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Congress Hall

200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, United States
+1 609 884 8421

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rate per night

8.9

Excellent
based on 763 reviews
Congress Hall - Cape May, NJ, United States
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Good to know

Distance to city centre 1.6 km
Location rating 9.6
Nearest airport Atlantic City
Distance to airport 65.8 km

Rooms

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Deluxe rooms

$320+

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$320 per night

Queen rooms

$123+

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Queen bed
$150 per night
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$177 per night
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$177 per night
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$213 per night

Standard rooms

$156+

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King rooms

$298+

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$302 per night
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$329 per night
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$401 per night

Double rooms

$213+

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$213 per night
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$213 per night
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$213 per night

Reviews

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bathroom door in 33 reviews
beautifully decorated for christmas in 14 reviews
bed was very comfortable in 23 reviews
close to beach in 35 reviews
coffee maker in 28 reviews
coffee shop in 32 reviews
congress hall in 16 reviews
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
  • Good
    Oct 2019
    7.9

    Restaurants, location

    The very slanted floor in the room

  • Mediocre
    Oct 2019
    3.0

    Breakfast was pretty good. Location was good.

    The hotel had lots of noise, had trouble sleeping, doors banging all night and noise from the people in the room above.

  • Good
    Oct 2019
    8.0

    Breakfast very good. Bar was very nice with very good service and reasonable prices. Bed/bath were clean. Bed was comfortable with multiple pillows. Bathroom a little small, with door right next to sink. Room itself was small, and door barely missed hitting corner of bed when opened. Needed to walk sideways to get into/out of bed on wall side. Tv was good size for room.

    Price for a room so small in October seemed unreasonable.

  • Good
    Oct 2019
    7.0

    The bed sunk in the middle. Hurt my back! Everything else was ok!

  • Okay
    Jun 2019
    4.2

    Close to shopping

    Room was not accessible by elevator. Bags were not brought up by staff. Valet attendant was rude and impatient

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About

Overview

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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Features

Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Spa

8.9 Excellent

based on 763 reviews

9.6

Location

9.0

Breakfast

7.7

Comfort

7.5

Room

Things to know

  • Stylish hotel
  • Comfortable beds
  • Great shopping
  • Friendly atmosphere

Check in

16:00

Check out

12:00

Cancellation/pre-payment

Policies vary by room type and provider.

AMENITIES

Fitness centre
Free Wi-Fi
Disabled access
ATM on-site
Internet
Concierge service
Gift shop
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Room service
Bicycle hire
Spa
Outdoor pool
No smoking
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Air-conditioned
24-hour front desk
Night club
Safe
Free parking
Designated smoking area
Beachfront
Terrace/Patio
EV charging station
Lift
Massage
Hairdryer
Coffee shop
Babysitting/child care services (surcharge)
Pets not allowed
Free valet parking
Wedding services
Linens
Towels
Cable or satellite TV

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).

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Location

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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