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|"The Christmas decor was absolutely beautiful!"||(in 5 reviews)|
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Over many occasions, I witnessed the staff going above and beyond expectations of guests. From making sure all the rocking chairs lined up to providing excellent cocktail service, it is clear that the whole staff is trained and believes in great customer service.
The hotel and grounds were top shelf. Nothing could have been better at Congress Hall. Cape May in January is understandable quiet; which is quite nice. However, many if not most the restaurants and businesses are closed.
Everyone was incredibly kind and welcoming. Our trip was very brief, and we returned to the hotel around 11pm, following the event we had travelled to attend. My daughter had been fighting a cold and wanted some hot tea to soothe her throat. There are no microwaves or coffee makers in the room, and the Blue Pig was closed. However, a woman was doing the bookkeeping and we asked if was possible to get tea. She went to the back and made a cup for my daughter. I offered to pay or bill it to the room, and she said not to worry about it. Also, the valet service is so convenient and sanity saving, even in the off season.
The fitness center is probably one of the least used amenities in any hotel, so the offerings aren't very robust. This holds true here as well. Two treadmills, an elliptical, a bike, and a bench with a rack of hand weights. My advice, pack a resistance band to beef up your options. It takes less space in your luggage than sock.
A nice night!
The whole Christmas atmosphere. The hotel looked awesome!
That was raining the next day! Other than that it was a good stay!
Celebrated my 50th Birthday with wife & friends. Awesome!
The Bouler Room was closed Saturday Night :(
Known as America’s first seaside hotel, Congress Hall in Cape May has received many accolades since it was built in 1816. The resort has been named New Jersey’s best hotel by Travel + Leisure readers, and is also considered one of the top hotels in the Northeast by Condé Nast Traveler.
Congress Hall is part of the Cape May National Historic District and is situated just a 3-minute walk from the beach. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the resort was once known as "The Summer White House", and continues to be a welcome retreat for travelers today.
This historical hotel offers guestrooms and suites, including newly renovated junior suites named after U.S. presidents, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Harrison, who all summered at Congress Hall while in office. These suites feature American heritage furniture and plush bedding.
The resort offers plenty of dining options for guests. Blue Pig Tavern is a favorite of locals and guests. It serves classic American cuisine. Other on-site restaurants include a pizzeria, a coffee shop, in-room dining, and a bar and lounge with live piano music.
Built by Thomas Hughes in the 19th century, the wooden seaside resort took up an entire city block, earning its original name of The Big House. The name changed to Congress Hall in 1828 when Hughes was elected to the House of Representatives. After burning to the ground in Cape May's Great Fire of 1878, it was rebuilt in brick within a year. A large-scale restoration began in 1995 and was completed in 2002.
Guests can relax in a private beach cabana, lounge by the pool, or enjoy a day at the on-site spa. A day can also be spent exploring the area by bike, seeing the Victorian architecture in the neighborhood, or participating in an exercise class on the beach.
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Policies vary by room type and provider.
The Congress Hall has a partnered with local guides and naturalists to offer its guests variety of day or afternoon trips that can be booked for a fee. You will be able to choose from excursions such as Bird Watching, Whale Watching, Diamond Hunts, Yacht Cruises, Oyster Farm Tours and Horseshoe Crab Night Tours, depending on the time of the year. In addition, guided tours to the Beach Plum Farm are offered all year long and are complimentary for all guests of the hotel.
If you are looking for a way to spend an evening while staying at the Congress Hall, you will find live music performances at least 4 times a week, with genres ranging from pop and rock to blues and jazz. If you are looking for something to do with the kids, head to the Blue Pig Tavern for the Family Night they organize every Wednesday from 5:00 pm. Kids eat for free all night, and if you arrive before 7:00 pm they will be able to say hi to the tavern’s mascot Blue The Pig.
There are 3 shops clothing and accessory shops located at the Congress Hall where you will be able to find anything from items you might need during your stay to souvenirs to take back home. You will find clothing and toys for the kids at Tommy’s Folly Kids, while Tommy’s Folly Boutique has ladies wear and accessories, and Tommy’s Folly Logo Shop is where you can find Congress Hall and Blue Pig themed clothing and items. Alternatively, catch the free shuttle bus which travels between Cape Resorts outlets and hop off at the West End Garage mall where you will find over 50 stores to shop at.
All guests of the Congress Hall have the use of beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas included in their room rate, and the staff will be able to help you set them up so you can have the ultimate relaxing holiday. For an extra treat you can book a beach tent for an extra fee, which gives you access to a cooler filled with water and non-alcoholic beverages, a table, and the ability to order food service from the comfort of your lounge chair. Beach tents are available from $100 for a full day during the low season and from $125 per day during the summer.
The concierge team at the Congress Hall will be happy to assist you with organizing your trip before you arrive with their Pre-Arrival Concierge Services. They can help you book excursions, take spa appointments or make dinner reservations well before you check in so you will have everything ready when you arrive and can just enjoy your trip. (Prices checked 15/05/19).
Congress Hall is located at 200 Congress Place, 1.6 km from the centre of Cape May. Washington Street Mall is the closest landmark to Congress Hall.
Check-in time is 16:00 and check-out time is 11:00 at Congress Hall.
Yes, Congress Hall offers free Wi-Fi.
Yes, Congress Hall offers free parking.
No, Congress Hall does not offer free airport shuttle service.
Congress Hall is 65.8 km from Atlantic City. Congress Hall is 83 km from Salisbury Salisbury-Ocean City.
Yes, Congress Hall has a pool on-site.