Cape May

Congress Hall

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Named one of the best US hotels by Travel + Leisure & Condé Nast Traveler
  • In the very cool but laid-back Cape May, three hours' drive from New York City
  • Family-friendly resort, with movie nights, karaoke & a 62-acre farm that supplies much of the on-site restaurant's menu
  • Complimentary chairs, towels & umbrellas on the beach

"Nothing better exemplifies sultry new cool" -- The Guardian

95% (21 Member Ratings)

"The rooms were clean and comfortable."
24. Dec 2015
Wilmington, DE, United States

Map & Directions

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

Rooms & Rates

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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 -- and "nothing better exemplifies the sultry new cool than Congress Hall", says The Guardian.

Dating back to 1816, the 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 epitomised by the rocking chairs on the patio and the regular family-friendly activities (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 (charges apply). On site, there is a fully equipped fitness centre and a 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 (charges apply), and waiters serve food and drinks to sunbathers throughout the day (although alcohol is not permitted). Surfing and bird watching are popular past times 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, 8am-12pm). 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:
  • "There's plenty to love about Congress Hall... the breeze beach-inspired décor is so perfect it would make Martha Stewart proud" -- Philadelphia Style Magazine
  • "Nothing better exemplifies the sultry new cool than Congress Hall" -- The Guardian
  • "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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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

Checkout: 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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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95% Positive
(21 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Congress Hall over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The rooms were clean and comfortable.
Francis 24. Dec 2015 Wilmington, DE, United States
Other Comments
Disappointed that the Winter Wonderland was closed because of drizzling rain. The vendors are under cover why cancel? The whole area was closed up so early.
Heather 19. Dec 2015 waterford, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
The charm of the very old hotel
Michael 18. Dec 2015 Barnegat, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
Lovely holiday atmosphere..
Alice 17. Dec 2015 Montvale, NJ, United States
Other Comments
Very festive. Beautifully decorated. Blue Pig restaurant was very good
Cheryl 13. Dec 2015 Kenilworth, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
The rooms were very clean.
Other Comments
We like the centralized location. We also liked the layout and size of the rooms. The staff was friendly.
Barry 07. Dec 2015 Sellersville, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The peace and quiet
Cynthia 29. Nov 2015 Crownsville, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
Staying in this old historical resort.
Donald 23. Nov 2015 Hanover, PA, United States

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