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Leith Hall Historic Seashore Inn

22 Ocean St , Cape May, NJ 08204-2412 USA (Show map)

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Ocean views, large porch with rocking chairs, Restored 1880s Victorian, near beach and shops, delicious breakfast & afternoon refreshments



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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A Very Special B&B

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!).

We had a wonderful stay

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.

Recent stay.

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

A lovely place to stay!

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.

Authentic B & B

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.

affordable, great location, convivial hosts

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.

Leith Hall Was Delightful!

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)

Leith Hall

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

Weekend at Cape May

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

Quaint and Romantic

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.

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Location Type

Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Small town, Wine country


Atlantic City, NJ (ACY) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Atlantic City Expressway West to Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Lafayette Street to Ocean Street. Turn left onto Ocean Street and take almost to the beach. Last Victorian house on the righthand side (1/2 block from the ocean)

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, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi , 24 hr pantry area with beverages and ice, ocean views and large porch, Beach towels and chairs, iron, ironing board & hairdryers, small VCR tapes/DVD library at no charge, On-site limited parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Walking tours, Lighthouse tours, Trolley Tours, House & Museum tours, Theater, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only only on exterior porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited age 12 and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: varies between 1 to 3 nights
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: For one night stays, the entire amount is due in advance. For longer stays, 50% of the entire amount is due in advance and applied to your entire stay.
  • Cancellations: If you cancel or shorten your reservation more than 2 weeks in advance of your arrival, we will return your deposit minus a $30.00 processing fee. Half of your deposit will be returned if you cancel or shorten your reservation 8 to 14 days in advance. Sorry, your deposit is not refundable if you cancel or shorten your reservation within a week of your expected arrival.



Elan & Susan Zingman-Leith

Languages spoken

Yiddish, English, French

About the innkeepers

Antiques, preservation, history

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  • Time Served: 8:30-10:00
  • Serving Location: parlor, porch

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian



22 Ocean St , Cape May, NJ 08204-2412 USA (Show map)

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