster House was built in 1876 and offers four luxurious suites in a unique and romantic setting. All suites offer use of the beautiful front porch, tropical sun decks and private entrances, luxurious outdoor sand shower, bicycle use, beach chairs, air conditioning, private baths with mahogany ceilings and tile floors, full eat in kitchens, flat screen hd/cable TV, beautiful Victorian antiques and spectacular gardens. ... more   less 

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