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Two new hotels coming to Cape May in 2019

Another summer season has come to a close and change is already upon us, but exciting things are in store for 2019.

The Cape Winds Motel on Lafayette closed its doors this month and will undergo a total renovation over the winter, reopening next summer as the surf-inspired Boarding House. Philadelphia firm DAS Architects is behind the new design, which looks like it will be well-appointed but comfortable and salt-worn. Definitely the kind of place to kick back for a weekend.

Illustration courtesy of Boarding House

Illustration courtesy of Boarding House

The Boarding House is owned and operated by the Hirsch family of the Montreal Beach Resort, who bought the property in 2015, so it will offer the same level of service — plus a wine and beer hour every evening that will let guests sample offerings from area wineries and breweries.

Good news: The hotel will be dog friendly.

And while we’re on the subject of new hotels, also coming to Cape May next year is Lokal Hotel. Cape May will be the fourth location for the brand, which began as an urban hotel in Philadelphia that has been recognized by dwell, dezeen, and design milk. When complete, their Cape May property (at 5 Stockton Place) will offer eight apartment-style suites, a saltwater pool, and a courtyard that can hold up to 120 guests for special events.

Rendering of Lokal Hotel’s location in Cape May

Owners Chad and Courtney Ludeman have relocated to the area so they can be onsite, but this won’t be a traditionally staffed hotel–it offers “invisible service.” Imagine an AirBNB married up to a guest house. But if Lokal’s plans for Cape May are anything like their other hotels, look forward to a rustic-modern place on the beachfront.