This weekend, I stayed at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey.
It was love at first sight when I walked into the gorgeous lobby. So elegant. Yet, the hotel is far from stuffy. The staff is delightful and welcoming.
I was instantly charmed when they handed me my room key. A real key! The keychains were inspired by the luggage tags of the early 1900s, when Cape May became a popular summer haven for folks from Philadelphia and New York and D.C.
The charm and attention to detail didn’t stop there. Located right across the street from the beach, the Congress Hall Hotel manages to be both a fun family vacation spot and a romantic getaway at the same time. The hotel has a history more than two centuries old – history buffs will be thrilled to walk the halls that are hung with historical tidbits. Congress Hall was built 1878 and lovingly renovated by owner Curtis Bashaw in 2002. But while it now has all the modern amenities, but still holds that historic touches that makes Cape May unique among towns at the shore.
My room was an ocean view king room. It was very spacious and decorated with fabulous simplicity.
And the details – the moldings, the old windows, the adorable bathroom, a sitting area with two chairs (why do hotels always have only one?), the walk-in closet – all of it was wonderful.Very comfortable beds with high-quality linens, a great shower, plus lots of luxurious extras like two fluffy robes hanging in the closet and Aveda toiletries.
What impressed me the most about Congress Hall – besides the fabulous design – was the variety of activities they offered. There are tons of activities for the kids, but this remains a place where can enjoy themselves too. Kids are more than welcome and will have an absolute blast, but they haven’t taken over the resort. Its still a place I would want to take my husband for a romantic getaway. Perfect example? The Boiler Room. By night, its a nightclub with live music for adults. But if you come down in the early evening, you’ll find kid’s Karaoke! How fun!
The beach is just across the street (complete with full service cabanas, if you’re so inclined) or there is a lovely pool where you can relax with the kids while you sip a cocktail delivered to your beach chair. The hotel provides everything – all you need is your bathing suit!
I love that my whole extended family could come here – Cape Resort Group has such a variety of properties all within walking distance, we could all stay where we like, but join up during the day or for meals. Plus, with Camp Congress Hall, my husband and I could still sneak in a date night on our family vacation! LOVE!
And the spa! THE SPA! Lovely – just lovely. Peaceful, luxurious, gorgeous. My massage was divine. One of the trip highlights, to be sure.
Of all the hotels I’ve stayed in, Congress Hall is one of my favorites. The character, charm and history really set this one apart in my mind. I stayed at Congress Hall, but got to peek at the Virginia Hotel and the Beach Shack and they both looked fabulous. I highly recommend these hotels and I can’t wait to come back with my family!!
Be sure to follow Congress Hall on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all their activities. If you’re heading to Cape May, you can receive a $100 resort credit to be used during your stay when you stay at Congress Hall, Virginia Hotel or the Beach Shack. Make your reservation online and use the code MOMBLOG and book by July 31, 2011 for a stay in 2011. Not valid with any other offers.
Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Cape Resort group and The Motherhood. I was provided with meals, accommodations and a spa treatment in order to appreciate the Congress Hall experience. All opinions are my own.