We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Chalfonte

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Best prices for:1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Management photos
The Chalfonte
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
There are newer reviews for The Chalfonte
See the most recent reviews
Showing 179: English reviews
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Chalfonte hosted my daughter's wedding reception this past weekend, and I cannot imagine a more perfect or beautiful place for a wedding. Terry Carr, the wedding coordinator at the Chalfonte, was wonderful during every step of the planning process, and she made sure that every detail was perfect. The food was outstanding! Her service staff is exceptional. Terry Carr... More 

Helpful?
Thank harlowas
West Grove, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2013

I reviewed the Chalfonte a while back based on our experience with a room in The Southern Quarters, which is a large converted house next door. I titled the review "Know What to Expect". This time we stayed in a "European Bath" room in the main hotel. The room was smallish, but still comfortable with plenty of storage space. Fans... More 

Helpful?
Thank maxanddenise
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
70 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

A huge property for a B&B and a very lively place. Great place to stay when in Cape May. 2 blocks from the beach and walking distance to the square with many bars, restaurants close by. The Chalfonte, a historic building, has many rooms and though small, are very pretty. The lobby is a wonderful place to spend time with... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank ALLIGATOR9
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Chicken dinner was a hoax. Over priced, small portions. A thigh and leg for 36 dollars. My wife had the prime rib special. It was like jerky, tough an terrible. French onion soup was basically water and onions, no melted cheese. All sides were so, so. We couldn't eat the corn on the cob because it was mush. There was... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Joehav

Travellers are raving about these Cape May hotels

New York City, New York
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

The hotel is a Historic Hotel of America so definitely expect an old-world experience and southern charm. The building itself is old but very beautiful and the two rooms we had were spacious and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and the prices were not bad considering it was Labor Day weekend. Please note that the hotel does not have... More 

Helpful?
Thank monica830
New York, New York, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2013

The Chalfonte has landmark status, so you won't find televisions and telephones in your room. Recently the owner did bring the hotel more up-to-date with air conditioning and Wi-Fi in each room, but the hotel will still remind you of the Victorian era, and they have tried to keep it that way as much as possible. It works, because I... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Nancy L
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I staye dat this hotel for the first time in a few years this weekend, and I must say everything was as authentic and unassuming as ever, with additions of fast wifi networks and wonderfully subtle air conditioning. The staff is well trained and emits southern hospitality, and since a lot of the staff lives on site, I feel like... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank JohnGuilliams
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The price was fair for this property that is 2 easy walking blocks from beach and about 6 blocks from main downtown area. We loved that the kids could not watch TV in the room and the beach chair and umbrella set us for us on the beach.

Helpful?
Thank Creags
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2013

After calling many hotels, we finally found available rooms at The Chalfonte. It is a very nice place - definitely clean, definitely quiet and the staff is absolutely lovely - friendly and accommodating in every way. My only 'criticisms' (and I feel guilty for even bringing these up because everyone is SO nice here) is that it is a bare... More 

Helpful?
Thank cinb_13
Level Contributor
97 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Like Cape May itself, the Chalfonte is authentic early 20th century charm. No air conditioning- but a shuttered door allows cross breeze. I only needed a single room for one night and the Chalfonte was the only place I could find one during this peak summer season. The room was small but clean and sufficient. It had a shared bathroom... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Alicedc

42 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (24)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Viewed
Room/Suite (3)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Viewed
Other (7)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (3)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
View from Room (8)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cape May hotels
0.3 km away
The Stockton Inns
The Stockton Inns
#2 of 38 in Cape May
287 reviews
0.9 km away
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
#17 of 38 in Cape May
1,181 reviews
0.3 km away
Hotel Macomber
Hotel Macomber
#29 of 38 in Cape May
210 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.4 km away
La Mer Beachfront  Inn
La Mer Beachfront Inn
#13 of 38 in Cape May
639 reviews
0.5 km away
The Virginia Hotel
The Virginia Hotel
#9 of 38 in Cape May
514 reviews
0.3 km away
Heritage Inn
Heritage Inn
#10 of 38 in Cape May
478 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Restaurant
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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 

Additional Information about The Chalfonte

Address: 301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Price Range: $180 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chalfonte 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Odigeo so you can book your The Chalfonte reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
Chalfonte Cape May
Chalfonte Hotel Cape May
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Cape May
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Chalfonte staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“As with all hotels in Cape May, guests should call rather than book online to understand the type of room they are booking.”
 of 5 bubbles knh002, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a larger private bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles MaryB8893, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Room towards the front is what we had and seems the best”
 of 5 bubbles Sushimaker4, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
“As there is no elevator, you should ask for a room on the first or second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles Rosecj, 6 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Ask if there is a wedding reception during your stay and if so do not stay on 1st floor.”
 of 5 bubbles BudBoy, 10 Sep 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay