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

A 24-room boutique hotel
in the heart of historic Cape May

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 tree-lined street Jackson Street in the heart of the Historic District 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.

Welcome Back

We are excited reopen and once again provide seaside welcome. Please view our Cape May 'What's Happening?' page, read our Frequently Asked Questions for important guest information, and watch our video to learn about the steps we've taken to reopen safely.

The History




Seaside Sophistication since 1879

It began with a blaze. Like many Cape May hotels, The Virginia was built following the catastrophic Cape May fire of 1878, which destroyed nearly 40 acres of property in its wake.
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.
Today, the Virginia stands as a historic icon of hospitality, proudly offering seaside welcome to discerning travelers near and far. The Virginia is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its impeccable service and standards from notable publications like Conde Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards, the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence, and the Conde Nast Gold List.
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Guest Rooms

at the Virginia

Virtually every guest room at the Virginia 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
  • Beach Plum Farm soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion
  • Makeup wipes
  • Individual climate control for air conditioning and heating
  • Television with remote
  • WiFi Access
  • In-room telephone
  • Twice daily Housekeeping service
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 100% Belgian cotton sheets
  • Virginia Hotel cotton terry robes
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast each morning, delivered either to your room or to the Front Porch
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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 Virginia provides a truly intimate environment that perfectly balances the modern with the timeless. A haven of relaxed elegance and thoughtful design, it's a contemporary interpretation of seaside sophistication that never fails to delight. You'll love waking up each morning to made-to-order continental breakfast, sipping coffee on the front porch, and strolling to the beach just down Jackson Street. As the sun sets, try a new cocktail—Leo's been busy behind the bar creating a new list of classics—and take your seat for a candlelit dinner in the Ebbitt Room.

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in the heart of

Historic Cape May

As our guest, you'll be right in the middle of Cape May's historic downtown. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, the Cape May Historic District comprises one of the country's largest collections of free-standing 19th century architecture. The 600 buildings that form the District feature stunning examples of Late Victorian, Eclectic, Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Colonial and French Second Empire style.

Cape May celebrates its living history through the preservation— and the clever adaptive reuse—of these grand old buildings. Today, you'll find cutting-edge restaurants in the parlors and terraces of former summer homes, as well as trendy boutiques and shops lining the wooden storefronts of Washington Street.

Come get to know our beautiful town by the sea. Plan your trip with our online guides of restaurant recommendations and local points of interest. Once you're here, our Concierge is a great resource on all things Cape May.



Virginia Amenities

Continental Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious Continental Breakfast each morning of your stay, served to you either in the privacy of your Guest Room or on the Front Porch.

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

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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 at Congress Hall is included in your stay as a Virginia guest.

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Daily Housekeeping

Our Housekeeping Team will refresh your room each day if you'd like, replacing linens and using enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure your space is spotless.

Daily Housekeeping is included in your stay as a Virginia 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.

Virginia 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.

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

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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. The Fitness Room is reserved for one guest at a time and is sanitized between sessions. Sessions are first-come, first-serve. Please visit the Congress Hall Front Desk for access.

congress hall sea spa

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.

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. Fitness Center reservations can be made for 45 minutes at a time by calling the Sandpiper Front Desk at (609) 884-6620. Amenities are subject to change based on state and local guidelines.

congress hall bike shop

Congress Hall
Bike Shop

SEASONAL

The Congress Hall Bike Shop offers singles, doubles, children’s bikes, surreys and helmets.
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Amenities are subject to change based on state and local guidelines.

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Virginia Weddings

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Meetings
& Retreats

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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