Carroll Villa Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
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My husband and I have been going to Cape May most years during mid September for a long time. Our fave B+B had closed and we hadn't really landed a new spot, so we looked around. The Carroll Villa has a great porch restaurant we have enjoyed over the years and we decided to check out the hotel. The website gives a good description of the rooms and we picked #8, described as larger, recently renovated, and quiet. It was and we were very comfortable! The windows had screens and actually opened, so we didn't need to use the AC, which I don't like unless it is very hot, so this was a plus. There is a bar on the first floor but not directly under the room. We could hear the live music, but it stopped by 10pm each of the three nights we were there, so it was not a big deal. The bathroom is a nice size and the marble shower very nice. There's a ceiling fan that generates a nice breeze too. A $30 credit for Breakfast (or lunch til 3) is included and the food is just great! I was so happy to see many vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, but there is great food for everyone. We really enjoyed the 3 breakfasts and a dinner there too. The granola with (loads of ) fruit was heavenly, and my husband's eggs with all the trimmings were good. You have a short walk to the beach and chairs and umbrellas are there for you .. I took a yoga class around the corner, too. There is coffee early in the morning in a parlor that is just for guests. The only downside(which turned out not to matter) is that unlike the B+Bs in town, you can't just hang out on a porch, but this didn't really matter. There is so much to check out nearby, that you will have fun. We had part of Hurricane Jose the first day and even though it was very windy and drizzly, we had lots to do. Sign up for their emails and you may land a special sale like we did!
We spent three great nights at this charming old timey hotel in the heart of historic Cape May. Just 2 blocks from the beach, and one block in the other direction from the pedestrian shopping mall. The service is excellent, in particular David at the front desk was exceptional with his pleasantness, professionalism, and helpfulness. Bike rack is available for those like us who brought our two wheelers. Parking is not convenient though. You must unload your belongings, and park a 10 minute walk from the hotel. A shuttle is available if you don't want to walk. The restaurant is great, and you get plenty of discount vouchers just by being a hotel guest. The housecleaning staff is exceptionally friendly and willing to please. We stayed in Room 11, on the 3rd floor. The hike up the stairs was good exercise. It might help to someday air condition the hallway! LOL. Our room was quiet and very comfortable, but the bath was small- although it wasn't a big problem. We loved our stay here, and would definitely come back.
Over four decades of visits to Cape May, we almost always had breakfast at the Mad Batter in the Carroll Villa Hotel, usually walking over from the well-revered classic B&B where we preferred to stay. This time, for one of those milestone birthdays in life, I decided to book us into the Carroll Villa. Our two-room suite on the second floor was first-rate, although the steep stairs required extra care at my age. Even though the suite was immediately above the Mad Batter bar, no nighttime noise filtered up to our floor, thankfully. A couple of drawbacks, though: Carroll Villa has no on-site parking; you park (for free) in a city-owned lot a 10-minute walk to the far side of the downtown mall. I did get a ride in the hotel's golf cart to retrieve my car on the morning of our departure; however, not having a car readily available is a deterrent to being able to visit the excellent beach at Cape May Point or the popular Lobster House across a bridge just north of Cape May. That's one reason Carroll Villa falls a bit short of the 5 stars that otherwise I would have accorded it. The other is that the Mad Batter, now expanded and extended to wrap around the front porch, has gussied up its menu over the years and we found the fancier (and more expensive) breakfast choices far less appealing than the old-time classics of yesteryear.
This is a great location and walking distance to almost everything. There were a few issues/problems and a little overpriced for what you get in the offseason. Breakfast and bar were very good. Carpets need at least cleaning if not replacement. Walking barefoot in our room led to needing to wash feet before bed. Room was a good size but we had one of the largest - bathroom was tiny but had everything you need. Bathroom door was filthy on the inside of the bathroom. The rest of the room was very clean.
There was a lot to enjoy about the Carroll Villa. Ideally located amongst historic inns and private homes that are beautiful and absolutely charming. The Victorian architecture and magnificent gardens were pure delight. The Carroll Villa is close to the beach and in walking distance of lovely boutiques, inviting stores, and excellent restaurants. It's a nice step back in time. The inn has a wonderful restaurant, The Mad Batter, with excellent menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that include many vegan and vegetarian dishes. We ate breakfast on the front porch, which appeared to be newly renovated - and was done really well - very cozy and bright. The hotel had a great bar, attentive bartenders, and it was a nice treat to have live music. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms. The room decor was cheerful and the bed was comfortable. We know that space and modern amenities that we are used to in the 21st century may not be available at an inn built in 1882, but our bathroom was real small and needed some updating. It could use some more shelves for personal items, a train rack over the toilet for the towels, and a better quality hair dryer. Since our room was on the third floor we did take the stairs up to the cupola, which I always wanted to do! It was a cool thrill to see the view, and if you open the windows it feels divine standing in the cross-breeze. Last but not least, the staff at the Carroll Villa were very kind and helpful, especially Michelle, who couldn't have been nicer.
My wife and I decided to take a trip to Cape May for the Labor Day holiday. We stayed at the Carroll Villa hotel for one night. We found the hotel to be charming and the staff were all very nice. Our hotel room was clean and ready for us before check-in time. The food at the Mad Batter restaurant was very good and the Mad Batter bar was a big plus. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to others.
My husband and I really enjoyed staying at Carroll Villa Hotel. The decor was fun, funky but very laid back and easy. The staff were stellar and incredibly helpful (especially fond of David). We found our room clean and there was no false advertising in the description of it. We loved the up to $30 towards lunch at the Mad Batter and how thoughtful procedures were for hotel guests despite the crazy lines for the BEST breakfast menu!! We took advantage of the30% off dinner and had an amazing meal, too. The free beach chair/umbrella service was a real plus for us. We were also glad to have free parking and a built-in 8 - 10 minute walk across town. The golfcart shuttle was a sweet offer, but we only used it to exit with luggage. Pam is also a keeper. We know we will be back and explore some of the more luxurious rooms with views and special amenities. Did I mention that this hotel is 1/2 a block from the beach and on a historic street with Victorian style structures?
Carroll Villa is a great choice for those visiting Cape May on a weekend getaway. The staff is friendly and the rooms, albeit small, is sufficient for two and have a homey decor, making you feel right at home. The location can't be beat as it's within walking distance to the Washington Street pedestrian mall, which is full of fun shops and restaurants. The Mad Batter restaurant on-site also offers a wide variety of options all day and is a popular option for breakfast/brunch. All in all, a great choice for a weekend getaway!
My wife and I stayed at Carroll Villa for a 2 nights in Mid-August when the kids went to camp. The room and staff exceeded our expectations! Everyone at the hotel was extremely friendly and attentive to our needs - front desk, housekeeping, restaurant, etc. I was a bit concerned that the parking was off-site but a three minute golf cart ride was not an issue. Anytime we needed to go our car, someone on the friendly staff was more than happy to give us a lift. We ate breakfast and dinner (one night) at the Mad Batter and found the food excellent. For those not staying at the hotel and waiting in the long lines outside the hotel waiting to get in for breakfast - it's worth the wait! We will be back next year!
We stayed at the Carroll Villa for two nights during the last week of August. Our room was clean and pretty. Wonderful location so close to the beach and in the heart of town. I loved the character of the hotel and the restaurant. We have a 2.5 year old and they were very welcoming and accommodating. Would definitely recommend this hotel!
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88% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1217 reviews