The Inn of Cape May, Historic Hotel Renovation

Daroff Design + DDI Architects, PC’s award-winning hospitality team is elevating the guest experience at the historic Inn of Cape May in Cape May, NJ

Hired by hotel owner, 7 Ocean LLC, Daroff is tasked with creating a fresh aesthetic for the independent boutique Victorian-style hotel. Sitting yards from the beach, the Inn at Cape May is a renowned local landmark in the iconic coastal town which is known for its Victorian architecture, walkable retail center, and quaint local businesses. Daroff Design + DDI Architects, PC (DDI) is the architect and interior designer for the entire first floor renovation including the porch and concepting for the guest corridors.

DDI believes the guest experience begins from the first moment a guest lays eyes on the hotel. In accordance, the design team is revamping the porch to create an outdoor space that reflects the mood of the interior - welcoming, relaxed, and inviting. Since this outdoor space is the first amenity that greets guests upon arrival, DDI seeks to create a cozy seating area where patrons can immediately envision themselves enjoying a cocktail on the patio sofa or settling in with a book. The exterior of the Inn of Cape May, previously recognized for its white shingle siding and dark purple awnings, will now reflect the interior color palette with muted greens and blues.

As part of the renovation, Daroff Design is reimagining the lobby by creating a more engaging entrance experience for arriving guests. DDI is highlighting the existing architecture with contemporary finishes and furniture that reference the past in a whimsical and fun way, yet also creates a more modern aesthetic.

The architecture team is removing walls on the first floor to create space for a lobby bar, fireplace seating, and piano area. The reception area will be clearly visible from the entry but strategically tucked into the corridor’s path so that the lobby is available for lounging and queuing guests don’t inhibit access to the seating areas. Keeping with the idea of respecting the historic architectural elements and custom woodwork, the existing Innkeeper’s desk is being repurposed to serve as the front of the new coffee bar. The Banquet room will also undergo a complete renovation to create a unified space with natural light and a prefunction area that will also serve as restaurant dining when not in use.

As a secondary phase, DDI is designing the signature restaurant and bar. Taking advantage of the extortionary natural light from the wall of Southern facing windows, Daroff is creating an all-day dining establishment that is suited to a lunchtime break from the beach as well as a fun night out. Using wood tones, green hues, and black and white accents, the restaurant will flow seamlessly with the rest of the hotel and transition from day to night.

Daroff Design + DDI Architects, PC is excited to be part of the rejuvenation of The Inn of Cape May, and takes pride in the opportunity to breathe new life into this historic landmark.