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Best Overall: See Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers a complimentary shuttle to all terminals and has 591 recently remodeled rooms and suites."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: See Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown Rates at TripAdvisor "You’re conveniently close to top downtown attractions, including the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center."
Best Budget: See Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newark Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Entry level rooms have one King bed, but families can pay just a few dollars extra for one with two doubles."
Best Boutique: See Hotel Indigo - Newark Downtown Rates at TripAdvisor "The hotel has a personalized, boutique feel which stems in large part from its unique decor."
Best for Families: See Holiday Inn Newark Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Kids aged 18 and under stay for free in their parents’ room."
Best Business: See Hilton Newark Penn Station Rates at TripAdvisor "Connected to Newark Penn Station – allowing you to reach meetings in Midtown Manhattan in just 15 minutes."
Best Nightlife: See The Roxy Hotel Tribeca Rates at TripAdvisor "Some of the district’s best nightlife spots are located at the hotel – including The Django and Paul’s Cocktail Lounge."
Best Self-Catering: See Home2 Suites by Hilton Newark Airport Rates at TripAdvisor "Provides a kitchen in each of its studio or one-bedroom suites."
Best Luxury: See The Dominick Hotel Rates at TripAdvisor "It’s renowned for its floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River."
Best Overall: Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
As TripAdvisor’s top-ranked Newark hotel and the only hotel located on the airport premises, Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott is an obvious choice for guests in transit. It offers a complimentary shuttle to all terminals and has 591 recently remodeled rooms and suites. Whichever room you choose, you’ll benefit from cable TV, a marble bathroom and a pillow top mattress that’s made for catching up on sleep in between flights. Some rooms have impressive airport views, while those on the concierge level include a complimentary breakfast and access to an exclusive lounge.
Otherwise, your best choice for breakfast is The Greatroom, an all-day dining restaurant specializing in fresh pastries and Starbucks coffee. Aviation Grill is also open throughout the day and serves modern American cuisine. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and 18 meeting rooms, including a Grand Ballroom with space for up to 1,100 guests. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and other public areas, but prepare to pay extra for it in your room.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown
If you have a longer layover, consider Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown instead. It’s a six-minute drive from the airport, with a complimentary shuttle to make life easy. You’re also conveniently close to top downtown attractions, including the Prudential Center (a two-minute walk away) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (a 10-minute walk away). All 150 rooms and suites offer complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker and a mini-fridge; while most have a sofabed for accommodating additional family members. Upgrade to a suite for a separate living room.
Other hotel highlights include The Bistro, an American restaurant that’s open for breakfast and dinner. Stop by for Starbucks coffee in the morning, or for cocktails and fine wines in the evening. If you’re in town on business, you can make use of six meeting rooms, the largest of which has space for up to 100 delegates. Want to find time for a workout in between connections? The fitness center stays open 24 hours a day.
Best Budget: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newark Liberty International Airport
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newark Liberty International Airport is a five-minute drive from EWR and runs a complimentary airport shuttle 24 hours a day. Entry level rooms have one King bed, but families can pay just a few dollars extra for one with two doubles. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV, a coffeemaker, and complimentary toiletries.
You can even self-cater by purchasing sandwiches and/or frozen meals from the on-site store and using your in-room microwave to heat them up. There’s a fridge in your room as well. Start your travels with the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet, which has hot and cold items. Unwind in between flights with a dip in the indoor pool or hot tub, or push through the jet lag with a workout in the fitness center. The hotel also has two meeting rooms for corporate guests.
Best Boutique: Hotel Indigo - Newark Downtown
Located next door to the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, the city’s Hotel Indigo is a seven-minute drive from the airport. It offers a limited shuttle service from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can also use the shuttle to get to Newark Penn Station and to local restaurants. The hotel has 108 rooms and suites and a personalized, boutique feel which stems in large part from its unique decor. Originally built in 1912 as the National State Bank, the hotel reflects its history with a front desk made from reclaimed teller desks and original bank vault architecture in the restaurant.
The rooms are the embodiment of loft-style, minimalist chic with custom artwork, high ceilings and plenty of exposed brick. Each one includes complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker and a luxurious, spa-style bathroom. When you’re not catching up on sleep, check out the fitness center or locally inspired restaurant Alva. The rooftop bar is a particular highlight and a scenic spot for sundowners.
Best for Families: Holiday Inn Newark Airport
Located opposite the airport’s main entrance, Holiday Inn Newark Airport provides a 24-hour complimentary shuttle so you’re never left stranded on the concourse with kids and suitcases in tow. You won’t be late for a flight either, thanks to the flight information center in the lobby. Kids aged 18 and under stay for free in their parents’ room, and up to four kids aged 11 and under eat for free at on-site restaurant The 450 Bistro & Lounge. The latter serves French, Italian and American favorites to suit all ages.
All rooms and suites come with a 32-inch TV, free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker and a bathtub for bathtime fun. If you upgrade to a suite, you’ll benefit from a separate living room and sleeper couch, a mini-fridge, and microwave (always handy for preparing kiddies’ snacks). Rollaway beds and cots are available upon request. Other facilities include a fitness center, a business center, and a cocktail lounge – in case Mom and Dad get a few minutes to themselves.
Best Business: Hilton Newark Penn Station
Hilton Newark Penn Station is a 10-minute drive from the airport in downtown Newark and offers a complimentary airport shuttle. It’s also connected to Newark Penn Station via an indoor walkway – allowing you to reach meetings in Midtown Manhattan in just 15 minutes. There are 15 meeting rooms on-site to suit all kinds of corporate events, from intimate board meetings to galas for up to 300 people. Event planners and quality audiovisual equipment help to ensure your event is a success.
Rooms are designed for a productive stay with an ergonomic work desk, weekday newspapers and an alarm clock radio. When it’s time to unwind, kick back on your comfortable bed in front of the 32-inch TV. For more space, upgrade to a Junior Suite with a separate living area. Market Street Bar & Grill serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and stays open until midnight – giving you an option for late-night networking or post-meeting celebrations. Lastly, a fitness center lets you stay in shape.
Best Nightlife: The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
If you’ve got an extended layover at Newark and want to spend your time at the best party in town, it’s worth taking the 20-minute drive out to The Roxy Hotel in Tribeca, one of New York’s liveliest neighborhoods. Some of the district’s best nightlife spots are located at the hotel itself – including legendary jazz club The Django and Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, the in-crowd’s venue of choice for late night dancing and cocktails. Sample mouthwatering shared plates while listening to the weekly DJs at Roxy Bar, or opt for East Coast seafood and live music at The Oyster Bar.
The hotel is also home to Roxy Cinema, an Art Deco masterpiece that exclusively screens classic, independent and foreign films. Rooms and suites also borrow inspiration from the Art Deco and Regency periods, with bare wooden floors, geometric prints, and opulent gold accents. Whichever floor plan you choose, you’ll find a sanctuary complete with 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens, a gourmet mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi and a Samsung Smart TV.
Best Self-Catering: Home2 Suites by Hilton Newark Airport
There are plenty of reasons to self-cater on vacation – perhaps you want to save money (especially relevant for extended stays), or maybe you have specific dietary requirements. Either way, Home2Suites by Hilton Newark Airport provides a kitchen in each of its studio or one-bedroom suites. Full-size appliances include a fridge, microwave, sink, and dishwasher; while induction burner stovetops are available at reception. Other in-room amenities range from an HD TV to free Wi-Fi.
Just because you can self-cater doesn’t mean you have to. The complimentary breakfast tempts with artisan sandwiches, fresh fruit, and waffles; while a 24-hour market sells on-the-go snacks. You can help yourself to tea and coffee in the lobby at any time of day or night. Other hotel highlights include a complimentary business center, an indoor saline pool, and the ingenious Spin2 Cycle facility – where you can keep fit while getting your laundry done. The hotel is a three-minute drive from the airport and has a free shuttle.
Best Luxury: The Dominick Hotel
For five-star luxury, you’ll have to go a little further afield. The Dominick Hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood. It’s renowned for its floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River; and offers exquisite rooms and suites with custom furnishings by Fendi Casa. Each one spoils with a European-style wet bar, a Nespresso machine, and an Italian marble bathroom complete with a rain shower and deep soaking tub. For the ultimate luxury experience, book a top-floor SoHi Collection or Penthouse suite.
There are plenty of ways to relax after a long-haul flight. In season, head up to the rooftop for a dip in the outdoor pool followed by sushi and cocktails at the poolside bar. Alternatively, the hotel spa is home to Manhattan’s first traditional Turkish hammam (as well as a long list of body treatments and massages). Later, enjoy a fine-dining experience at Mezzanine or a casual meal at Café Mezz.