Not What We Expected!
My husband and I stayed for 4 nights, 3 days at The Dormer House. Lucille, the Inn Keeper, greeted us and was very friendly. She upgraded us from a basic room located on the 2nd floor to the Dormer Suite, on the third floor. Lucille told us it might as well get used since it was just sitting. I thought that was a wonderful gesture and Lucille seemed like a very warm and friendly woman. I will tell you that that particular moment was the best part of our stay at the Dormer House (and I will say the onsite parking is a blessing). After our initial greeting and quick talk with Lucille, we never saw her again. We did get to meet Dennis (Lucille's husband) for about five minutes at breakfast, where we found him nice and down to earth, but he did not hang around to chat with anyone and hurried back into the house. The staff was not very friendly either (2 women who seemed to not enjoy their jobs). The house itself is very warm (no A/C, only in the bedrooms), and the indoor porch where breakfast is served, has only two screened in doors on either end (no screens on the porch windows) which made it unbearably hot, one morning to enjoy our breakfast. Most B&B's we have stayed at in Cape May also offer free water and nightly coffee you can fix yourself a wonderful plus. At the Dormer, she offered no water, and the nightly offering of "fix it yourself" coffee was sanka and powdered milk. Not at all what I expected from such a larger B&B. If I had to rate our room, I'd say it was a 3, since there were not many antiques in it and the noise from the window air conditioner was very loud. Thank goodness the queen sized bed was a pillow top and in good condition. The weather was nice during our stay, in the low 80's, so I can't imagine how hot it would be up on the third floor (where the Dormer Suite is located) during the dog days of August. My husband and I have been visiting Cape May for past 15 years, and were not impressed overall with the Dormer House, sorry to say. We will not be booking there again. PS: If you do plan to stay here, please be advised that there is one small refrigerator on the second floor that is available for use by the guests. My huband and I did not realize that at first, and thought it was stocked for the guests to take a water (like the other B&B's we have stayed at). We did take two waters with us up to our room, to find the next day a note in the frig stating the "bottled waters were not to be taken and that we needed to replace what we took"!!! WOW!!! A little embarrassing, and we hope that the person that wrote that note didn't die of thirst! Sorry for taking your water whoever you are!