A new hotel is joining the Cape May lodging scene, and this one is pet-friendly! The Boarding House boasts a modern, surf-chic vibe and a pro-dog policy, to boot. Moreover, the hotel is a short walk from Cape May’s shopping and dining scene. It’s also just a quick bike ride or drive to the beach.
The hotel’s 11 rooms are airy and light. Each one has accents by local artists as well as custom touches; the latter designs are courtesy of Philadelphia architecture and interior design firm, DAS Architects.
The Boarding House is also built for surfers. Specifically, each room has its own surfboard rack, so you don’t have to keep your board on your car. The hotel even provides a copy of the local surf report daily; in other words, guests will always know where to find the best waves in the area. “There is an active surf and watersport culture in Cape May,” says Maria Leonetti, marketing coordinator for The Boarding House. “You’ll find lots of great surfing spots here.”
As mentioned earlier, the Boarding House welcomes guests traveling with pets. There is a $35 fee per night for up to two dogs. (But the fee doesn’t apply to guide dogs or assistive dogs). However, there are some ground rules: First, dogs must weigh less than 80 pounds. In addition, they must be on a controlled leash when not inside your room. Finally, they only allow dogs on first-floor rooms. “The second floor rooms will remain dog-free, so those rooms are perfect for guests with allergy concerns.” says Leonetti.
Guests with pups will be happy to know there is a pet-friendly park across the road, Lafayette Street Park. Furthermore, hotel guests have free access to the park from dawn to dusk. (There is typically a license fee to bring dogs.)
Rooms and Amenities
The Boarding House has various room configurations to suit your needs. The King Suite sleeps four, with a living area and private balcony. Standard rooms sleep up to two people. Four guests can stay in the Queen Double Room, though the beds are a bit smaller.
Amenities in all rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker (with coffee blends by Cape May Roasters), Bluetooth speaker, and alarm. Additionally, each room offers an LED TV, garment steamer, and free WiFi. All rooms are nonsmoking. Optional breakfast baskets are available for $25, which Boarding House will deliver to your room each morning. Yoga mats are also available upon request.
One standout amenity is free access to Montreal Beach Club, which includes two chaise lounges and one umbrella per room. If you’d rather visit the hotel’s rooftop deck, you can relax in a deluxe chaise lounge beneath an expansive umbrella. (The deck is nonsmoking.)
The Boarding House is also eco-friendly. For example, the hotel uses low-flow toilets, handcrafted soaps from Shore Soaps Cape May, LED lighting, and energy-efficient appliances.
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