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Congress Hall

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

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based on 387 reviews
Congress Hall - Cape May, NJ, United States
Fri 18/6
Sat 19/6
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Distance to city centre

1.6 km

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Nearest airport

Atlantic City

Distance to airport

65.8 km

Rooms available at Congress Hall

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room was great in 168 reviews
microwave in the room in 152 reviews
friendly staff in 110 reviews
bed was very comfortable in 59 reviews
room with a view in 59 reviews
coffee maker in 35 reviews
close to restaurants in 27 reviews
good bar in 27 reviews
cape may in 25 reviews
congress hall in 23 reviews
front desk in 19 reviews
beautiful grounds in 17 reviews
christmas decorations in 14 reviews
old hotel in 13 reviews
room small in 10 reviews
close to beach in 9 reviews
coffee shop in 9 reviews
perfect location in 9 reviews
honor request in 7 reviews
old world charm in 7 reviews
windows very dirty in 6 reviews
great time in 5 reviews
due to the age in 4 reviews
service is great in 4 reviews
chipping and peeling in 3 reviews
  • Excellent
    Jan 2020

    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.

  • Excellent
    Jan 2017

    Love it!

    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.

  • Excellent
    Jan 2017

    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!

  • Excellent
    Feb 2015

    Celebrated my 50th Birthday with wife & friends. Awesome!

    The Bouler Room was closed Saturday Night :(

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About Congress Hall


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.



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

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Amenities at Congress Hall

Conference rooms
Wedding services
ATM on-site
Quiet street view
Spa and wellness centre
Free Wi-Fi
Ticket service
Wake-up service
Wi-Fi available in all areas
Disabled access
Roll-in shower
Beach towels
Family rooms
Concierge service
Safety deposit box
Cribs available
Feather pillow
Fire extinguisher
Sea view
Gift shop
Ironing service
Laundry service
Flat-screen TV
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Free toiletries
Pool bar
Shops (on site)
Heated pool
Room service
Smoke alarms
Special diet menus (on request)
Shower chair
Bicycle hire
Accessible by lift
Hypoallergenic pillow
Adapted bath
Inner courtyard view
Interconnected room(s) available
Outdoor pool
Socket near the bed
Key access
Alarm clock
No smoking
Laptop safe
Body soap
Fitness centre
Kids' club
Non-feather pillow
Toilet paper
Toilet with grab rails
City view
Streaming service
Free parking
Pool cover
Upper floors accessible by lift
Pool towels
Pool view
Valet parking
Coffee shop
Private bathroom
Wardrobe or closet
24-hour front desk
Designated smoking area
Private entrance
Night club
Private parking

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