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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Virginia Guest rooms

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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Fresh from our Farm

In the bathroom, Beach Plum Farm bath amenities are made with ingredients fresh from our local farm, infused with lavender, lemon verbena and mint. All rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV. Enjoy continental breakfast each morning in your room, on the front porch, or by the lobby fire during cooler months. In each room is a refreshment bar, featuring beverages and late night snacks from local artisans. Guests of the Virginia enjoy complimentary beach service during the summer, which includes beach towels, umbrellas and loungers. Complimentary hotel valet parking is provided.
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Winter Warm-Up at the Virginia

Available through March 31, 2019

Plan a winter retreat at the Virginia with a Cape Resorts dining credit, hot chocolate for two, late check out and more.

Winter Warm-Up at the Virginia

The weather may be cold outside, but Cape Resorts has everything needed to keep you warmed up this winter. Even when the weather is frightful, Cape May has cozy fireplaces, fine dining, quaint Victorian houses, and the most beautiful winter sunsets. Sit back and relax with a cocktail in the Ebbitt Room, or enjoy down-home comfort food in the Blue Pig Tavern. Visit Congress Hall's Sea Spa and relax away the temperatures with one of our signature treatments.

Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Dining Credit for all Cape Resorts Restaurants and Lounges ($40 per day)*
  • Get $100 Spa Credit for $80. Save 20% when you purchase a Spa Credit in advance as a Stay Enhancement.
  • Hot chocolate for two
  • 1pm late check out**
  • Continental Breakfast for two each morning
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
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* Dining credit must be signed to room to be applied.

** Late checkout is based on availability and does not apply on Friday and Saturday departures.

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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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.

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.

Beach Plum Farm Tour

Come learn where your vacation meals begin! Almost all the vegetables, eggs and even some of the meat you eat at The Blue Pig and the Boiler Room comes from our very own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Located less than two miles away from our hotels, the farm lies on a scenic stretch of land just out of sight of the ocean. Stop by and enjoy a guided or self-guided tour. Learn More.

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. Rent a bike at the Congress Hall Bike Shop, go for an invigorating run on the beach (maybe you’ll see some dolphins!), or ask the front desk for recommendations for nearby hikes and nature walks.

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.

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.

Beach Service


As our guest, you'll receive complimentary use of loungers, umbrellas and towels. For the ultimate vacation treat, rent one of our classic red- and white-striped beach tents—on the beach directly in front of Jackson Street—and learn first hand just how good a perfect day at the beach can feel.

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.

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.



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, the fresh sea breeze, the scent of hydrangeas and freshly cut grass and the beautiful setting create one of the best yoga experiences you’ll find anywhere.

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 US hotels in the Northeast, and most recently awarded the #4 spot on the Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Reader's Choice Awards Top 20 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 on weekends and in season. 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 The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia