4.8 on November 03, 2015
With so many B&Bs to choose from in Cape May, it can be hard to narrow your search. Hopefully what I am about to say helps you decide on Leith Hall, one of the best lodging experience I've ever had. My wife and I have been coming to Cape May for about 6 years and never before have we stayed in a place so accommodating. Elan and Suzie are courteous, considerate, and professional but also very personable. Their collective knowledge of Victorian culture and travel is a treat to hear about. The entire building is authentically decorated in 19th-century Victorian furniture. We stayed in the Turkish suite which included a fridge/kitchen area, sitting room, table and chairs, a king bed, and private bathroom. Our room was always promptly cleaned in the morning while we ate. Modest though he is, Elan is a phenomenal chef, and his experience shows with every breakfast and afternoon tea. Do yourself a favor and stay at Leith Hall. Conveniently located, friendly staff, and it's sure to be a fine addition to your stay in the already-beautiful Cape May.
4.6 on August 24, 2015
This was our first trip to Cape May. We were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. We have stayed at B&Bs before , but this was absolutely the BEST! Room was amazing. Breakfast as well as afternoon tea were wonderful. Susan and Elan are gracious hosts and we did not want to leave. This is going to be a place we return to. M &S Ringtown, Pa
4.4 on April 08, 2015
What a fun B&B. Leith Hall truly captures the Victorian era décor and ambiance, while being very comfortable. Returning to Cape May for the first time in 20 years, we were looking for an ocean view room for our one early Springtime night in Cape May and had a supreme view from our spacious 2nd Floor Suite. It was an easy, short walk to the ocean. We have always loved the Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers since seeing them in the Ebenezer Maxwell House Mansion Museum in Germantown/Philadelphia, PA, and so, were very pleased to be able to see them put to beautiful use and to live in such a fun space for a day. The innkeepers, world-adventurers, Susan and Elan, were very personable, and gracious, knowledgeable, and present. The afternoon tea was a wonderful respite. The buffet style breakfast was very good ~ delicious thick slices of Challah French Toast, Sausage, and Fruit Bowl on our morning, Some B&B's we've stayed in ~ in PA, New York, and California most recently ~ offered a larger spread or more breakfast choices, but the Leith Hall breakfast was gratifying. We also liked the location of Leith Hall - close to the ocean, and to the Washington Street street-mall. We will want to stay at Leith Hall on our next visit to Cape May - which we hope will be within the next year (and not the gone too long twenty years!).
4.6 on August 13, 2014
The room was wonderful,clean and comfortable. The breakfast was so good,sitting on the porch watching Cape May start the day was very relaxing. I know it is an innkeepers job to be NICE,but Susan and Elan truly ARE nice. Most thing you want to do are in easy walking distance even for seniors like us. We had a great time.
4.6 on July 16, 2014
Elan and Susan are wonderful hosts. We loved our room. Staying at Leith Hall made our anniversary special.This was our second time here,and we will definitely return soon. The Sloane's
4.8 on May 13, 2014
We enjoyed talking with Elan and Susan about Cape May and their home is lovely! The breakfasts were wonderful as was the room we stayed in.
4.0 on May 06, 2014
This was our 2nd visit to Leith Hall. We loved that the room was on the 1st floor and that they were spotless. The bathroom was the only problem we had with the room as it was extremely small. We also liked that it was a half block from the ocean . Susan and Elan could not have been nicer and we learned so much about the area and the homes from both. The breakfasts were good and plentiful. I would recommend Leith Hall to anyone who would enjoy a very Victorian atmosphere.
4.8 on December 21, 2013
We have stayed at a few other B&B's, and prefer their quiet quirkiness and intimacy over standard hotel/motel decor--and having to search out one's own breakfast in the morning! Leith Hall in particular offers quite the Victorian ambience (décor, afternoon tea) that Cape May is famous for, in addition to modern amenities. and an excellent location.
5 on September 18, 2013
My husband and I love to stay in Bed & Breakfast Inns, and Leith Hall was the best. The innkeepers were very friendly, the accommodations and location could not have been any better, and the homemade breakfasts and tea treats were wonderful. Anne Taylor (in Virginia)
5 on September 05, 2013
This is a wonderful B&B located 1/2 block from the beach. We have stayed here 6 times and always have a great time. Elan and Susan are wonderful hosts, gregarious and interesting. Elan knows pretty much everything there is to know about Cape May and Victorian culture and architecture and is fun to talk with. The Turkish Suite on the 2nd floor has a clear view of the ocean from the bed and one can also enjoy the view from the rocking chairs on the wrap around porch. Elan does the cooking so the Breakfast is always a delight and the tea time sweets are not to be missed. We had a Jacuzzi, a flat screen TV with full cable (though we seldom watched) and WiFi. 5 of the rooms come with parking in the rear - a must have for Cape May in the summer. We will be back again next year. Pete Wells
4.4 on July 03, 2013
our stay at Leith Hall exceeded my expectations. This was our first try at b&b and it couldn't have been better! The accomodations were fantastic! Elan and Susan were terrific hosts,the food was terrific, 2 blocks (if u could all it that) from the beach and you felt like you were home!The short walk to where we had to park wasn't a problem and all in all, I would love to return, our long weekend went by way too fast! Dave and Michelle Bingamton, ny
4.4 on May 22, 2013
This was our first experience with a B&B and it exceeded our expectations. We were greeted by Violet and instantly felt welcomed. Our room was cozy and romantic with a beautiful ocean view. Both Elan and Susan were pleasant and kind, the afternoon tea was amazing and breakfast was excellent. We will not only be returning to Leith Hall but highly recommend it anyone who is lucky enough to visit Cape May.
5 on April 03, 2013
Leith Hall is an absolutely wonderful B&B! The decor is fantastic, breakfast was superb, location excellent, but the best thing that Leith Hall has going for it is Susan and Elan. They are so friendly and so knowledgeable about almost everything and such a pleasure to chat with. Afternoon tea was a great hit with Elan's homemade goodies. My particular favorite were the chocolate-blackberry crumble bars. We were particularly fortunate that one of the other guests, marvelous pianist, played during tea.
4.8 on January 02, 2013
This is a wonderful and reasonably priced B&B to stay at. We stay in Cape May for several days every year right after Christmas. Both Susan and Elan were easy to talk to and very gracious hosts. Can't say enough about both the breakfasts as well as the Tea time goodies. Although my wife and I stay in different B&B's every year, we are considering coming back to the Leith Hall again. The location is terrific for strolls to the beach or to the Washington Street Mall.
4.6 on December 06, 2012
The ambiance and the food were excellent. We'll return to this inn without a doubt.
4.8 on September 24, 2012
We booked this accommodation over the phone as we had trouble booking other hotels over the Internet. We forgot to mention our toddler as we take a pack and play and it normally makes no difference - we didn't see the Internet requests for children 12 years and over welcome!!! As you can imagine our horror when we arrived to hear that they don't usually accommodate young children! The owners were fantastic and made us so welcome and luckily the other guest were also very understanding. We were so grateful! The hotel is in a fantastic position. Close to the Main Street and the beach is over the road. Personal touches like beach towels, deck chairs and a hot running outside shower that are for guests use anytime was lovely. The rooms we had were beautiful with delightful sea views. Breakfast was delicious and something different every day. The owners were extremely friendly and made time to ensure each guest was having a nice time and if they needed anything. Overall a fantastic experience once we got over our embarrassing mistake! Would definitely recommend!
5 on September 12, 2012
The wife and I spent a very enjoyable time at the Leith Hall Inn, the food was pleasant to eat and the service was outstanding. We have stayed at lots of hotels, but you can't get the service or food at these places. If your going to Cape May, I highly suggest staying at the Leith Hall Inn! Also the people that you meet there are very nice to talk too as well.
4.8 on August 12, 2012
This bed and breakfast is one block off the ocean and we had ocean views from our upper floor bedroom. Stayed in the Maple Leaf room which was clean, comfortable and quiet. It had a separate sitting room with a fireplace, tv and mini fridge and it also had its own private bathroom. Susan and Élan, the owners, could not have been more gracious. There was a delicious hot breakfast each morning and drinks and treats on the porch each afternoon during tea time. There were beach towels and beach chairs to borrow as well. Overall, it was a wonderful stay - just wish we had stayed longer!
4.4 on July 09, 2012
I happened across Leith Hall when searching for an in near the beach and near the Washington Mall. We stayed for only one night, and I was very sad to leave as early as I did. Susan checked us in much earlier than the stated check-in time, giving us a thorough description of the inn, the town, and the meals. In conversation, it came up that Elon had been involved in the renovation and administration of the Physick house, which added another great experience to the trip. We stayed in the Celebrity room. All in all, our room was small but well appointed. The air conditioning was sufficient to keep the room cool during 100 degree heat. The location was within walking distance to most of the town. Afternoon tea was a refreshing treat that we did not expect (Elon's homemade baked goods were brilliant!). The challah french toast in the morning was fluffy and flavorful. I was stunned by the decor, thrilled with the food, and charmed by the innkeepers. I would absolutely return.
4.6 on June 22, 2012
To say that Susan and Elan are superb innkeepers is, indeed, an understatement as they certainly went out of their way to be helpful. The food, accommodations, and service were definitely beyond reproach, and both Susan and Elan were constantly attentive to their guests' needs. Highly recommended and hope to return there soon!
5 on June 17, 2012
We have stayed there for 23 years because the Victorian era is authentically and beautifully represented, Susan and Elan truly enjoy being hosts and the food is delicious and they are one block from the beach.
4.6 on June 12, 2012
Leith Hall is taking a step back into the Victorian era. Great place to stay in Cape May. The hosts are great and very knowledgeable of area and of the era. Breakfast is fantastic and the conversation is great. Plan to stay when we return to Cape May. Stan Kanowicz
5 on May 30, 2012
Staying at leith Hall is a plus in all categories as all rooms, surroundings, verranda,common area and bathrooms were spectacularly clean and crisp. The breakfast as well as evening tea, which is included, is superb being all made from scratch. Being here for about 5 times now I feel as if i'm going to stay at family for a couple days.
4.2 on May 04, 2012
Much needed evening & day to unwind. It was perfect that the Summer season hadn't started. But still plenty of people in town & at the Inn. To me it felt like my clildhood when I was a little girl. Elan & Susan were very personal.
5 on April 22, 2012
I am giving the highest rating I can to Leith Hall! I am a repeat customer for many years. My room is very comfortable and the furnishings and decor are so beautiful. Elan and Susan are warm and friendly - it's so nice to chat with them during tea and breakfast. And the food is delicious! It's also right at the beach. I always love going back!
4.6 on November 16, 2011
Enjoyed our recent, Nov 2011, stay very much. Hosts were wonderful. Food was great. The afternoon teas are a nice touch. Location is great too. Considering a return trip next year.
4.2 on October 13, 2011
I had never stayed in a B&B before, so had no idea what to expect. Susan & Elan went out of their way to allow us to change out of our "period clothing" before traveling, even though we had "checked out" 2 hours previous to our need. The rooms were well cared for and the breakfasts and afternoon tea were delicious and plentiful. If you are going to Cape May, seriously consider Leith Hall as your
4.4 on September 21, 2011
My wife and I love going to Cape May in September, the crowds are down and the ocean is warm. This year we decided to try a bed and breakfast instead of the usual hotel stay. Searching the internet to find one consumed many of my evenings. We finally decided on Leith Hall after reading many reviews of many B&B's. Upon arrival, we knew we made the right choice. The location was beautiful, a block from the beach and an easy walk to shopping and restaurants. The real key to our enjoyment was the owners and staff. We immediately felt welcome and it was obvious the owners were passionate about evey aspect of the bed and breakfast experience. For my money, if you enjoy good food and conversation, Leith Hall is at the top of the list.
4.4 on July 01, 2011
We had an exceptional experience at Leith Hall. It is very close to the ocean and all of the wonderful shops at Cape May. A short drive to the lighthouse made our trip complete. Susie and Elan and staff made our stay wonderful...and their food was an added bonus!
2.2 on June 17, 2010
After reading the 8 reviews posted about this B&B, I am wondering if we're talking about the same place. Leith Hall was shabby, and overwhelmingly centered on the man of the house, including a daily dose of his very liberal (and intrusive) political opinions at breakfast and teatime. Food was quite good, as were the towels in the bathroom and the rockers on the porch. I had to ask for help with my luggage (having been relegated to the second floor Turkish Room) and even then, the owner only took it part way to the car. Although I only stayed two nights, with a night in Atlantic City between the two in Cape May, I had to pay for 3. It is true that the location is good, and within walking distance of most of the interesting places to see in the historic district. For the money ($250/night plus tax), it was very poor value.
We hope to give our guests a personal, fun experience at our bed and breakfast with lots of good food and entertaining chat on the porch - mostly about Victoriana, travel, things to do in Cape May, not usually politics. It sometimes happens that people want to try a "Victorian Bed & Breakfast in Cape May" but find out that they prefer the high-roller experience in a glitzy casino hotel in Atlantic City. This is clearly true in this case as many of his comments only make sense when talking about a hotel. For example, when guests make a reservation at our B&B, they choose the specific room that they want to be in - we do not have interchangeable rooms like a hotel so the comment about being "relegated to the second floor" simply doesn't make sense. The suite he chose (only available on the second floor) is one of our largest and has onsite parking. In our description we always mention what floor a room is on because some people don't want to walk to the third floor. We are in an 1880s Victorian house so we do not have an elevator. I find it surprising that the guest is complaining about someone helping him bring his luggage down from the second floor (we are not a hotel with bellhops but usually offer to help bring luggage down)! The luggage was brought down to the front of the house so that the guest could bring his car up to the front to put the luggage directly into the car. This was meant to be helpful, not annoying. The guest reserved three nights in our inn. He never spoke to us about not paying for the night he chose to stay in Atlantic City (right in the middle of his visit) - I think staying in Atlantic City that night must have been a last minute decision based on not wanting to drive after drinking. I believe this guest is used to and prefers large hotels with bellhops and elevators. I am glad that he enjoyed the food, the towels, and the rocking chairs.
5 on September 21, 2009
Every staff member at the Leith Hall was very pollite and helpfull. The breakfast was very tasty and the house was decorated very nice ( Felt like you were back in the late 1800s ) and it was very clean. The location is perfect, it is next to everything. The next block over was a bike rental place which I recommend (only $10 to rent for the whole day). Bikes make is extremely easy to get around town since everything is near by. Easier then driving around and looking for parking which you wont find for free. One thing that I would like others to know is that the free parking lot for the guests at the Leith Hall is about 4 blocks away (10 minute walk) which isnt a big deal since they do have a spot in front of the house for guest to load and unload their luggage and also you pass by a few interesting stores on your way to the parking lot which is always nice :) I had a great relaxing weekend thanks to Leith Hall and their staff !
5 on July 11, 2009
My husband and I just returned from Cape May, NJ. We stayed at Leith Hall for seven nights. We found Elan & Susan (the owners) and their staff to be very caring, friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding - especially the desserts at afternoon tea!! Our room (The Empire Room) was beautifully decorated and came complete with an ocean view! Cape May is a beautiful, relaxing place to visit. We highly recommend Leith Hall to anyone who will be visiting the Cape May area. --Farmington Hills, MI--
5 on December 08, 2008
What a very pleasant experience! Great breakfasts and afternoon tea - loved the scones. The Turkish Suite is very nice - all of the rooms are very true to the period and nicely decorated. My husband and I enjoyed chatting with the innkeepers who are both very gratious and can converse on any subject imaginable! We highly recommend this B&B.
4.4 on October 02, 2008
Leith Hall is clean, close to almost everything, and is run won by wonderfully nice and caring people. It was a great weekend getaway!!!
2.8 on August 07, 2008
The B & B was in a good location but was a little disappointed with the room. I felt like the house needed some upkeep. The innkeepers were very nice and accommodating. Most things were in walking distance which was a plus because the parking seemed like it was on the other side of town.
3.4 on July 17, 2008
Owners & staff very friendly & welcoming. Breakfast on front porch can't be beat. Home well kept. Only down was having to park several blocks away.
4.6 on June 09, 2008
The pictures do not do the place justice. Everything has been restored to perfection and the service is great. The breakfast and afternoon tea is so very good. Waking up to the smell of home made food never felt so good. The owners were great and the company there was very nice. We would all sit on the porch and talk about our day. Also, it was near everything Cape May has to offer. the Mall was 2 blocks, Cabanas was 1 block, beach was 1/2 block....list goes on. Must stay here if you choose a BB in Cape May, NJ