We went to spend the week-end in Cape May and picked this b&b after having read the good comments on this site. We were 2 couples and stayed for 2 nights.
The house itself is nice, in a similar Victorian style of other houses in the town. Rooms are a bit small, and you can feel a bit overwhelmed by all the accessories and decoration in the house and room. It is somehow hard to find a space in the room to put your luggage.
What we didn't like is the pressure that has been put on us during the whole week-end.
It started when we arrived late (just before 9pm) on Friday night. We only wanted to go out to get dinner before it would be too late, and we have to listen during 20 minutes to all the rules of the house. Basically you can't touch anything, and can't do nothing out of the defined hours. There is even a 10 minutes course to teach you to close and open the door!
We spent however a good week-end, but mainly outside of the house. We didn't really felt invited to hang out in the living room or on the front porch.
Our impression was confirmed on Sunday morning. We were enjoying the sun by having breakfast outside, when Fred came at 10:05am asking if we wanted to stay for another night. Supposedly we needed to confirm right away because it could get busy. Reality was that check-out was at 10am, and he wanted us to leave. We had to pack in urgency and leave. A bit hard after having paid more than $400 per room for the week-end.
Bottom line is that the atmosphere in this kind of place depends a lot of the owners. Joan is nice and will take good care of you, but you have to be aware that you are there to respect all the rules of her home and not to enjoy a relaxing week-end...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A meticulously and elegantly restored 1869 Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn situated in the historical district and 1/2 block to beach. Period antiques, original watercolors, classical music, Fred's photographs and exquisite woodwork combine with friendly service and attention to detail. Delightful breezes and the sounds of the sea create a comfortable setting amidst the wonderful furnishing of a golden age. Breakfast, fireplace, private baths and guest veranda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gingerbread House Hotel Cape May