The Best Hotels in Book in Newark, New Jersey

Explore Newarks unique neighborhoods and excellent places to stay on your next visit to New Jersey
Explore Newark's unique neighborhoods and excellent places to stay on your next visit to New Jersey | Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson / Expedia
Nione Meakin

No longer just a cut-through for airport arrivals headed to New York, New Jersey’s biggest city is fast becoming a destination in its own right. Residents already love it for its leafy parks – and their famous cherry blossom trees – world-class museums and vibrant nightlife. Now, newcomers priced out of the capital are discovering, and enriching, city neighborhoods including chi-chi Forest Hill, foodie favorite Ironbound and University Heights. Tempted? Then read on for our guide to the best hotels in Newark, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Cambria Hotel West Orange, for brains and beauty

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Cambria Hotel West Orange
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You’ll rub shoulders with some of New York’s brightest minds in West Orange, just northwest of Newark. It’s home to prestigious Seton Hall University, as well as Caldwell University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Cambria Hotel is equally smart, boasting rooms with Bluetooth mirrors that allow you to stream your favorite music. Unwind in the pool after visiting the nearby shops and restaurants, before heading to the bar to sip a selection of craft ales chosen by the hotel’s resident Cicerone – or beer expert.

2. The Kenilworth, for suburban buzz

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Kenilworth
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This stylish boutique hotel in the pretty suburb of Kenilworth is just 5mi (8km) from Newark Liberty International Airport, where a free shuttle whisks guests directly from arrivals to one of 109 elegantly chintzy rooms. The tranquil surrounds make it a popular base for visiting New York, just a 30-minute hop across the Hudson. But there’s plenty to keep you here too, from the hotel’s luxurious king-size beds and complementary Korres toiletries to its farm-sourced small plates and microbrewery beer.

3. Watt Hotel Rahway, for high drama

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Watt Hotel Rahway
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Put yourself at the heart of arty Rahway at the Watt Hotel, just a few blocks from the historic Union County Performing Arts Center. This opulent theater – entertaining audiences since the 1920s – was recently restored, further bolstering the city’s reputation as an arts hub. Choose from art installations, stand-up comedy and poetry slams, or enjoy some live music over an old fashioned in the industrial chic of the hotel lounge. If you get a chance to sleep, oversize beds and 300-thread-count sheets ensure a peaceful night.

4. Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk, for endless entertainment

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Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk, Harrison
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Want to see the New York Giants play at home or catch Billie Eilish on tour? Then you won’t find a better-placed hotel than the Hampton Inn. This modern hotel offers a collection of large rooms, some with views over the waterfront, and is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the Giants’ 82,500-seater MetLife Stadium and round the block from the Prudential Center arena. Fuel up with a complimentary breakfast of crispy-hot waffles and you’re set for the day.

5. TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown, for a culture kick

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TRYP
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The grit and glamour of Newark is reflected in the interiors of this modern hotel, where decadent velvets meet angular steel and exposed brick. An eclectic array of accommodation – from family bunk-bed rooms, to doubles adorned with the names of famous architects and artists – caters to the growing variety of visitors choosing Newark as a travel destination. But should you tire of its exciting food scene and outstanding museums, nearby Penn Station offers connections to any number of different locations.

6. Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District, for creative cool

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Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District
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You don’t need to be an artist to feel at home in one of New Jersey’s most creative neighborhoods – just check into this hip new hotel. You’ll find art galleries on your doorstep and more art on the walls, coupled with perks that include filtered spring water filling stations and complimentary socks. Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes for a freewheeling tour around all those old warehouses, before heading back to base for tapas and cocktails at the Central Bar & Bistro.

7. Hyatt House Jersey City, for pet-friendly pampering

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Rooftop bar and city skyline views from the Hyatt House Jersey City
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If it’s a home-from-home you want, you’ll find an upgraded version at this hotel in New Jersey’s dynamic Exchange Place District, whose commitment to their guests’ comfort even includes welcoming pets. Sleek suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sectional sofas just made for lounging and fully equipped kitchens. But with two on-site restaurants, one offering panoramic rooftop views over New York City, it’s hard to see why you’d bother to cook.

8. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, for city-stealing views

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Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
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There’s no need to fight over who’s got the best view when you stay at the Hyatt Regency – every room looks out over the New York skyline. You can even see it from the heated indoor pool. For a close-up, just jump on the PATH train at the station next door to travel direct to NYC. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself cutting your visit short to head back to your room, where natural wood interiors combine with feather duvets and iPod docking stations to provide a truly relaxing stay.

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