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New Jersey Shore Hotels

Mainstay Inn


  • Accurate period decor and furniture
  • Downtown location


  • Standard breakfast
  • Expensive

Updated 06/13/2012

Fodor's Review

Fourteen-foot ceilings, tall windows, a thirteen-foot hallway mirror, and black walnut dining-room furniture show a pedigree of money and manners. The two wealthy gamblers who constructed the building in 1872, as a gambling clubhouse for their friends (men only), obviously meant to impress. In 1971, the Mainstay became Cape May's first B&B, and since then has been the archetype for those that followed. You can also stay at the adjoining Cottage, or across the street

in a duplex apartment. Guest rooms and suites have Victorian antiques, while the apartment has some traditional flourishes, but is mostly contemporary with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and a small dining area.

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635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, New Jersey, 08204, USA

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 9 rooms, 3 suites, 1 apartment
  • Breakfast

Updated 06/13/2012

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By Sally

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May 23, 2005

a wonderful B & B

One of the nicest B&B's we have ever stayed in. This place is picture-perfect. The room was large and meticulously restored; the food was wonderful: a three course breakfast every morning that left us satified until tea time. Then, lots more great food. Service could not have been better. They even have small flat screen tv's in the rooms now, so I could watch Desperate Housewives on Sunday night! This was our first trip to Cape May; I can't

wait to go back.

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By Margie

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Jan 4, 2003

Never been disappointed here

We have been coming to Cape May for almost 10 years now. We usually stay at the Main Stay but through the years have tried other B&B's and have been so disappointed! The Inn Keepers and staff are great here, we like to stay in the main house..the Grant Suite and the Stonewall Jackson Suite are our favorites. Spacious rooms, C/A, clean rooms and an attentive staff. I can't think of any gripes other than we prefer a formal sit down breakfast in comparison

to the southern buffet Tom and Sue provide. The food is good, the company is great and the house is so well maintained.

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