The eighth oldest college in the United States, Rutgers was founded before there were even states to unite. It was first established as Queen’s College in 1766, a decade prior to the American Revolution. While it began as a private institution, it has since evolved into a public university, with 9,000 faculty members in its employ and an astonishing 67,000 students under its wing.
Located in New Brunswick, Rutgers is close to many medical facilities and pharmaceutical headquarters. Looking to spend some quality time in the Hub City? We’ve done the research for you and chosen three of the best hotels in the area, from spa luxuriance to cheap digs close to campus.
From $84/ night
This Rutgers-owned property is one of the more value-friendly in the New Brunswick area, and it’s less than a mile (0.7, to be exact) from campus. There are only 30 rooms available, however, so advance booking is likely a smart idea. Inside each room is a coffee machine and a private bathroom. A snack bar and gift shop can be found on-site. Wifi and parking are provided to guests free of charge. Attending a special event at Rutgers and need your favorite formalwear spiffed up? Dry cleaning services are available, and the front desk is open 24 hours to help with anything else you might need.
From $99/ night
Without sacrificing warmth or comfort, this hotel achieves an upscale aesthetic with refined decor and ambience. It’s close to the collegiate action, sitting only 1,650 feet from Rutgers, and less than a half-mile from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It’s also 1,500 feet from the New Brunswick Train Station, ideally close for customers arriving by Amtrak or NJTransit. The air-conditioned rooms feature cable TV and a seating area, and guests can enjoy gazing down upon the Raritan River from a balcony area. A restaurant and fitness center are on-site, as is a swanky games room with billiards and arcade consoles.
From $110/ night
If you’re looking for a space as relaxing as it is close to Rutgers, the Heldrich is an option worth exploring. Less than a half-mile from Rutgers, this property includes a full-service spa where guests can indulge a massage or facial. Concierge services and 24-hour room service further the hotel’s accommodating attitude. After reinvigorating at the spa, you can hunker down at the large, in-room work desk. (You’ll need to pay extra for wifi access.) Christopher’s Restaurant, the on-site dining venue, serves three meals a day. Breakfast is available as well, for $16 a day.