107-113 Grant Street
Cape May, NJ 08204


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Hotel Alcott History
‹ CAPE MAY HISTORY About Our Hotel

The Hotel Alcott is Cape May's second-oldest operating hotel. This historic property debuted in 1878 as the Arlington House. The facility was considered a first class resort hotel at the time and throughout its subsequent years while operating as the Alcott House. Still later it became known as the Huntington House. According to legend, one of the Hotel's frequent patrons, and certainly its most famous, was Louisa May Alcott, who traveled here with her family from Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Many of the summer guests journeyed here via train during that period, and the hotel's site was primarily chosen because of its proximity to the Cape May Railroad Station which was located just across the street at the time. The rail station is gone, but the hotel remains and has been gloriously updated. In addition to updating its mechanical facilities, the building underwent an extensive restoration to ensure its continued designation as an outstanding Cape May vacation destination.

Among the many areas of this renovation: the original hotel dining room, the solid chestnut wood in the lobby, the plaster ceiling medallions in the lobby - which are the work of Philadelphia craftsmen - and perhaps the most outstanding architectural feature of all, the wide hanging staircase, one of the earliest of its type in this country and featuring no posts or visible supports.

The Hotel Alcott has been awarded "The Knot Best of Wedding" pick for 2013, and is located steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May's beach on the quiet streets of Cape May's historic district.

Hotel Alcott Timeline CAPE MAY HISTORY

The Hotel Alcott survived the fire and is the second oldest operating hotel in Cape May.