The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Harbor sits at the core of life in this quaint fishing town
Cape May Harbor sits at the core of life in this quaint fishing town | © Jon Bilous / Alamy Stock Photo
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Sitting pretty at the tip of New Jersey, where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May has a rich offering of sumptuous places to stay. Here’s our pick of the best luxury hotels in Cape May – bookable on Culture Trip.

Whether you are searching for miles of white sand and a relaxing beach break or want to investigate the town’s rich history and Victorian charm, Cape May has something to offer all year round. Transport yourself to the 1800s and soak up traditional hospitality in the impeccably kept hotels and quaint B&Bs in Cape May.

1. Virginia Hotel and Cottages

Hotel, Luxury

The charming Virginia Hotel & Cottages, with fretwork, wraparound porches, flower boxes and a bright red front door
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This homey hotel is in the historic district of Cape May and has been tastefully decorated to restore original features. Expect pretty shutter boards at the windows, luxurious plaid furnishings and quirky wallpaper. With turndown and room service, plus a copy of The New York Times delivered to your door each morning, the 24 rooms are sumptuously romantic. For a more sociable visit, rent one of the five nearby cottages.

2. Wilbraham Mansion

Luxury, Boutique Hotel

An elegant bedroom at Wilbraham Mansion, with oat-colored carpeting, leaf-patterned wallpaper and a carved dark wood bed
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Converted from a private residence to a bed-and-breakfast hotel in 1988, the owners of Wilbraham Mansion have maintained the Victorian charm with the period features and artefacts, such as antique sewing machines, embroidered quilts and period wallpaper. With 10 rooms in the original mansion and 12 suites in a newer building at the back, it’s popular with couples who are looking for a slice of tranquility. Take advantage of the heated pool, borrow a bicycle or enjoy a fancy afternoon tea.

3. The Southern Mansion

Luxury

A large room at the Southern Mansion, with deep red walls, gold drapery and bedding, wood floors and a large-scale painting
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This luxury hotel in Cape May has lots of history – including plenty of ghost stories – yet the ambience is warm and welcoming. It combines classic elements such as a wraparound porch, where breakfast is served, and authentic Southern classic wooden rocking chairs with eccentric modern flourishes, including leopard-print carpet, modern art nudes and lime-green walls in the communal areas. There are 10 peaceful guest suites, which have authentic furnishings, such as four-poster beds.

4. Congress Hall

Resort

The yellow-and-white Congress Hall standing behind the large outdoor pool with white loungers and parasols
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Painted bright yellow, Congress Hall is a 200-year-old Cape May luxury hotel that stands proudly behind a sprawling lawn directly in front of the Atlantic. The 104 classic rooms and suites have a contemporary vibe with subtle period features, such as quirky seashell sculptures, floral-print furnishings and wooden floors. With its historical charms, casual atmosphere and seaside setting, the property offers solitude for couples who want to enjoy the full-service spa and families who can take advantage of the kid-friendly activities.

5. Lokal Hotel Cape May

Luxury, Apartment

A sleek, contemporary bedroom at Lokal Hotel Cape May, with whitewashed wood floors, monochrome photos and a plant
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Part of an “invisible service” hotel chain founded by Chad and Courtney Ludeman, the Lokal Hotel Cape May is fashioned from a wooden, faded Depression-era apartment house. Comprising eight spacious units modeled into contemporary micro-apartments with all mod cons, every need is catered for. And whether you want to enjoy lounging by the impressive 45ft saltwater pool or fancy a hop over to the custom lounge chairs and umbrellas awaiting you at the beach, you will be made to feel at home.

6. Grand Hotel of Cape May

Luxury, Hotel

A private balcony with a table, chairs, a parasol, a rocker and ocean views at the Grand Hotel of Cape May
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Classic elegance coupled with a laid-back beach attitude, this family-friendly, luxury hotel in Cape May is also popular for destination weddings due to its idyllic beachside location. The guest rooms and suites can accommodate two to eight people and are decorated in a modern yet tasteful manner. With a second-floor sunset deck, an outdoor Olympic-size heated pool, an indoor pool and a large hot tub, your relaxing day can end with a cocktail or classic American fare at the popular Hemingway restaurant on-site.

7. Sandpiper Beach Club

Luxury

A cozy, beachy living room at Sandpiper Beach Club with a comfy blue sofa, wood furnishings and a balcony
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Tastefully decorated with wood and rattan furniture, the Sandpiper Beach Club is laid-back and near the ocean. The relaxed vibe continues throughout each of the 51 suites offering full kitchens, spacious living rooms and separate bedrooms, making this spot popular with families. Request a room with a balcony and you’ll also get two rocking chairs, ideal for watching the sunset with a drink. All guests get complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas at the beach.

8. Beach Plum Farm

Luxury, Apartment

For something a bit different, Beach Plum Farm is a 62-acre (25ha) working farm, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Established in 2008 by Curtis Bashaw and Will Riccio, the working farm is open to the public in the guise of a shop, a restaurant and an outdoor area. You’ll stay across the five cottages, which sleep anywhere from six to eight guests. Here, there’s no need to set an alarm; your wake-up call will be provided by the local rooster.

9. Beach Shack

Hotel

An outdoor sandy dining area at the Beach Shack at night, with colorful parasols, string lights and a firepit
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Once a motel, the Beach Shack has been lovingly restored to create a hip property with a relaxed, barefoot island vibe. The two-story building is centered around a pool and has the longest bar in Cape May. With pineapple-patterned carpets brightening up the beach-themed rooms, there’s also communal decking, loungers and a firepit. Home to the popular Rusty Nail restaurant, this spot is just a few blocks from the cove, where you can witness some amazing sunsets.

10. Carroll Villa Hotel

Bed and Breakfast

The blue-gray-and-white Victorian exterior of Carroll Villa Hotel, with fretwork and a covered porch
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Owned by the same family for more than 30 years, the Carroll Villa Hotel is a well-loved institution in the historic district of Cape May. Fusing classic Victoriana touches with modern art, the vibe is homey and welcoming, and the 19 guest rooms are individually decorated to create a cozy vibe. Expect to be treated as part of the family when you drink in the bar or enjoy the live music at the popular Mad Batter Restaurant.

11. The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast

Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

An antique-inspired guest room at the Queen Victoria B&B, with floral wallpaper, a quilt-topped bed and period furniture
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Every detail has been considered in this 31-bedroom retreat in the Cape May Historic District. From the whirlpool tubs and the William Morris wallpaper to the impressive breakfast options, including a continental that can be delivered to your door, it’s no wonder this B&B is an award winner. The property comprises three impeccably restored 1880s homes and an 1876 gambling parlor, so there are countless nooks, porches and parlors for you to explore.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Cape May, or try these places to stay, and book now on Culture Trip.

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