There are so many incredible places to stay 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. The following accommodations all offer something unique, from location to amenities ,or just general quirkiness. If you’re looking for a memorable stay, these are great places to start.
1. Bungalow Hotel, Long Branch
This hip boutique 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, 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. Earth Friendly Bed & Breakfast, Clarksburg
This quaint bed and breakfast is truly an urban oasis. Guests have easy access to the Jackson Outlets, Freehold Raceway, and much more, all while staying on a secluded organic farm. The B&B is solar powered and sits on an 8-acre blueberry farm with other fresh berries and garden vegetables available for picking. This rustic getaway even offers yoga retreats.
6. Chelsea Pub and Inn, Atlantic City
This historic hotel 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.
7. The Woolverton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Stockton
The rooms here 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.
8. Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope
What makes this bed and breakfast 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.
9. Icona, Diamond Beach
The ultimate luxury beach getaway, book your stay now for the best rates. This resort 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.
10. Feather Nest Inn, Cherry Hill
This quirky couples hotel 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.
11. 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.
12. 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, it's 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.
Have you spent a night at any of these establishments? What other unique places can you stay in New Jersey? The quirkier, the better!