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Where to Stay in Newark
If you’re planning on staying in the city of Newark proper, there are really only two areas of town with a variety of quality accommodations. The first is in the immediate vicinity of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), where you’ll find several comfortable yet cheap hotel deals in Newark to the north and the adjacent community of Elizabeth to the south. The second area is Downtown Newark, which includes Rutgers University, Newark Penn Station, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Center and the edge of the Ironbound District, one of the city’s best areas for dining and nightlife.
Most of the hotels in the neighboring municipalities are in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in part because of the Elizabeth city center’s proximity to the airport. There are also a few good options in Irvington to the west and Orange to the northwest, which are both just minutes away by car or public transportation. If you’re open to seeking Newark-area accommodations a little further afar, try looking in Lyndhurst to the north and Jersey City or Hoboken to the east.
Newark Hotel Tips
More hotels can be found around the airport than in any other part of the Newark area, but there’s a lot of variety in this group. Your options range from affordable luxury to discount motels, but most accommodations across all categories are offered by familiar national lodging brands. One hotel, the Newark Liberty International Marriott, provides some of the city’s finest rooms right on the airport property. The others are just minutes away by shuttle, and include most of the remainder of Newark’s most luxurious hotels.
Farther away from the airport, you’ll only find a few notable luxury options downtown. The rest of the hotels scattered throughout Newark, Elizabeth and their surrounding suburbs primarily consist of simple independent motels and budget hotel brands.
Newark Hotel Recommendations
If you’re flying in and out of Newark Liberty International, your most convenient option is the Newark Liberty International Marriott. Its rooms are large and comfortable, and on-site amenities include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and three casual restaurants.
Just north of the airport is the Wyndham Garden Hotel, which maintains modern rooms ideal for business travelers with ergonomic work stations and task lighting. Nearby, the SpringHill Suites is an affordable choice for visitors staying a week or more. Its oversized rooms are partitioned into separate areas for sleeping, working, lounging and dining, and include kitchenettes and complimentary wireless Internet.
If you’ll be attending events or seeing the sights downtown, a common favorite choice is the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, a four star luxury hotel that has undergone a modern renovation and features elaborate ballroom and banquet spaces. Its continental breakfast and fitness center areas are exceptionally nice, and before retiring to its classically elegant rooms, you can enjoy a cocktail in the 16th floor Starlight Roof, which overlooks the New York City and Newark skylines.
A conveniently located alternative is the Hilton Newark Penn Station, which features rooms that are appointed to Hilton’s impeccable standards and an excellent room service menu.
As in New York City, renting a car in Newark is not often the most efficient or cost effective means of transportation, unless you’re planning on traveling to the region’s outer reaches. But if you do decide to go this route, every national rental car agency is represented at Newark Liberty International.
New Jersey Transit operates bus and light rail service throughout the city, as well as a sprawling commuter rail system great for traveling to areas far beyond Newark. The light rail stop at Liberty International is usually the fastest way to get moving toward your final destination after your flight to Newark lands. If you want to go to Manhattan and points between, use the Port Authority Trans-Hudson, or PATH, a rapid transit system. And as if those rail options weren’t enough, Amtrak regularly runs trains from Newark, providing fast links to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
For shorter trips around town or when you’d like to be dropped off at your hotel door late at night, it’s as easy to catch a cab in Newark as it is in New York. Taxis run regularly between the airport and downtown areas.