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The Chalfonte Hotel
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband book a two night stay (minmum) for our 15th Wedding Anniversay for $200 a night!!
We arrived to a wedding that consumed the whole hotel (couldn't sit on the porch & restaurant/bar was closed). Because of the wedding we couldn't find parking. The wedding was suppose to be done at 10 and some of the wedding party (not staying at the hotel) stayed on the porch until midnight - drunk & using foul lanuage.
The woman at the front desk was rude and very poor customer service.

Not exactly a romantic weekend listening to drunks from the wedding.

The room was nothing more than a supposed queen size bed, a night stand and a single window with broken glass and dirty old curtains that were too heavy for the rod and were drooping down. No mini-fridge. When my husband booked he was told it had a mini kitchen. The front desk had no explanation for the mix up. The only positive was the bathroom was newer but they glued one shower door shut and to turn on the bath you had to climb in the end of the tub!!! Hot water took forever. Our bedroom at home was 3x the size and cleaner!
The "A/C" never came on the first night & it was awful humid (no breeze from window).
The 2nd night it was so cold, I slept with my fleece jacket on!!
There was a wedding the 2nd night too - but they were done by 10. Again no bar or sitting on the porch.

When we checked out and told them about the air conditioning, all they said was "sorry".

For $200 a night, a free breakfast should have been included and a mini-fridge and cleaner! Never again!
The Chalfonte is nothing more than a overpriced boarding house! Don't waste your $$$

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank amorrison22
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We spent a night in August. The room was a queen with a bath (shower actually) on the top floor. The place is over 100 years old with creaky floors and guests. Our room had central A/C it was small by contempoary standards. We opted for the meal plan $30 a head which was dinner and breakfast. Dinner was great, go with the crab cake and the sea food bisque, drinks and desert are extra. Breakfast was a buffet with the usually scrambled eggs and freshfruit, bacon etc. We enjoyed chillin' on the porch in the rockers watching the horse drawn carriage and bicyclists pass by. My main complaint is that the bill is unreadable, I asked the front desk what mt evening in the hotel cost me and she circled a number on the bill that is $50 less then my math. I hope my Am Ex bill agrees with her.

Room Tip: European bath has a toilet and shower in suite, shared baths are in the hall.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Just recently returned from a three day stay in Cape May.
First the good..... The hotel itself is charming and is in a wonderful location (near the beach and in a very lovely part of Cape May). The bed was comfortable and the food in the restaurant was pretty good. Also, some renovations took place and I really liked the shower stall. The porch rocking chairs are fun.
The bad..... You are not able to individually control the temperature in the room. It is great that the hotel now has air condtioning, but it was a little too cold for me. I did not spend much time in the room, but it was cold once out from under the covers.
Also...remember that it is not a bed and breakfast, so food is not included with the room rates.
T.V's are not in the rooms, but there is a communal tv on the main floor.
Wanted to give a higher rating..........but I was quite bothered by how cold my room was.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Dave R
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

My first visit to Cape May has sold me on a return visit! The Chalfonte is truly charming -- an over-used description in a very charming town -- but true. My rundown on various aspects:
1. Architecture and Ambiance -- Charming; breezy, terrific porch to relax and chat
2. Rooms: Varied! Very, very varied! Stayed in two of the "suites." The first one was cramped without any charm; the second was great with a huge balcony. Friends stayed in the twin rooms -- the price of $100 is reflective of the small space and the bath down the hall. If you're cool with that, it's great. Advice: Get really specific when making your room reservation so you are happy and expectations are set and met.
3. Staff: Friendly, but FAR from accommodating; they are not going to do ANYTHING other than their specific jobs. Don't ask for help with this or that -- if it's not exactly what they do -- it's above their pay grade. Some staff didn't even know when breakfast was; how to get a horse buggy ride; and helping book a ferry ticket "Go to the library" doesn't feel very service-oriented. The over-all impression was that guests are lucky to be able to stay at the property.
4. Breakfast -- Really, really bland. AND it's from 8:30 am to 10:00 am -- too late for early beach goers and too short for those that like to sleep in. AND, coffee service while starting at 7am -- closed at 10 am as well!
5. Beds: All of us (twin rooms, suites) had really COMFY beds. The hotel is quiet and our sleep was fantastic.
I will return to Cape May -- but will select from the plethora of fantastic accommodations with equal charm. Enjoyed the stay -- but not worth repeating.

Room Tip: Do NOT call the 800 number. Call the hotel directly. Staff is good at describing the rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank TheCulturedPalate
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Let's begin by saying that staying at the Chalfonte is supposed to be like a "trip back in time". It is NOT a "five star, modern" hotel, NOR does it want to be. It's old....REALLY old! That is the charm of staying here. It is clean and well maintained, it's just old!
This was our third visit over the last 10 years. Upgrades include AC in most rooms, but not all. (Ask!) Some are getting TVs. An obvious yield to tourist pressure. No phones!
The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. Maid service is timely and thorough. The front desk was quite friendly and helpful. The giant porch is wonderful for "hanging out". We recently (actually) enjoyed a rainy morning on the porch. The huge awnings did a great job of keeping the rain at bay! The breakfast buffet and Prix Fixe dinners are an amazing value! Their chefs and food have been covered by FoodTV, the New York Times, etc. The King Edward Bar is quite charming for a nightcap!
The only drawback, and it can be a serious one, is there is NO "dedicated" parking. On one occasion we had to park over a block away! The good news IS, if you are a "walker", there is really no reason to drive anywhere. It's 2 blocks to the beach and promenade. The walk to "the action" is a little longer, but within reason. I need a double knee job and I just walked it for a week, okay?
So, I highly recommend the Chalfonte. Just keep your expectations within reason and I think you will be delighted by the "Old World" charm!

Room Tip: Room 4 in the "Southern Quarters" has the only private, second story porch!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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