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Rhythm of the Sea
Ranked #25 of 39 Cape May B&B and Inns
Philadelphia
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“We loved the location”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

We stayed in Room 4 (Seabreeze Sleeping Porch) for four nights this month. We've been to many other B&Bs in Cape May and this was the best location by far. The proximity to the beach and the sense of bring a bit "away from it all" were outstanding. We enjoyed the bikes and beach towels that the inn supplied. Our room was larger than it appears on the website, well furnished and comfortable. On the downside, the flatscreen TV was not suitable for viewing from any distance as it was the size of a computer screen.

The breakfast was a bit of a disappointment both in terms of quality and selection. I agree with other reviewers that substitutions are not welcome. At many other B&Bs, there's fruit, cereal or baked goods out buffet style in addition to the hot entree. This makes it possible to pass on the main and still get some breakfast. We skipped at least one morning because the entree was not to our liking.

We had a couple of issues along the way with housekeeping not cleaning our room and wineglasses not replenished. Overall, we had a more impersonal experience with the staff/owner than we're used to at a B&B. If not for the perfect location for a summer getaway, we might not return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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kiwikraut, Owner at Rhythm of the Sea, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and for your recent review. We are pleased you found our location to your liking as we do promote "peaceful privacy away from the madding crowd yet close enough to stroll to all the action!" The Seabreeze Sleeping Porch is one of my favorites due to the row of windows that let in light and a decent view of the ocean. You are right, the TV is a computer monitor and we are attending to upgrading to HD flat screen TV's.

As much as we try to offer a varied breakfast to please every palette we sometimes need the guests' input to guide us as everyone has their likes and dislikes. We inquire at the time of confirmation how we can modify our menu to suit your tastes. We prefer to offer a fresh hot breakfast, cooked to order, as there is no room to set up a buffet and there is a lot of waste on a buffet. Besides, we like to serve you! This is just one of the many amenities we offer during your stay and it is not mandatory, so when someone wants to sleep in or try the diner that is their choice. We alternate sweet and savory dishes. With the sweet dishes, this incorporates the fruit and the starch (French Toast, Waffles, Pancakes, etc) and always with a breakfast meat and the savory dishes always begin with a fruit starter and have a baked good on the side. Many, many times our guests have requested fruit plate or our homemade granola or simply our own multigrain toast to substitute for a cooked breakfast. All we ask is a little advance notice, before you check in, to be better prepared to serve you. We accommodate low fat, dairy free, diabetic, gluten free, vegan all the time. So don't hesitate to let us know next time and we are happy to oblige.

Our Housekeeper attends to the room cleaning while our guests are enjoying breakfast. If a guest does not come to breakfast then we try our best to anticipate when they are out of the room so as not to disturb them. Our housekeeper is only available to freshen the room during the morning hours and will not go into a room when the 'do not disturb' sign is on the door, and some guests forget to remove it. I cannot really tell you why your room was not freshened but the above mentioned are the usual reasons and we are sorry we did not know at the time as the Innkeeper would have assisted.

Wine glasses are in the salon for everyone to help themselves to. We do try to make sure all available glasses are put back out in the Salon but do rely on guests to bring them down from their room for washing. Sometimes we find this does not happen and it leaves us short to put out clean glasses. We have had a case of new glasses delivered recently so this should avoid any unfortunate shortages.

As owners and Innkeepers we interact with our guests on their terms. We are always available before and during breakfast service and definitely throughout the day unless we have run to the store for groceries or some unexpected errand calls us away from the Inn. We always approach guests who are perusing the restaurant menus offering recommendations if needed. We do not live on premises so usually after 6pm we have gone home but always point out our phone number in the event that a guest is in need of something. It's a fine line with Innkeeping to offer the guest privacy and attention all at the same time and sometimes need the lead from the guests that they would like to interact. We hope you do return!

Best regards,
Robyn Wendt
Owner/Innkeeper

We hope that you will try us again in the near future for your getaway and don't hesitate to let us know your preferences so we can offer you all that you are looking for in a B&B stay.
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Here are my complaints in ascending order of you-must-be-kidding:
1.Noisy, inefficient A/C and the water took a long time to warm even a little.
2. We got out of a hot car after a 3-hour drive only to be dragged around and given a lengthy and unneccessary tour of the house and grounds. When we finally were given our keys the worker at the hotel followed us in to the room and wouldn't leave until I had to give her a hint that we wanted to be left alone.
3. Both my boyfriend and I are diabetic. When we asked ahead of time if we could have eggs for breakfast, rather than pancakes or something sugary, we were assured that would be fine if we reminded them every day. Once we got there this turned into an ongoing ordeal where the situation was affirmed and reaffirmed time and again as though they had never had anyone ever come through with dietary restrictions and it was made clear that this was the biggest favor in the entire world to accomdate us. When my boyfriend said for the hundreth time that yes, eggs or maybe a little omelette would be fine, the owner? said OH no, an omelette would be far too much to ask as her chef had enough to do. (The place has 8 rooms by my count.) For $265 a night I think we could get a piece of cheese or two without a fuss.
4. My boyfriend likes to fish and I got him a charter on a boat, so he asked if there were any place he could store them for one day. Again, this was met with consternation. The freezer was in the cellar, they didn't have liability insurance for him to go down there and use it, and there are no fridges in the rooms. Finally she (owner again? dark-haired woman) showed him where the freezer was but I was ordered twice to stay in the chair I was sitting in and not follow (YOU-pointing a finger at me-stay there!) even though I made no move to accompany them, and I was told to shut the office door, like we were doing something shady and someone might see.
5. The second we walked in the lobby someone was always running out to see what we were doing like we were going to steal something. When we went in the public cooler to retrieve a bottle of wine we had chilling, the hotel worker actually ran out from the office, across the room, and leaned in to see what we were touching/absconding with. Rich and I are clean-cut professionals in our mid-forties and not accustomed to being treated like a couple of thieving kids!
B&Bs are supposed to be friendly and run by outgoing people, not fake, power-starved snoops. They are supposed to make one feel like family, not a nuisance. I come to Cape May several times each year and have never been treated like this. I can find prettier, cheaper, friendlier elsewhere...and I will.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Bergen, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

If you want the perfect Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, then this is it. My partner and I stayed there last July and we enjoyed everything from the very very open layout of the first floor to the huge rooms and the 100% perfect maid service.

When you walk into the open first floor with the large number of doors and sliding doors that are open to embrace the ocean front breeze and all of the light that you could possibly imagine, you feel like you are a billionaire owner of your own beach house right on the beach.

Everything is decorated professionally and better than any bed and breakfast you will ever see. It is no wonder this bed and breakfast has won awards as one of the best in the nation (www.bedandbreakfast.com).

Breakfast is served in a very large dining room and you have your own HUGE table to share with your partner, but I am sure that you can share with another couple, but I did not see any couples sharing when we were there. Breakfast was always something extraordinary and done to perfection, with plenty of variety, and surprise. Prepare for your taste buds to be filled with flavor.

It's the little things that this B&B offers that make it stand out above the others, such as the expensive coffee mugs that they offer with coffee 24 hours in the main room, the refrigerator that is available to store your cold drinks, wine or any food, wine glasses to use any time, a huge pool table, location of the house is right across from the entrance to the beach.

Menus with this B&B's favorite places, which they recommend, are in the living room as well. I have never seen that at any other B&B. This B&B's taste of restaurants is extremely reliable and accurate. Trust them when they recommend any restaurants, they know what they are talking about.

There is also a beautiful side room/deck on the north side of the front "open" porch room which a swinging love couch that my partner and I basked in glory as we viewed the ocean when we arrive...I thought I was in heaven...I found myself getting coffee and just sitting in the open front porch with open doors, breathing in the fresh clean air from the ocean quite often, with one of their coffee mugs in hand...tranquility at its best...

The air in this B&B is always flowing, clean and full of positive energy. The lounge chairs in the front porch must be expensive and are extremely fluffy and comfortable.

Julie and Robyn are very accommodating and extremely thoughtful. They know what they are doing. Julie is very easy to talk to, kind, and professional in every way. You will not find a better hostess.

Every penny spent is worth it because of everything they offer.

I hesitated to write a review because I wanted to keep such a gem a secret...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Rhythm of the Sea, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
We were thrilled you found us to be your perfect getaway place! We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Robyn
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

We stayed at Rhythm of the Sea for 2 days......It was absolutely beautiful!!!! convenient to nearby attractions....Washington Street Mall.....restaurants....and other shops!!! The best part...you are 10 steps away from the beach!!
The Innkeeper, Robyn was awesome!!!!! Sooooooo kind... helpful and most accommodating!!!
The breakfast the next morning was simply divine!!!!
We had terrible weather that weekend....but our stay was still AMAZING!!!! We look forward to going back in the "near" future!!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

We could not have asked for a more pleasant stay. Julie, our hostess, was extremely helpful and gracious. She helped us find good eats and interesting sites. The room itself was lovely and offered a fireplace and view of the ocean. Breakfast was a gourmet treat. What sets this B & B apart is its laid back attitude and contemporary ambiance. We're not the Victorian B & B types so this was a perfect fit. Another great feature of this place is that bikes are offered free of charge if you wish. We will be adding this to our list of places to return!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Toms River, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

We recently stayed at the Rhythm of the Sea in Cape May. First, the Inn is gorgeous, great location and tastefully decorated. Everything was spotless and well maintained. We did not have one complaint! Our host Julie was fantastic. She did everything to make us feel welcome and right at home. She offered a lot of local suggestions regarding dinner and site seeing. Breakfast, WOW this was amazing. Everything was homemade! The homemade Granola and and yogurt was out of this world. There was so much to say about how great our breakfast was each day that I would sum it up as GOURMET! We visited the Inn during the winter and it was quiet and relaxing which we actually loved. We enjoyed ourselves relaxing with a bottle of wine by the fireplace in the main living room downstairs. We were able to enjoy each others company without distractions from others which was priceless. Our room was nice with a gas fireplace. The room was nicely decorated with a very nice bathroom, and NEAT and CLEAN! If your looking for a B&B in Cape May (Rhythm of the Sea is the only one on beach front) this place will not disappoint you. We are hoping to get back here soon. Thank you Julie for your professionalism and welcoming demeanor made our first trip to a B & B in Cape May enjoyable.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

We stayed in the sleeping room porch (think that's what it's called - room 4). very spacious room with terrific views from the side of the house of the ocean. can sit in the comfortable chairs or relax on the bed and see the ocean, waves coming to shore. bathroom was clean and fully functional. arts and crafts decor throughout - really nice, well done space. downstairs common area is huge - plenty of space on front porch and inside to relax and enjoy. breakfast was great. robyn (host) was a joy. no complaints except that it's pricey - but not unfortunately out of whack with other prices in cape may. we used the inn's bikes - complete with locks and baskets. so easy to get around cape may!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rhythm of the Sea
Address: 1123 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-2628
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rhythm of the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only thing we overlook is the Atlantic Ocean! We are the perfect blend of convenience, comfort and romance. Architecturally inspiring and in keeping with the Arts and Crafts Movement the simplicity is refreshing and therefore relaxing. We invite you to savor our sumptuous meals, peaceful privacy and 'gemuetlichkeit' any time of the year. You were drawn to the Rhythm of the Sea and will be mesmerized by the tranquility. Looking forward to greeting you. ... more   less 
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