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#15 of 37 hotels in Cape May
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.2
Value
3.7
Congress Hall in Cape May is America's First and Oldest Seaside Resort Hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
Concierge
Convenience store
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Value
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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1,634 reviews
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Congress Hall captivates many guests with its enchanting atmosphere, often abuzz with music and festive decorations. While some travelers praise the spacious rooms, others point out service and maintenance issues. Cleanliness is a strong suit, thanks to a diligent housekeeping staff. The hotel's amenities, including the grand lawn and beach service, are frequently highlighted, though some guests question the value considering the high cost. However, the convenience of its location near dining, shopping, and beaches is consistently applauded.
Location
Convenient
Atmosphere
Enchanting
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Inconsistent
Amenities
Top-notch
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ljwnek wrote a review Feb 22
Easton, Pennsylvania18 contributions7 helpful votes
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Cozy warm, extremely comfortable and clean room. Breakfast and Dinner at Blue Pig Restaurant each day was delicious. Guitar performer one night, and pianist the next in the Brown Room. Hotel smelled fresh and looked bright and cheery. Service staff were all so accommodating and sharp. Off season in Cape May with all the amenities you need right at Congress Hall makes for a relaxing and elegant and pampered getaway. Thanks to All who made me feel this way
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Nemothelonely wrote a review Dec 2022
Sydney88 contributions36 helpful votes
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A lovely old hotel, full of character. A top floor room facing the ocean is recommended. Being up early enough to see the sun rise was well worth it. The tour also was interesting. A lot of history in this place.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Happiness24132311238 wrote a review Feb 21
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The Red Cottage was great. The rooms are spacious and very welcoming. The bar in the main Virginia hotel (Ebbitt room) is cozy and the server, Danica, is excellent. She was both efficient and truly a pleasure to interact with. All of the staff was excellent and great and making us feel welcome. We go every President Day weekend and have never had a bad experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Katherine B wrote a review Dec 2023
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The decorations for Christmas were beautiful ! The atmosphere and service were great. The beds are also very comfortable. I had only visited before in the summer, which is also a good time. Now I will also make the holidays a repeat.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Nick P wrote a review Dec 2023
Staten Island, New York388 contributions205 helpful votes
I can't recall many places that really bring you into the holiday spirit. The decorations and atmosphere in December are a must see. Visit the holiday fair and enjoy a drink outside. The staff is very helpful and the level of service outstanding. Texts came in a week in advance asking if I had questions or needed local reservations. My only drawback is 4 levels of sheets on the bed, which made it difficult to get comfortable sleeping, but that will not stop me from visiting in the future.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Ocean view (4th flr) room does not give you a full view of the holiday fair. Ask for the 2nd or...
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Anthony P wrote a review Dec 2023
Caldwell, New Jersey146 contributions48 helpful votes
We haven’t been to Cape May in a long while, but this past weekend we spent two nights in Congress Hall, great place, great service and an excellent restaurant (Blue Pig Tavern) , our only complaint is the fact that all the people that aren’t staying here make it entirely too crowded, they should have a system where hotel guests can get a drink and relax without having to wait forever in line, we would even be willing to pay more than the 700$+ per night if we had to
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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shesplicer wrote a review Dec 2023
Brooklyn, New York22 contributions29 helpful votes
Congress hall used to be the best place to go for families in Cape May. It no longer is. The last two years this place has gone downhill. The treatment of guests, the quality of service is no more than two stars. For the price we pay the Icona Diamond Beach is a steal. I will no longer waste my money on Congress Hall.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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fedem8983 wrote a review Dec 2023
Miami Beach, Florida49 contributions53 helpful votes
First time here and it won't be the last. Great location, decorations, staff, restaurants, bars, and service. I had occasion to dine alone at the last minute and Dave, the host, seated me at a lovely table in a great location where I could enjoy the beauty of the room and all the activity going on. I also had a need to go to CVS for meds, and Greg, the Night Manager, was kind enough to drive me over in the golf cart so I could make my purchase. Great customer service. Overall great experience. Can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Lisa B wrote a review Nov 2023
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This is our 3rd time staying here but first where we had our family stay with us. Congress Hall is magical at Christmas Time. My 5 year old grandaugher had a ball and loved breakfast with Santa. He is a beauitful and wonderful santa and so is Mrs. Claus. Congress Hall never disapoints. First Class service all the way. Beds are so comfortable and the linens are amazing. We will be back again next year. It was a wonderful Christmas Gift Experience we gave to my family. Lisa & Bill - Southampton, PA
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Steve D wrote a review Nov 2023
Fort Mill, South Carolina10 contributions5 helpful votes
We did not stay or dine at Congress Hall, so I can only comment on it as a site-seeing attraction. The Hall is located in the area where you'll find Cape May's acclaimed Victorian homes, so it's easy to take in if you're in the area. For us, the most interesting aspect of our visit was the history and photographs in the hallway leading away from the lobby, where the shops are. That took us about 10-15 minutes, but we like to read everything, so . . . We're not shoppers, but I suspect that if we were, the few tiny ones inside the Hall might have had little attraction given that there was so little in them. We did however enjoy resting in the rocking chairs behind the Hall and taking in the sites. We also enjoyed relaxing for a few minutes in the bar in front of the fireplace. Those gave is a small sense of what it might have been like to visit the Hall in its heyday. All in all, for us, we wouldn't recommend going out of one's way to see it if your time is limited. Riding bikes through the neighborhoods to take in the stunning Victorian homes was the highlight for us.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
106
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Frequently Asked Questions about Congress Hall
Which popular attractions are close to Congress Hall?
Nearby attractions include Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater (0.2 miles), Washington Street Mall (0.08 miles), and Out of the Past Antiques (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Congress Hall?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Congress Hall?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Congress Hall?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Congress Hall?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cape May Peanut Butter Co., Hot Dog Tommy's, and Tisha's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Congress Hall?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Congress Hall located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Cape May.
Does Congress Hall offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Congress Hall?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Congress Hall?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Historic Cold Spring Village (3.1 miles), World War II Lookout Tower (2.4 miles), and Emlen Physick Estate (0.8 miles).
Does Congress Hall have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.