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|Distance to city centre||1.6 km|
|Nearest airport||Atlantic City|
|Distance to airport||65.8 km|
|"Great hotel with friendly staff."||(in 63 reviews)|
|"Hotel was beautiful and friendly employees."||(in 8 reviews)|
|"The building was beautifully decorated for Christmas"||(in 8 reviews)|
|"Room not worth $400 a night"||(in 7 reviews)|
|"bathroom door had chipping and peeling"||(in 12 reviews)|
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|beautifully decorated for christmas||in 14 reviews|
|bed was very comfortable||in 23 reviews|
|close to beach||in 35 reviews|
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|fabulously located||in 3 reviews|
|friday night||in 28 reviews|
|friendly staff||in 76 reviews|
|great food||in 31 reviews|
|hotel was great||in 45 reviews|
|location pool closed||in 36 reviews|
|old building||in 12 reviews|
|room small||in 130 reviews|
|room with a view||in 51 reviews|
|sheets and towels||in 6 reviews|
|thursday night||in 10 reviews|
Breakfast was excellent. The bed was a extremely comfortable.
We had only one chair in our room and had to take turns using it to put on our sneakers or if we were using our phones , one of us would need to sit on the bed. Also the lighting in the bathroom to put on makeup or comb one,s hair was not helpful. It was too dim.
Did not do breakfast
The accommodations were clean and neat. The staff were gracious, friendly, professional and helpful. The restaurant was good and the location provided easy access to the restaurants and shops in town.
Too many people made it loud and crowded. The floors in our room were lopsided and sagging. You had to be careful when you walked around.
Extremely crowded for holiday weekend
Wonderful hotel with ambience right in the center of town at the beach
One Receptionist was very pleasant, the other women was rather rude.
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.
based on 576 reviews
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- Great shopping
- Friendly atmosphere
- Stylish hotel
- Comfortable beds
Policies vary by room type and provider.
FAQs when booking at Congress Hall
Does the Congress Hall organize excursions that its guests can participate in?
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.
What sort of entertainment can I find at the Congress Hall?
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.
Will I find any shops at the Congress Hall?
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.
What beach accessories and services are available at the Congress Hall for its guests?
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.
Can I get help organizing my trip to the Congress Hall and making reservations?
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).
Where is Congress Hall located?
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.
When is check-in time and check-out time at Congress Hall?
Check-in time is 16:00 and check-out time is 12:00 at Congress Hall.
Does Congress Hall offer free Wi-Fi?
Yes, Congress Hall offers free Wi-Fi.
Does Congress Hall offer free parking?
Yes, Congress Hall offers free parking.
Does Congress Hall offer free airport shuttle service?
No, Congress Hall does not offer free airport shuttle service.
How far is Congress Hall from the airport?
Congress Hall is 65.8 km from Atlantic City. Congress Hall is 83 km from Salisbury-Ocean City.
Can you bring pets to Congress Hall?
No, pets are not allowed at Congress Hall.
Does Congress Hall have a pool?
Yes, Congress Hall has a pool on-site.
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Most popular landmarks
- Washington Street Mall 240 m
- Easy Lynne Theater Company 261 m
- Cape May Stage 361 m
- Cape May City Hall 0.5 km
- Colonial House 0.6 km
- Cape May Convention Hall 0.6 km
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