Vintage hotels are usually a disappointment to me. A 200 year old building is going to have some wear. The question is, what wear is OK and what isn't. It may come down to taste, but I think Congress Hall got it right. Examples: bed, windows, shades, lockable safe, sink, bathroom tile...these are all the things that are in excellent shape. A creaky floor, slightly uneven steps, a pull chain light in the walk-in closet, circa 1980 phone. These are the things they haven't invested in. I think these are the right decisions. I got the advantages of a nice vintage hotel without paying the $100 premium to upgrade those things that I don't value. The lounge is great. The location is PERFECT - close to the walking mall and the beach. The homemade pizza was fantastic. The live music in the boiler room was great for dancing until 2 am. The staff was genuinely nice and efficient. The stay was a gift, so I can't speak to pricing...but I'd go back in a heartbeat.