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Congress Hall

200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204-5306
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#15 of 37 hotels in Cape May
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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)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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DJMNC wrote a review Yesterday
33 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed at Congress Hall on a very rainy and cold memorial day weekend right after the COVID restrictions were lifted for wearing masks if you are vaccinated. The rooms were kept very clean and the service was good. The hotel is older and has charm using keys versus key cards but that didn't bother us given the cleanliness and service. Also the beds were so comfortable.The location is great and I loved how they texted you before our stay to make sure we had reservations for dinner and breakfast and texted during our stay with the activities that were going on. My only issue was the number of people crammed into the lobby and seating areas given COVID I felt that they should have enforced some distancing. Overall a great stay and plan to come again when we can enjoy the warm weather.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: ocean view for sure
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Daniel K wrote a review Jun 7
West Chester, Pennsylvania4 contributions
In their defense, Congress Hall and other Cape May business rely heavily on international students for their summer help. As the local pizza shop owner told me "we need the international help because Americans are lacy and spoiled". Covid has created a labor shortage. However(of course), the pool heater was not working the entire week, when air and water temps weren't favorable. There was no food available between 2 and 4 anywhere at Congress Hall and our air conditioning want working 3 of the 5 nights. They were accommodating and did all they could to help, but if you are understaffed, then maybe you should lower capacity?
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
1Daytripper_21 wrote a review May 2021
Wilmington, Delaware13 contributions6 helpful votes
This place smacks with charm, but it’s become a wedding factory. Communal spaces are filled with anxious bridesmaids & photographers. Room balcony provides breathtaking views, but also of loud drunken wedding guests in the courtyard. DJ music pumps until 10pm. Staff is helpful, but they all looked stressed out with so many weddings always rolling through. It’s really not a great vibe or environment for families. We usually stay at the Sandpiper with the kids, but the pool is under construction.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Doreen M wrote a review May 2021
6 contributions2 helpful votes
If you can even imagine that a super old hotel (they still use real keys) can feel fresh and perfected. This place does the trick. Gorgeous rooms and a spotless. Really comfortable bed with soft gorgeous sheets. Incredible service from the second you park your car. The front desk staff is lovely and accommodating. The outside veranda takes your breath away with tons of wooden rockers. The outdoor bar is perfection on the veranda and the blood orange martini is superb. Make reservations for dining. Lots of choices here for both indoor and outdoor dining. This hotel is right in front of the beach and walking distance to everything you need in Cape May. It's a must visit to a perfect get away.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I had a town view room on the 3rd floor and it was perfect. I'd love to stay in an ocean...
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jay a wrote a review May 2021
barnegat8 contributions21 helpful votes
Very nice resort , very clean with many food choices. Grounds are well kept. Very expensive then they charge for a bottle of water in the room and bike rentals which should be included, feel like they squeeze you for every penny. Sandy in the Brown Room Bar is best employee I have ever run into in all my travels, hope the resort appreciates her.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Congress Hall
Which popular attractions are close to Congress Hall?
Nearby attractions include Washington Street Mall (0.08 miles), Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater (0.2 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 Chill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Congress Hall?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna 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 World War II Lookout Tower (2.4 miles), Historic Cold Spring Village (3.1 miles), and Sunset Beach Gifts (2.6 miles).
Does Congress Hall have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.