The Best Luxury Hotels in Jersey Shore, New York 

Enjoy a beach-side view from the bright lounge at the Asbury Ocean Club
Enjoy a beach-side view from the bright lounge at the Asbury Ocean Club | Courtesy of Asbury Ocean Club /
Culture Trip Travel Team

This coastal stretch of the mid-Atlantic state of New Jersey, which spawned Bruce Springsteen and Meryl Streep — as well as reality stars Snooki and JWoww — is part-laid-back beach life, part-pop culture trail. You’ll find quaint seaside boardwalks in places such as Red Bank, all-American villages and opportunities to dabble in watersports — as well as roll a few dice in Atlantic City. Whether you’re coming from New York or Philly, or simply digging into a living, working American scene, there are high-end pads to suit every taste. And all these luxury hotels in New Jersey are bookable through Culture Trip.

1. The Asbury


Rattan lights hades hang over a dinning table and seating area at The Asbury, New Jersey.
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There’s a killer view from the rooftop at this character-packed design hotel in New Jersey, set in and named for Springsteen heartland Asbury Park. Party-minded Gen-Zers will love the outdoor pool with a fire pit by night and wine on tap from a drinks truck. Plus the rooms are minimal black, white and pine, with dorm-style four- and eight-bed options, also aimed at a younger crowd. The all-American-meets-hipster vibe is completed by a bowling alley and diner in neon-lit, industrial-chic surrounds.

2. Bungalow Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

A monochrome room with minimal furniture has white-washed walls and black soft furnishings at the Bungalow Hotel.
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Close to the boardwalk and lively sea spray of Long Branch, this family-friendly beach hotel in New Jersey hosts movie nights on the pier and gives guests access to its sibling hotel’s outdoor pool and beach loungers. Clean white rooms have bold design touches that some may find divisive (cowskin rugs, random foreign flags). However, guaranteed to be popular is the Lil’ Pipeline suite for a generous balcony, delicious sunken bathtub, and fireplace.

3. Molly Pitcher Inn

Luxury, Inn

A large bed sits against flocked blue wallpaper beyond a seating area in a guest suite at Molly Pitcher Inn.
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Set by the river in the sailing community of Red Bank, this inn’s views are filled with steel-blue waters and pristine white masts. Pitch in by booking a sailing lesson, or simply head out for ice cream or lobster rolls along the quaint waterfront. At this New Jersey luxury hotel you’ll retreat to homey, old-fashioned rooms with glossy furnishings and squishy armchairs plus a nautical feel dining room touting oysters, bloody marys and local seafood pie.

4. Asbury Ocean Club

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Floor to ceiling windows look out over the Jersey Shore from a guest suite at Asbury Ocean Club.
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There’s style and colour in spades at this interiors-dream hotel, right by the beach in Asbury Park. Olive greens and corals nuzzle up against mustard yellow and dreamily painted ceramics in the light-flooded, glass-walled drinks lounge. Meanwhile, on the open-air wooden deck, breathe in the sea breeze while practicing your yoga, tai-chi and pilates. Or simply lounge by the rooftop pool looking out over the Atlantic and you’ll be served fruity granita (ices) from a cart until cocktail hour kicks in.

5. The Ocean House


A traditional hotel room in blue tones at The Ocean House, New Jersey.
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This wholesome, Pepto-Bismol-pink guesthouse in Spring Lake feels as homey and snuggly as staying with friends. A block back from the powdery vanilla sands of the beach, it’s the oldest operating B&B in town (now being run by the second generation). Its cosy doubles and twins have cheery floral-patterned bedspreads and soft-glow lamps, and the building is edged by a romantic wraparound verandah. One for history hunters chasing a bit of East Coast tradition.

6. ICONA Cape May


A twin room with two large beds and blue and white patterned carpet at ICONA Cape May, New Jersey.
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There’s a Caribbean feel to this ice-white, balconied New Jersey beach hotel on Cape May, America’s first seaside resort town. Evoking beach-house vibes, the rooms cater to contemporary tastes, while architecture fans will love the wider area and its Victorian facades — it’s one of the largest clusters of preserved 19th-century frame buildings in the States. Big spenders can step into a Ralph Lauren campaign and book the hotel yacht for a day, heading off along the coast in style.

7. The Hewitt Wellington Hotel


The white wood exterior of the Queen Anne style Hewitt Wellington Hotel in New Jersey.
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This grey-turreted faux chateau is a quirky stay in elegant Spring Lake, with one of the best beaches along the Jersey Shore. Inside are traditional blue and white rooms, with nautical stripes and polished vintage furniture. While you can enjoy the outdoors, even on a colder day, via generous balconies, this New Jersey luxury hotel also boasts a wraparound verandah, and a heated outdoor pool. Expect a predominantly silver-haired set looking for flawless service and all the comforts of home.

8. The Southern Mansion


USA New Jersey NJ Cape May Southern Mansion B & B hotel old Victorian home now an inn
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An ageing beauty in historic Cape May, this 1860s mansion has a distinctive facade in petal pink and sage green, not to mention some of the most spacious rooms in town. Palatial interiors take in wooden four-posters, rococo mirrors and expensively upholstered chaises longues. At breakfast, local-style hotcakes are topped with Jersey blueberries, the ideal set-up for a stroll to the beach or a vintage-architecture walking tour.

For a cheaper night’s stay just outside New York, check out the best hotels in Jersey City, or the best resorts in New Jersey, bookable with Culture Trip.

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