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The Southern Mansion

720 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2331
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#14 of 37 hotels in Cape May
Travelers' Choice
Famous as an incredible wedding venue and just steps to the best beaches, shops and restaurants in South Jersey. Originally built in 1863, and completely restored to its original beauty the Southern Mansion is set on one-and-a-half acres of award-winning gardens in Cape May’s historic district. The Southern Mansion is the largest and most opulent Cape May bed and breakfast, featuring the largest rooms and suites the area has to offer.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
325Reviews4Q+A92Room tips
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rtnovell wrote a review Nov 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania58 contributions16 helpful votes
I recently stayed for a woman’s weekend with a friend at the Southern Mansion. The Mansion itself is immaculate and just beautiful. The common spaces were lovely and the fireplaces were lit throughout our stay. Unfortunately it rained quite hard every day so I was unable to see much of the gardens but they looked lovely as well. The staff was unfailingly warm and greeted us each morning and whenever we were in the main spaces of the hotel. Our room was large and quiet, the king bed was huge and comfy and the bathroom was also large with a double shower. Breakfast was a full and tasty meal each day and you could order from the menu of omelets, French toast and pastries. We stayed in the wing with a long veranda outside of our door (glassed in) so we had a beautiful place to sit and look at the gardens as well. All in all would defininately stay again. Even though there was a wedding that day, the inn was quiet by nightfall.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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warrentravelor wrote a review Oct 2020
Clinton161 contributions97 helpful votes
We are frequent visitors to the Southern Mansion snd this was another amazing visit. With the current covid situation they are doing an amazing job. The rooms are large and you are separated enough because the Mansion is so large. It’s. perfect place to get away. Walkable to stores, and restaurants. Breakfast is always excellent. The porch is so relaxing. Every room is beautiful here.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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David Feete wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
This was my first trip to Cape May and my first time staying at a bed and breakfast. My girlfriend and I had a great time. Our stay at The Southern Mansion was everything we expected and made our trip to Cape May much better than competing establishment, because of its close proximity to the beach and to the center of town. They provide beautiful antique accommodations, a peaceful environment, and a great breakfast. The perfectly manicured grounds are beautiful. There's a wrap-around porch with lots of seating where you can relax and enjoy the environment. If you haven't been to Cape May, it's a seaside community similar to Montauk or Cape Cod. It covers a lot of real estate though. So from what I've heard, you can get hotels that are further away from the beach and the town. This is a pain since it's not a parking-friendly city. If you're going to spend time in Cape May, it's easier if you're walking distance from those things. At The Southern Mansion, you're right in between the beach and the town. We just left our car and walked everywhere. It's a beautiful town so that was really enjoyable. Our room was immaculate and very comfortable We had a king-sized bed facing up to a beautiful ceiling with a cupola with windows in it you could lay down and stare up at. Very cool. The breakfast is really terrific. I ordered something different every day (omlette, frech toast, eggs over easy and my gf had pancakes), everything was delicious. The dining area fits nicely in with the decor of the place, and provides a quiet, beautiful and peaceful place to eat. I look forward to staying at The Southern Mansion again.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Room #23 had a cupula above the bed. Highly recommend!
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Marie s wrote a review Jul 2020
Jamaica, New York4 contributions2 helpful votes
My family and I were indeed pleasantly surprised and love the mansion. I Love the location! Walking distance to the beach, restaurants, shops etc. My room on the first floor was very large, clean, nicely decorated and I love the high ceiling. I enjoyed having breakfast right outside my room on the porch overlooking the beautiful garden....social distancing was not a problem! The "full Breakfast" was also good. The staff members "Denise" who assisted with the reservation and "ken" who did the check-in and also assisted during our long weekend stay were both friendly and professional. Thank you to both Denise and Ken!
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: My room was on the first floor facing the porch. It was very large and I was told the same by...
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Connie.garrigan@gmail.com wrote a review Jan 2020
Reading, Pennsylvania7 contributions2 helpful votes
We have stayed at the Southern Mansion many times, and have never been disappointed! Wonderful, roomy, beautifully designed rooms, all with antique furnishings. The best bed and breakfast in Cape May, we will definitely return!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from mangsoma, Manager at The Southern Mansion
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thank you for your kind comments, and for visiting us ! Please come visit us again soon!
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$203 - $351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Southern Mansion
Which popular attractions are close to The Southern Mansion?
Nearby attractions include Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater (0.3 miles), Valentino's (0.2 miles), and Cape May Fire Department Museum (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Southern Mansion?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Southern Mansion?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Southern Mansion?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Southern Mansion?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Southern Mansion?
Conveniently located restaurants include Washington Inn, Cape May Peanut Butter Co., and Mario's Pizza & Italian Eatery.
Is The Southern Mansion located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Cape May.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Southern Mansion?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to The Southern Mansion?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (4.8 miles), World War II Lookout Tower (2.7 miles), and Historic Cold Spring Village (2.8 miles).