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About New Jersey
New Jersey may be one of the smallest states, and tucked in the shadow of New York City, but it punches above its weight with a stunning coastline, whip-smart Princeton, some of the finest views of Manhattan and peaceful rural towns. This unexpected variety makes it a tough choice when looking for the best places to stay in New Jersey.
In the summer all of New Jersey, it seems, heads to the Atlantic coast. But with 127 miles of beautiful beaches, there’s room for everyone. In the north, Sandy Hook has lovely white dunes where you can sunbathe to a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. In the Gateway National Recreation Area, you’ll find the nation’s oldest lighthouse, birdwatching and fishing. For a change of scene, you can hop on a ferry and in 45 minutes be in Lower Manhattan.
Nearby Jersey City has the famous Liberty State Park - site of the railroad terminal where, early last century, European immigrants headed after arriving at Ellis Island. Here you'll find bike trails, the Liberty Science Center and it's a great venue for concerts
If you're looking for a bit more peace and quiet, then Ocean Grove or Spring Lake will be just the ticket, where the pace seems steeped in genteel Victoriana.
Down on the state’s southern tip, Cape May is the country’s oldest seaside resort and one of the few places where you can see both a sunrise and sunset over the sea. The 190-acre Cape May Point State Park is home to Cape May Lighthouse, built in 1859, whose light can be seen from 25 miles away. In summer, climb its 199 stairs and see how far you can see.
What Not To Miss
- Princeton is a tiny town with a top-tier, Ivy League university. Take a tour of its 18th-century buildings, including its art museum.
- Lambertville, along the Delaware River, is a charming place for an afternoon riverside stroll and some gentle shopping
- For wilder walks and hikes head to Pinelands National Reserve, inland from Atlantic City, a vast area of desolate sandy-soil forest, cedar bogs and wild blueberries, where you might spot rare orchids.
- For amusement parks and casinos stay in Atlantic City where the boardwalk - the world’s first, built in 1870 - runs along eight miles of beach.
- Prefer a bit of kitsch? Explore the three Wildwood towns which seem preserved in a gloriously tacky neon 1950s. There’s even a museum, the Doo Wap Experience, devoted to neon signs. Don’t be put off; the beaches are some of the coast’s largest.
If you’re planning to visit the coast in the summer, be aware that many locals will be too, so the best places to stay in New Jersey can get booked up pretty quickly.
Best rural B&Bs
- It may be a B&B but The Wooden Duck Inn, near Newton, is hotel-stylish with large, contemporary-country rooms - some with private terraces or four-poster beds - and a beautiful outdoor pool. Surrounded by woodland, it’s blissfully quiet, and there’s a ‘snack station’ for those hungry moments during the night.
- The nine rooms in the charming white clapboard Whistling Swan Inn are furnished in elegant, traditional style with antiques, toile du jouy fabrics and the softest of colours. Choose the turret room for ultimate romance. There are lots of personal touches that make this a home-from-home in the quaint town of Stanhope.
For City Chic
- The Asbury, located just a short distance from Ashbury Park's boardwalk, offers simple yet smart accommodation and large common areas - complete with table tennis and pool tables. Come back after a day out to relax in the rooftop bar and admire the stunning views.
For a romantic stay
- Rooms are cosy and country-house traditional at the Lambertville House Hotel, close to the Delaware River. Some rooms have a balcony and there’s a charming flower-filled courtyard for dining al fresco.
For An Apartment Or Holiday Home
- If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide range available online with our partner, Booking.com.
- Best time to visit New Jersey is during the summer months, with the average temperature rising to 30°C in July. Expect the place to be fairly packed at this time - especially the beaches!
- For a quieter and cheaper stay, consider visiting in May, September or October.
- Fly into Newark Liberty International Airport, which is well-served by public transport links to take you elsewhere in the state.
- United, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly direct from Heathrow - with the journey lasting around 8hrs30.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Browse our list of the best places to stay in New Jersey.
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The Chelsea Inn Atlantic City 10 rooms from £62City Style - Step back in time in this historic inn and pub - an atmospheric stay packed full of antiques and characterBoutique - A charming historical hotel offering a boutique personalised staySights nearby - Atlantic City Broadwalk is a must on any trip to the city, sample salt water taffy and explore the shops and eateriesRestrictions on children - Children over 12 are welcome
A historic inn and pub set just moments from the coast in Atlantic City. Each room is individually styled and packed full of character. Expect heavy antiques, beamed ceilings, and wooden floors. Downstairs the pub serves hearty cuisine in an atmospheric setting. A memorable boutique stay. See More
The Asbury Asbury Park, New Jersey 110 rooms from £86Active Holiday - The games room, local swimming on offer and many nearby golf courses mean there are plenty of opportunities to stay activeCity Style - The Asbury enjoys a wonderfully central location in Asbury ParkLocal markets - Go visit The Market-a union of local, national and independent shops, artists and designersSights nearby - Spend a day in NYC and see all the iconic sights it has to offerRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Asbury is a contemporary hotel located 300 metres from the city's boardwalk. It offers chic and simplistic accommodation, spacious common areas with table tennis and a pool table, and an outdoor pool. Enjoy a drink at sunset at The Baronet bar's rooftop garden! A friendly and unique city spot. See More
The Reeds at Shelter Haven New Jersey 58 rooms from £95Beach Life - Head to the beach in style with complimentary electric shuttle, beach chairs, towels, tags, and umbrellas plus waterfront diningSpa breaks - Whether for couples, hen parties or friends get-togethers, the spa excels in treatments & packages for groups & private partiesValue chic - Amazing value for luxury resort with fantastic amenities. Affordable weekend break with styleSpa - Enjoy two floors of pampering heaven at the Salt Spa with Turkish Bath, blow-out bar, flotation therapy & inhalation lounge
Luxury water-front resort with all the trimmings. Beautifully-appointed contemporary rooms offer fresh decor and top-quality furnishings. Indulgent, yet affordable, weekend-away material: expect a nearby beach, on-site restaurants, sea views, spoiling spa and rooftop terrace, plunge pool & hot tub. See More
Whistling Swan Inn Stanhope, New Jersey 9 rooms from £105Sights nearby - Wild West City Amusement Park is 5 minutes’ drive awayRestrictions on children - Children older than 10 years are welcome.Private Hot TubFull of character
Victorian style town house in quaint Stanhope. Each of the nine rooms has been carefully decorated in floral patterns, soothing colours, soft and luxurious fabrics and antique but well-maintained furnishings. Mouth-watering country buffet breakfast, free bikes to borrow and fresh home-made cookies. See More
Wooden Duck Inn Newton, New Jersey 10 rooms from £108Views - Enjoy gorgeous views any time of year, filled with wooded acres, rolling hills and wildlife throughout.Four poster beds - The Mallard and Pintail rooms have four-poster beds.Great walks - Give the Sussex Rail Trail a shot!Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.
Secluded and cosy country bed-and-breakfast inn with outdoor pool. Each room is distinct, with fireplaces, balconies and four-poster beds each in select rooms and an overarching theme of rustic, traditional country chic. Indulge yourself every morning on a mouth-watering three-course breakfast. See More
Bungalow Hotel Long Branch, New Jersey 24 rooms from £108Beach Life - It's 300m to white-sand Long Branch Beach; enjoy sea views from rooms. Nearest private beach club is minutes on footLocal exploring - The hotel's Pier Village development boasts restaurants, day spas, shops, arcades, art galleries and barsSurfing - The area's great for surfing and paddle-boarding. If you've never hit the waves before, sign up for private lessonsSwimming Pool - For a small charge, hotel guests can access sister hotel, The Wave, with beach club, pool and kid's areaRecommended by - Great Small Hotels , Tablet
Cool boutique hotel with contemporary design and decor minutes from the beach. Spacious rooms with serious style feature fresh all-white palette and unique artwork; some boast sea views and all have kitchenettes. Atmospheric bar and lounge, plus games room. Works for couples, friends or families. See More
Chateau Inn & Suites Spring Lake, New Jersey 37 rooms from £108Beach Life - Enjoy complimentary beach passes during the summer seasonGreat walks - Stroll along Spring Lake’s prestigious beaches on its two-mile private boardwalkViews - Most rooms feature views of Divine and Potter ParksFishing - Spend a day fishing at Spring Lake
An elegant inn set on the Jersey Shore in the village of Spring Lake. Rooms are spacious with neutral palettes, wood-burning fireplaces, marble bathrooms, and soaking tubs. Indulgent continental breakfasts are served and there are plenty of spots to curl up with a good book. A charming stay. See More
The Virginia Cape May 24 rooms from £120Local exploring - Historic district locations means Victorian buildings, shops and restaurants surround you and the beach is a few blocks awayBeach Life - Stays include access to the beach club and facilities at Congress Hall, the Virginia's beach-front sister hotelRomantic Break - Intimate and boutique with access to luxe facilities nearby, this is a great choice for couplesSights nearby - The area's 600+ 19th century buildings are worth exploring; look for Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic Revival and Colonial styles
Quaint and cosy centrally-located boutique hotel with contemporary decor, comforts and cuisine. Impeccable Victorian exterior gives way to velvet furnishings, glossy woods, pretty floral wallpaper and eclectic antique touches. Enjoy porch, sexy bar, fireside lounge & on-trend dining. Heritage cool. See More
Carroll Villa Hotel Cape May 19 rooms from £132Close to nightlife - The property's Blue Batter Bar is Cape May's only venue featuring live music every night. The place to come for fun happy hoursLively area - On-site bar features live music well into the night. For those looking for night-time entertainment rather than quiet eveningsLocal exploring - Everything Cape May has to offer is walking distance; beaches, Victorian-era historic district, restaurants, shops and barsBeach Life - Endless white-sand Cape May State Beach is at the end of the road. Beach umbrellas and chairs are included in the rate
Family-owned hotel with fun restaurant, bar and live music just metres from the beach. Pretty Victorian exterior houses well-appointed rooms with sophisticated nautical palettes, Craftsman and mid-century furnishings and modern styling; some have sea views. Suits upbeat couples and families. See More
The Harrison Cape May 9 rooms from £148Romantic Break - You won't be interrupted in the Summer Cottage. Enjoy sumptuous interiors, fireplace, Jacuzzi and stargazing on the patioSights nearby - The central locations means that historic buildings, Washington Street Mall, restaurants and beach are all walking distanceGreat walks - Pack a picnic and head out for the day to Cape May State Park with its ocean views and sand dunesWhirlpool Bathtub - The Summer Cottage features a Jaccuzi tub
Romantic B&B in a former Victorian home. A contemporary take on opulent 19th-century decor combines Renaissance-style furnishings, period armoires, wall coverings, plush carpets and sleek marble bathrooms. Enjoy afternoon tea on the porch. Glossy heritage charm with modern comforts. See More
Congress Hall Cape May 107 rooms from £148Historic - Known as America's first seaside resort, the hotel has been in operation for 200+ years. Famous guests include former presidentsFamilies - As well as seasonal activities and goodies on arrival, the resort puts on Friday Family nights with movies, campfires & s'moresTotal relaxation - Perfect ingredients for a holiday in the sun; pools, beach, spa, great food, yoga, fitness and sites within walking distanceBeach Life - There's direct access onto the wide long sandy-beach with complimentary loungers, umbrellas and towels plus private cabanas
Grand Victorian-era institution offering classic American seaside holidays. As well as direct beach access, there's fun for all the family with spa, pools, sea-facing lawn, fire-pits, multiple restaurants and bars. Powder-blue rooms channel beach cottages with American heritage-style furniture. See More
The Inn at Glencairn Princeton 5 rooms from £152Country Escape - Enjoy weekends with farm-style breakfasts, country walks, fresh air, afternoons by the fire and uninterrupted nights sleepFamilies - Two-bedroom Baldwin Suite, located in the original stone section of the manor, has a twin bed room that's great for kidsWeddings - The property leafy ground's and charming historic outhouses and barns are perfect for elopements and micro-weddingsLocal exploring - A tranquil and scenic base from which to explore the area's sites, parks, university, museums and nearby citiesRecommended by - Great Small Hotels
Idyllic country inn with pre-Revolutionary war history. Quaint rooms feature four-poster beds, wood floors, decorative fireplaces and Greek moulding. Enjoy the main area's revolving art collection, oriental carpets, beamed ceilings and 12-foot original cooking fireplace. Shabby chic gourmet haven. See More
The George Montclair Montclair, New Jersey 31 rooms from £154City Style - Founded by makeup magnate Bobbi Brown - design costs have not been scrimped on here - the feel is classy & boutiqueSights nearby - Take a stroll around the picturesque Van Vleck House & GardensPrivate Hot Tub - The George Suite has a private hot tub and gardenDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
A design-led boutique (the brainchild of makeup mogul Bobbi Brown) in central Montclair. Beautifully crafted interiors have the feel of a traditional mansion yet the touches are quirky and modern. Fittings are well-considered (think Dyson hairdryers and one-off photographs). A very chic stay. See More
The Hewitt Wellington Spring Lake, New Jersey 20 rooms from £155Beach Life - It's less than three blocks to Spring Lake Beach, an endless stretch of white sand. Passes, beach bags and chairs providedLakeside - Located on the West side of Spring Lake, the property offers refreshing lake views and water-front trails in Divine ParkFamilies - All suites accept four guests making this a great option for families. For more privacy, Room 28 offers two large roomsSwimming Pool - Heated outdoor swimming pool is open in the summer months
Immaculate Victorian hotel with idyllic lakeside position minutes from the beach. Beautifully refurbished rooms and spacious suites offer plush comfort with a classic period feel. Fab location and a heated outdoor pool are ideal for families while couples will enjoy the romantic fine-dining. See More
The Nassau Inn Princeton 188 rooms from £162Weddings - A favourite venue for Princeton weddings with 10,000 sq ft of event space, 13 rooms, outdoor patios and fab cateringLocal exploring - The hotel's central Palmer Square location means that great dining and shopping are literally on the doorstepSights nearby - Take a guided tour of world-famous Princeton University or visit Drumthwacket or Morven Museum & GardenFour poster beds - For romantics.
Popular centrally-located hotel with over 260 years of history. Elegant rooms with period furnishings channel timeless colonial style; suites are fantastic. Charming traditional wood-panelled tavern is bursting with atmosphere. Professional events team on-site for business functions and weddings. See More
Lambertville House Hotel Lambertville, New Jersey 26 rooms from £164Romantic - Whether opting for a romance package or not you are sure to value time with your partner in the intimate atmosphere of the hotelSights nearby - The James A. Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museum are a 22 minute drive from the hotel.
Sophisticated inn near the Delaware River. Interiors are well-appointed with classic design. Bar offers Martini menu, selection of wines and small plates. Restaurant serves delicious and flavourful fare by Dish Catering. Eat outside in the courtyard garden with flowers creeping up the trellises. See More
The Madison Hotel Morristown, New Jersey 186 rooms from £172Weddings - Grand Victorian-inspired greenhouse-style conservatory hung with chandeliers is ideal for romantic weddings and special eventsBusiness meetings - Host large functions over 14 meeting rooms over 14,000 sq feet of event space. Perfect set-up for gala dinnersSights nearby - New Jersey Midtown Direct Express to New York is located one minute from the hotel's entrance. Be in central NYC in an hour!Great walks - Loantaka Brook Reservation and George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum offer walking trails and scenic picnic spots
Elegant country resort with direct access to New York. Georgian facade houses opulent late-Victorian interiors, while spacious rooms feel timeless with period touches. Great set-up for large functions with multiple dining options, impressive event space, indoor swimming pools, gym & large grounds. See More
Casablanca Cape May 10 rooms from £175Local exploring - The location is a few blocks from the beach and minutes away from the shops, restaurants and bars of Washington Street MallRomantic Break - Designed for romance. Enjoy alone time with in-room fireplaces, free-standing air tubs and adult-only environmentBeach Life - Walk to the beach in a matter of minutes. Beach bags, towel and chairs are provided on a compliementary basisGreat walks - Spend the day in Cape May Point State Park with its sand dunes, sea views and historic lighthouse
Pretty 19th-century beach cottage transformed into contemporary design-led boutique property. Light and airy rooms feature grand antique beds, gas fires, statement bathrooms and fresh 'beach house' touches. Enjoy the dining room, porch and common lounge. Centrally located and perfect for couples. See More
Woolverton Inn Stockton, New Jersey 14 rooms from £176Romantic Break - With fireplaces, luxurious whirlpool tubs, bucolic views and stocked fridges- this is the perfect couples' hideawayGreat walks - Don't miss a stroll at dusk from the inn’s porch down to the banks of the Delaware River, crossing the bridge to PennsylvaniaLocal markets - Take an excursion to the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market on Wednesday'sRestrictions on children - Over 12s only
A charming B&B in the Bucks County area. Rooms are spacious and luxurious with patterned headboards, fireplaces and bathrooms with walk-in showers and stand-alone whirlpool tubs. Start your morning with an indulgent 3-course breakfast. An ideal choice for a romantic hideaway. See More
Southern Mansion Cape May 24 rooms from £176Weddings - Perfectly suited with lush lawn for cocktail receptions, grand Victorian staircase, multiple event spaces & romantic backdropBusiness meetings - Hold business meetings and events for up to 60 people with function rooms, meeting planner, catering and good on-site techLocal exploring - The property is just 10 mins walk to the beach or Washington Street Mall with its restaurants and shopsSights nearby - Learn about the area with visits to Cape May lighthouse, Victorian historic district, Physick Estate and Cape May County Museum
Centrally-located Victorian mansion set amongst leafy grounds. Classic period rooms feature antique four-poster beds, hand-painted tiles and ceiling fans. Relax in the double-height living room, solarium and original wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. A grand property with old-world charm. See More
Lokal Hotel Cape May Cape May 8 rooms from £204Beach Life - On the beach across the street find custom lounge chairs and umbrellas. Beach kits include yeti coolers, towels, toys and gamesFamilies - Suites have been designed with families in mind. There's plenty of space, fab sleeping arrangements & buckets and spadesGroups - The aesthetic and general vibe works as much for groups of friends as for families; everyone feels welcome hereGreat walks - Enjoy scenic walks in dune-filled Cape May State Park, and make sure to climb the Cape May Lighthouse for fantastic views
Collection of stylish self-catered studios and family-friendly two-bedroom suites just steps from the beach. Everything's been thought of in the airy rooms; enjoy ocean breezes, decks and ample space for chilling out. Pool, BBQs, garden and fire-pit on-site. Cool and contemporary micro-beach resort. See More
The Peacock Inn Princeton 16 rooms from £208Romantic Break - A perfect spot for atmospheric drinks and dinner before climbing the stairs to your romantic suiteLocal exploring - Walking distance to shops, restaurants, historic sites and the university campusSights nearby - Slip into the past with visits to Morven Museum & Garden and Drumthwacket; both former Governor's mansionsGreat walks - Enjoy the fall colours in Herrontown Woods Arboretum, a 142-acre forest with walking trails
Well-located downtown boutique hotel and restaurant situated in an 18th-century colonial mansion. Rooms channel Art Deco glamour with antique-style furnishings, decorative fireplaces and artwork; modern bathrooms feature underfloor heating. Enjoy a glamorous bar & dining rooms with a romantic feel. See More
The Hugh Cape May 8 rooms from £259Beach Life - It's a short walk to mile-long sandy Cape May State beach. Beach admission, chairs and umbrellas are included in your stayLocal exploring - The central location means that the town's historic district, shops, restaurants and beaches are all easy walking distanceSights nearby - Admire Beach Avenue's Victorian architecture, visit Cape May Lighthouse and shop in Washington StreetBirdwatching - Bird lovers must visit South Cape May Meadows, a scenic bird sanctuary with beaches and wetlands
Victorian-era boutique B&B with playful modern decor. Individually-decorated design-led rooms feature bold colour walls, modern furnishings and 20th-century art plus fun prints and patterned touches. Enjoy chef-cooked breakfasts, a wrap-around porch, monochrome-chic lounge and pretty dining room. See More