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“Enjoyed our stay at Congress Hall very much!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Congress Hall
Ranked #4 of 38 Hotels in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
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“Enjoyed our stay at Congress Hall very much!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary, but we made our plans a little late for the Christmas holiday season. I had always thought we would stay in one of the Bed & Breakfast Victorian homes. But by the time we were ready to book, pretty much everything was sold out. There were only a couple of rooms left in Congress Hall. We booked a Junior Suite as that was one of the two. It was a large room and even in bed, we could see the ocean from every window. That was fantastic! The place was decorated beautifully for Christmas and we stayed there 3 nights, and we enjoyed our stay very much. The service was very good, and the place was decorated so beautifully!! I would highly recommend staying there at Christmas. The biggest plus was such an excellent location and near the major shopping Mall area. Also, on weekdays, they serve breakfast until 12 noon and on weekends until 3 PM. My husband and I discussed that if we had stayed at a B & B we would have had to have gotten up and had breakfast by 9 AM and would have had to drag our luggage up lots of stairs, instead of the elevators which were there almost instantly even with a full hotel. The bar downstairs called The Brown Room has a blazing fireplace and was delightful and we like The Blue Pig Restaurant in the hotel as well. Fortunately, we were able to visit many of the B & B's during our stay with various tours that we took. They are lovely, but we plan on revisiting Cape May as we loved it there, and we plan on staying in Congress Hall again when we return...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Moorestown, New Jersey
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed for one night at Congress Hall last week and enjoyed it thoroughly. The room was large and the beds were comfy. The staff was excellent - the front desk was very helpful with our check-in and when I asked some questions later. The cleaning staff was up to the room giving us extra shampoo bottles within a few minutes of my request. The Aveda soap/shampoo was excellent.

The shops in the hotel are charming and the complimentary valet parking was very much appreciated on the cold, rainy day. Loved the fireplaces blazing downstairs and the Christmas decorations were wonderful.

Congress Hall is very conveniently located less than a block from the main shopping area and a short walk from the Ebbit Room at the Virginia Hotel, where we had a wonderful meal (part of the package we opted for when we made the room reservation at Congress Hall.

Classy place.

Room Tip: We saved money by picking a "town view" room - our view was perfectly fine (not a beach vi...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NJ
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73 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here a number of times over some recent Summers. However, due to outrageous rates we stopped but did give it a try over holiday break. The decor on the grounds and lobby made it very festive and looked terrific whole being tastefully done. Our room was not very clean the sink and shower were both backed up and the bathroom needed some cleaning. They did handle it and somewhat compensated us for it so we appreciated that. Also understand this is an older property but our windows really leakd in cold air. The rooms are very nice up to date and very comfortable. The restaurants we had dinner and breakfast I highly recommedn resonably priced and good food. The staff can be a bit more friendlier alomost have the attitude we dont need you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

What can I say I love staying at Congress Hall. The workers are helpful and very nice and the maid service is wonderful. I stayed in December with my son and daughter for my birthday and it was a birthday to remember. The hotel and the stores where decorated for Christmas it was beautiful. We ate at the hotel for all our meals and they where all delicious and the service was great. I cannot wait to go back for just a relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Reitano
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Falls Church, Virginia
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32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

I'm semi-local with family ties to Cape May Point. I saw this place when it was boarded up back in the 80s but now the old girl is back. Beautiful and so charming. The photos from the 1850s in the main hall connect you with those guests of the past who likely enjoyed the ambience of the hotel as we do today. The bar is great- get the fresh hummus. The rooms are beautiful- modern with elements of the past- the tilework is a reminder of how things used to be built. We love the hallways with each room having a Louvered door entrance - true beach charm. This place brings you back but and is a must stay!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

while the decor, christmas trees and wood burning fireplaces were wonderful, it seems some amenities need to be addressed... The rooms were comfortable, quiet and well appointed.. the Brown Room Wine Menu posted on the bar states $7.00 but were charged $8.50 plus for house wine.. The Blue Pig breakfast not good..... hot tea $3.50 served in a mug with a Lipton Tea Bag slid across the table .. french toast $11.00 for a piece of french toast. (good taste) with not a piece of fruit or green to accompany it. .. coffee, orange juice $3.50.. what a rip off... such a shame .. with a bit of effort it could have been wonderful.....

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

My family and I go here every year because we just love it so much. The food is fantastic, incredible service and staff, and an incredible atmosphere. There's even beach service! Every time I go here I feel like royalty. I am treated so well and couldn't ask for anything better. The property is beautiful and well maintained. You can tell that the staff really cares about you and that they do their absolute best to not just meet your expectations but exceed them. Great hotel! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Congress Hall
Address: 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204-5306
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cape May
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cape May
#11 Romantic Hotel in Cape May
#12 Family Hotel in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Congress Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Congress Hall in Cape May is America's First and Oldest Seaside Resort Hotel. ... more   less 
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