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.

Closed for Winter Refresh

Congress Hall is closed for its annual winter refresh and will reopen on Friday, February 10, 2023.

For Cape May accommodations during our closure, please see our sister properties the Virginia Hotel, the Virginia Cottages, the Star Inn and the Sandpiper.

Be sure to follow us @CongressHall to stay up-to-date on all the improvements made at Congress Hall this winter!

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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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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

The Benjamin

Available through December 30th, 2023

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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Dinner in the Tavern

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

Dinner in the Tavern

Make your stay with us extra special! Come enjoy dinner in the Blue Pig Tavern

With the Dinner in the Tavern package you will enjoy wonderful accommodations, and $100 resort credit for you to use towards a meal at Blue Pig Tavern.

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My Blue Valentine

Available February 10th through 28th, 2023

Why give your sweetheart red roses when you can have a Blue Valentine at Congress Hall this February? Enjoy a split of champagne, a romantic dinner in the Blue Pig Tavern, breakfast in the morning, late check out and more.

Treat your loved one to a special getaway in a special place. Whether you tied the knot here years ago or its your first visit, you'll find the warmth and coziness within our walls as warm as your love for each other.

Our guests will enjoy:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Welcome amenity 1/2 split of Champagne on Ice plus 2 Blue Valentine Cupcakes
  • Blue Pig Tavern dinner credit of $75 per stay
  • Breakfast for two in the Blue Pig Tavern ($30 Credit daily)
  • Late 1 p.m. check out (not available for Friday or Saturday check-outs)

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Classic American Summer

Available Summer 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

*TENT: After booking your hotel stay, please contact the Concierge to reserve your Beach Tent: call (609) 884-6542 or email [email protected] Resort Credit is a $50 credit for use at Cape Resorts restaurants, shops and outlets: Beach Food and Beverage service, The Blue Pig Tavern, The Boiler Room, The Brown Room, Tommy's Folly Cafe, Tommy's Folly LOGO Shop, Tommy's Folly Boutique, Tommy's Folly KIDS, the Ebbitt Room, the Rusty Nail and the Sea Spa. Credit is offered for each reserved room night and must be signed to your guest room to be applied. No cash value. Hotel minimums may apply. Subject to availability and change. Packages and special offers not applicable to groups or existing reservations. Tax and gratuity not included.

Sea Spa Retreat

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

Sea Spa Relaxation

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 stay at Congress Hall, the Star, and the Congress Place Suites.

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For Personalized Service Please Call (609) 884-6543

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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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For Personalized Service Please Call 855-290-8467

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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