$168 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 14, 2014 Check-out: Sep 16, 2014

Congress Hall

4 stars
251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
35 reviews
gorgeous hotel

this hotel was gorgeous and I had a very relaxing stay. everything was clean and in good shape. i... See full review

  • Traveler876
  • Oct 26, 2013
great wedding venue

Hotel staff did a fantastic job making a memorable experience for all involved. See full review

  • Bemily
  • Jan 6, 2014
A grand hotel as historic and timeless as Cape May itself

The name Congress Hall is synonymous with Cape May. Built in 1816, the stately, cheerful yellow facade and tailored landscape wow passersby with charm and sophistication. Set in the Cape May historic district, Congress Hall overlooks the ocean and is steps from the wide, sandy beach. The L-shaped hotel design, a local architectural tradition, affords fantastic water views from many rooms. The amenity list alone exudes elegance and calm, from twice-daily housekeeping and an ocean-themed spa to beach set-up service and seaside yoga on the lawn.

Highlights
  • Across the street from Cape May Beach in the heart of the historic district
  • Swimming pool, private beach cabana rentals and food service at the pool and beach
  • Full-service Sea Spa and fitness center
  • On-site restaurant, nightclub and cocktail lounge with live piano jazz entertainment
  • Gracious service in a grand, historic setting
Rooms

Consistent with the warmth and beauty of Congress Hall, the 108 recently renovated guest rooms and five luxury suites envelop guests in upscale cottage decor and, often, an ocean view. Vintage-style soaking tubs with Aveda brand toiletries, rocking chairs on a private balcony and cushioned window seats are thoughtful touches in some rooms. Pull on a terry robe and get comfy in front of a flat-screen TV with DVD player and pay-per-view movies. Sink into a bed with 100% cotton Belgian sheets and order room service. Here at Congress Hall, pastel painted rooms invite decadence and relaxation.

Features

For almost two centuries, the four-star Congress Hall has welcomed locals and visitors with warm hospitality. What began as a boarding house in 1816, was renamed when the hotel owner was elected to Congress in 1828. Today, Congress Hall pulls out all the modern stops and leaves guests feeling like they never want to go home. Enjoy valet parking, room service and shops in the lobby. For parents who dream of a romantic dinner or night out for two, Camp Congress Hall engages youngsters with art-inspired activities on select evenings in July and August.

Transportation
  • Atlantic City International Airport (46 mi/ 74 km)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (99.1 mi/ 139.5 km)
  • The Cape May trolley runs a route through town late June through early September
Attractions
  • Cape May Beach (across the street)
  • Downtown historic Cape May (across the street)
  • Cape May Stage (0.5 mi/ 0.8 km)
  • Cape May Lighthouse (2.9 mi/ 4.7 km)
  • Historic Cold Spring Village (3.9 mi/ 6.3 km)
  • Wildwood beach and Boardwalk (10.8 mi/ 17.4 km)
  • Cape May County Zoo (15 mi/ 24.1 km)
  • Cape May County Historical Museum (14.2 mi/ 22.9 km)
  • Historic Smithville (48.7 mi/ 78.4 km)
  • Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk (48.3 mi/ 77.7 km)
Business
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms
  • Executive conferencing and multiple meeting rooms
  • Banqueting facilities for up to 250

Hotel Map

38.9309 -74.9237
Area served
Cape May.
Nearby airports
Atlantic City International Airport.
Area description
Set amid landscape grounds overlooking Cape May’s broad sandy beaches, Congress hall is just a few steps from the ocean, in the heart of Cape May's famed historic district, at 251 Beach Avenue.

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Congress Hall Rooms

Town View
Room with one Queen bed offers affording quaint town view, bathroom features aveda amenities. The other amenities are air conditioning, alarm clock, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, canle/satellite TV, color TV, hairdryer, heating, internet access, iron/ ironing board, laundry service, non-smoking rooms, pay-per-view movies, radio, room service, safe in room, telephone, valet service and voicemail.
Ocean View
Room with one Queen bed and offering Aveda products. The other amenities are air conditioning, alarm clock, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, canle/satellite TV, color TV, hairdryer, heating, internet access, iron/ ironing board, laundry service, non-smoking rooms, pay-per-view movies, radio, room service, safe in room, telephone, valet service and voicemail.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Spa
Night club
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi

Dining

The Blue Pig Tavern
Serving breakfast lunch and dinner daily, the Blue Pig Tavern in tucked in the corner of Congress Hall those fronts on congress place and Perry streets. Its name derives from a gambling parlor sited in Congress Hall in the mid 1800s. Earlier still, in the 1700s, Elias Hughes operated a tavern for whalers on this site. It was the first tavern in Cape May. Each of the dining rooms in the Blue Pig provides a different mood. One has an open, airy garden feel, with a large skylight providing dramatic views of the colonnade and Congress Hall’s historic facades. The second room is reminiscent of a cozy tavern, with a large fireplace, natural wood floors, and comfortable banquettes. There’s even an outdoor area, which connects to the hotel’s veranda, which makes for a spectacular summer dining experience. Dinning rooms serve the tavern’s signature American fare – nostalgic, simple and fresh – utilization local seafood and produce in creative, accessible ways.
Tommy’s Folly Coffee Bar
Start your perfect day in cape May at congress hall’s newest addition… Tommy’s folly coffee bar. Just fill a cup with delicious Joe, pick up a grad –and –go breakfast item from the menu, take a seat on the veranda and watch the early morning sun. Have other plans for the morning? They’ll be there all day, serving La Colombe coffee, expresso and cappuccino. Tommy’s Folly also has a great selection of wraps and other to go items from the kitchen of the Blue Pig Tavern. Look out for a great selection of bottled beverages, smoothies, cookies, snakes and ice cream, tool The coffee shop adjoins Tommy’s Folly gift shop and boutique, which is packed with a wide selection of designer clothing, Congress hall collection, fine gift selection, plus all the accessories and toiletries you need just in case you forget to pack them.
The Brown Room
The Gatsbyesque cocktail lounge located in Congress Hall’s main level is the hub of the hotel - the place where guest come together. With its large open fireplace, fully stocked marble-and ebony bar and its warm, luxuries decor it’s the perfect place to relax. Antique oil paintings hang on chocolate- colored walls and the massive bookshelf holds a wide range of books and magazines. Weekends through the winter, spring and fall, the crowd in The Brown Room moves to a varied program of live music. During the summer months, the Brown Room has an expanded entertainment schedule with excellent acts performing on acoustic guitar and Piano. You can order from the menu at the adjoining Blue Pig Tavern and enjoy your food in the Brown Room. And for a change of scenery, enjoy a drink on the veranda.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (35)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Hall

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
35 out of 35
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.7
Value:
3.7

80% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Non-Fan
New Jersey
Jun 5, 2011

Disappointment

Big disappointment. The reservation I booked [...] was Ocean view. I received a street view. [...] Rooms are "tired" and maid service never came to our room. Would not revisit [...].

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Paulyzoo
Point Pleasant, NJ, USA
Mar 9, 2012

Loud Don't Go

I have been coming to cape may for many years. First time I decided on Congress Hall. Very disappointing. Construction on entire lobby and the Brown Room, the best thing that happened to Hotel (bar club style place). Check in was at their other RESTAURANT. Lobby gone. The hotel was noisy with construction. Then noisy with kids. And groups. Staff was overall very nice. But if you are seeking romance instead of loudness. Do not go! I would have spent 50% more on peace and quiet at a nearby b+b. What we usually do!!! Live and learn. Or pay and learn!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
NYorker14
NY, NY
Nov 4, 2013

Way overpriced!

The positives were the staff, location, and overall hotel feel. The room was AWFUL given the price point. They hotel is old and historic but the rooms are in desparate need of upgrades to be considered a 4 star property. At best this is a 3 star and even that might be a stretch.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Pennsylvania
Apr 23, 2011

Easter Weekend

There is probably better value in Cape May. The hotel itself is a nice old building with a lot of charm. Few amenities such as no coffee maker in the rooms. Nice view of the ocean. There was apparently a wedding booked in the hotel. IUmpossible to really get into the bar because it was jammed with the wedding even though their bar was outside. People banging on doors a in the night and very, very low water pressure making a shower almost impossible without great patience. Was not a quiet or relaxing getaway for us.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: In Hotel

Blue Pig is a cute little restaurant with good food and good value.

Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mike 555
Pa
Jan 1, 2013

unorganized

Hotel was nice, but they charged my credit card for the room, they tried to charge a $192.00 for a dinner we did not eat, they were very nasty and accused me of lyeing. Very disorganized.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
New York, NY
Mar 27, 2011

Great location, but noisy

This hotel had a great location by the beach and near the center of town and hosted many events. While the events (e.g., live music) were fun and well-attended, they created quite a bit of noise, which could easily be heard in our room by the main stairway late into the evening.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Golfer Randy
Memphis tn
Feb 11, 2013

Ok weekend stay

The windows in our room allowed cold air to flow freely into the room. The location is fabulous but the hotel rooms certainly need updating.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23, 2010

Central Location

This is a beautiful hotel, right in the middle of Cape May. The price reflects the convenience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bemily
Philly
Jan 6, 2014

great wedding venue

Hotel staff did a fantastic job making a memorable experience for all involved.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Virginia Beach, Va.
Jul 26, 2011

Great Location for Beach

The location was great. Easy access to beach with a chair and umbrella.We walked to good restaurants and shopping.Free Parking and no charge for Beach service.Staff was great. Very friendly. Actually [...]that helped us with our dinner reservations was the best. She was on it and a great attitude.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

We parked the car and walked everywhere.

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