$349 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 14, 2014 Check-out: Jul 16, 2014

Congress Hall

4 stars
251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
53 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 (53)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Hall

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
53 out of 53
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.6

81% would recommend to a friend.

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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
Sweet On Dallas
Brooklyn, New York
Dec 30, 2013

perfect timing!

Quite festive and beautifully decorated for the holiday. The Blue Pig restaurant was amazing and the room was great though we had a handicapped room, shower only, so water traveled onto middle of bath. great location, most shops were still open and in true form, what makes Cape May always a special experience. We have found our winter holiday get away for next year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

The Blue Pig was great.

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

5
5.01.0
Traveler876
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 26, 2013

gorgeous hotel

this hotel was gorgeous and I had a very relaxing stay. everything was clean and in good shape. i could easily walk to many shops and restaurants, or sit around at the hotel's pool or on the beach

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pr1ncess
Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 25, 2013

Lovely Weekend

Just one complaint, and that would be the shower - for the amount of money paid, one would expect a decent shower after coming up from the beach. Otherwise, it was a lovely weekend

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lauren too
Cape May, NJ
Jun 2, 2013

Holiday Get Away

Not only were we given a room for someone impaired, the room was small and terribly tilted! The girl at the desk mentioned we "reserved via internet" while the reservationist provided our room. There were cob webs above the exterior door and holes in the walls (if they placed door stops the holes would be avoided). On a positive note, the bed linens and towels were whiter than white and softer than we experienced at any hotel.

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

Cape May Winery was fabulous, and 410 Bank Street Restaurant was awesome.

Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Drive Mom
Pearl River, NY
May 16, 2013

Comfortable walk back in time

Quick trip but plan to come back when we have more time

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Super Josey
Monmouth County NJ
Apr 7, 2013

Beautiful Place

The hotel is beautiful and full of history. Our only complaint was that the bed pillows were too fluffy they did not give an inch so it was impossible to sleep on them. (next time we will bring our own pillows)

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

Eat at the Blue Pig Pub the food is very good!

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
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
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