Elaine's Victorian Inn

513 Lafayette Street , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map)


Elaine's Victorian Inn is located in the heart of historic Cape May, NJ, just a few blocks from the beach and one block from the quaint Washington Street Mall. We are within walking distance of all of Cape May's attractions. Guests enjoy Free Parking. Elaine's not only has the charm of an 1880's Victorian, but also the modern amenities that make your stay here so comfortable. All of our ten rooms are unique in design and offer private victorian style bathrooms. Each morning, enjoy our delicious, complimentary made to order breakfast.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Very Enjoyable Experience!

5 on June 07, 2015

My wife and I stayed at Elaine's for three night. We were in Cape May celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. Everyone at Elaine's was very friendly and helpful. Room was very clean and the room service was excellent. A delicious breakfast served on the porch was a highlight each morning. We enjoyed the dinner and the theatre show with lots of laughter. Many activities at the B & B that we could be involved with. Would definitely recommend Elaine's Bed & Breakfast if you are looking for lodging in Cape May.

My Favorite B&B

5 on October 08, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to Elaines for the past 10 years. Their breakfast is amazing.The rooms are so charming, clean and comfortable. We always get room number 4 for the terrace is off of the room for late night cocktails and cuddling. The owner/innkeeper Silvia is cool chic, shes dynamic by always pre-exposing Elaines to new ideas. Her porch side happy hours are so comfortable. The atmosphere is FANTANTASIC. I highly reccomend it. Knock Wood and God Willing we will be back here every year for our wedding anniverasry for we fell in love at Elaines.


3.0 on July 02, 2014

Elaine's Victorian Inn was in a great location with kind and helpful staff. The breakfasts were also excellent. However, our room was small with barely room to walk around the bed and was a mixed bag as far as decorating. We had an Asian bed and night stands; orange sheets; a worn bedspread; aqua lamps and nothing matched. I thought Victorian Inns had Victorian décor! The carpets needed cleaning. The bathroom however, was large and very clean. There was no room to sit in our room and the only alternative was the porches where we felt compelled to buy drinks instead of just utilize them as part of our package.

Great Location ~ Not as touchy-feely, lol.

3.6 on May 23, 2014

I've actually stayed in 3 different rooms in Elaine's...all in one stay lol. The first was on an upper floor...it was spacious and well-decorated, but the steps going up were a killer! The two first floor rooms I stayed in were tiny but clean and the decor was again lovely.(tho a tad overpriced for the size but considering the season it was understandable) I went to the dinner show and had a FABULOUS time. Breakfast was tres lovely on the veranda and I loved that they contribute to the upkeep of feral cats in the neighborhood at an adjoining property. It was a very good stay, albeit ~ tis more impersonal than some. More hotel-ish I'd say. (Though I rush to acknowledge my every need was taken care of!)

Great B and B

5 on August 11, 2013

Our first time staying at Elaine's, great experience. We will stay there again. Great breakfast selection. Charlie and Pam Wallace

Our place

5 on April 24, 2013

I have never been to a bed and breakfast and my fiance didn't care for them. Well we stayed at Elaine's April 2013. From the moment Carol greeted us until she said good-bye, we had the perfect recharge of life weekend. The room and food were wonderful and we laughed the whole time during the dinner theater. Driving home my fiance turned to me and said, " we found OUR PLACE". Thank you Elaine's you will be see us again....Gerri and Kevin


4.6 on August 27, 2012

Just got back from a weekend at Elaline's and i must say it was perfect! They are so accomodating and very informative! The staff just can't seem to do enough for you, they make you feel like family...The room was very nice...my only complaint would be i wish they had bigger vanities in the bathroom... but don't let that deter you...the breakfast is to die for! I've traveled all over the world and my family agreed....Elaines got the best breakfast! The great thing is that it is close to everything! Great spot and great eats!!!!!

A Great Find

5 on August 17, 2012

We had a great stay in Cape May and had a fabulous time at Elaine's. Our room was ready and very clean. Plenty of clean towels and the beds were very comfortable. We stayed in Room 7. Very close to Mall and beach. Chairs and towels are also provided for the beach. We enjoyed dinner at the Haunted Mansion and having a drink at the bar. Breakfast was surely the best part of the day, you surely will not be disappointed as there is something for everyone on the menu. Planning a return visit this winter to Cape May and I know who I am calling first:)

Fabulous Summer Getaway!

3.8 on September 04, 2011

I stayed in 3 different rooms during my stay and all were lovely. The first floor rooms were small but quaint...furniture is unique; bathrooms very nice. The third floor room I had originally booked was gorgeous & spacious, but the many steps are steep and my arthritis just couldn't do it, so the staff graciously exchanged rooms for me and even gave me a room credit on the lesser $ rooms. Breakfast(full) on the outdoor porch was VERY satisfying, delicious and pleasantly serene. The location is phenomenal and the private assigned parking is a Godsend! The entire manor is surprizingly quiet at any hour. The young ladies in employ, were all friendly ...but the highlight of personalities here was the owner, whose elderly father keeps watch of the pkg lot...just seeing her have lunch with him and sit and spend time with him daily, warmed my heart sooo much! I like Good people!!! ...and I found them here! I attended the dinner theatre my first nite for "Gone with the Werewolves" and it was Hysterically funny(I'm still chuckling)...the cast was adorable and talented. Dinner was tres yummy and a really fab deal. I will definitely return again one day.

Zombies on the Beach!

3.4 on August 02, 2011

We stayed at this Inn October of 2010. Our room was beautiful and very comfortable. Felt it was a bit overpriced for the time of year though. The breakfasts were outstanding with a hot choice each morning and there were outdoor tables on the porch if you preferred eating outside (which we did). The Inn was within walking distance to the beach, shopping and restaurants. The Inn has a fabulous bar and restaurant with a dinner theatre. The shows are reasonably priced and fabulous!! Loved it there!

View More Reviews


Location Type

National historic landmark town, Countryside, Downtown, Island, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Small town, Village, Wine country


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 70 miles

Directions to property:

Follow Garden State Parkway south to end { mile marker "0" }. Parkway then becomes Lafayette Street as you enter Cape May. Elaine's is aprox. one mile down on right hand side.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Bird watching, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Dinner Theater and Haunted Mansion Restaurant, Victorian Pub, Beach Chairs & Umbrellas, Seasonal Decor, Sun Room & Veranda

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Historical tours, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

Visit Website


  • Check In:: 2:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited no toddlers or infants
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimun on Saturday
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One Night Deposit
  • Cancellations: Deposit is refundable only if cancellation is made 14 days prior to reservation. If canceled less than 14 days before arrival date, deposit will only be returned if the room can be re-rented, but will have a $25 service fee.



Shirley Phinney

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Innkeeper is interested in History, Archeology, the Supernatural, World Science. She has traveled extensively and spent a great deal of time researching theatrical projects.

Visit Website




  • Time Served: 9:00 to 10:30
  • Serving Location: Out Door Veranda, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Dinner Theater, Haunted Mansion

Signature Dish

Salmon Oscar
Generous portion of salmon filet, pan seared to perfection then crowned with a large portion of crab meat and smothered in Hollandaise sauce. Accompanied by tender shoots of asparagus.