Those that are expecting corporate elegance in the form of cookie cutter rooms that look the same in Minnesota as they do in Miami will not be impressed by Congress Hall. Congress Hall garners its charm from the uniqueness of it's Victorian style while not trying to compete with the bed and breakfast capital of the world that is Cape May. The turquoise blue/green paint color of the interior rooms is calming and appropriate for people who cannot stomach the flowery chintz of the nearby bed and breakfasts.
It is one of a kind in its own right. Yes, the floors tilt and creek sometimes but this is what you expect and want in Cape May, NJ. The hotel did an amazing job of renovating this hotel just enough for it to feel like an upscale resort while still maintaining the integrity of its historic, seaside beachy feel.
We stayed during the christmas season and were amazed at the attention to detail in the lobby and public spaces. The Christmas tree was one of the most amazing I had ever seen as its large, non-traditional shape was a perfect scale for the space. We just couldn't take our eyes off of it. The whole lobby was decked out in branches decorated with what looked liked ice crystals but was not gaudy or over the top. The breakfast at the Blue Pig Tavern exceeded our expectations as the eggs benedict was one of the best we had ever eaten. This hotel has enough charm even without the beach as we did not miss it at all. When we stay here again this spring, the beach will be an added bonus! Not many shore hotels can boast this claim.
The only downside to this hotel is the bloated price during the peak summer months which can exceed 400 per night. We have been lucky to stay here during the off-season and have taken advantage of sites such as priceline in order to make our vacation at this beautiful historic landmark more affordable. But then again, everything in New Jersey is overpriced so this should not surprise anyone.
We are looking forward to our stay tomorrow night for the beginning of the summer season!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Congress Hall Cape May, New Jersey