Being from out of town, we didn't know that Cape May Courthouse is 25 minutes away from downtown Cape May and the beach. I thought I researched it well, but apparently, not. How is an out-of-town visitor supposed to know that a B&B listed online as Cape May isn't actually IN Cape May? This was one of a few frustrations with our stay at the Doctors Inn. Overall, it's a pretty facility, beautiful gardens and nicely decorated in the Victorian B&B style. However, it was the wrong choice for us. It might be the right choice for you, depending on what you're looking for.
I felt that the staff we met was pretty disorganized and frazzled. They were very accomodating for our late check-in at 10PM, but the next morning, we had to go searching around to find someone. When we asked if they had a map of Cape May, we were told "no" and "Hmmm...we probably should have those." Then when we were told that we weren't actually in Cape May, but it was 15 miles up the road, we were shocked. The staff member laughed and said that "a lot of people make that mistake."
I had hoped for a more welcome atmosphere, like I read about in other B&B places - where the owners actually sit down to eat with people and get to know them. I was looking forward to a friendly atmosphere. Instead, it was almost like a hostel - we came and went without really seeing anyone else. This might work for some people, but it wasn't the right fit for us.
As for the mattress comment below - the mattress are hard! REALLY hard! We stayed in 2 different rooms and both were rock solid mattresses with very little give. Neither of us slept all that well. Some people might like this harder type of mattress but it gave us sore backs/necks. I think it would be fine with an pillowtop liner or something.
Overall, I can't say that this is a bad B&B. It just wasn't what we were looking for and it didn't meet our needs. That might be my own fault for not understanding that Cape May Court House is not Cape May, but I believe that this is something they should make clear for outsiders who don't know the area. The breakfast was fine, and I appreciated that they had a variety of options (yogurt, fruit, cereal, hot & cold items). We enjoyed our day trips into Cape May and would love to return, but we won't stay here again due to their location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central to the shores of Cape May, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and the Wildwoods, this bed and breakfast is a quintessential Victorian mansion. Located in Cape May Court House, NJ. We offer 8 well-appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath. The mansion can also be rented for private affairs. ... more less
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