Statue in the Inn of Cape May lobby

Let our Victorian Inn take you back to a simpler time... Stroll on the promenade, walk on the beach, step back in and time and discover the quiet streets lined with grand Victorian homes, or just sit on our veranda and rock your time away watching the ocean.

Located in the heart of the historic district and across the street from the Atlantic Ocean, the Inn of Cape May has been a grand and gracious retreat for guests for generations. Times have changed, but our commitment hasn't. This family run Inn welcomes couples and families alike. All rooms are different sizes and shapes. We do have air-conditioning, heat and color televisions in all our rooms). There is WIFI access for your laptop. However, we have no telephone service in the guest rooms.

The original, elegant period elevator is still in use at the Inn. It's not self-service like a modern hotel, but there is 24-hour staff to give you a lift.

1900 Otis Elevator manufactured in Yonkers, New York

The History of the Inn of Cape May

In the fall of 1894, William H. Church, a contractor and builder, of West Cape May, began work on a 60-room boarding house at the foot of Ocean Street opposite the Star Villas, one of the most delightful locations on the beachfront.

The structure was to be four stories high with a French roof and roomy porches from which there would always be an unobstructed view. The house was to be fitted throughout with steam heat in order to remain open all year. Gas lights were installed and an electric ball system. Special family rates were offered. One hundred thirty-five guests could be accommodated. It was to be known as the Colonial and to be operated by the builder himself.

The present day Colonial is much larger, since the portion extending toward the beach was added later. Under the management of Mr. Fite, an attractive lawn and a swimming pool have greatly enhanced the appearance of the hotel making it one of the show places of Cape May.

The undiscovered gems seem to be at every turn. Hire a horse drawn carriage and see the tree lined streets among the bed and breakfast inns in their Victorian splendor. Watch twilight settle into night at Sunset Beach. Best of all, settle into comfort and serenity--two of the things that make life so good, and two forgotten gems that seem so lost in modern life. Stop in and take your own step back into The Inn of Cape May!