Congress Hall in Cape May, Cape May, NJ
Set on a beach at the end of a peninsula, this upscale, colonnaded hotel dates back to 1816. The bright, pastel-colored rooms with period Victorian accents have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi; some have ocean views. The 2 suites with private balconies add either a parlor and wet bar or a full kitchen and living area. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa (fee), a sophisticated cocktail bar and a chic, basement nightclub. A restaurant serves classic American fare. Free loungers with umbrellas and towels are provided on the beach, and cabanas are available (surcharge).