Exterior photograph of Cooper's Guest House in  Cape May, NJ


The Empress

501 Hughes Street / Cape May


The Empress welcomes guests to explore her history and experience her restoration from Circa 1800 to her renovation and luxurious furnishings that grace her halls today.

The owners worked hand in glove with their architects, builders and designer to restore this elegant Queen Anne Victorian, bringing tiles from England, priceless antiques and art work from here and abroad. The Empress fronts historic Hughes Street at the corner of Decatur in the heart of Cape May's Historic District where the horse and carriages pass daily. Her beautifully landscaped grounds with private gardens and wrap around porches, catch the breeze from the ocean just two short blocks away. Enter the splendor of two formal parlors with curved columned archways opening to one another and into the formal dining room from the center hall where guests can check in at reception desk and place their luggage in the dumbwaiter to the upstairs second and third floors. Seven guest rooms and one master suite with en-suite, tile and marble baths elegantly appointed in every detail, many with private balconies and each with individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Every amenity has been anticipated awaiting your arrival, with elegant bedding, custom draperies, antique furniture and intricate period fixtures in every room. At the end of the day, one floor downstairs, you will find a dressing room, beauty/barber shop, player piano, game table, antique ice cream bar, and popcorn machine to take into the twelve seat theater with hundreds of movies to choose from!

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