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97% (30 member ratings) "It would make Martha Stewart proud" -- Philadelphia Style Magazine

Congress Hall

Cape May, NJ
  • Historic beach property named one of Condé Nast Traveler's Top 10 Mid-Atlantic hotels in 2013
  • In the very quaint Cape May, three hours’ drive from New York City
  • Movie nights, karaoke and a 62-acre farm that supplies ingredients to the on-site restaurant
  • Complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas on the beach
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97% (30 member ratings)

4.4Value for the Money


200 Congress Place
Cape May, NJ, 08204
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Cape May is said to be the oldest seaside resort in America, and once upon a time, it was the summer retreat for city-weary New Yorkers. After being replaced by the considerably closer Hamptons and Atlantic City, this laid-back spot, with its rolling countryside, fruit orchards and stunning beaches, is making a comeback.

Dating back to 1816, the Congress Hotel has been named one of the top 10 Mid-Atlantic hotels by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013, and picked up recommendations from Travel + Leisure and New York Magazine. It looks fancy – surrounded by lovely grounds and grand with columns, high ceilings and historic touches such as old-fashioned room keys – but there is a casual grace epitomized by the rocking chairs on the patio and the family-friendly activities available (including carnival booths on the lawn, movie nights and karaoke).

The rooms are charming, clean and spacious, with free Wi-Fi. The best have uninterrupted views of the ocean just past the lawn, and some have balconies with rocking chairs. There are bikes to borrow, and boot camp and yoga classes are held on the beach in the summer (extra charges apply). On site, there is a fully equipped fitness center and spa that uses sea-inspired products in its treatments.

Guests at the hotel get complimentary use of chairs, towels and umbrellas on the beach opposite, but there is a small charge to access it (imposed by the city). There are also striped cabanas to rent in the summer (extra charge applies), and waiters serve food and drinks throughout the day (although alcohol is not permitted). Surfing and bird watching are popular pastimes here, and there are plenty of wetlands and countryside for walkers to explore.

The Blue Pig Tavern serves American fare and promotes a farm-to-table philosophy, with a great deal of fresh produce sourced from its own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm two miles away (free self-guided tours are available Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.). Expect pot roast and meatloaf favorites, and more exotic creations such as coriander-crusted ahi tuna. After dark, the late-night Boiler Room often has live music events, and The Brown Room is a stylish 1930s lounge.

From the press:
  • "This historical 19th century hotel offers luxury accommodations and unrivaled service in a stunning natural environment" -- Frommer's
  • "There’s plenty to love about Congress Hall in the summertime … the breeze, beach-inspired décor is so perfect it would make Martha Stewart proud" -- Philadelphia Style Magazine
  • "There’s nothing stuffy about this hotel" -- The Washington Post


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 25.


  • Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests

  • Children up to age 10 stay free of charge, on request, when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Infant's cot/crib available on request, $25 per night for children 2 and under. Extra beds are not available.


  • No pets allowed.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

The hotel is a 3-hour drive from New York City and a 3.5-hour drive from Washington, D.C. Philadelphia is one hour and 45 minutes drive. There is free valet parking on site.


  • 200 Congress Place
  • Cape May, NJ, 08204
  • United States

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Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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