The Best Hotels to Book in New Jersey

Visit New Jersey for a combination of endless coastline and nature parks and stay in a stunning hotel like the W Hoboken
Visit New Jersey for a combination of endless coastline and nature parks and stay in a stunning hotel like the W Hoboken | Courtesy of W Hoboken /
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29 September 2021

The Garden State sometimes gets a bad rap – we hear you, New Yorkers – but those in the know are aware of New Jersey’s unique culture, beauty and charms – all on show in these hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.

Once you leave behind the busy freeways, you may be surprised to discover Jersey’s farmland, forests, hills and nature reserves. Whether you are visiting for work – the state is a big corporate and tech hub – to tour a university where Einstein used to teach – that’s Princeton – or to explore miles of wide, sandy beaches – hello, surfers – on the famous Jersey Shore, we’ve got you covered with these awesome hotels. Plus, catching a train to New York City, USA is as easy as – a big apple – pie.

Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

4/5 (814 Reviews)
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Now from $0 per night
This trendy boutique hotel is in Newark – New Jersey’s biggest city. It’s also in a former national bank that dates back to 1912, so make sure to check out the front desk created from reclaimed cashier desks and the original bank vault in the restaurant. Rooms have a contemporary, minimalist design with exposed brick and unique decor and artwork – and there’s a small fitness center and a restaurant serving all-day casual cuisine while the Skylab bar features hand-crafted cocktails. You’re just a block from the Prudential Center and a short walk to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) – or walk a few blocks further to get to the Newark Museum, the largest in New Jersey.
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The Water Club

4.2/5 (611 Reviews)
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The short drive to the famous boardwalk is half the reason this Atlantic City resort is often considered the most exclusive in town. The 43-story hotel features 800 modern rooms and suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury amenities. There’s also a huge two-story spa and fitness center on the 32nd floor, plus five adults-only heated pools — both indoor and outdoor. Meanwhile, high-end shopping and dining are available here and next door at family-friendly Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Just cut through the lobby – where you’ll find Borgata’s enormous casino and a range of dining options including Izakaya, Italian and New American, along with nightlife and entertainment.
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W Hoboken

4.4/5 (979 Reviews)
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Now from $297 per night
The best perk of this highrise hotel in Frank Sinatra’s hometown? Direct views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline across the Hudson River. Choose between several renovated room types with floor-to-ceiling windows – ask for a river view – signature beds and well-stocked minibars. You’ll have access to a fitness center, a cocktail lounge called Living Room and the restaurant, Halifax – featuring farm and coastal cuisine, with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. Try the house-smoked meats and oysters on the half shell. Downtown Hoboken is a charming walkable city with lots of restaurants – while the Big Apple is just a quick train ride away.
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Blue Creek Inn

4.2/5 (138 Reviews)
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Now from $100 per night
This simple, affordable, and friendly hotel – with local owners – is an easy drive to Long Beach Island known to locals as LBI, where some of the Jersey shore’s best beaches, boardwalks, and fishing spots are found. Renovated rooms have contemporary furnishings and come with mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers – free WiFi is available in common areas only. During warmer months, you’ll have access to an outdoor pool that has a sundeck, loungers and umbrellas. There are also hiking trails at nearby Double Trouble State Park.
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Hotel LBI

4.6/5 (366 Reviews)
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Now from $149 per night
Prefer walking distance to the beach? This new hotel in Long Beach Island welcomes visitors with its fresh coastal decor. 102 well-appointed rooms have wood floors and kitchenettes equipped with a microwave, dishwasher, cooktop, full-size fridge, dishes/flatware and a Keurig coffee maker. Some rooms are ideal for big families like the Family Bunk suite – with an extra room that can sleep four little ones. Stay on-site and dine at Salt Kitchen and Bar with seafood, salads, steaks and pizzas. Try the tuna tartare with sourdough toast, or a pizza with vegan mozzarella – there are plenty more non-vegan options – along with a seasonal rooftop bar for sunset cocktails. Other amenities include a luxury indoor pool area with a retractable roof, a fitness room and free use of bicycles and beach gear.
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  • Daddy O Hotel

    4.4/5 (173 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $129 per night
    This modern boutique hotel – ages 10 and up – is another option on LBI, just a short walk to the beach with a cool vintage surf motif for added inspiration. 22 rooms and suites have mini-fridges and Frette linens, with bright colors and individual decor. Staff can provide complimentary beach badges, beach chairs, umbrellas and towels, as well as vintage bike cruisers to explore the island. After a day on the sand, head up to the rooftop deck for cocktails and sushi – or choose the secluded garden patio and rum bar with snacks and happy hour specials. An American restaurant serves great food, where you’ll get to pick between lighter items like the mussel pot and kale Caesar or heartier options like the short rib stroganoff.
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    Bungalow Hotel

    Luxury, Boutique Hotel
    4.6/5 (541 Reviews)
    Price Drop
    Now from $148 per night

    This surf-themed boutique hotel is located in Long Branch, one of the more upscale areas of the Jersey Shore that is famous for its upscale restaurants and nightlife. Spacious rooms come with fireplaces, fully equipped kitchenettes and Tivoli Bluetooth speakers – while bigger suites might come with soaking tubs, dining areas and ocean-facing balconies. Sip cocktails at Bungalounge, which serves cocktails Thursday through Sunday – and displays exhibits by local artists. There’s also an assortment of games in the lobby like billiards and foosball – and you’ll also have access to Bungalow’s sister property, Wave Resort, with its private beach club, outdoor pool, fitness center, children’s playroom, plus a modern brasserie-style restaurant complete with a beach bar and nightclub.

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    American Hotel

    4.5/5 (803 Reviews)
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    Now from $153 per night
    History buffs will appreciate the fact that this classic hotel in downtown Freehold used to be an old stagecoach stop – built back in 1827. Today, traditional rooms have dark wood furnishings, mini-fridges and coffee makers, while suites have living space and soaking tubs. Ask for a room with a wrought-iron balcony facing the street and adorned with hanging plants during the summer months. The hotel lobby has plenty of seating areas and a lovely piano and lounge, as well as an American bistro with steaks and seafood. Three ballrooms also make this a popular place for weddings. Continental breakfast is included in the rate – and the nearby Turkey Swamp Park offers hiking and biking trails.
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    Archer Hotel Florham Park

    4.7/5 (652 Reviews)
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    Now from $180 per night
    This contemporary hotel has a touch of industrial design in a prime location outside of Morristown, at Florham Park’s mixed-use corporate campus. There are 161 deluxe guest rooms and suites here with working desks, mini-fridges and Nespresso machines. Common spaces are fun and friendly and include furnished indoor/outdoor areas, with billiards and bocce ball, a fitness room and an indoor pool. There’s also a trendy bar and restaurant drawing a post-work crowd. Start the day with avocado toast and Intelligentsia coffee – or wait for dinner for garden bowls, seafood and specialty cocktails like the Hemingway Daiquiri.
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    These recommendations were updated on September 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Lilly Graves

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