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Congress Hall

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

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8.9

Excellent
based on 576 reviews
Congress Hall - Cape May, NJ, United States
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Good to know

Distance to city centre 1.6 km
Location rating 9.7
Nearest airport Atlantic City
Distance to airport 65.8 km

Rooms

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King rooms

$289+

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$319 per night
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$388 per night

Queen rooms

$120+

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Queen bed
$146 per night
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$172 per night
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$206 per night

Standard rooms

$151+

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Double rooms

$206+

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Double bed
$206 per night
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Double bed
$206 per night
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Double bed
$206 per night

Deluxe rooms

$310+

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Reviews

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bathroom door in 33 reviews
beautifully decorated for christmas in 14 reviews
bed was very comfortable in 23 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
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  • Good
    Dec 2019
    8.0

    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.

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019
    10.0

    Did not do breakfast

    Room location

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019
    9.2

    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.

  • Excellent
    Nov 2019
    9.0

    Great facilities

    Extremely crowded for holiday weekend

  • Excellent
    Apr 2018
    9.0

    Wonderful hotel with ambience right in the center of town at the beach

    One Receptionist was very pleasant, the other women was rather rude.

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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 576 reviews

9.7

Location

9.3

Breakfast

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Room

Things to know

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

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).

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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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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