What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- The sprawling Great Lawn has a private pool and plentiful Adirondack chairs
- A curated design that pairs antiques with chic beach style
- The Brown Room, a lively Old Havana–style bar and lounge, encourages socializing
- Free WiFi and valet parking
What To Know
- The beach is across the street from the hotel, and badges ($7 per day) are required to use it
- Cabana rentals cost $100 per day, but chairs and umbrellas are free
- The historic hotel has thin walls; the quietest rooms are located in the spa wing, away from the lobby and bars
- Popular for weddings and large gatherings
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally built in 1816, Congress Hall gets its name from its original owner, Congressman Thomas H. Hughes. Transformed in its early years from a boarding house to a summer White House for President Benjamin Harrison, the hotel has seen its share of history, which has been stylishly preserved through photographs and memorabilia that mix with Colleen Bashaw’s amusing and colorful design. Part rambling beach house, part chic retreat, the hotel has 108 unique rooms — complete with sloping floors — that are painted in beach colors accented by bright white trim. The beds are outfitted with plush Belgian linens, while the white tile bathrooms feature cotton robes and Aveda bath products. The Ebbitt Room is headed by executive chef Anthony Micari and serves farm-to-table fare such as roasted Amish chicken with marble potatoes, spring onions, wild mushrooms and natural jus. And with an underground nightclub in the hotel’s former boiler room, plus a lively Havana-inspired lobby bar, the property is geared to the social set. Yet guests can find solitude in the rocking chairs on the terrace, among the Adirondack chairs on the Great Lawn, or at the yellow-and-white-striped Sea Spa.
In the Area
Guests can stroll the Washington Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly stretch of boutiques, cafés and ice cream shops. Step up to the bar inside Bath Time to mix a custom scent from the apothecary-style selection of oils. Wander Jackson Street to view meticulously maintained Victorians, such as the elegant Virginia Hotel, where you can sip a crafted cocktail on the porch before dinner at the romantic Ebbitt Room. Tiny Louisa’s Café is an elusive BYOB gem with a blackboard menu that usually includes local bluefish. Work up your pre-dinner appetite with a bike ride to Cape May’s historic lighthouse — it’s 199 steps to the top.
How to Get There
I can't express how thankful I am that my wife and I landed at Congress Hall for a brief 3 day getaway. This was our first visit to Cape May - and this hotel was perfect in so many ways - ideal location, incredible amenities, flawless and always friendly service and staff, a fantastic restaurant, and a classic bar. Oh, and not mention a lovely pool but even more incredible beach - right across the street! The hotel is historic and has been fully renovated - rooms with modern amenities but not so overdone to have eliminated the historic charm. The Blue Pig restaurant served a fantastic breakfast and wonderful dinner - at prices reasonable for what is typically very expensive hotel fare. There are other great dining options in Cape May, but you can seriously eat and drink well without ever leaving this property. We will definitely be returning.
The room had two queen beds, which was a little much. There was no room for a desk and chair. Also there was only one night stand (between the beds). No place to put a CPAP except on the floor (ugh). Receptacleswere few and far between.
Attention to detail is paramount at Congress Hall. Consistently the best weekend getaway we treat ourselves too - even when the weather isn’t totally cooperative. The staff, care of the property, beach service and overall concern for guests is just outstanding. And my husband claims it’s the best lobster roll he’s ever had! ❤️🏖
We had an amazing 3 day stay at Congress Hall, one of the nicest locations and hotels we have experienced in the states. Every detail was perfect and the staff made us feel very welcome. Our room was beautiful, immaculate and loved the turn down service! The beach was clean and the staff were exceptional there and at the pool. We ate at the Blue Pig several times and had great food and service. The décor and aesthetic was relaxing and tasteful. The location to local boutique shops and nice restaurants was also excellent. Highly recommend the Mad Batter! Thank you to the concierge for arranging a whale/dolphin watching excursion, one of the highlights of our short stay. My two teenagers loved everything about Cape May and this beautiful old hotel and want to make this an annual June trip!
We had the most amazing wedding at Cape May. Frank was one of the servers helping out the party, and his energy was unlike anyway else. He was attentive, funny, and on top of everything. If you do have an event, make sure frank is part of your team.