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.

Winter Wonderland 2023

The Magic Returns to Cape May

Congress Hall is delighted to announce its thirteenth annual Winter Wonderland—our beloved holiday spectacular that celebrates this special time of year in Cape May. Join us for old favorites like Breakfast with Santa, Congress Hall Express rides, and Santa's Workshop activities.
November 24, 2023 through December 31, 2023
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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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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

A Cape May Christmas

Available Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Experience the charm of a Cape May Christmas, and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Congress Hall.

Cape May is a magical destination throughout the holiday season, and it all culminates with a traditional Christmas in the Congress Hall Ballroom, with festive dining and merry music.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations in Cape May
  • Welcome Cocktails for Two in the Brown Room, to get in the spirit
  • Christmas Day Buffet Dinner for Two in the Congress Hall Ballroom
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For personalized reservation service, please call a Reservations Specialist toll-free at (855) 290-8467.

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

Glitter Ball Getaway 2023

Available Saturday, December 30, 2023
through Monday, January 1, 2024

Ring in 2024 in the elegance and style of Congress Hall's Glitter Ball! From the Lobby to the Ballroom, our grand seaside hotel will be decorated exquisitely—the perfect setting in which to spend a night in your finery, with a glass of champagne in your hand.

The Glitter Ball at Congress Hall is the ultimate New Year's Eve party, and you're invited! Black Tie is optional (but encouraged and celebrated) at this marvelous soirée. Dance the night away with your sweetheart and, after the clock strikes midnight and the last drink is poured, take the elevator home to a deluxe guest room or suite at Congress Hall. Or, enjoy a few minutes of fresh seaside air as you walk back to one of our neighboring Cape May hotels.

Included in this package:

  • Deluxe Overnight Accommodations in Cape May
  • Welcome Party Favors in your Guest Room
  • New Year's Eve Glitter Ball Tickets for Two
  • Breakfast in the Blue Pig Tavern on New Year's Day
  • A Recovery Kit for Two with everything you need to bounce back on New Year's Day: energy juice, bottled water and aspirin
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Promo Code: GLITTER

For personalized reservation service, please call a Reservations Specialist toll-free at (855) 290-8467.

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

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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  • 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.

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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.

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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 Specific Points

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