The Chalfonte is not the place for everyone -- thankfully! If you are looking for a retreat from the husle and bustle of your day-to-day life this may be the place for you.
If you are seeking well apointed, metropolitan rooms with all the bells and whistles -- forget the Chalfonte -- Cape May probably isn't for you. Try Avalon!
Low tech. I'll take it. I never missed the the absence of a television or phone in my room. This is a place you go to for solitude. You come here to ride the rockers that grace the front porch.
But if you must watch TV they do have it in the common areas. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed hearing some of the guests in the TV room watching America's Favorite Past-time.
And lets face it, you know your cell phone is never more than three feet from you at any time. So, who needs a phone in the room.(I'll let you in on a secret, you can pick up wireless internet service from the porch.Shshh. Don't tell!)
I visited in August and September. It was quite hot yet I was never uncomfortable with just the ceiling fans and ocean breezes.
I had some concern about the shared bath situation but I never had any trouble finding a free bath or shower. It was not a problem. And if you prefer not to share the bath, there's always rooms with a private bath.
I found the staff to be charming, helpful and accomodating. It impressed me that most of the staff knew me by name after meeting me just once.
The Magnolia Room may not be 5-star dining but it is a good value and the wait-staff friendly and attentive. Granted I am female and was travelling alone but the waitresses were just as nice as the waiters.
Although I have no children I thought it smart and convenient that they have a supervised children's dining room. As I dined, I noticed couples having dinner together without the interuption of children. The couples looked more like they were on a date than a family vacation.
Finally, I found the Chalfonte inspirational. The first week I spent there was to work on my book. It was perfect. Plenty of quiet hide-aways. I was also driven to pull out my camera. If I were a painter, I would have done that too. But since I'm not, I settled for enjoying the art exhibits.
So, if you are looking for a getaway reminiscent of a Victorian seaside escape, you'll find it at the Chalfonte.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1876, The Historic Chalfonte Hotel is recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Cape May, America's Original Seaside Resort. Situated just two blocks from the beach, The Chalfonte offers a unique seashore experience defined by warm, Southern-style hospitality and simplistic traditions. We cater to every budget with spacious suites, guest rooms with premium and European style baths, and traditional rooms with shared baths down the hall. Guest rooms feature crisp linens and cool seaside colors, and are free of televisions, telephones, and clock radios. Our nationally acclaimed Magnolia Room restaurant serves Southern-style fare with lovingly prepared family recipes and our King Edward Bar is famous for its classic cocktails and casual ambiance. Our guests continuously return from around the world to enjoy this very special destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
- Chalfonte Cape May
- Chalfonte Hotel Cape May