Being a usual visitor to Cape May in the summer, even with the crowds, we love to walk by the Virginia Hotel to "ooh and ahh" over their gorgeous flowers and plantings out front. Well, this time, thanks to a great TripAdvisor coupon, we were able to afford a one nite stay at The Virginia over New Years Eve weekend. I have to say, after a spin around town to look at all the Xmas lights, theirs was the absolute best of the bunch. Stuffed Santas galore climbing all over the outside of the hotel, all the way to the cupola! Giant shiny Xmas balls and greenery all around, lit up and visible for blocks. A real stand out in a town that goes all out for Xmas.(Altho I will say the Xmas lights are definitely not as spectacular as they used to be in Cape May. It was kind of sad.) This hotel's decorations are a "don't miss" if you're in town. We loved the hotel even if it did seem like things were winding down for the winter. We weren't able to eat in the Ebbitt Room as it was closed but were able to order some light bites w/ drinks at dinner time. We had calamari and mussels, both very good, as we expected.
Our room was very nice, definitely on the modern side, so don't expect any Victorian frou frou here. We loved the big fluffy pillows and bedding. Just so relaxing, you might not want to leave your room. Don't plan on doing any reading at night tho. Impossible due to the terrible lighting. The bathroom was nice, altho we found the dark flooring kind of jarring. The showerhead that supposed to be a "rain" type was on the tiny side and was very hard to regulate. Hot, cold, hot, cold. I ended up being more annoyed than clean and relaxed! Bulgari and Neutrogena toiletries were a nice touch and there were plenty of towels. Great terry robes too.
The Virginia Hotel is basically a big old Victorian that's turned modern. There's no big reception area but the small fireplace, with real wood logs that were thrown on regularly,added a real cozy touch. It was a nice place to sit and chat, even if a bit cramped. One note - they totally need to lose the white plastic cube tables in this same room. Totally tacky and not in keeping with the vibe at all. Plus it was tough to eat our assortment of appetizers that we had ordered on them.
Breakfast was included but it seemed kind of on the "wind down" as well. We asked for bread and they weren't sure if they had any. The fresh OJ was wonderful as was the small dish of fresh fruit. Also included was yogurt, a muffin and a bagel. Not a huge breakfast but enough to get you on your way to explore the town.
The only downside to our stay was a noisy bunch of guys out in the back patio/yard that I'm assuming were staying in one of the hotels' cottages. They were whooping it up to the wee hours and we normally like to hit the hay around 11. Not going to happen here. Also not too nice to have the police arresting someone in the room next door at 2 am!! Just some minor inconveniences (if you like to sleep soundly thru the night)!
I'd probably make a return visit but I'd be a little hesitant. If it's this noisy during January can you imagine what July would be like!!?!?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Virginia offers 24 intimate rooms in an impeccably restored 1879 landmark building and is the foremost luxury hotel in Cape May, NJ. Nestled on Jackson Street in the heart of the famed historic district of Cape May New Jersey, the Virginia Hotel offers its guests a flawless integration of service and style, with a timeless glamor. The hotel does not accept children. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Virginia Hotel Cape May
- Virginia Cape May
- The Virginia Cape May