My husband and I recently stayed at the 931 Beach Guest House in August and September of this year. I decided to stay here after reading the reviews here on Trip Advisor, and had such a great experience at 931 Beach, that I decided I must also write a review.
Our first trip was in mid August. I was a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding at Congress Hall. I took a lot of time to research other inns and the many bed & breakfasts of Cape May, only to find very mixed feedback, and a 3 night minimum policy. Since we only needed (and could really only afford) a 2 night stay, I had a lot of trouble finding a nice place to stay. Unfortunately I am pretty picky about hotels and was not about to stay in one of the crappy run down motor lodges that are all over Cape May.
I think there was some sort of mix up with the room we reserved, and happened to be upgraded to the Nautilus room when we arrived. What a cute little room. It was a good size and had a nice clean bathroom. It looked a bit different from the pics online. This was one of the rooms that had recently been updated, so the decor had changed a bit, but still just as charming as the "old look" online.
Our next stay was over Labor Day weekend. We had to come back to Cape May for another wedding at the Grand. Marianne was nice enough to let us crash there just for the night so that we did not have to drive home after the wedding. She was so helpful and accomodating. We were running late for the wedding after getting stuck in awful Labor Day weekend beach traffic, and she helped us get up to our room within seconds so we could quickly get showered, dressed and back out the door.
This time we were in the Bay Meadow room, which I think might be the smallest room, but it was still more than enough space, and again, very very cute and clean. The pictures online were a very accurate representation of this room. You can take a look at my own pics I took of this room but my camera is not the best. While we did not have time to use the kitchenettes in the rooms, I did take a peak inside the cupboards: Well appointed, clean dishes and utensils, good quality stuff in there, that looked brand new or hardly used.
We really regret that we were so busy rushing around during our stays and were not able to get to the beach or relax at all. We would have loved to stay longer and take advantage of the wonderful things this newly renovated house had to offer, like the sprawling front porch with the beachy wicker furniture and hammock. The interior common areas of the house were immaculate and had that sophisticated beachy atmosphere down to a tee.
The rooms here were a little more pricey compared to others in Cape May at comparable Inn-like accommodations, but you pay for what you get, and of course the prices are going to be jacked up during the high season. You just cant beat the location of this place either. Right along the beach in the middle of everything, and a short walk to the outdoor mall....it doesn't get any better. If you are trying to get more bang for your buck, I would recommend staying here during the off-season. My husband and I are considering a longer stay in the future, during a cheaper time of the year. There is not much parking in the rear of the house, but at least it is there. A lot of these kinds of places in Cape May don't even have an off-street parking lot.
All in all, this place is a true gem. It stands out among the other houses on Beach Avenue. People strolling along the boardwalk stop to snap pictures of the place because it is so unique and striking. If you are planning a trip to Cape May, I say dish out the extra dough and stay here. You will not be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 931 Beach House's eight guest suites are spacious and tastefully appointed with their own kitchenettes and bathrooms. Situated directly across from the Atlantic Ocean we offers guests the ultimate beachfront experience in America's oldest seaside resort, Cape May, New Jersey. A complimentary Continental Breakfast is included with your stay. The house has a Wrap-Around Porch with Rocking Chairs. We can supply you with Beach Chairs or Towels if needed. We are Family Friendly and look forward to making your vacation in Cape May an unforgettable experience. ... more less