New Jersey may be an expensive state to live in, but we do offer a wide variety of lodging accommodations that won’t break the bank. I could share with you a list of motels and budget-friendly chains, but I wanted to find unique places to stay that offer guests the most bang for their buck. These affordable options are all about value and incredible experiences.
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1. The Castle At Skylands Manor, Ringwood
For just $99 you can stay in this gorgeous historic castle. You'll get a single room with a shared bath at this price, but you'll be rewarded with incredible views, a complimentary breakfast and gorgeous gardens surrounding the property. Suites start at $250 and guests rave that they're reminiscent of European estates.
2. Chelsea Pub & Inn, Atlantic City
This bed and breakfast may be the biggest beachside bargain in the state. Rooms run under $75/night in the off-season and under $100/night in the summer months. Just minutes from the beach and boardwalk, this B&B has so much to offer. The pet friendly spot features a great outdoor area, delicious breakfast, books & movies for guest use, and a 24-hour pub with billiards in the back. As a repeat guest, I've always enjoyed staying here.
3. Lorry's Island End Motel, Long Beach Island
Another incredible deal on the Jersey Shore, this charming motel has more amenities than you can imagine at a price point you won't believe. Room rates in the off season fall below $50/night and rooms in summer months can still be snagged for under $100/night. Though this may not be the fanciest spot, the rooms are clean and the staff is friendly. Amenities include an outdoor grilling area, complimentary continental breakfast, free beach passes and bike rentals, and much more.
4. Widow McCrea House, Frenchtown
This charming bed and breakfast is located just minutes from the Delaware River and downtown Frenchtown. You're just a short stroll from scenic views and shops like Modern Love, Alchemy Creative Clothing and Thistle, but you won't be paying a hefty price tag. Both the Widow McCrea Room and Tuccamirgin Room are priced around $150/night, even during the summer months. Both rooms offer private baths, complimentary breakfasts and a free bottle of wine. Several kid and pet-friendly rooms are available, and if you really want to splurge, you can opt for the Kase Family Cottage. The private cottage will run you $355 per night but offers a working fireplace, in-room dining and an oversized jacuzzi.
5. Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May
This stunning boutique hotel is located right in the heart of historic Cape May. They're currently offering a fantastic midweek package which is available until May 31st and includes a $30 breakfast voucher at The Mad Batter, two breakfast cocktails, a bottle of wine, trolley tour tickets and a wine tasting for two at Hawk Haven Winery. You'll get all of this for under $189/night.
6. Earth Friendly Bed & Breakfast, Clarksburg
This small bed & breakfast is located near Freehold Raceway & Six Flags Great Adventure. It offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight on a working organic farm and provides them with a fresh, delicious breakfast each morning. Room rates are very reasonable at either $105 or $115/per night. Special yoga retreats are available, providing classes in yoga & meditation along with reflexology, reiki and massage sessions.
7. Riverside Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Clinton
This fantastic bed and breakfast is within walking distance of the Hunterdon Art Museum, Red Mill Museum and downtown Clinton. Enjoy the perfect location at the perfect price with rates ranging from $95 - $130/night, even during peak season weekends. This rate includes a full breakfast AND afternoon snacks. Guests rave about the location and service, giving this B&B 5-star reviews on sites including Yelp and TripAdvisor.
8. Ocean View Resort, Ocean View
This luxury camping resort offers endless amenities including a private beach, swimming pool, fishing pond, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, multiple arcades and playgrounds, mini-golf and so much more. Summer rates start as low as $50 for a trailer site and you can score a deluxe cabin with a kitchenette and private bath for around $200/night.
9. Alpine Haus Bed & Breakfast, Vernon
A year-round getaway, Alpine Haus is just minutes from Mountain Creek Ski Resort & Water Park. Several rooms are available at weekday rates of under $150/night and weekend rates under $175/night. Amenities include a 4-course breakfast, private baths, cable television, free WiFi, scenic views and romantic add-ons.
10. Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City
The Borgata has it all - a primo location, spacious rooms, delectable dining options, fantastic views and endless opportunities for entertainment. How is it possible that this hotel is affordable? Rewards members are regularly given free rooms! While the Borgata is a personal favorite, many casino hotels on the boardwalk offer similar deals. Enjoy access to spas, shows, pools, and more, without spending a cent on your hotel room.
11.Neighbour House Bed & Breakfast, Long Valley
A great place to get away from it all, room rates at this secluded bed & breakfast range from $95- $165/night. A stay at this historic farmhouse includes a full breakfast and free cable.
12. The Inn At Sugar Hill, Mays Landing
This waterfront restaurant is home to several affordable rooms; many priced under $150/night weekends and under $100/night weekdays, dropping as low as $79. A variety of rooms feature fireplaces and riverfront views and all offer a complimentary country breakfast on weekends.
I know there must be dozens more hidden budget-friendly gems in New Jersey. Share yours with me, if you’re feeling generous. As for those on this list, have you visited any? What was your experience like.