My husband and I stayed here overnight for a wedding. We were impressed by how quickly the valet got us out of our car and whisked it away-also checking to see if our room was ready (and it was!) The lobby was quaint; I took the time to stop and gaze at the old fashioned elevators and the staircase, wondering to myself what this old dame of a seashore resort must have been like in the 1800's. Just as beautiful as it is now, I bet!
Our room was a town view with two queen beds...we had booked it back in September for an unheard of rate of $152 (AAA discount). Many rooms were blocked for the June 14th wedding and in the $300 range.....we didnt see the need to pay that even though we knew Cape May is pricey to begin with. The bed was very comfy with high-end linens and duvets compared to the many hotels and inns that we have stayed at across the country. The furnishings themselves were plain but seashore-ish...sort of like what you'd see at Cape Cod. The stuffed chair could have used some new upholstery....it had a big brown stain in it...not sure if it was a burn mark or what. The bathroom was nice......I did not expect over-the-top elegance or extreme modernization because I prefer that a historic hotel still maintain its old world charm. All in all, we were pleased with the room and its new flat screen TV. It also looked like the room had just been painted recently...a soothing sky blue.
The room was quiet and we had a great night's sleep. The next morning we ordered room service for breakfast and it was pretty decent; we just didnt feel like getting up and going out to breakfast after a night of partying at a wedding downstairs.
As for the wedding, fabulous! The bride and groom had their wedding at Congress Hall and the cocktail hour on the veranda was very nice; the grounds were beautifully landscaped ..ballroom reminded me of "Old Hollywood" and the food was great. For all of you brides and grooms-to-be out there....look into Congress Hall to host your wedding. The ceremony was on the beach and they did a nice job!
For a nice momento, we did go into the gift shop the next morning and bought a Christmas ornament of the Congress Hall for about $30....it's pretty; very colonial-looking, and something I will use every year rather than a tshirt. As with many gift shops, things can get pricey but I decided that a keepsake momento was worth it rather than buying some mass-produced junk that you see in many touristy places.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely. I dont think I would pay full rack rate; but I would certainly stay if I got a great rate again. It is one of the nicer properties in Cape May and lovingly preserved with attractive room amenities that people have come to expect.
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