25 JACKSON STREET CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(800) 732-4236

Cape May Sophistication

The Virginia Hotel sets the standard for luxury hotels in Cape May, New Jersey. An impeccably restored 1879 landmark building, history combines with modern day amenities and superior service to provide guests with a unique hotel experience. Nestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of historic Cape May and just a half a block from the beach, The Virginia is ideally located offering vacationers a haven of beautiful design, unrivaled comfort and friendly, attentive service.
With just 24 guest rooms, The Virginia provides a truly intimate environment that perfectly balances modern and classic, providing a contemporary interpretation of seaside sophistication that never fails to delight. Virtually every guest room is unique, possessing its own distinct charm, but all feature comfortable furnishings and sumptuous fabrics and finishes. The sophisticated ambiance makes it difficult to believe all this is just steps away from the New Jersey shore. Guests also receive complimentary continental breakfast each morning of their stay.
There’s nothing better after a day of relaxing in one of our private beach tents than a cool drink on the Front Porch followed by a memorable meal in The Ebbitt Room, Cape May’s undisputed destination for upscale dining. Our guests are always delighted by the innovative cuisine that features fresh ingredients grown at our very own 62-acre Beach Plum farm just a few miles way.

Recharge at The Virginia- Introducing The Tesla Electric Car Charging Station

The Virginia Hotel is now proud to offer complimentary electric car charging for our guests. In an effort to support environmentally sound and sustainable lifestyle practices, our parking lot now features two Tesla charging stations for the proud owners of Tesla electric vehicles. As a guest, you are welcome to charge your car overnight. In the morning, you will be ready to go for up to 265 miles of adventure in Cape May!
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As America's first seaside resort community with a history of welcoming visitors for over 200 years, the safety and welfare of our guests, employees, and the Cape May community is and always has been our priority. Due to the ongoing developments of COVID-19, we have suspended operations through April 30th. For those of you who have bookings or events scheduled with us during our closure, we will be in touch with you. We know that this iconic American destination will recover and be more resilient than ever as a resort community. Our dedicated team will be ready once again to welcome guests from near and far.

the history

Like many Cape May hotels The Virginia was built following the catastrophic fire of 1878, which devastated the town and destroyed many of its historic buildings including our sister hotel Congress Hall. Originally named The Ebbitt House after its first owners, Alfred and Ellen Ebbitt, the hotel was renamed “The Virginia Hotel” during its heyday in the early 1890s when it was a popular destination for visitors from Washington, D.C and Philadelphia. It was frequently mentioned in the society pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer since many of the city’s fashionable set would decamp to the shore during the torrid summer season.
When Cape May began to decline as a resort destination during the twentieth century, the fortunes of The Virginia also suffered and the once upscale hotel eventually became a rooming house before being entirely condemned in the 1980s.  The derelict hotel was purchased by Curtis Bashaw and his family in 1986 and after an extensive renovation was reopened in 1989. The Virginia Hotel has been named one of the top hotels in the Northeast US by Conde Nast Traveler for eight consecutive years, most recently earning the #8 spot on their Reader’s Choice Awards Best Hotels in the Mid-Atlantic/New York in 2019. The Virginia Hotel was also named to the Conde Nast Gold List in both 2013 & 2014, and is an annual recipient of the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence.

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Guest Rooms

at the Virginia

With just 24 guest rooms, the Virginia provides a truly intimate environment that perfectly balances modern and classic, creating a contemporary interpretation of seaside sophistication that never fails to delight. Virtually every guest room is unique, possessing its own distinct charm, but all feature comfortable furnishings and sumptuous fabrics and finishes. The sophisticated ambiance makes it difficult to believe all this is just steps away from the New Jersey shore.
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Amenities

at the Virginia

As a guest of the Virginia, you'll enjoy:
  • Private bathroom with hairdryer and personal toiletries
  • Beach Plum Farm soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Individual climate control for air conditioning and heating
  • Television with remote
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • In-room telephone
  • Twice daily Housekeeping service
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 100% Belgian cotton sheets
  • Virginia cotton terry robes
  • Espresso machine with complimentary espresso
  • In-room Refreshment Bar, stocked with goods from local artisans
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast each morning, delivered either to your room or served buffet-style in the Lobby Lounge
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Resort Fee Inclusions

As our guest, you will have an array of Cape Resort amenities and services close at hand. From dining options to recreation, special events & programming to guided tours, we’re here to help create memories you’ll treasure forever.
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While You're Here

the ebbitt room

Discover the Ebbitt Room, Cape May's award-winning Restaurant and Bar located inside the Virginia Hotel. Led by Executive Chef Jason Hanin, the Ebbitt Room is strongly rooted in a farm-to-table, farm-to-glass dining philosophy, regularly incorporating ingredients sourced two miles away from Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May.
Dine outdoors and enjoy the seasons on the welcoming front porch of this Victorian beauty overlooking the charming Cape May streets. Or linger in our classically comfortable bar and lounge while listening to live piano music on weekends. Every space in the Ebbitt Room beckons guests to relax, stay a while and indulge in some of the finest fare Cape May has to offer.
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packages

Toll Free Travel

Available through April 30th

Traveling by car for your Cape May getaway? Let us take care of the tolls! Book now and receive deluxe accommodations, a dining credit, and a New Jersey toll fee credit.

Cape Resorts is giving you a break before taxes are due. Located off of Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway, the resort will cover your New Jersey tolls. Receive a $20 Toll and Transportation credit when you book our Toll Free package.

This package includes:

  • $20 Toll Credit per stay
  • $25 Cape Resort Dining Credit per night*

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Congress Hall the Virginia Hotel The Sandpiper The Star the Congress Place Suites: (844) 499-9815

*All food and beverage must be signed to your room for the $25 dining credit to be applied. No Cash Value. Additional charges, tax and gratuity will be your responsibility.

What a Difference a Day Makes at the Virginia

Available through April 26, 2020

Book two nights at the Virginia and get a third night free, plus a guaranteed 9:00am check-in, daily continental breakfast and more.

Between the vibrant restaurant and bar scene, boutique shopping, sight-seeing and more, there's so much to do in Cape May—even in the winter months. Whether it’s for a romantic escape, traveling with the family or a girl’s getaway, to make the most of your stay you’ll love being able to check-in as early as 9 AM. Plus, your third night is free! What will you do with your extra day on the island?

Included in this package:

  • Get a third night free when you book at two night stay
  • Check-In as Early as 9AM
  • Daily Continental Breakfast, delivered to your room or served buffet-style in the Lobby Lounge
  • Deluxe Accommodations

call now to book the virginia: (800) 732-4236

Restrictions and blackout dates apply. Cannot be applied to any other discounts, packages or offers.

Life's a Beach at the Virginia

Available May 22 - October 11, 2020

Ring in the summer on Jackson Street and enjoy deluxe accommodations, a Virginia Beach Tent rental, a beach dining credit and more.

The only thing better than relaxing on the beach is having everything you need set up for you in advance. A private beach tent with two beach loungers with covers, chairs, table, a cooler filled with bottled water and soda plus a beach attendant ready to serve you. Soaking up the sun has never been so comfortable!

As our guest you will enjoy:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • A private beach tent rental for two days
  • Beach Dining Credit of $30 per day*


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the virginia call to book the cottages: 1(800) 732-4236

*Beach dining credit must be signed to your room to be applied. No cash value.

The Benjamin - $100 Resort Credit

Available Year Round

Enjoy wonderful accommodations and a $100 resort credit with the freedom to choose how to spend it. From farm-to-table dining to evening cocktails to boutique shopping, the choice is yours!

The Benjamin - $100 Resort Credit

Benjamin Franklin knew that the key to a good time was good food, good drink, and good company. This wise founding father is the face of the $100 bill, and now can be found as the face of this exciting getaway. With The Benjamin package you will enjoy wonderful accommodations and a $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. Enjoy cocktails in the Brown Room or some well deserved relaxation in the Sea Spa. Grab a cup of coffee and lite-bites from Tommy's Folly or kick back for a Happy Hour at the Rusty Nail. It's easier than ever with signing privileges throughout all of the Cape Resorts Properties in Cape May. How will you spend your Benjamin?

Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • A $100 resort credit per stay to be used at any Cape Resorts outlets

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the Virginia sandpiper the star beach shack call to book the red or pink virginia cottages: (800) 732-4236

*Resort credit must be signed to your room to be applied. No cash value.

An Evening To Remember

Available Year Round

Make your romantic getaway one to remember with a welcome bottle of champagne, delicious chocolate truffles, and an intimate evening in the Ebbitt Room.

An Evening to Remember

Make every celebration or evening truly memorable with an epicurean experience at The Ebbitt Room, where artisanal cocktails are expertly paired with farm-fresh classic American cuisine. Whatever the milestone, we will provide the gracious touch and exceptional service that ensure indelible memories.

Your romantic getaway includes: 

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Welcome bottle of house champagne and chocolate truffles
  • Ebbitt Room dining credit ($100 per stay)*
  • Continental Breakfast for two each morning
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

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the virginia

To Book the Cottages, please call: (800) 732-4236

* Please make your dinner reservations after booking your package by calling the Ebbitt Room at (609) 884-5700.

All food and beverage charges must be signed to your room for the Dining Credit to be applied. No Cash Value. 

resort life

Continental Breakfast

Start the day with a delicious Continental Breakfast each morning of your stay, served to you either in the privacy of your Guest Room or as a buffet in our Lobby Lounge.

Daily Continental Breakfast is included in your stay as a Virginia Hotel guest.

Sea Spa

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

The Sea Spa at Congress Hall is a full-service spa that offers unique ocean-inspired treatments in a bright, uplifting atmosphere. You’ll love the fun yellow- and white-striped treatment rooms and the wonderful massages, facials and beauty treatments that feature all-natural products. Learn More

congress hall fitness room treadmills and elliptical machine

Fitness Room

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Being on vacation doesn’t mean having to break your fitness regime. As our guest, you'll have access to Congress Hall's Fitness Room that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just sign in at the front desk.

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

Sandpiper Fitness Center

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Need a more advanced workout? As our guest, you'll have access to the fully-equipped Fitness Center and Sauna at the nearby Sandpiper Beach Club. The Sandpiper Fitness Center was recently enhanced with state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment, making it one of the most robust gyms on the island.

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

Congress Hall Pool

SEASONAL

We know our beaches are pretty special, but a change of scenery is always nice, especially on vacation. As a guest of The Virginia, you can enjoy the services and amenities of the nearby Congress Hall Hotel, including its beautiful swimming pool and adult-only pool. Learn More

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Beach Plum Farm Tour

SEASONAL

Set out on a guided or self-guided tour and explore the old and open spaces of Beach Plum Farm, our very own 62-acre working farm in West Cape May.
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Guided Beach Plum Farm Tours are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Congress Hall
History Tours

AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

Explore Congress Hall and learn more about its remarkable story on our 60-minute interactive tours led by "Annie Knight" who owned the hotel from 1904-1931.
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History Tours are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Guided Excursions

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Embark on a tour of some of Cape May's hidden gems. Our Guides will lead you out for a tour of Davey's Lake or to Sunset Beach, where you can search for Cape May Diamonds.
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A selection of Guided Excursions is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Learn More

congress hall shuttle bus

Shuttle Service

SEASONAL

Travel Cape Island with ease on our new Cape Resorts Shuttle. The Shuttle stops at all Cape Resorts outlets and hotels, including Beach Plum Farm and West End Garage.
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Shuttle Service is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

Golf Cart

SEASONAL

Reserve our golf cart, daily, May-November, which can take you to area restaurants, Beach Plum Farm, historical sights, or just around the streets of Cape May. Speak with the front desk to arrange your outing.

Bike Rentals

SEASONAL

There’s no better way to get around Cape May than by bike. The city is flat as a pancake and very pretty, the perfect ingredients for a lovely bike ride! The nearby Congress Hall Bike Shop offers singles, doubles, children’s bikes, surreys and helmets.
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Beach Boot Camp

SEASONAL

Feeling inspired to exercise in the beautiful beach-side setting? Our Beach Boot Camp sessions provides structured exercise in beautiful oceanside surroundings.

Beach Boot Camp Sessions are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

Beach Service

SEASONAL

Our Beach Attendants guarantee the perfect beach day by setting you up with chairs, towels and umbrellas when you arrive. Order a refreshment off of our Beach Menu and settle in to the sounds of the surf. Learn More

Beach Service is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

man and woman walking on beach

Running, Biking, Walking

Being on vacation at the New Jersey shore means being outside as much as you can and there are lots of options to enjoy your workout in the fresh air while staying with us. Ask the Concierge Desk for recommendations for nearby hikes, nature walks and bike paths.

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Bird Watching

Cape May is one of the world’s most famous bird watching destinations and enthusiasts travel here from across the country to experience the wide variety of species that inhabit the area and pass through during migration. Check with Congress Hall's Concierge for tips on the best places to spot rare birds.
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Since 2012, The Virginia Hotel has been honored by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 US hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and New York. The Virginia Hotel is also an annual winner of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence.

The Virginia
25 Jackson Street
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
(609) 884-5700

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 on Jackson Street, just a half block from the beach and the Washington Street Mall - in the heart of the Historic District.

Valet Parking is provided. Please utilize the 15 minute parking space directly across from the hotel as well as the loading zone (a few yards down the street), as parking on the left side of Jackson Street is prohibited.

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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