200 CONGRESS PLACE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(888) 944-1816

America's First Seaside Resort

Congress Hall has welcomed generations of travelers with authentic hospitality since 1816. In an iconic setting along Cape May's famous beachfront, it is a true American classic; relaxed yet elegant, luxurious yet fun. Vacations are filled with rich experiences and simple pleasures for friends old and new.

Rise, Shine & Relax with Daily Breakfast

Rise and shine—and leave the rest to us! Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations and a delicious breakfast in the Blue Pig Tavern each morning of your stay.

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Seaside Hospitality Since 1816

Congress Hall was established in 1816 by founder Thomas H. Hughes, a prominent Cape May businessman. Originally called "The Big House", the hotel was renamed in honor of Hughes' election to Congress in 1828. Now in its third century, this grand resort features the simple pleasures of the past with the modern luxuries we enjoy today.
A stay at Congress Hall is designed around the simple pleasures of a classic American seaside vacation. Here, we believe that hospitality means more than just a room for the night. It means complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas waiting for you down on the beach; delicious on-property dining for you to treat yourself to; health and wellness classes like yoga every morning; and family activities from sunup to sundown—all to create new memories and traditions with the ones you love.
Located in the heart of Victorian Cape May, it's the perfect place to spend your New Jersey beach vacation. Whatever the season, you will be delighted by the array of choices that make it easy to fill your days and nights. Relax in a private beach tent, lounge by the pool, or sit on a rocking chair overlooking the Grand Lawn.
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Dining & Cocktails

From the Blue Pig Tavern, to the Boiler Room, to the Brown Room—Congress Hall is home to some of the most celebrated restaurants and lounges in Cape May, New Jersey.
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The Sea Spa

The Sea Spa at Congress Hall is a full-service day spa. This guest favorite is a haven of simple pleasures, featuring treatments inspired by the rhythms of the ocean.
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Tommy's Folly

What's vacation without a little shopping? Check out Tommy's Folly, a charming Café, Logo Shop and Boutique filled with Cape May finds and chic treasures for men, women and children.
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Resort Amenities

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The Sea Spa

The Sea Spa at Congress Hall is a full-service spa that offers unique ocean-inspired treatments in a bright, uplifting atmosphere.

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Pool Service


Enjoy complimentary chairs and towels at Congress Hall's Pool, as well as food and drink service from our Pool Bar and Grill. Learn More

Pool Service is included in your stay as a Congress Hall guest.

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Beach Service


We'll set you up with complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas on the beach in front of Congress Hall. Enjoy food and drink service from our Beach Menu. Learn More

Beach Service is included in your stay as a Congress Hall guest.

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EV Charging Stations

We're proud to feature on-property EV Charging Stations. Complimentary for hotel guest use, our Charging Stations are suitable for all electric vehicles.

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Tennis Lessons

Tennis, anyone? We're proud to partner with tennis pro Zee Vlahovic and the Cape May Tennis Club to offer Private Lessons for our guests. Click here to learn more.

Private Tennis Sessions can be reserved for a fee.

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Congress Hall
Bike Shop


The Congress Hall Bike Shop offers singles, doubles, children’s bikes, surreys and helmets.
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Daily Housekeeping Services

Our Housekeeping Team will refresh your room daily and provide nightly turndown service, using enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure your space is spotless.

Housekeeping Service is included in your stay as a Congress Hall guest.

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Complimentary Wifi

Stay connected with complimentary high-speed WiFi, available in your guest room or anywhere on our beautiful grounds.

Complimentary WiFi is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Fitness Room

As our guest, you'll have access to Congress Hall's Fitness Room that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fitness Room access is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Please visit the Congress Hall Front Desk for access.

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Daily Newspaper Service

We'll deliver a complimentary newspaper to your guest room each morning if you'd like. Choose from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, or the New York Times.

Daily Newspaper Service is included in your stay as a Congress Hall guest.

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Room Service

There's nothing quite like the simple pleasure of room service during your vacation. Order breakfast, lunch and dinner off a delicious menu from the Blue Pig Tavern and have your meal delivered right to your guest room.

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On-Property Dining

Enjoy a varied selection of cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner—all without having to leave the grounds of our hotel.
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Sandpiper Fitness Center

As our guest, you'll have access to the fully-equipped Fitness Center and Sauna at the nearby Sandpiper Beach Club.

Fitness Center access is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Family Activities


Our seasonal Activities & Events will keep the whole family smiling all vacation long. View Activities Calendar

Amenities are subject to change based on state and local guidelines.

Packages & Special Offers

Fall Break Wilderness Adventures

Available November 9rd - November 13th

Surprise, the kids are out of school! Plan a fall break getaway and join the Cape Resorts Explorers Club at Beach Plum Farm. Stay with us at one of our Cape May hotels or cottages between November 9th and 13th to become a part of the adventure!

Grab a trusty field guide to lead the way on your Wilderness Adventures. At Beach Plum Farm Explorers will get the chance to plant a garden, create nature-inspired art, learn about archery, farm life and more! For each task they complete, Explorers will earn a special pin to place on their Explorer Sash. Each day will be filled with creative learning and fun activities for explorers of all ages. Select activities are included as part of your stay—no special package needed!

Included in your Fall Break stay:

  • An official Cape Resort Explorers Club Sash
  • Keepsake Explorers Club Sash Pins, collected after the completion of each Adventure
  • Daily Wilderness activities

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Congress Hall The Star The Sandpiper Beach Plum Farm Cottages Virginia Cottages: (800) 732-4236
*For up to two children per reservation.
To ensure that everyone has as fun and safe a Fall Break as possible, we ask that parents remain with their children for the entirety of their Wilderness Adventures.

Dinner on Jackson

Available for Midweek Stays this Fall

Escape to Jackson Street this fall. Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, as well as an all-inclusive dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room—all in the splendor of Cape May's historic downtown.

Picture this: an evening on the Front Porch of the Virginia Hotel, spent over cocktails and farm-fresh cuisine. Perched above Jackson Street, you'll watch a scene unfold before you before a backdrop of seaside Victoriana. It's a time-transcending place, one filled with history and character and new possibilities.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Accommodations at the Virginia Hotel
  • All-Inclusive Dinner for Two from the Ebbitt Room*
Book The Virginia Hotel Book Congress Hall Call to book the Red & Pink Cottages: (800) 732-4236

*All-inclusive dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room includes the cost of food, tax and gratuity. Alcohol is not included.

Package is subject to availability and change. Packages and special offers not applicable to groups or existing reservations. Room Tax not included.

Rise, Shine & Relax with Daily Breakfast

Available Year Round

Rise, Shine & Relax and leave the rest to us. Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations and a farm-to-table breakfast in the Blue Pig Tavern each morning of your stay.

There's nothing like waking up in picturesque Cape May, especially when you have a delicious breakfast waiting for you! You'll love our Chef's selections this season like fluffy buttermilk pancakes, fresh omelets and breakfast sandwiches, all made using fresh ingredients from Beach Plum Farm.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Breakfast in the Blue Pig Tavern*


Congress Hall The Star The Sandpiper

*RELAX: Breakfast is a $40 dining credit per day. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash value. Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied.

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Since 2012, Congress Hall has been honored by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top US hotels in the Northeast and was recently awarded a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards Top 20 Hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and New York. Congress Hall is also awarded with Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence. Most recently, Congress Hall was named to the 2021 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards.

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it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The hotel is located in the heart of the Historic District, right across the street from the beach and the Washington Street Mall.

Valet Parking is provided. Please pull up in front of the hotel and an attendant will assist you with your luggage and car.

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From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia