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.



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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Spring Break Family Adventures

March 25 - April 6, 2024


Join the Cape Resorts team and embark on exciting Spring Break Adventures in Cape May! Stay with us at one of our Cape Resorts hotels or cottages between March 25th and April 6th to become a part of the adventure.

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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

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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

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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
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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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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

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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

Spring Break Family Adventures

Available March 25 through April 6, 2024

Join the Cape Resorts Explorers Club and embark on exciting Spring Break Adventures in Cape May! Stay with us at one of our Cape Resorts hotels or cottages between March 25th and April 7th and become a part of the adventure.

We're thrilled to bring our Family Adventures back for Spring Break this year. Select activities will be based at Beach Plum Farm, as well as at Congress Hall and the Sandpiper Beach Club. From Gardening and Birding, to Tie Dye and STEM activities, Explorers will earn a special pin for their Sash with each activity they complete. Shuttle service is offered from all Cape Resorts Hotels to Beach Plum Farm, plus select activities are included as part of your stay—no special package needed!

Included in your Spring Break stay:

  • An official Cape Resort Explorers Club Sash
  • Keepsake Explorers Club Sash Pins, collected after the completion of each Adventure
  • Daily Adventure activities
  • Rides on the Cape Resorts Shuttle, running daily from Congress Hall to Beach Plum Farm


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To view a full schedule of Spring Break Activities, click here.

*For up to two children per reservation.

To ensure that everyone has as fun and safe a Spring Break as possible, we ask that parents remain with their children for the entirety of their Wilderness Adventures. Please review our Spring Break Policies & FAQ.

A Congress Place Romance

Available February 9 through February 29, 2024

Plan an effortless romantic getaway this year at Congress Hall, where you and your sweetheart will indulge in decadent chocolates selected by Louisa's Chocolate Bar, a romantic dinner in the Blue Pig Tavern, breakfast each morning, and more!

Seaside love stories have unfolded at Congress Hall for over 200 years. From engagements on the Grand Lawn, to grand weddings in the Ballroom, to cozy date nights by the fireplace in the Blue Pig Tavern—grand gestures and simple pleasures find home here alike, set before a backdrop of relaxed elegance and historic charm.

Plan an effortless romantic getaway this year at Congress Hall, where you and your sweetheart will arrive to a selection of artisanal chocolates in your guest room, compliments of our friends at Louisa's Chocolate Bar. Downstairs, a cozy table waits for you at the Blue Pig Tavern—as does a glass of prosecco for the perfect Valentine's toast.

And in the morning, you'll both love daily breakfast. With so many treats to choose from at the Blue Pig Tavern, the thought of holding a menu and thinking "this today, that tomorrow" is a little luxury in itself!

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations in Cape May
  • A Specialty Selection of Chocolates curated by Louisa's Chocolate Bar, waiting for you in your guest room
  • A Romantic Dinner for Two in the Blue Pig Tavern, complemented by Two Glasses of Prosecco for a proper Valentine's toast
  • Daily Breakfast in the Blue Pig Tavern


Book Your Stay

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To book the Congress Place Suites, please call us directly.

Call: 1 (888) 944-1816

"Dinner for Two is a one-time $75 dinner dining credit in the Blue Pig Tavern. Daily Breakfast for Two is a $30 breakfast credit in the Blue Pig Tavern, available for each reserved room night. All dining charges must be charged to your room for credits to apply. Dining reservations are required on Friday & Saturday nights. Please call 609-884-8422 for dining reservations. Packages and special offers not applicable to groups or existing reservations. Tax and gratuity not included.

Please note that in-room chocolate selection may contain: tree nuts, peanuts, wheat (in scotch whiskey), and/or minimal alcohol.

Subject to availability and changes. Restrictions may apply. Packages cannot be combined to existing offers. Packages cannot be applied to existing reservations. Packages cannot be applied to wedding or group blocks.

Murder Mystery Weekend at Congress Hall

Available Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, 2024

It’s 1929. You’ve taken your seat to dine in the exquisite Ballroom of Congress Hall, the grande dame of Cape May. As you notice glasses clinking, you’re clued in to an open secret: bootlegger Dutch Schultz has opened a speakeasy on the property. His girlfriend, Lu Lu, is a regular fixture on the entertainment stage, much to the chagrin of local flapper, Rosie…. . .

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The night roars along nicely, until bullets crack and the law shows up. As the smoke clears, a body falls—and it doesn’t look like the Charleston did it! Now, it’s up to you to crack the case during this exciting weekend at Congress Hall!

Spend a two-night stay with us and watch the mystery unfold as you experience three days filled with riddles, clues and a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end. From costumes and storylines to humor and problem solving, our partners at Murder Café will be sure to entertain and surprise guests. The performance is broken up over 4 acts and three days, and it is up to you to solve the crime!

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations at Congress Hall
  • Welcome Cocktails for Two to get into the spirit
  • Three Days of Murder Mystery Fun at Congress Hall in partnership with our friends at Murder Café
  • Brunch for Two on Saturday Morning in the Ballroom, featuring a selection of Mimosas and Bloody Marys
  • Dinner for Two on Saturday Evening in the Ballroom
  • Breakfast for Two on Sunday Morning in the Ballroom

Costumes Encouraged!

Our Murder Mystery weekend will feature a 1920s theme, and we encourage you to dress the part. From flappers to gangsters, join in on the fun!
Prizes will be awarded for "Best Dressed" and more—including a grand prize of a $350 Congress Hall gift card for Best Costume!






Stay at Congress Hall

Available Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, 2024

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Want to join in the fun, but stay at another of our nearby Cape May hotels?

Our March Murder Mystery package is also available for stays at The Congress Place Suites, The Star, The Sandpiper, the Virginia Cottages and the Beach Plum Farm Cottages.

Please note that all Murder Mystery activities take place at Congress Hall. Guests staying at our neighboring Cape Resorts properties are responsible for their own transportation to and from the resort.

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Please note that online bookings default to two (2) guests. Additional guests can be added to your reservation at the time of booking.

Package subject to availability and change. Packages cannot be applied to existing offers or promotions. Package inclusions have no cash value.



A Weekend with Candace Bushnell

Available Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2024

Grab your Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, and join acclaimed author Candace Bushnell for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend in Cape May!

This March, acclaimed Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell brings her one-woman Off Broadway show, True Tales of Sex, Success, and Sex and the City, to the cosmo-pink ballroom of Cape May’s historic Congress Hall.

Stay the weekend and join Candace for a welcome reception on the Friday night of your arrival, where—in the elegance of Congress Hall’s fabulous Harrison Room—you'll join the author for a Q&A and book signing of her 2019 novel Is There Still Sex in the City?. The book is a pull-no-punches social commentary that looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all—all told with the razor-sharp wit of a pioneering pop-culture icon.

On Saturday evening, take your seat for a delicious three-course dinner in the Ballroom, where Candace will take the stage to perform her smash-hit one-woman show, True Tales of Sex, Success, and Sex and the City. Join the original Carrie Bradshaw on a whirlwind tour of New York City, from Studio 54 to the Lipstick Jungle and beyond, sharing her remarkable stories of fashion, literature and sex while pouring cosmos in Manolos.

Included in our overnight package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations in Cape May

  • Two Copies of Candace Bushnell's 2019 novel, Is There Still Sex in the City?, waiting for you in your guest room

  • A Welcome Party on the Friday night of your arrival, where you'll join author Candace Bushnell for a Q&A and book signing

  • Two Tickets to True Tales of Sex, Success, and Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell's Saturday Night one-woman show in the Ballroom on Saturday Night*
    • Tickets include a delicious Three-Course Dinner in the Ballroom during the performance
  • Valet Parking, with in and out privileges, for the entirety of your stay

Book Your Stay

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Please call our Reservations Specialists directly to book this exciting package at Congress Hall: (888) 944-1816

Live locally, or just want to come down for the day? We're excited to offer a la carte tickets for Candace's Saturday evening show in the Ballroom. Click here to learn more.



*Additional guests can be added to your reservation as a Stay Enhancement during the time of booking.

Subject to availability and change. Packages cannot be applied to existing reservations or promotions.



Girls' Getaway

Available from February 9 through April 30, 2024

Celebrate the women in your life with a winter girlfriends' getaway to Cape May! Book our Girlfriends' Getaway package to enjoy cocktails, boutique shopping, and Sea Spa relaxation.

“It’s been too long”. Your eyes light up as you arrive to Cape May, where you’ll meet up with the people in your life who—despite busy schedules—make it feel like no time has passed. Celebrate those meaningful friendships with a deluxe escape filled with delicious cocktails, boutique shopping, and some time spent at the Sea Spa.

Here, the ultimate escape awaits, either in the historic grander of Congress Hall, the boutique charm of The Virginia, or—for a more private retreat—in one of our Beach Plum Farm or Virginia Cottages.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations in Cape May
  • Welcome Cocktails for your group in Congress Hall's beautiful Brown Room
  • Your choice of a 30-Minute Swedish Massage or a 30-Minute Facial at Congress Hall's Sea Spa
  • A $50 Shopping Credit at Tommy's Folly Boutique for each member of your group


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Please Note: Online reservations for Our Girls' Getaway package default to two (2) guests. Additional guests can be added to your reservation as a Stay Enhancement at the time of booking.

Subject to availability and change. Restrictions may apply. Packages cannot be combined to existing offers. Packages cannot be applied to existing reservations. Packages cannot be applied to wedding or group blocks.

Cocktails With The Presidents

Available February 9 through April 30, 2024

Imbibe like a head of state and enjoy historically-inspired cocktails in the Brown Room, as well as a copy of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: A Complete History of Presidential Drinking by Mark Will-Weber.

For over 200 years, Congress Hall has hosted esteemed guests—including four sitting United States Presidents. Naturally, these Heads of State each had favorite parts of their stay: Franklin Piece, in a 1855 visit, appreciated Congress Hall's festive Fourth of July Celebration; James Buchanan, in a 1867 visit, had a penchant for the sea air; Ulysses S. Grant, in a 1875 visit, appreciated Cape May's privacy; and Benjamin Harrison, in 1891, was so taken with Congress Hall that he set up his executive offices on the ground floor—where the Sea Spa is now—and established the hotel as his official Summer White House.

Indeed, these Presidential favorites demonstrate Congress Hall's timeless appeal—but, at the risk of editorializing, we'll posit that these gentlemen would have also appreciated a good drink in the current-day Brown Room. After all, who doesn't?

In the spirit of celebrating our history, we invite you to imbibe like a Head of State with our Cocktails with the Presidents package, featuring a themed menu of Brown Room cocktail selections sure to please any Commander in Chief.

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* Please Note: Late checkout does not apply to Friday and Saturday departures.

Package includes a $18 cocktail credit per guest, per reservation, for use in Congress Hall's Brown Room. Beverage charges must be signed to your guest room for credit to be applied. Credit has no cash value. Subject to availability and changes. Restrictions may apply. Packages cannot be combined to existing offers. Packages cannot be applied to existing reservations. Packages cannot be applied to wedding or group blocks.

Jazz Festival Getaway

Available April 19 through 21 and October 24 through 26, 2024

The famed Exit Zero Jazz Festival returns this Spring and Fall to Cape May! Book our Jazz Fest Getaway package to enjoy deluxe accommodations, two Three-Day VIP Jazz Festival tickets, two Exit Zero Jazz Festival wine glasses, and daily breakfast each morning of your stay.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations
  • Two VIP Tickets to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival*
  • Two Exit Zero Jazz Festival keepsake Wine Glasses
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay**





Spring Festival: April 19 through 21, 2024

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Fall Festival: October 24 through 26, 2024

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To learn more about this year's Exit Zero Jazz Festivals, visit ExitZeroJazzFestival.com.


*VIP pass provide entry to Exit Zero Jazz Festival. VIP pass provides first-come, first-served access to VIP reserved seat sections all performances on the Main Stage in Cape May Convention Hall. VIP Pass provides access to VIP Lounge in Cape May Convention Hall with complimentary water, coffee, tea, fruit, and grab and go snacks. VIP Pass provides first-come, first-served entry into all Festival stages, tents, and participating club venues. VIP Pass will be waiting for you at check-in to your Cape Resorts stay. After purchasing your VIP Passes, please contact Exit 0 International Jazz Festival to reserve your seats as each show has different times by calling 609-849-9202. Tickets cannot be refunded if reservation is cancelled within 21 days prior to arrival date of reservation.

**Breakfast for Two available for each reserved room night.

Reservations at Congress Hall, The Star and The Sandpiper receive a $20 Breakfast Credit for use at the Blue Pig Tavern per each reserved room night. Credit must be signed to your guest room to be applied. No cash value.

Reservations at The Virginia receive Continental Breakfast per each reserved room night. No cash value.

Classic American Summer

Available through October 8, 2023

Join us in Cape May for an American beach vacation at its best. Book our 'Classic American Summer' package and enjoy a two-day summer beach tent rental, and a daily Resort Credit—included in your stay.

Long summer days spent by the sea. Sun and crashing surf; the gentle chirp of gulls; the salty breeze gently rustling the pages of your bestseller. It's a beautiful scene in Cape May, where white-sand beaches and Victorian charm combine to create the perfect seaside escape. You'll love a luxurious day lingering in one of our striped Beach Tents, the ultimate summertime luxury.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations
  • 2-Day Beach Tent Rental, including two lounge chairs, plush beach towels, and a cooler filled with water and soft drinks
  • Daily $50 Resort Credit


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Promo Code: TENT

Terms and conditions apply. See the Reservations Website for complete details.

Sea Spa Retreat

Available for Midweek Stays this Spring and Fall

Indulge and unwind with our Sea Spa Retreat, featuring deluxe overnight accommodations and a credit to the Congress Hall Sea Spa.

Sea Spa relaxation at rates to feel great about

For a limited time, receive a $100 Sea Spa Credit included with your midweek stay at Congress Hall, the Star, and the Congress Place Suites.

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This offer is available for midweek stays on select dates through November 21, 2023

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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*

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An Evening To Remember

Available Year Round

Escape with your special someone to the Virginia Hotel & Cottages or Congress Hall. Book our Evening to Remember package to enjoy an intimate evening of dining by candlelight in the Ebbitt Room.

Plan a grand romantic weekend, or a cozy midweek escape—whatever the milestone, we will provide the gracious touch and exceptional service that ensure indelible memories.

Your romantic getaway includes:

Virginia Hotel & Cottages

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room*
  • Continental Breakfast for two each morning
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

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Congress Hall

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room*
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

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Promo Code: EBBITT

After booking your overnight stay, please make your dinner reservation by calling the Ebbitt Room at (609) 884-5700.

*Terms and conditions apply. See the Reservations Website for full details.

Dinner in the Tavern

Available February 10th through June 1st and October 1st through November 21st, 2023

Enjoy a classic and comfortable evening of American dining in the convivial ambiance of The Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall!

Known for hearty all-American favorites, The Blue Pig Tavern's name derives from a gambling parlor sited in Congress Hall in the mid-1800s. Earlier still, in the 1700s, Elias Hughes operated a tavern for whalers on this site. It was the first tavern in Cape May. Today, we offer timeless classics and new seasonal delights with ingredients that are always farm-fresh.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Accommodations in Cape May
  • An Evening of Dining in The Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall
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The Benjamin

Available Year Round

The Benjamin

As a Founding Father of the United States and face of the one hundred dollar bill even Ben would light up with a $100 resort credit!

With The Benjamin package you will enjoy wonderful accommodations, and $100 resort credit with the freedom to choose how to spend it. From a delicious farm-to-table dinner in the Ebbitt Room to classic comfort food at The Blue Pig Tavern, cocktails in the Brown Room, relaxation in the Sea Spa, coffee and lite-bites from Tommy’s Folly or Happy Hour at the Rusty Nail. Now, it’s easier than ever with signing privileges throughout all of the Cape Resorts Group Properties in Cape May. How will you spend your Benjamin?

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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.

200 CONGRESS PLACE
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY 08204
(609) 884-8421

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