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Newark Is More Than New York's Hub And These Hotels Prove It



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.

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Just minutes from Red Bull Arena, this Hampton Inn makes it possible to jet to Newark's Penn station or the airport with the complimentary shuttle service. Spacious guestrooms often have river views, WiFi access, 32-inch LCD HDTV and one or two beds, depending on who you are travelling with and how much space you need. Cribs and high chairs are available for families travelling with kids. The free hot breakfast is not just for those with time to linger; you can also grab an "On the Run" breakfast bag with a healthy meal and bottle of water. You can continue the healthy trend at the attached state-of-the-art fitness centre, or you can balance things out with a trip to one of the many surrounding bars.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: Free parking, free airport shuttle and free breakfast makes this Hampton almost feel all-inclusive.

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This hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to some of Newark's big attractions, such as the Prudential Centre (home to the NHL's NJ Devils), The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and even the Newark Museum. Penn station is linked to this hotel by a convenient underground walkway. Newly renovated guest rooms are resplendent in cool earthy tones and maple wood. Beds overlook flat screen TVs and MP3 player alarm clocks make it possible to wake up to your favourite song (we recommend Pharrell's "Happy"). Airport shuttles are included, and there is an on-site Starbucks to attend to your every red-eyed need.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: This hotel puts you in the heart of every travelling possibility, by train, foot or plane.

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If you need a little more space after being cramped on an airplane for hours, this all-suites hotel has you covered. Just a 1.7 mile drive from Newark's International Airport, this is a nice place to feel like you are one step closer to home. With small kitchenettes providing minibars, microwaves and coffee makers, you can start to feel like yourself again if you have been on the road for some time. The breakfast buffet and airport shuttle are both complimentary. The indoor fitness centre and pool can help to work out the aforementioned airplane kinks, while the 24-hour hot coffee may make you into a nicer - albeit jittery - person.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: More space and a free hot breakfast. Who can say no to that?

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This sleek and bright Mariott hotel has a lobby that is equipped with a communal table for meeting colleagues without the awkwardness of a hotel bed between you. The business centre also has included printing services, and the giant "GoBoard" keeps travellers abreast of everything from weather to world events and even airplane delays. In-room desks have ergonomic chairs and multiple outlets. When you must shut those eyes, the cotton-rich linens and fluffy pillows will help to support you when your melatonin levels increase. Close to the Prudential Centre, this is one of downtown Newark's best hotel bets. Free shuttle service is provided to and from Newark's Penn Station.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: A breath of fresh and bright air in Newark's downtown core.

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Across from Highway 1 in Newark Airport, you may spot this elegantly fashioned hotel. Rooms come with marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows for a touch of luxury. Airport shuttle and parking are free services and free WiFi and a generously sized business centre make it easy to stay on top of your work. Even though it is a short jaunt from the airport, the soundproof rooms make your sleeping environment plane-engine-free. Those with Mariott Rewards cards will have access to the club room, which provides ample food and liquor. The lobby bar is also a lovely place to unwind, complete with a framed fireplace for cozy times.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: A club house worth getting a rewards card for, and shuttle service that far surpasses the peak times.

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Right on the grounds of Newark airport, this hotel couldn't be easier to get to. With free shuttle service to every terminal, a stay here is a surefire way to get to your flight well in advance, even with the enhanced travel securities. Plush bedding and soundproof windows ensure that you have a fair shot at a good night's sleep. The newly renovated rooms include spacious marble bathrooms with THANN amenities. The indoor-outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre are great ways to stretch travel-cramped legs. Those seeking an event space can find 30,000 square feet, including a magnificent Grand Ballroom. Could make for one heck of a holiday party.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: Not only is this hotel basically in the EWR airport, it also is a fine place to stay.

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This boutique hotel in New Jersey is a tad off the path, but it is minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. 109 spacious guest rooms and suites include plush mattresses, flat screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers and IPod docking stations. The lovely garden gazebo on grounds makes it simple to feel as if you have gotten away from it all, even if your lifestyle is more conducive to their grab-and-go breakfast. Frolic on their spacious grounds including a garden, or in their 6,000 square feet of meeting space. We all need to frolic every once in awhile. Complimentary airport shuttle to Newark is ideal for travellers.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: 9 miles away from Newark airport, this cozy hotel is stellar when it comes to service.

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The Westminster Hotel proves that not every hotel in New Jersey has to be an airport hotel. With sleek shapes and smooth lines, it definitely walks the walk of luxury hotel. Just 20 minutes from Newark's International Airport, the soft palate of yellow, green and dark wood is a welcome respite from the florescent lighting that plagues too many airports. Get cozy in one of the room's plush bathrobes and let your head contort to a feather pillow on a Hollandia bed, which is known to be an extremely luxurious mattress. Monday through Friday includes a hot breakfast and there are skilled massage therapists on call at the attached spa. You can even get a massage in the room if you and that bathrobe have become close.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: This hotel is a place to relax and get away - even if just for one night.

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The Element Harrison is the hybrid of Newark's hotel scene. Efficient, clean and eco-friendly, the Harrison is just adjacent to the PATH train station for easy access in and around Newark. Standard rooms are flooded with natural light and come with unexpected extras, like rainfall showerheads and fully equipped kitchenettes. On-site self-parking is only $14 a day, and the pool, fitness centre and rooftop patio make it easy to linger on site. During the week, there is a complimentary evening reception including wine and hors d'oeuvres. If you miss the reception, the breakfast bar is also free with smoothies, hot sandwiches and gourmet coffee to start your morning off right.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: Clean, open and eco-friendly, a stay at Element Harrison - Newark is one way to offset your carbon footprint.

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This boutique hotel has plenty of charm and is right in the heart of Newark's downtown core. Welcoming to both people and pets, the building was erected in 1912 as a National State Bank. The original bank vault was integrated into the design of the hotel. When you check in, you will swear that you are going to a bank teller, but you will be granted a room rather than a financial interaction. Exposed brick, floor to ceiling windows and murals on the walls make for a unique and modern experience, even with the lofty history. Enjoy a great view of the city from the rooftop bar before you complete your stay.

Recommended for Newark's Best Hotels because: This downtown Newark location is close to both New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Branch Brook Park.

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