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
- 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
We booked a discounted room with the TEDx event and it was fantastic. We've stayed at all the Cape Resort properties over the years and this stay was as relaxing as all the others. We are always pleased with the cleanliness and great staff and wonderful views of the the CH. We were celebrating out 17th Wedding Anniv by attending the TEDx Common Ground & decided to hang out for 24 hrs to get away from our kids. (haha) We were married in CM at the chapel on the point and Reception was at Peter Shields Inn, which is another wonderful establishment of CM.
The hotel and staff were fantastic. The room was beautiful and clean and the staff friendly. The Boikeroom bar was fun with a great band. Would definitely stay there again and Cape May is great beach town.
I loved everything about Congress Hall, you have to stay there. Cape May is so historic, the oldest beach resort in America, did you know that? Loved Congress Hall but let me tell you there is more to the story than just the History of the place. First of all the Staff is so great, from Housekeeping to the Front Desk, they rock. Bend over backwards to help you and are very flexible as well. You have to dine there, I think really you should check out all the outlets and when you do you will be eating Farm to Table from their own Farm, Beach Plum. We did step it up in the gym to work things off, lol, and loved the bike ride around town and along the beach. It's a Bucket List item for Cape May can't wait to go back....love it and so will you.
My husband and I have booked an overnight in Cape May for our anniversary for the past 12 years. This year we entered our room to strawberries and champagne from the hotel. Everything is within walking distance. It was very romantic and we had a wonderful time- from the live music in the Brown Room to a terrific breakfast at the Blue Pig.
My wife and I recently stayed at Congress Hall in what has become a tradition for us - an early Fall week in Cape May. As always, our time at Congress Hall was wonderful. The mix of things to do on campus (Blue Pig, Brown Room, pool, veranda bar and seats, beach chairs and umbrella) were a great complement to the rest of Cape May (hiking, restaurants, shopping, kayaking, etc.). The level of service at CH is outstanding and the rooms and amenities are always top notch. It's consistently one of the highlights of our year.