Upon arrival at the Dormer, my first impression was that it was not very welcoming. We had to wait for several minutes for anyone to acknowledge we were there. The owner, Lucille, came out of the kitchen, didn't introduce herself, and had one of what appearted to be a member of the housekeeping staff check us in. We stayed in the Diana room, which was located on the second floor up a very narrow and steep flight of stairs. The owner did warn us about that however. The room was OK but two of the windows didn't have screens on them and the window sills were filthy. The mini-fridge was plugged into a power strip along with the oil filled heater. A definite safety issue in my opinion. Luckily we didn't need the heater. Bathroom was OK. The next day when we arrived in the main area for breakfast no one was there to greet us with a "Good morning" and explain how breakfast was handled. We had to wait on a table so we went into the living area and found what we thought was coffee for breakfast which was a one cup coffee maker and small tea cups. Once there was table available, it took forever for a kitchen staff member to clean up the previous diners dishes. Once we sat down, we figured out there was already a carafe of coffee and coffee mugs available. Again, no one around to ask questions. The couple we were traveling with recognized Dennis but he (Dennis) never introduced himself or asked how the room was, did we have any questions, etc. My experiences with other B&B's is that the owners are always available and mingling with their guests. When my boyfriend checked out, Dennis checked us out but didn't introduce himself or ask how our stay was. I will not stay at the Dormer house again and will not recommend it to anyone considering a trip to Cape May. The Dormer House needs some serious renovations, upgrades, and paint.
Cape May, NJ 08204-2310
United States of America
Innkeeper(s): Lucille & Dennis Doherty
Circa 1899. This three-story Colonial Revival estate is three blocks from the ocean and the historic walking mall. The inviting wraparound porch, with its red drapes and striped awnings, is often enjoyed as the site for afternoon tea. Originally built by marble-dealer John Jacoby, the inn retains much of the original marble and furniture.
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