Hotels Within Driving Distance of NYC

by Alison Merfeld
Many cities are within a short drive from New York City.

Many cities are within a short drive from New York City.

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New York State is bordered by Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and some cities and towns in these states are less than a two-hour drive from the sites and attractions of New York City. Many of these cities offer well-known attractions of their own, and travelers who want to see the sights in the Big Apple often opt to stay in these less congested locales. For example, you can lodge near Washington's Headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, or the historic sites of Philadelphia and still have easy driving access to New York City.

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Connecticut

Located in the southwestern area of Connecticut, the nine-story Courtyard Stamford Downtown is a one-hour drive from New York City. The 110 rooms have dark-tone furnishings and colorful floral bedding. All guestrooms are smoke free and offer sitting areas, pillow-top mattresses and free Internet access; some suites also have private terraces. Laundry facilities and a gift shop are located on-site. Nearby dining includes the casual Bennett's Steak and Fish, which serves seafood and meat dishes. The restaurant is a four-minute walk from the hotel. A 1.5-hour drive from New York City, the Holiday Inn Bridgeport is in the southeastern section of Connecticut. The 209 rooms in brown hues have leather furnishings. Complimentary Internet access and small sitting areas add to the room amenities. The nine-story hotel has an on-site restaurant that prepares seafood, pasta and steak dishes. The University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University are both within five miles of the hotel. This hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the Arena at Harbor Yard, one mile away.

New Jersey

Situated 30 minutes west of the Newark Airport, the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel is about a 40-minute drive from New York City. The smoke-free guestrooms, with a blue and tan decor, offer Internet access, refrigerator and two chairs in the sitting area. Pets are allowed in rooms, and pet beds are available upon request. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the hotel's casual Jester's Court serves American cuisine. The hotel also has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a sundeck and an indoor swimming pool. The four-story Madison Hotel in Morristown, in northern New Jersey, has crystal chandeliers, fireplaces and dark-tone furnishings. A 42-minute drive from New York City, the hotel is located near area attractions such as the Mall at Short Hills and the site of Washington's Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. The 186 rooms provide free Internet access and small living areas. The hotel's restaurant, Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille, has been open since 1935 and serves filet mignon, grilled salmon and Maine lobster.

New York State

Located in the Hudson Valley, the Hampton Inn Middletown is a 1.5-hour drive from New York City. The 127 rooms are decorated in light greens and whites and offer Internet access, kitchenette and weekly newspaper delivery. Suites include king-sized beds and separate living areas. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast and has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a business center with fax, printer and copying capabilities. The hotel is situated near 12 wineries including the Brotherhood Winery, 12 miles away, and the Warwick Valley Winery, 17 miles away. Riverhead is located along the shore of northern Long Island and only a 1.5-hour drive from New York City. The smoke-free Hilton Garden Inn Riverhead features rooms with kitchenettes, free Internet access and living areas. This three-story hotel offers a fitness center, indoor swimming pool and hot tub. For travelers with children during the summer months, the Splish Splash Water Park is one mile away. As of November 2010, this Hilton provides wine tour packages to the North Fork Wineries.

Pennsylvania

Take in views of Philadelphia's downtown area from the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia, just under a two-hour drive from New York City. This high-rise hotel is less than a mile from the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center and Liberty Place. Rooms include bay windows with views of the city, living areas and Internet access. The hotel offers on-site racquetball courts, organized sightseeing tours and an indoor swimming pool. Allentown is located in the northeastern area of Pennsylvania and a one-hour, 45-minute drive from New York City. The Best Western Allentown Inn and Suites is in the Lehigh Valley near the Pocono Mountains. The hotel offers 52 rooms and 25 suites with kitchenettes, complimentary Internet access and pull-out sofas; some suites have whirlpool bathtubs and king-sized beds. The hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and prepares a daily breakfast buffet. For visiting families, the Crayola Factory, 20 miles away, offers hands-on activities and live demonstrations on how Crayola products are made.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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