Newark has welcomed visitors since the opening of its first hotel in 1670. Some time later, in 1916, the Robert Treat Hotel was built and became a popular attraction for guests of all backgrounds. Since then, the historic hotel, along with others, has brought businesses, tourists, and more theater-goers to Newark. The city is currently home to approximately 20 hotels.
The growing number of large businesses in Newark, such as Audible, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Fabuwood Cabinetry Corp, Prudential, and others—not to mention the growing number of small businesses and startups—is making hotels a necessity when it comes to needing conference centers, or overnight stays for employees or business guests.
After the opening of the Prudential Center in 2007, the need for hotels to accommodate concert-goers, sports spectators, employees, guests, and tourists grew exponentially. Then, in 2012, the Courtyard by Marriott-Newark opened up right next door.
The expansion of hotels beyond Newark Liberty International Airport has allowed business and leisure travelers to experience Newark’s rich culture in its entirety. According to Karin Aaron, CEO and president of the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau, Newark’s hospitality industry has seen a 4% increase in occupancy and a 3% increase in spending in the last 12 months.
The Robert Treat Hotel, which is located across from Military Park, continues to attract visitors and Newarkers alike. It contains 170 rooms on 15 floors, and its beautiful ballroom and banquet halls make it the choice for several different types of events, including weddings, social gatherings and concerts. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and John F. Kennedy are a few of the famous guests who have stayed there.
Today, the Robert Treat Hotel is a landmark. Real estate developers Berger Organization purchased the hotel in 1986 and showed its commitment to Newark. The Berger Organization has led several Newark real estate projects in the years since.
Able to accommodate guests in 101 rooms, TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown was built intentionally in the heart of downtown Newark in the midst of the city’s arts and culture scene. Located only about a block away from the Robert Treat Hotel, TRYP by Wyndham opened April 23 of this year.
Some of the great accommodations the hotel offers include a shuttle service to Newark Liberty International Airport, making it easy to travel in and out of the city. Family rooms that feature bunk beds are another tempting feature for tourists, residents, and business people who want to travel with their children.
With attractive amenities like fitness centers, conference spaces, technology labs, and free Wi-Fi, Newark’s hotels supply the needs of nearly all travelers. Some hotels, such as Hotel Indigo, offer additional services including printing, scanning, and faxing. Many also include restaurants and/or banquet areas that serve great food and host recreational activities.
“Our hospitality industry tells the story of an interesting destination,” explains Aaron. “If there was no culture, if there were no attractions, nobody would come here. So when you add hotels, that’s even more of a reason to visit the city.”