Jersey City—and Jersey City hotels— are probably not on too many bucket lists of vacation destinations. While it has a vibrancy and historical appeal all of its own, the chances are if you’re looking to stay here, it’s likely these reasons: 1. you are either on a business trip; 2. looking for a cheaper alternative to Manhattan room rates; 3. waiting it out for an early-morning flight from Newark; or 4. stopping over for a game at MetLife Stadium. Might we suggest another reason—the best goddamn view of Manhattan you’ll ever see! Plus, it’s a short commute over the Hudson to explore the best Manhattan restaurants and the best Broadway shows. Whatever the reason for being here, JC offers a variety of different properties, rooms and rates worth checking out.
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Best Jersey City hotels
Sometimes, to get the best look at Manhattan, you have to be outside of it. And Hyatt Regency Jersey City doesn’t disappoint. “On the Hudson” is right. In fact, the hotel is built on its own pier, jutting out into the the river, and offering breathtaking picture-postcard views of the city skyline and New York Harbor. On the inside, it’s what you’d expect. A sleek, modern lobby, leading to 350 rooms with Hyatt Grand beds, clean lines, and luxury furnishings. And that view. Wining and dining comes courtesy of Vu and Vu Lounge, a twin restaurant and cocktail lounge that also offers a private dining room—all with a panoramic view, of course. As you’d expect, there’s 24/7 fitness center and an indoor heated pool, and yes, both also offer that same view. Any isolation anxiety you might experience from staying outside of Manhattan is quickly put to bed when you discover that the hotel is practically on top of Exchange Place PATH station—there is even an entrance inside the building. Plus, the Light Rail stop is only two blocks away, while Paulus Hook ferry terminal offering services to Midtown and FiDi, is only a short hop down the promenade.
The Westin JC Newport is your other high-end option on the left side of the Hudson. Situated a little further up the bank toward Newport (and the Holland Tunnel) this hotel oozes the kind of contemporary grandeur you might expect from the chain — complete with the obligatory inspiring views of Manhattan. An ambient-lit lobby of glass, steel, and wooden panels is graced by giant staircases beckoning you to one of 429 rooms, each featuring the chain’s signature Heavenly Bed. The property recently completed a full renovation, and all rooms, suites and public spaces have been refreshed with new furnishings and redesigned to incorporate “natural, relaxing palettes” and cool features, such as LED lit bathroom mirrors. There are dining options aplenty: Fire & Oak is a sophisticated American Grill serving “gourmet comfort food”, while Half Moon Restaurant & Lounge offers à la carte breakfast, drinks, snacks and entrées. Getting around is relatively easy, with Newport PATH station and a Light Rail stop a couple of blocks either side of the hotel, and ferries to Manhattan within easy reach.
Located between Newport and Exchange Place, the Doubletree is the first all-suite hotel among the JC set and sits at the intersection of comfort and value in this neighborhood. The 198 rooms are clean, cozy and well-appointed (sofa, microwave, fridge, desk, coffee maker) without attempting to be anything more. What you get is great service, a decent array of business and fitness amenities, a restaurant—Hudson Grille offers “varied yet no-nonsense American Cuisine in a hip yet unpretentious setting”—and not forgetting a warm chocolate chip cookie for every arriving guest! You also get the classic skyline view of Manhattan from some rooms and public areas. The hotel has a Light Rail step on its doorstep, with PATH stations (Newport and Exchange Place) and ferry services a few minutes’ walk to both north and south.
If you are familiar with the Courtyard chain, then you already know what to expect—and the JC Newport location delivers on all of that. The 187 rooms are modern and comfortable, featuring signature Marriott bedding and ergonomic work spaces (with complimentary wi-fi), some of which boast cool views of the city. The Bistro provides breakfast, dinner and cocktail options, while The Market offers snacks on tap. You also get 24/7 access to a modestly appointed fitness center and an indoor pool. The Courtyard JC scores highly in the location category, being situated right next to both the Newport PATH and Light Rail stops, and within spitting distance of the midtown ferry and the Holland Tunnel. It’s also a short hop into Hoboken.
Candlewood Suites is the pick of the budget offerings in JC. This all-suite hotel has 214 “straightforward” rooms featuring fully equipped kitchens (including dishwashers and ice makers), TVs, sofas, desks and free Wi-Fi. As you might expect, amenities are limited, but include a 24/7 snack shop, business center and a fairly sparsely appointed gym. (Hey, you can always go for a run along the Hudson.) The location is just a block from the river in the Harborside district. The Light Rail stop is a block away, while PATH trains (Exchange Place and Newport) are a 10-12 minute walk either side, and ferries just a little further.
The most important point about The Holland Hotel is that it is right across the street from the Holland Tunnel toll booths. Seriously, it is right there. This is either exactly what you need, or exactly what you don’t need. So choose accordingly. The property is a no-frills affair—“a straightforward motor lodge”—but it’s on this list because the staff make an effort and it gets good reviews. Its 71 rooms feature “traditional” decor but you do have mini fridges and microwaves to play with. Not only that, check out what you get for free: parking, wi-fi, buffet breakfast, newspapers… it’s all free, free, free! It’s a half mile to the PATH train, but that’s okay—you’re here because you’re driving, aren’t you?
Unlike the other properties on this list, this hotel is not situated on or near the Hudson. Rather it’s at Journal Square. If you are okay with that, then you might have yourself a bit of a bargain. It’s a Ramada, so it’s neither luxurious, nor awful. In fact its 100 rooms are fairly well appointed, with flat screen TVs, mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some even boast ergonomic workspaces and pull-out sofas. There’s also a gym of sorts. Parking isn't free, but wi-fi and breakfast are, plus there’s a complimentary shuttle to Newark Airport. Now about that location… although it’s further from NYC than the others, this hotel is just a short walk from the Journal Square PATH station, so it’s not quite the end of the world.