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Gingerbread House
28 Gurney Street, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #5 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Great stay, Fred and Joan have always been fantastic. The location, the food, the hosts, the staff, are all perfect. We will be returning again next summer for sure and every summer after that! I seriously cant wait, we have even contemplated booking reservations during the Fall/Winter season.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was our first time visiting Cape May. We were looking for a place to stay and got very lucky that someone canceled their reservation. We stayed on the third floor with the shared bathroom between two other rooms and we didn't experience any problems. The food was delicious, the hosts were very generous, and the location was close to everything. Ultimately, we had a very lovely stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This was our first time visiting Cape May, and by luck we picked the perfect "home base" for our visit! The Gingerbread House turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. It is beautiful, comfortable, and convenient to everything. Everybody was so nice, we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I give our stay at the Gingerbread house nothing short of a perfect Review. First I would like to say that they had an early check in policy which was 12:00 Noon which allowed My wife an I to enjoy some valuable beach time. We were greeted by a very loyal employee who spoke very Kindly of the Gingerbread house and Fred and Joan. It is always great to hear what employees have to say about there employers. It speaks volumes to me about the Owners.

Our room was Decorated in a Beautiful Victorian Style, and was immaculately kept throughout our stay. On our way to our Room we noticed that most of the doors to the rooms were open because the new guest had not yet arrived. These rooms were also beautiful, decorated with Victorian antiques with their own distinct charm, and once again extremely well kept and clean.

The front porch ,dining room, living room, were beautiful as well. These rooms were also decorated with furniture from the period this house was built( 1869 stated on the sign on this Historic Home).

In the Morning we woke up to the smell of Fresh food and Coffee which permeated throughout the house. Then we met Joan the owner who cooked the food, greeted us, served us, and had nice conversation with us. She made us feel like we were somewhere between family and royalty with the food quality, taste, and her attentiveness.

Joan was not only concerned about our stay in the B&B. She also was very concerned that we had a good time in town, offering very good advice on local attractions, and places to eat.

To end our trip we were told we could use the facilities and towels in a very nice outdoor shower 4 hours after we checked out and were treated to another wonderful breakfast. Beyond this she kept coffees, teas, and light snacks available in the living and dining ares throughout the day.

My wife and I have stayed at about 4 Bed and Breakfast since we have been going to Cape May. I consider this our Best experience and the standard for others to achieve.

PS Did I mention we were a half block from the Beach!!!! Loved It!! Thank you, Mickey

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Verona, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was our third or fourth vacation in Cape May but the first at the Gingerbread House. Of all the places we stayed, this was our favorite. The location was great (close to the beach and some great restaurants), the room was comfortable (we slept like logs), the breakfasts were delicious, and the hosts were incredibly warm and made sure all the guests got to know one another. My favorite part of each day was relaxing on the porch and chatting with our hostess, Joan, and the other guests. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Thanks so much Joan, Fred, & McKinley for another wonderful stay at the Gingerbread House. We love you guys and all that you do for us while we are there. If you want to stay in Cape May for a weekend or a week the Gingerbread House is the place to spend a relaxing, wonderful time. Joan has a delicious breakfast each morning with multiple choices to fill you up. No lunch necessary after you eat her breakfast! The rooms are very homey and comfortable with all the ammenities of home. Very clean and the bathrooms are all very nice, three rooms have private baths. We always stay in room number 1 and it has a private front porch which is great for sleeping outside in the cool summer beach breeze. Joan always has excellent suggestions on things to do and see while you stay in Cape May. New ceiling fans were installed since last year and they are very nice and quiet. Thanks again for a great stay!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

First, the Pros. Extremely nice innkeeper with a great personality, Joan is a sweet lady who makes you feel welcome and at home. She gave us great (and honest) recommendations for dinner and she went far beyond a typical innkeeper on her efforts to be friendly and helpful. Secondly, you cannot beat the location, just a block from the sand as well as the main town. Hotel lends beach chairs, and has an outdoor shower which was useful. Finally, the rooms were clean and the Victorian home was cool.

As for the Cons.... We were pretty disappointed with the breakfast situation. The website suggests breakfast is from 8:30am to 10am; however we were told on arriving that the hot breakfast was only from 9am to 9:30 and if you miss that short window you don't get hot breakfast. We made it a point to be there at 9am, but the breakfast wasn't served until 9:30 - so we waited there for 30 minutes. Mind you, check-out is at 10am. And, our floor had a shared bathroom! Obviously, it is pretty impossible for 3 couples in 3 rooms on the 3rd floor all to have a hot breakfast at 9:30, then everyone shower and be out by 10. I guess you need to plan accordingly (but we had no warning... so we didn't get to shower before check out). The hotel does have a cold breakfast available from 8:30 to 10, which we thought was a little meager. The shared bathroom on the 3rd floor was difficult for 3 rooms to share. Everyone usually showers at the same time - in the mornin and around 5pm before going to dinner. So, the bathroom was always occupied and we felt rushed by knocking when we were in there. My wife had to use the outdoor shower before dinner or else we wouldn't have made our reservation. No big deal, just not as we expected.

If you stay here, you may have a great experience if you get a room with your own bathroom and don't mind the breakfast issue as I described.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 Gurney Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A meticulously and elegantly restored 1869 Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn situated in the historical district and 1/2 block to beach. Period antiques, original watercolors, classical music, Fred's photographs and exquisite woodwork combine with friendly service and attention to detail. Delightful breezes and the sounds of the sea create a comfortable setting amidst the wonderful furnishing of a golden age. Breakfast, fireplace, private baths and guest veranda. ... more   less 
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Gingerbread House Hotel Cape May

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