Historic Cape May Hotel
On the shores of Cape May, NJ, one of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations, sits the Carroll Villa Hotel. As the pioneer of New Jersey eco-tourism, the Carroll Villa merges boutique Cape May accommodations and Victorian charm. Each of the 19 guest rooms are uniquely decorated and modernly appointed with a touch of luxury, with the intent of keeping the esthetic charm intact.
This Cape May hotel is over 100 years old and is home to The Mad Batter Restaurant, which has routinely been named one of the best restaurants in Cape May. Legend has it that Harry Kulkowitz, the original owner, won The Carroll Villa in a poker game. The reality is, he fell in love with the building. Where others saw a “fixer-upper”, Harry saw a gathering place for food and art lovers. Although he owned an art gallery in Philadelphia, Harry Kulkowitz didn’t have the financing to buy the building, but a man from Cape May, Henry Gorelick, put in a good word for him at the bank.
Kulkowitz became an innkeeper and restauranteur and named his restaurant The Mad Batter. At the time, Cape May had few restaurants and no fine dining in town. With the induction of the Mad Batter, the Cape May restaurant scene exploded.
A Family Affair
While Harry Kulkowitz was launching the hotel and making a name for himself as an innkeeper and restauranteur, his son Mark was in Europe with the Army. After being discharged, and with some prodding from his father, Mark came to Cape May and started working at the Carroll Villa Hotel.
Mark and his wife Pam have been running the hotel and restaurant for 30 years and have three children of their own, all of whom have grown up in the business just like their father.
The three children have had their hand in the growth of the business; Kyle runs the bar, Marta, along with her mother, has updated the guest rooms to be more contemporary, moving away from the Victorian sensibilities which characterized the property over the decades, and Tess helps in the summer months when she is not in college.
The Perfect Venue for Your Wedding or Business Event
Your perfect day is made even more so with the backdrop of this charming seaside village. The Garden Terrace is light-filled with its own fireplace and french doors for the perfect intimate setting. Our experienced wedding coordinator will help you plan a memorable and perfect event, plus a rehearsal dinner for up to 75 guests.
This Historic Cape May Hotel also offers modern amenities for meetings, workshops, and corporate dinners for up to 60 people. The packages offered are tailored to meet your specific needs; spacious meeting rooms, comfortable guest rooms, breakfast, lunch, and dinner services, plus snack break treats. As an added bonus, the staff at the Carroll Villa can plan leisure activities for when you and your guests are ready to take a break.
bnbfinder.com Diamond Collection
The Historic Cape May Hotel is part of bnbfinder’s featured Diamond Collection. Each bnbfinder Diamond Collection member is unique, special and exceptional in their own way.
As a guest of a bnbfinder Diamond Collection member property, you can expect:
- A fully licensed and insured independent lodging property that goes to great lengths to ensure your safety and security all in the setting of a luxury inn, bed and breakfast or boutique hotel
- Daily fresh cooked breakfast included in your room rate
- Flexible check-in and guaranteed late arrival
- 24-hour accessibility to service and staff
- An inn owner and staff committed to ensuring your positive experience throughout your stay
- Private bathrooms in the majority of rooms
We invite you to experience each of these great properties to discover what luxurious, professional, independent small lodging can and should be like.