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New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chalfonte is absolutely beautiful and the staff go above and beyond in every way possible! We held our wedding reception here Memorial Day weekend 2016, and cannot thank the staff (especially Terry and bartender Paul!) enough for their excellence in service and kindness! It is a historic, charming property with updated bathrooms, beautiful linens, and comfy beds. The porch... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Knh002, Thank you so much for your kind words! We will share your thoughts with our staff. It was our pleasure to make your wedding day a dream come true! We look forward to having you relax with us as a guest & on the porch with a cocktail! More 

New York City, New York
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Chalfonte is very dated and in need of repair. We stayed for the weekend and were disappointed to find the plaster in our room cracked at several points. There was a tiny heater in the room and thankfully it was not a cold weekend so we did not really need it. I would hate to think what it would... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Mary B. Thank you for your review and your kind words regarding our staff, the cupola, and our porch/bar. The hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Cape May - this is our 140th year! One of the primary building materials is plaster and with our prime location so close to the ocean, plaster can tend to be... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Visited in the off-season, but got a clear sense of the charm and style of this historic hotel. The Victorian-era building retains that feel, with careful decorations and lots of inviting seating and rocking chairs, especially on the expansive porch. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, from front desk clerks to housekeeping. The hotel restaurant, under the direction of... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Libby! Thank you so much for your kind words. We truly appreciate your positive feedback and will share your review with our staff! We look forward to hosting you again! More 

Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had the opportunity to stay at The Chalfonte Hotel for our anniversary weekend and unfortunately the highlight for us was the complimentary bottle of wine. The staff at check-in was fine but they never attended to our only issue...a ceiling fan-stuck on-that with the a/c on-controlled by the Hotel-made the room too cold for my wife. We had heard... More 

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Duryea PA
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Had drinks on the porch before dinner , bartender in the King Edward bar is excellent. Sitting on the porch having a cocktail is a wonderful experience. Dinner was fabulous no Kentucky Fried Chicken here. Dessert flourless chocolate torte was over the top good. Service was excellent . We had 5 people in our group and everyone raved about their... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Shimom! Thank you so much for your review and your kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at The Chalfonte and look forward to your return! Thank you! More 

Tannersville, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

My wife and I spent a week at the Chalfonte in early June and had a great experience. We spent lots of time exploring the historic building as well as the grounds. The location of the Chalfonte is ideal - close to the beach and Washington Street Mall, but also in an area that is very quiet, which makes the... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Gene! Thank you so much for your kind words! We couldn't agree more that the porch is the best place to be for relaxation. We will pass along your kind words to our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Saratoga Springs, New York
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42 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

My spouse, child and I had dinner on the porch. The setting was lovely, very quaint and historic, perfect setting. We walked through the main dining room to get to the porch and that dining room really has no ambiance. Definitely choose the porch if you want ambiance. The best part of the meal were the pop-overs and the pulled... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Greetings MMB, Thank you so much for your feedback. We couldn't agree more with your kind words about the porch & our staff. We are disappointed you did not enjoy your dinner. We will let the kitchen know so that we can improve the entire dining experience. We hope you will stop by to enjoy a cocktail and drink on... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

I love the Chalfonte for what it is and appreciate the sense of another time. Staff have been great - always polite and helpful. If you are looking for all the modern conveniences of a newly built chain hotel, you'll not find them here. If you love screen doors, rocking chairs, and a sense of a place that has welcomed... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Greetings Visit_More! Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you stay as our guest again in the near future! More 

Jersey City, New Jersey
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I've been to the Chalfonte on many occasions and each time is just as great. This is a no frills hotel but when you are in a beautiful city like Cape May you don't need much. he managers here are great, so sweet and always willing to make your stay as comfortable as possible. I've stayed in the "shared" bathroom... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Marissa! Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you as a guest in the future! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The Chalfonte dates to 1876, so you have to take that into consideration when you stay there! Quirky grand dame of Cape May hotels. Fun if you like a bit of history but not without drawbacks. I knew going in that the rooms did not have TVs, phones, hair dryers, etc. It says so on the website. There is a... More 

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Chalfonte, Front Office Manager at The Chalfonte, responded to this review

Hi Travel! Thank you for your feedback and your kind words. We appreciate your input and will consider your suggestions as we continue the season and prepare for the next 140 years! We do hope we will see you as a guest again in the near future! More 

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  • Beachfront
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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: $181 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chalfonte 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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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
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“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
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