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What We Love

  • A brand-new beachfront retreat in historic Cape May – includes a studioHaving access to the TripAdvisor-favorite sister property for seafood or surf lessons
  • Wandering off to the shops of the Washington Street Mall
  • Sunning on the sandy Atlantic beach that the brand-new getaway faces
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A boutique stay at a freshly minted oceanfront retreat on Beach Avenue in charming Cape May

The Lowdown

Got a soft spot for the elegant, lacy architecture of the Victorian era? If so, you’ll love Cape May. Technically south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and proud of its Southern spirit, this charming New Jersey beach town was America’s first-ever seaside resort and features dozens of dazzling homes from that period in its history, many of them landmarked. At its center is the Washington Street Mall, a promenade of quaint shops that trade in everything from handmade fudge to hand-milled lavender soaps, plus that hand-pulled saltwater taffy that the Shore is famous for.
If you like some brand-new with your old, you’ll want to base your stay at Icona Cape May. Just minutes from the above shops, this beachfront getaway offers a more modern perspective on coastal living, with fresh Bahamian-inspired design by the architecture firm Achristavest. Each abode comes with at least one flat-screen TV, and a hip dining scene, spa treatments, surf lessons and yoga on a private beach are available at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award-winning sister property. Just call your escape the best of both eras.


 Icona Cape May’s 56 newly re-built accommodations are set in a beachfront building boasting lots of light. You’ll be able to select from a studio with one king or two queen beds; either way, you’ll enjoy a Keurig coffeemaker, a compact refrigerator and a microwave. You’ll also have a shower in the Carerra marble bathroom, where you can rinse off after a day at the beach. 


 Head to 10-minutes-away sister property Icona Diamond Beach to choose between two Atlantic-view settings for your freshly caught seafood: Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill and Bungalow No. 1 Beach Bar. At the former, you’ll find coastal catches prepared with farmer’s-market fare, in elevated American dishes. At the latter, the vibe (and blue-centered palette) is a little more cool and casual; here, you’ll be able to gaze at the beach, while ordering a drink or a snack and listening to live music. 


 Cape May is a charming Jersey Shore town considered America’s first seaside resort. It’s packed with charming, lacy houses from the Victorian era, including the mansion at the Emlen Physick Estate museum. Many of the historic buildings can be found along the Washington Street Mall, an easy walk from Icona Cape May, where they’re home to quaint little shops that peddle bubble bath, kettle corn, taffy and other beachy gifts. If you prefer to beach bum, you only need to walk out the hotel’s front door, though a private beach (along with surf lessons, yoga classes and spa treatments) are on hand at sister property Icona Diamond Beach, a 10-minute drive away.

How to Get There

Icona Cape May
1101 Beach Ave
Cape May, NJ United States


5.0 Excellent 568 Reviews
Clean, Quiet and Comfortable @ ICONA
Reviewed 1 day ago

Wife and I got away for the weekend in Cape May. It was modern, beautiful with warm hospitality.. special shout out to Frontdesk Mgr. Chet for going above the call of duty. Location right off the beach was good and we will return for another weekend of rest and relaxation.

36th Anniversary of our first date
Reviewed 1 day ago

Lovely boutique hotel in Cape May, room was cute, comfortable and clean. Staff very friendly and a accommodating. Free shuttle to the Diamond Beach Icona, John the driver was terrific! Cannot wait to return! Thanks for a fun weekend!

The perfect beach retreat!
Reviewed 2 days ago

My seven-year old daughter and I decided to stay here on a little mommy-daughter jaunt to the beach during the off-season, and we were so delighted. The staff was so friendly, the room was immaculately kept, the all-tile bathroom was gorgeous, and the views of both town and the ocean were stunning. I love that this is steps from the beach and a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of town -- but JUST far enough away that you feel a bit more private. Thank you for a wonderful stay and we will be back!

Very Nice Property & Friendly Management
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good place to stay if you want good accommodations and friendly staff & management. Also, if you want true oceanfront views, some of their rooms are the best in town.
We had to leave another hotel (the Grand Hotel) because they misrepresented their oceanfront rooms and the Icona was truly what you would want.

Reviewed 4 days ago

The best of the best.!!
Staff was incredibly knowledgeable kind and helpful. The views were amazing. The appointments in the room we’re second to none. Can’t wait to return. Thank you for a wonderful Anniversary. Will be returning soon!