14 Best Cape May Beach Hotels for a Fun Jersey Shore Getaway

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Jackson Street, Cape May Beach Hotels
Jackson Street, Cape May. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

With Victorian bed and bed breakfasts, historic and boutique hotels and beachfront motels, Cape May, New Jersey has a grand mix of accommodations for those looking for a weekend getaway in America’s First Seaside Resort. As someone who has traveled and stayed overnight in Cape May more than a dozen times in the past three years, I can attest to the wide choice of locally owned accommodations whether staying at the beach or seeking the unique experience of staying in the historic district in a grand Victorian, unlike almost anywhere on the East Coast.

No Cape May accommodations are located directly on the beach. For those places with Beach Avenue addresses, visitors cross busy two-lane Beach Avenue to access the beach.  

With almost no chain hotels in South Jersey beach communities, here’s a select list to help visitors figure out where to stay. Note that all suggested accommodations are in Cape May proper and all are within walking distance of the beach and located in the main historic district.

SheBuysTravel Tip: From July through mid-October, hotels are packed.  There are no last-minute deals and many hotels require at least a two-night reservation for weekend stays.

Congress Hall, Cape May Beach Hotels
Congress Hall. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

1. Congress Hall

200 Congress Place
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-8421

Across from the beachfront is one of the most famous structures in Cape May – Congress Hall. For more than 140 years, this luxury hotel has been welcoming US Presidents (Pierce, Buchanan, Grant, Harrison), musicians (John Philip Sousa) and people seeking the finest upscale visitor experience in South Jersey.

Walking through Congress Hall, you realize you are in a special place. Under the stewardship of Cape May Resorts, this is arguably the finest place to stay at the Jersey Shore. Expect to pay top dollar.

Featured amenities at Congress Hall:

  • 107 rooms including 4 suites, the Annie Knight Suite and the Presidential Suite.
  • The Sea Spa with full-service day spa.
  • Outdoor pool with cabanas
  • Fully equipped fitness room plus access to nearby Fitness Center and Sauna at Sandpiper Beach Club
  • Free beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. Cabanas for rent.
  • Free wifi


SheBuysTravel Tip: Make sure to eat in the hotel at The Blue Pig Tavern restaurant with a warm and inviting family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant offers breakfast including pancakes and french toast, lunch with burgers, salads and grilled cheese for kids and dinner with an outstanding raw bar. It’s one of the best places to eat in Cape May.

Virginia Hotel, Cape May Beach Hotels
Virginia Hotel. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

2. Virginia Hotel

25 Jackson Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5700

For a wonderful, small boutique hotel, stay at the Virginia Hotel, a block from the beach, but very much in the heart of Victorian Cape May.  An impeccably restored 1879 landmark building with four additional cottages along Jackson Street, the hotel has a delightful porch for sitting and watching people stroll by. Also operated by Cape May’s premiere hospitality company, Cape May Resorts, one can be sure the rooms are outfitted to perfection.

Featured amenities at The Virginia Hotel

  • 24 rooms in the hotel
  • 3 cottages
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Access to Congress Hall with pool, fitness center and spa.


SheBuysTravel Tip: Make sure to eat in the hotel at the Ebbitt Room featuring classic American dishes with a modern twist. Once considered mostly a steakhouse, the restaurant has leaned into a more diverse, healthy menu with locally-sourced specials.

The Inn of Cape May, Cape May Beach Hotels
The Inn of Cape May. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

3. The Inn of Cape May

7 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5555

The name, Inn of Cape May, may imply a rather small hotel, but, in reality, it’s an inn in the tradition of grand hotels, now part of the designated area of the city that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.  Most of the older hotels have long since been demolished, but the Inn is a proud reminder of a bygone era of ladies with parasols and men in suits strolling along the boardwalk and seeing their friends at other beachfront hotels. Closed briefly during the pandemic, it was reopened in 2021 with refreshed rooms, refurbished common areas and new eateries and drinking establishments.

Featured amenities at The Inn of Cape May

  • 51 guest rooms, each with different shapes, sizes and views
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach
  • Two beach tags (required in the summer) but bring your own towels
  • Free wifi
  • Refrigerators available for rent


SheBuysTravel Tip: There are no TVs or telephones in the rooms.

Angel of the Sea, Cape May Beach Hotels
Angel of the Sea viewed from Cape May Beach. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

4. Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast

 5 Trenton Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-3369

For a traditional Victorian-looking bed and breakfast, Angel of the Sea fits the bill.  The rooms and common areas are decorated reminiscent of life a century ago. Located on the northeastern part of Cape May, the beach across from Angel of the Sea is much quieter than those close to the hustle of Jackson Street and the Cape May Convention Center.

Featured amenities atAngel of the Sea:

  • 27 guest rooms all with private baths.
  • Free breakfast
  • Free afternoon tea
  • Free evening wine and cheese
  • Free use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach
  • Free use of beach cruiser bicycles
  • Free off-street parking


Sandpiper Beach Club, Cape May Beach Hotels
Sandpiper Beach Club viewed from Cape May Beach. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

5. Sandpiper Beach Club

11 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(800) 732-7816

For people who rely on hotel reviews, the Sandpiper Beach Club may be hard to compare to others, because the Sandpiper rooms are all one- and two-bedroom condominium suites with ocean views. Each suite has full kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and ovens. The Sandpiper is ideal for families or those planning for a week-stay in Cape May.

Featured amenities at Sandpiper Club:

  • 51 one- or two-bedroom suites
  • Free use of chairs, towels and umbrellas at the beach
  • Two TVs
  • Private balcony for each room
  • Fitness Center and sauna
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Access to the Sea Spa and amenities at Congress Hall


Cabanas at the beach, Cape May Beach Hotels
Cabanas at the beach. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

6. The Grand Hotel of Cape May

1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5611

Looking for a hotel for a meeting, large family get together or one that has restaurants and nightlife on property then look no further. As one of the largest beach hotels in Cape May, The Grand Hotel offers nearly everything necessary for a vacation in Cape May.  

Featured amenities at The Grand Hotel:

  • 171 guest rooms
  • Indoor heated pool and whirlpool
  • Outdoor pool with poolside bar.
  • Nightclub
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Free use of two beach chairs, plus beach umbrellas and cabanas for rent
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


Cape May surf boat, Cape May Beach Hotels
Cape May surf boat. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

7. Icona Cape May Hotel

1101 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 898-8100

Icona has established itself as the one of two premiere hotel brands on the Jersey Shore with properties in Diamond Beach (near Wildwood Crest), Avalon and now an oceanfront hotel in Cape May. Wedged on a tiny lot, the Icona Cape May is a bit complicated to enter and oddly spread out, but the rooms are all spacious and well appointed.

Featured amenities at Icona Cape May:

  • 56 guest rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of beach chairs
  • Free shuttle throughout Cape May
  • Free parking but limited.


SheBuysTravel Tip: Be aware that the hotel charges a resort fee that includes free wifi.

New Harriet Tubman Museum near Boarding House, Cape May Beach Hotels
New Harriet Tubman Museum near Boarding House. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

8. Boarding House

810 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-4884

It’s not on the beach. It’s not a Victorian Mansion. But it’s the dog-friendliest hotel in Cape May with a retro 1960s surfing vibe.  At the Boarding House, the staff is friendly and eager to offer free candy and fruit when you check in at the lobby. Their location on Lafayette Street makes it easier to get around the area whether driving to the Cape May Lighthouse or World War II Lookout Tower near Sunset Beach or walking to the new Harriet Tubman Museum, the Acme grocery store (the only one in town) or shopping at Washington Street Mall.

Featured amenities at Boarding House Cape May

  • 11 guest rooms
  • Rooftop sun deck
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi


SheBuysTravel Tip: Especially for pet owners, it’s worth the extra money to reserve the King Suite, Room No. 6, right above the office. There’s a large sitting area and a terrific porch.  

Montreal Beach Resort, Cape May Beach Hotels
Cape May is kid friendly for those at Montreal Beach Resort. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

9. Montreal Beach Resort

1025 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-7011

As one of the large beach hotels on Beach Avenue, the Montreal Beach Resort is more like a giant motel than smaller mansions or boutique hotels in Cape May.  There is a mandatory resort fee that includes many of amenities listed below.

Featured amenities at Montreal Beach Resort:

  • 70 guest rooms and suites
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Changing facilities and showers (after day on beach)
  • Fitness Center
  • Free use of beach chairs and umbrella
  • Two beach tags (required in the summer)
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


SheBuysTravel Tip: Make sure to stop at Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille with the only oceanfront rooftop bar in town. The award-winning restaurant and bar offers fresh local seafood, signature sandwiches and their famous orange crushes.

Cape May Beach Hotels near La Mer Beachfront Resort
Quieter part of Cape May beach near La Mer Beachfront Resort. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

10. La Mer Beachfront Resort

1317 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 770-4810

This is one of the largest beach hotels on Beach Avenue looking across to the Atlantic Ocean. At the far northeastern northern section of Cape May by the so-called Poverty Beach, the beach is relaxed and quiet. This was once where the poorest residents shlepped from the fancy hotels to go swim or lay on the beach. Now private homes and upscale properties such as La Mer Beachfront Resort have brought new life to the area.

Featured amenities at La Mer:

  • 103 guest rooms
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Fitness center
  • Free use of beach chairs, umbrellas and towels; cabanas for rent
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking
  • Bikes for rent
  • Onsite laundry facilities


11. Ocean Club Hotel

1035 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-7000

The Ocean Club Hotel is a classic motel for families with children who prefer to be jumping in and out of a large pool rather than jumping into the ocean. Still, its location on Beach Avenue gives easy access to the beach.

Featured amenities at Ocean Club Hotel:

  • 96 guest rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Poolside bar
  • Free beach tags
  • Free chairs, umbrellas and towels.
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


12. The Beach Shack

205 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(877) 742-2507

Cape May’s premiere hotelier, Cape Resorts, bought The Coachman’s Motor Inn, and in 2009, relaunched it as The Beach Shack. The hotel still looks like a motor inn with doors that open directly to the outside, but inside, there’s a sophisticated aloha island vibe.  It’s one of the few large hotels that allows dogs.

Featured amenities at The Beach Shack:

  • 76 guest rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of beach chairs, umbrellas and towels
  • Free access to fitness center at nearby Sandpiper Beach Club
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


13. Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

1301 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-9090

With its grand Georgian-Revival style and large porches on either side of the entrance, the Peter Shields Inn stands out along the beach in contrast to the Victorian mansions and large motels and hotels nearby. Inside, the historic character of this former early 1900s residence is carried through to the lobby and the rooms.

Featured amenities at The Grand Hotel:

  • 9 guest rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Free wine and cheese in late afternoon
  • Free bicycles
  • Free beach chairs, umbrellas and towels
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


14. Marquis de Lafayette

501 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-3500

The Marquis de Lafayette Hotel feels more like a busy, beachy hotel in the Wildwoods rather than the tranquil image often associated with Cape May.  Right along Beach Avenue, it sits across from the commercial section of Cape May’s boardwalk, a block from Jackson Street and nearby several restaurants and bars on Beach Avenue.

Featured amenities at Marquis de Lafayette:

  • 84 guest rooms with 82 overlooking the ocean
  • Pet friendly rooms on the first floor
  • Outdoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Fitness center
  • Free towels and two beach tags to access beach
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking


SheBuysTravel Tip: With a lively Barefoot Bar and Restaurant on the ground level, the quietest rooms are on the top floors.

Celebrity Mario Lopez posing in a gift shop in Cape May, Cape May Beach Hotels
Photo credit: R.C. Staab

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R.C. Staab is a New York-based author, playwright, musical theater writer and lyricist. His latest book, New York City Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for New York City’s Hidden Treasures, was published in Spring 2023. His first book 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore Before You Die was published in 2020 and is now in its second printing. In 2021, he walked the entire 139-mile coastline of the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May the book, generating more than 200,000 views on social media. He frequently contributes to New Jersey Monthly magazine and online travel publications. He is long-time member of the Society of American Travel Writers having traveled to 49 of the 50 US States and more than 60 countries. He specializes in cultural tourism, adventure travel and historical sites. His off-Broadway musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco, England and the Midwest. He is a two-time nominee for England’s Best New Song competition. He lives in New York City with his wife, Valari, and his dog, Skye.
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  1. Would love to see Lokal Hotel Cape May on this list as it is one of the newer boutique properties open year round with apartment suites for both couples and families just steps from the beach with a heated salt water pool open 9 months out of the year.


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