Congress Hall

200 Congress Place | Cape May, NJ 08204-5306  [SEE MAP]Cape May, NJ  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Complimentary beach loungers, towels and umbrellas
Some rooms are small

Along the shoreline of New Jersey's Cape May, you'll find Congress Hall, a historic hotel with boarding house origins dating back to 1816. Today, Congress Hall pays tribute to its past by maintaining much of its Victorian charm a particular draw for recent guests. The Brown Room, with its Prohibition-era lounge setting, offers nightly entertainment and friendly bartenders that reminds visitors of a bygone era. But not all of the hotel's features are throwbacks to yesteryear. Accommodations feature in-room amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi access, Aveda bath products and Belgian cotton sheets. Of all the perks, recent guests put a high value on the hotel's free parking, large outdoor pool and near-immediate beach access. (Many travelers recommend splurging on a room with an ocean view.) If the nearby shoreside eateries don't suit your fancy, dine on premises at the Blue Pig Tavern, which serves American comfort food all day long.

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Location
Cape May, NJ
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 108 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Historic
Best For
Families

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

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From its inception in 1816, Congress Hall has had star power: President Benjamin Harrison made it his summer White House, and John Philip Sousa conducted the Congress Hall March on the lawn.

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Congress Hall is located in the heart of New Jersey's Victorian District on one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area. This ideal location places guests only minutes from area attractions, including gourmet restaurants, unique shopping, and historic sites.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1318 have reviewed the Congress Hall, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1318 reviews 4.0 (based on 1318 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The charming guest rooms at Congress Hall are decorated in a calming blue and white color palette and decorated with seaside artwork. All rooms include flat-screen TVs, Aveda bath products and European bed sheets, among other amenities.

    Standard room size square feet

    • Internet (free)
    • Premium channels
    • Workspace/desk
    • Minifridge
    • Bathrobes/slippers
    • Minibar
    • Shower/tub combo
    • Separate shower
    • Separate tub
    • Wireless Internet
    • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
    • Adjoining rooms available

    Location & Parking

    Opened in 1816, the historic Congress Hall is located in the Victorian district of Cape May. The hotel is the oldest seaside resort in America and has hosted multiple presidents, with Benjamin Harrison nicknaming it "the Summer White House." The hotel is also directly across the street from the beach and adjacent to a variety of shops and restaurants at the Washington Street Mall.
    • Complimentary electric car charging station
    • Atlantic City International Airport is 45 miles north of hotel; Philadelphia International Airport about 90 miles north
    • 24-hour valet parking (free)
    • 24-hour self-parking (free)
    • Airport shuttle
    • Car service

    Within walking distance of:

    • Grocery store
    • Movie theater
    • Theater
    • Shopping
    • Bus stop
    • Train station
    • Subway/metro stop
    • Restaurants
    • Beach

    Dining

    The Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall features farm-to-table cuisine from the hotel's own Beach Plum Farm and other local purveyors. A seasonal patio is available for alfresco dining and in the winter, the dining room offers a cozy fireplace. For a quick breakfast, lunch or snack, Tommy's Folly Coffee Shop offers coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
    • The Brown Room is a Prohibition-themed cocktail bar

    Number of restaurants2

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • Free breakfast

    Pool

    Along with a pool, guests have easy access to the adjacent beach and are provided with beach service by the hotel. This service includes complimentary beach loungers, beach tents, umbrellas, towels as well as food and drink service.
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Seasonal
      • Indoor
      • Outdoor
      • Indoor/outdoor combo
      • Pool bar
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas

      Spa

      The Sea Spa at Congress Hall features a variety of treatments inspired by the ocean, using natural products by Thalgo and Skinceuticals. The treatment rooms are ocean-inspired as well, designed to resemble striped beach cabanas.
      • Select salon services include nail care and waxing
      • Choice of music during treatments
      • Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • Massages are available at a beach tent

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna

      Kids

      Congress Hall offers multiple children's programs, activities and a variety of family-friendly events depending on time of year. There is Blue's Clubhouse, an on-site sitting service, and a weekly carnival and magic show held from July to August. There is also a family karaoke night held every Thursday throughout the year. Families might also enjoy a self-guided tour of the property's 62-acre farm, or bird watching, which the concierge can help arrange.
        • Kids club
        • Cribs
        • High chairs

        Fitness

        The 24-hour fitness center at Congress Hall features a full line of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment for indoor workouts. The hotel also offers yoga classes on the beach and Grand Lawn, as well as an on-site bike rental service.
        • Complimentary beach loungers, umbrellas and towels
        • Beach food and beverage service
        • Private beach tents available for rent
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
        • Bicycles (with fee)
        • Tennis
        • Guided runs
        • Paddle boats
        • Motor boats

        Business

        Congress Hall offers unique meeting spaces including the 3,789-square-foot Grand Ballroom and the 1,600-square-foot Harrison Conference Center, which can be divided into separate, smaller meeting spaces. There are also two reception rooms for smaller meetings.

          Number of meeting rooms4

          • Business center
          • Meeting rooms
          • Meeting and event planners available

          Wedding

          The hotel's event venues include the romantic and historic Grand Ballroom, featuring its original chandeliers and restored hardwood floors, and the spacious Grand Lawn for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Beach ceremonies can also be arranged.
          • Grand Ballroom can hold 250 guests

          Maximum wedding guest capacity250

          • Hotel hosts weddings
          • Outdoor space for weddings
          • Wedding planners available

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