We stayed here for our Thanksgiving trip so that we could see the Holiday lights. It was our first time at Queen Victoria. We booked in the early summer for our trip and found that we didn't even get first pick of rooms, so 'd recommend booking early. I booked online and was a little confused because I saw something on the website that said "Thanksgiving package", so I called up and the woman seemed a little confused and said there was no Thanksgiving package.
I was concerned about getting an early reservation for Thanksgiving dinner since I've made the mistake of thinking I can wait until October before making reservations for Thanksgiving at other places and it seemed like restaurants book up quickly. I was told that there would be dinner recommendations sent to me in late October and I was afraid of waiting that long. I did my own research and found the Ebbitt Room to have good reviews for Thanksgiving.
When I did receive the e-mail, I explained I made reservations for the Ebbit Room and asked if them if they had any particular favorite restaurants, maybe ones their guests came back with positive reviews for in the past and I was told they had complete confidence in all of the ones they listed in their e-mail and that Ebbitt Room was most expensive. That disappointed me a little since I was looking for a little more direction.
We left Thanksgiving morning for our trip and there was no traffic getting there so had no troubles there. Our room was ready immediately, at 12pm. I had received a phone call the day before asking when we would be coming in because they wanted to send their staff home for the holiday and they would be there I think until 2 or 3.
We had the Hampton Court room. It had a gas fireplace and whirlpool. The fireplace gets the room really hot and I had to open the window a few times afterward. Overall the room was very nice and nicely decorated. The only complaints I would have (which really can't be avoided) are the noise - I think from the heater and the water pressure. The noises kept me up a bit at night, but since the house is old I guess it happens. The water pressure was terrible in the shower and made washing my hair a little difficult.
There were Thanksgiving h'orderves in the afternoon which were delicious and that gave us the opportunity to meet our hosts, who wonder great to talk to. We had dinner at the Ebbitt Room (which was very nice) and then called it a night early. The next day we spent shopping and going to the zoo. Breakfast was delicious and afternoon tea was nice, but crowded. We did the Christmas Ghost tour which would have been a lot nicer if it wasn't for the drunk guy sitting in front of us. That's also when we saw how hard it was finding parking around there, even when it's not the summer. I can't even imagine finding parking in the summer, it must be really hard.
The last day of breakfast was the most delicious and crowded. There are three houses that serve breakfast and a family of four was having a hard time finding a place for all of them to sit. The breads they had were really delicious though and I even got to take some home!
All in all, a great stay in Cape May and would definitely return. The owners and real Victorian decor are what really makes this place stand out. I can't believe this place is only #3 on Trip Advisor.
One final note, even though it was too cold for the beach this place was one short block from the water. Most of the places around there were shutdown in November but I think the location would be ideal in the summer. I'd highly recommend a room with a parking spot though in the summer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Queen Victoria is Cape May's Premier bed and breakfast, located one block from the beach and just steps from dining, shops and entertainment. We are open every day of the year and offer special holiday packages and seasonal specials. The Queen Victoria is truly the ultimate Cape May experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Queen Victoria Hotel Cape May