There are so many unique hotels in New Jersey, it would be nearly impossible to make a comprehensive list of “best places” that didn’t go on forever.
From our luxury hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, we’ve got it all when it comes to lodging. Certain places stand out because they’ve got something special.
1. Bungalow Hotel, Long Branch
A hip boutique hotel, Bungalow Hotel was named one of the chicest in the country by Elle Magazine. You'll love the spacious rooms and modern decor. The Pier Village location is ideal for summer beach trips and holiday shopping weekends. Designed and decorated by a duo of architects, the entire building is a work of art.
2. Element, Ewing
Element is another modern masterpiece, with an eco-friendly twist - the building is LEED Silver Certified. Amenities include an indoor poor, fitness center, free bike rentals, an electric car charging station, complimentary breakfast and evening reception. The hotel is conveniently located near Princeton and Trenton.
3. Grand Cascades Lodge, Vernon
Grand Cascades Lodge is New Jersey's ultimate year-round getaway. The AAA 4-diamond resort is located right in the heart of Mountain Creek, which offers skiing, tubing, mountain biking and a water park. The property itself features several golf courses, fishing, award-winning dining, access to a massive indoor athletic center, and the magnificent biosphere indoor pool complex. You'll also find a spa and planned activities including murder mystery dinners.
4. Southern Mansion, Cape May
Cape May is often seen as a summer destination, but it's just as charming during the holiday season. Should you visit, The Southern Mansion is the place to be. It offers the utmost in luxury and southern hospitality. With authentic vintage furnishings, you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. If you're planning a December stay, be sure to check out the Christmas craft fair and the Dickens Victorian Christmas Extravaganza
5. Chelsea Pub and Inn, Atlantic City
A historic hotel, Chelsea Pub and Inn lacks the glitz and glamour of the boardwalk hotels, but makes up for it in charm. Bring your pets, play pool at the bar, or borrow one of the many board games available! You're just minutes from shopping and nightlife, yet somehow so far away from it all. You'll love the homey atmosphere, hot breakfast and complimentary cocktail. You'll also love the prices.
6. The Woolverton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Stockton
The rooms at Woolverton Inn Bed and Breakfast are lovely, but the cottages are incredible. The Audubon Cottage, pictured, features a fireplace and double whirlpool tub. Called one of the most romantic getaways in the country by the Washingtonian, consider adding a spa package to your couples getaway. Breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included and not to be missed. The seasonal specials are spectacular.
7. Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope
What makes Whistling Swan Inn unique? The affordable elopement packages and authentic tea parties. Have your dream wedding with up to six guests for under $1500, including a two night honeymoon! The Inn is also well-known for its authentic tea parties including beautiful antique bone china tea accoutrements, one-of-a-kind teapots, linens, and silverware, dainty fresh-cut sandwiches, scrumptious home-made scones, savory bites, and customized desserts for just $21.95 per guest. Enjoy antique shopping in nearby Andover.
8. Icona, Diamond Beach
The ultimate luxury beach getaway, book your stay now for the best rates. A resort, Icona offers incredible amenities including surf lessons, fitness classes on the beach, an oceanfront bar and galley kitchens in every room and suite. Rent a bike or enjoy a massage by the water - the options are endless. Don't worry about the crowds, this beach is private
9. Feather Nest Inn, Cherry Hill
A quirky couples hotel, Feather Nest Inn offers themed suites with jacuzzis and fire places! Ideal for an offbeat anniversary getaway, this is your chance to stay in Tahiti, Treasure Island, a tree house, or cave - there are 12 themed suites to choose from. It's a bit dated, but definitely unique. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and champagne on Friday and Saturday evenings.
10. Chimney Hill Estate, Lambertville
Enjoy a luxurious stay located on a working alpaca farm, just minutes from charming downtown Lambertville. You'll enjoy spacious rooms with period furnishings, a complimentary breakfast and delicious baked goods. You can even schedule a tour to meet the Alpacas when staying at Chimney Hill Estate.
11. Summer Nites, North Wildwood
You're going to flip for this 50s themed bed and breakfast - it's the hippest place in town. You feel me, daddy-o? All jokes aside, Summer Nites is a great place to stay and one you certainly won't forget. Guests will enjoy the unique box car diner complete with 1953 Seeburg Jukebox, pool table and vintage game room, and authentic 50s memorabilia. The perfect time to visit, other than a summer night? The 1950s themed New Year's party is sure to be a blast, and Elvis Weekend in April is always a hit.
Address: Bungalow Hotel, 50 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Address: Element Ewing Princeton, 1000 Sam Weinroth Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Address: Grand Cascades Lodge, 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
Address: The Southern Mansion, 720 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Address: Chelsea Inn, 8 S Morris Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Address: Woolverton Inn, 6 Woolverton Rd, Stockton, NJ 08559
Address: Whistling Swan Inn, 110 Main St, Stanhope, NJ 07874
Address: ICONA Diamond Beach, 9701 Atlantic Ave, Diamond Beach, NJ 08260
Address: Feather Nest Inn, 703 Hampton Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Address: 207 Goat Hill Rd, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Address: Summer Nites, 2110 Atlantic Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Written, Compiled & Edited by
The Bergen Review Media Team