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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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|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|
The very slanted floor in the room
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.
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.
The bed sunk in the middle. Hurt my back! Everything else was ok!
Close to shopping
Room was not accessible by elevator. Bags were not brought up by staff. Valet attendant was rude and impatient
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 763 reviews
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- Stylish hotel
- Comfortable beds
- Great shopping
- Friendly atmosphere
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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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