Newark, New Jersey is certainly not New York. Although everyone and their mother flock to New York for the lights and the famous streets, there is also reason to visit understated Newark. If you go at the right time of year, you will even be rewarded with more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park. Like cotton candy on trees, it is a sight to behold. (Just don't eat this cotton candy.)
There is more to Newark than a layover and if you decide to give it a shot, these hotels will make all the difference. Take the contemporary Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown. The hotel's front desk staff and the IPad mini in the room will greet you by name. There is a vibrant modern look to the hotel and valet parking prices that can't be beat.
If you are willing to trek a little further, the Westminster Hotel is just a 20 minute drive from Newark airport. They aren't joking when they declare themselves as a luxury brand, with leather furnishings and dark wood encouraging you to choose martini drinking over email checking. After all, no one wishes that they sent more email when they come to the end of their days.
Ignore the bad press about Newark and form your own opinion by staying at one of these fabulous hotels.