$177 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 21, 2014 Check-out: Sep 22, 2014

Congress Hall

4 stars
251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
36 reviews
Weekend holiday getaway

Beautiful hotel. Wonderful holiday decorations for children and adults. The carousel this year was... See full review

  • Dr Kay
  • Dec 17, 2013
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
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 (36)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Hall

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
36 out of 36
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.7
Value:
3.6

81% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Nescopeck, PA
Jul 10, 2010

Wonderful family experience!

While this was by far the best trip to Cape May we've ever enjoyed, it would've been nice to have a free breakfast or at least deeply discounted meals at the hotel. When you pay over $800 for 2 nights, free coffee doesn't cut it. The service was great- everyone was friendly and professional. The rooms were clean, which was very important since we had our 9 month old crawling around in the room. The beach/pool services were also wonderful with small children, making the walk to the beach much easier on us. The pool was a hit with our 4 year old. She liked that as much as the beach! It was very clean and the staff very friendly. We would definately stay again. Hopefully the prices will drop a bit in the upcomong year.

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

Pack your own breakfast foods and snacks in a cooler since there is only a small, filled mini bar in the room. Take advantage of the free 12 oz. coffee

Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Lake Peekskill,N.Y.
Jun 27, 2011

Great Stay @ Congress Hall

My stay at Congress Hall was everything I expected and more.The staff was informative,polite,friiendly yet non-intrusive.

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

Carney's is a great bar,just down the road from the hotel,they seem to have a different live band everynight.

Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Philadelphia, pa
Apr 6, 2011

anniversary gift

Congress Hall was wonderful. If you like the quaintness of Cape May, you will love Congress Hall. The location is perfect, walking to the stores, the beach, the "boardwalk", everything is nearby. Free valet parking was a treat. The hall is jumping on the weekend with the brown room lounge and the club, all on their premises. They have room service and restaurant on grounds also.

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

Went to the lobster house to eat dinner. Fantastic meal, close by, and reasonably priced.Also, uncle bills is right on the corner for breakfast!!

Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
bob912
Mount Laurel, Nj
Jan 3, 2011

Congress Hall Cape May,NJ

Unfortunately it rained the day we arrived so walking around and shopping outside was out of the question. Sooo, we sat at the bar in the Brown Room and [...]our bartender made us feel at home. Shortly,others gathered at the bar, some old regulars but after a few minutes of conversation we were all regulars. [...]was great,he remembered just how you wanted your drink made. We later had dinner at the Blue Pig in the hotel, others said their service was not up to snuff but we were delighted with our waitress and the food was delicious. We had breakfast there too and it was also delicious. Since it was a sunny day we walked around the town and visited the shops that were open and also drove to Sunset Beach to view the concrete ship the Atlantis. We will be returning to Congress Hall many times and visiting during different seasons of the year.

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

5
5.01.0
KeithH
Delaware
Sep 15, 2011

The Ultimate Hotel

This was the Ultimate Hotel in every way. Location, class, room style, salt water pool......can't say enough about the friendliness of the staff. Quite an amazing history in this hotel. Walking distance to everything that is Cape May.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dr Kay
North Jersey
Dec 17, 2013

Weekend holiday getaway

Beautiful hotel. Wonderful holiday decorations for children and adults. The carousel this year was amazing. Location was perfect. You could walk to everything - shops and restaurants. The Brown Room Lounge in the hotel was a nice way to end the night with the bar, fireplace, and piano music. We had a great time looking at all the beautiful lit Victorian homes for the holidays. Cape May is such a quaint seaside resort that can be enjoyed all seasons and anytime of the year. We've been going back year after year.

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

Everything is right there - the beach, dining, & shopping

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