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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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 seven consecutive years, most recently earning the #10 spot on their Reader’s Choice Awards Best Hotels in the Mid-Atlantic/New York in 2018. 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 Hotel

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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at the Virginia Hotel

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 Hotel 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, the Front Porch, or 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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Life's a Beach at the Virginia

Available May 23rd through October 6th

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 red cottage: 1(800) 732-4236

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

Indulgent Sea Spa Retreat

Available Year Round

Refresh the mind and revitalize the body. Indulge in the finest selection of pampering treatments with a relaxing Sea Spa experience.

Indulgent Sea Spa Retreat

Inspired by fresh, local ingredients, the Spa is excited to offer Beach Plum Farm bath products, made with ingredients located just two miles from Congress Hall. With the Indulgent Sea Spa Retreat, you will leave feeling rested, refreshed, and rejuvenated.

As our guest you will enjoy:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • $100 Sea Spa Credit*
  • Post-Treatment Refresher, Beach Plum Farm Juice
  • A gift set of Beach Plum Farm Amenities

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Please call 609-884-6543 to reserve your spa treatment.

*Reservations strongly recommended. Spa reservations must be made prior to your arrival, other wise availability is not guaranteed. This voucher can be applied toward spa services only. 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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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. 

the ebbitt room

The Ebbitt Room is the proud Winner of the 2018 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award and Wine Spectator's 2018 Award of Excellence. Located inside The Virginia, in the heart of historic Cape May, New Jersey, the Ebbitt Room is an elegant restaurant offering diners a variety of comfortable settings to sit down, relax and indulge their palates. 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. Or settle in to the comfortable leather seats in our gorgeous dining room. 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. The Ebbitt Room is strongly rooted in a farm-to-table, farm-to-glass dining philosophy featuring the freshest ingredients from our very own Beach Plum Farm.
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Weddings & Groups


If you dreamed of a wedding by the sea, Cape May, New Jersey offers beautiful scenery, an ideal location year-round and the perfect intimate space to celebrate your special day.

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Meetings & Retreats

Cape May combines the lure of history with the convenience of modern amenities in a variety of inspired settings, from beach to boardroom to farm.

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While You're Here

resort life

Sea Spa

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.

Beach Service


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.

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

Fitness Room

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 features state-of-the art equipment and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just sign in at the Congress Hall front desk.

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

Continental Breakfast

Start the day with a delicious Continental Breakfast each morning of your stay, made to order and served to you either in our Lobby Lounge, on the Front Porch, or in the privacy of your Guest Room.

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

Congress Hall Pool


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

Beach Plum Farm Tour

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. Learn More.

Guided Beach Plum Farm Tours are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

Congress Hall
History Tours

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.

History Tours are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. For more information, please call our Concierge at (609) 884-6542 or email us at [email protected].

Guided Excursions


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. View Excursions

A selection of Guided Excursions is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Learn More

Shuttle Service


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.

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

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.

Golf Cart


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


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


Feeling inspired to exercise in the beautiful beach-side setting? We have a great way to provide some gain without the pain. While you’ll definitely work up a sweat, the tranquil ocean views will make your experience something to look forward to rather than dread, we promise.

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



There’s nothing better than starting your day with a yoga class. Whether on Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn or down on the beach, the combination of an expert instructor and the beautiful setting create one of the best yoga experiences you’ll find anywhere.

Yoga Sessions are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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.

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 a Tripadvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence Winner.

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