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We loved the Carroll Villa
My wife & I had a wonderful stay at the Carroll Villa Hotel in Cape May NJ. For our first time in Cape May, we really were lucky to pick such a beautiful place, a wonderful old Victorian inn.
Our room was comfortable and quiet & beautifully appointed. We were especially fond of the breakfasts at The Mad Batter. We enjoyed our trip to Cape May, antiquing, walking the beaches, walking through town and admiring the sights. We enjoyed being some of the few vacationers in town during the off-season.
We will definitely return to Cape May and the Carroll Villa!
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!
Jason & Julianne Farabaugh
North Wales, PA
We loved the Carroll Villa!!!!!!!
On June third my boyfriend and I stayed at the Carroll Villa hotel, it was a so wonderful!!!!!! We wanted to have a quiet getaway to relax and enjoy each other and were able to do so. The room was very clean and nice, and it was very quiet. It felt like a home away from home. The food was delicious and at night they have a gentleman play in the restaurant. The staff was very helpful in the little things we asked for and one of our favorite parts was being able to go downstairs and get a movie. All in all it was wonderful and we will be going back again!
A pleasant stay at the Carroll Villa
We stayed at this hotel/b&b for one night while satisfying our curiosity regarding the fame and reputation of Cape May. We found the town and its Victorian Houses pleasant and worth the trip, but perhaps a touch over-rated.
The Carroll Villa was excellent and the staff friendly and accommodating, happily providing a first floor room for an elderly member of our family. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed with good quiet airconditioning units (the modern Japanese type) - the bathroom (ours anyway) was a bit on the basic side expecially where the shower was concerned. (Note! Hand held shower heads are inexpensive and widely available at Home Depot folks!)
The breakfasts, partly included in the room price, were excellent. but we did not eat dinner in the hotel, having scoped out the situation while having an expensive drink in the bar. The dining room was crowded and very noisy - conversation fighting an amplified guitar, bass and drums group that seemingly played the same blues-based material endlessly, at length and not very imaginatively - and the plates of food coming out looked a bit ho-hum.
So - stay at the Carroll Villa, definitely and eat dinner next door at the Ebbitt Room. (Stunningly good meal)
Cape May in the Winter
You wouldn't normally think to visit a seaside town in the dead of winter - but we had a really nice experience! Here are some highlights:
Carroll Villa Hotel: GREAT! It was so warm and cozy. Room we booked was small (prices vary depending on room size) but perfect! The bed was so clean and warm and comfy. Great example of old Victorian charm. It is also located right in the middle of everything, so we could walk to the ocean or to the shops.
Mad Batter Restaurant: Located downstairs in the Carroll Villa. With our stay we received complementary breakfast there and we really enjoyed it. The Blueberry Oatmeal pancakes were so delicious!
Trolley Ride - "Haunted Houses of Cape May": When you get to Cape May make sure you pick up the brochure for events happening in the town. We really made the most of our weekend using that. They have a number of different trolley rides and tours around Cape May. The haunted one was cute and worth the price. There is a storyteller on board who points out homes where ghosts have been spotted. We didn't see any ourselves, but we were still a little shaken up!
Cape May Lighthouse: Newly renovated and also worth the trip. Climb to the top for a really nice view of Cape May!
Cape May was nice for a relaxing weekend together. Since it is mostly a summer tourist attraction, there wasn't a tremendous amount of things happening, but with a little research you can definitely keep yourself busy. We enjoyed it very much.
Despite living in NJ for 20 years, we had never been to Cape May. We took advantage of all three kids being away and made reservations for two nights at the Carroll Villa on the recommendation of friends who usually stay at another Cape May property (which is much more expensive). We joined two other couples for a getaway weekend at the beach.
The Carroll Villa was excellent!
Because of the last minute nature of our trip, there wasn't a great selection of rooms left, so we ended up with a cozy room in the Annex, which is reached by a separate stairway off the front porch. Despite being small with no view, it was very clean and comfortable. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, the room was charming and perfect for a weekend away. The private bathroom was also clean and well-stocked with comfortable towels and wall mounted dispensers in the shower. And between the ceiling fan and the powerful wall mounted air conditioner, the room was cool and comfortable (one of my absolute requirements!).
There were also a clock radio and a small TV in the room.
The staff at the Carroll Villa was very helpful in making recommendations, giving directions and being of service. (One minor complaint was the sliding glass barrier at the office window, which made me feel a little like I was at a doctor's office when we checked in, but I'm sure that's to keep the A/C in the office contained -- can't really fault them for that). There was a big basket of beach towels for guest use in the lobby. (The hotel is 1/2 block from the beach).
I used the public "living room" in the early morning hours to get a little work done on my laptop before my wife woke up; the wireless network worked fine and it was an enjoyable space to get the email done.
The rate included a $30 voucher for breakfast at the hotel's Mad Batter restaurant -- I don't think I've ever had so delicious a fruit assortment in one bowl -- and off street parking about a 10 minute walk away.
Summary: room was clean and comfortable, service was great, amenities were excellent. For a great "country inn" experience down the shore, enjoy the Carroll Villa.
Our room was beautiful; the staff was extremely friendly; the food, of course, was outstanding. The central location of the Carroll Villa makes it so convenient to both the beach and the shops. This is the fourth B&B we've stayed at in Cape May, and the only ammenity we would add is an afternoon service that some others provide. Granted those B&B's have porches, which Carroll Villa can't use due to the restaurant. But even something in the parlor would be a nice added touch. Overall, a welcoming stay!
girls get-away - fabulous!
What a great location! Just half a block from the beach, and a block and a half from the shopping mall! Really nice people, very clean. We walked every where. And the free breakfast (they give you a voucher) was delicious! We had a great girls get-away! I'd DEFINATELY stay there again!
Loved Carol Villa!!
This is the second time we stayed at this B&B and we had a great time. We stayed in Room 1 for 3 nights which is a large bedroom and very comfortable, the only thing is if you are a late sleeper the garbage man woke us up to pick up the dumpster on that side of the building. Only half a block to the beach and a block to the town and shops. The food is awesome and we received a voucher for breakfast every morning and also a voucher for dinner in their restaurant. We parked our car in the town lot about 4 blocks away but we didn't use the car again until we were ready to leave. Book the Horse carriage ride early (in town) because we could not get a reservation.No complaints about this B&B.
Decidedly neutral ...
I think the best thing about the Carroll Villa is its location. It is exactly a half-block from the beach and only a block from the Washington Street Pedestrian Mall (with all the shops and a slew of restaurants). After that, I'm pretty in the middle. The prices were ok, considering the season (about $180 a night), they provide towels for the beach, and the rooms were in fairly good shape, but don't expect much else.
There are a lot of rooms at this inn (compared to most of the smaller 5-10 room B&B's in town) and that means a lot of guests. Because of that, they're focused mainly on turning over rooms and getting you out once your stay is done (they informed me that I couldn't get a late-checkout because it is Summer and all). There were one or two interactions with the front-desk, where the clerk didn't even take her eyes off of her computer monitor.
The Mad Batter restaurant (downstairs) is ok. The food isn't exactly anything to write home about nor is the Inn, in general -- which was just fine for us (we just walked a few minutes to some good restaurants/bars/night-spots). It deserves the 3 (out of 5) star rating. If you're interested in something more out of your stay, you should spend a little cash and get a room at The Virginia (next door) or Congress Hall (two blocks away).
Loved the Carroll Villa
This is the ninth year in a row that my wife and I have stayed at the Carroll Villa during the week of our anniversary. We have always been pleased with all aspects of our stay. The rooms have always been clean, well maintained, and attractively decorated. The staff is courteous and helpful at all times. And, the breakfast served at the attached Mad Batter Restaurant is delicious. We will continue to reserve our anniversary week at the Carroll Villa each year.
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