Established in 1876, The historic Chalfonte Hotel is recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Cape May, America's Original Seaside Resort. Situated just two blocks from the beach, The Chalfonte offers a unique seashore experience defined by warm, Southern-style hospitality and simplistic traditions. We cater to every budget with spacious suites, guest rooms with premium and European style baths, and traditional rooms with shared baths down the hall. Guest rooms feature crisp linens and cool seaside colors, and are free of televisions, telephones, and clock radios. Our nationally acclaimed Magnolia Room restaurant serves Southern-style fare with lovingly prepared family recipes and our King Edward Bar is famous for its classic cocktails and casual ambiance. Our guests continuously return from around the world to enjoy this very special destination.
The Chalfonte Hotel—"Where the South meets the North"
As the Chalfonte Hotel celebrates its 135th Anniversary in 2011, the nation recognizes the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It's an appropriate coincidence, as the Chalfonte's has always been, "Where the South meets the North;" historically, geographically, and culturally.
Historically, as it was built and established by Civil War Union Colonel Henry Sawyer, and later taken over and operated for more than 60 years by The Satterfield's of Richmond, Virginia, a family with deep ties to the Confederate Army.
Geographically, the Chalfonte is located in Cape May; New Jersey's southernmost point, below the Mason-Dixon Line and running parallel with Washington D.C.
Culturally, our long-standing tradition of warm hospitality and nationally-acclaimed Southern style fare is an essential part of the Chalfonte experience. Meals are lovingly prepared by the third generation of Dickerson women, whose matriarch Clementine who came with the Satterfield family every summer from their Virginia home. Clementine's daughter Helen soon followed, and later Helen's daughter's Dot and Lucille; who today continue the 90-year tradition of turning out their beloved family recipes for Chalfonte guests.
To celebrate this very special connection, this year The Chalfonte will unveil for the first time our Chalfonte Collection; a unique assembly of Civil War artifacts with a Chalfonte connection. It's not a dusty history, but a living, breathing association we look forward to sharing through this very special exhibit!
The King Edward Bar
This legendary hangout is an intimate place where locals and guests mingle over domestic & imported beers, fine wines, and classic cocktails.
The book has arrived! Now available for purchase online
The Old Girl, the Grand Dame, the Leading Lady, the Place that Time Forgot... The Chalfonte, in the historic seaside town of Cape May, NJ, has been called a lot of things by the people who have loved this magical hotel over the last 135 years.
The Chalfonte Experience!
The Chalfonte is a traditional seashore hotel unlike any other in historic Cape May. For generations, guests have returned for the Chalfonte's unique charm and simplistic ambiance. Read experiences our guests have shared.
Beautiful and charming. A trip into the past.
- Alyse Matsil