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Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in New Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence
York, England
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“It was fine!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2008

We stayed here for about 15 nights over one month. It was fine ... but we had no car, so the fact that it was on a regular bus-route to the town-centre was a big plus. Also, we met some interesting people there.

Don't believe the other critical reviews! We were very happy there. people were friendly - not anonymous like so many US hotels. (I'm a Brit.)

  • Liked — Location + friendliness + best OK in New Brunswick
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2006

The University Inn is a good place to stay if you are coming to Rutgers for business. I stayed there one night while coming to campus for a meeting, and the location was wonderful. Besides that, however, well, it's hard to find good things. The few staff I interacted with were actually very nice and helpful. The physical aspects of the property left a lot to be desired though. The rooms are quite old and worn; the heating/air conditioning in my room was quite loud. For ice you have to go to the first floor, down a long hallway, through a couple of other rooms and eventually find the ice and one vending machine a good quarter mile from your room. While this is by no means a "nice" place to stay, it is a good value, convenient and easy place to stay if you are at Rutgers for business. Otherwise, you might do better elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2006

I stayed here for one night when I was deciding on grad schools and visited the campus. The dark brick walls and depressing vibe almost made me want to decide against accepting the offer from Rutgers, even though it was a really good assistantship offer. I have stayed at university accomodations at NYU, U of Wisconsin in Madison, and UCLA, and those were all great. Rutgers is not doing itself any favors by giving a first impression like this.

My room was okay. The inn backs up to some trees and a clearing, so be prepared for some possible wildlife noises. As I was walking to my first floor room, I heard a horrific yowling outside through the open hallway window from two raccoons or something that were fighting or mating or who knows what. I also had a huge centipede-like bug skitter out from behind the room's mirror.

The room was dark and the light by the front door was a bare bulb. The bathroom was clean. There were noticeable and very visible cobwebs hanging from the room's ceiling and walls. I believe you can get a Swiffer with an extension handle for not too much money, and I don't think a state school is *that* strapped, even in light of the proposed New Jersey budget cuts, that they couldn't afford a couple of those for their housekeeping staff. The free breakfast was acceptable, if a little stale. They didn't have a schedule for the school's buses, and I didn't have a car. If you are coming without a car, be aware that it's not close to the train station, and check the bus schedules since this area isn't served as frequently. There are no sidewalks to the bus shelter nearby.

Gloomy place, especially when compared to the light and airy rooms I stayed in at UCLA. I know you don't choose a school based on their on-campus hotel accomodations, but this isn't a good first impression, Rutgers. Spruce it up. At least bother to dust the cobwebs. I wasn't surprised to find out later that the inn has a place on the haunted campus tour.

If you can't afford the Hyatt and have to be in New Brunswick, this will probably be fine. But if you can spring for a nicer room elsewhere, you'll probably have a more pleasant trip.

  • Stayed May 2006, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2005

Friendly staff Great location to Rutgers Campus

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Additional Information about Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center

Property: Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center
Address: 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Formerly Continuing Studies Conference Center )
Region: United States > New Jersey > New Brunswick
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in New Brunswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center is located on the Cook/Douglass campus of Rutgers University. We welcome travelers visiting the Rutgers campus and the New Brunswick area. All visitors have access to the free inter-campus bus system from our parking lot.Just minutes from downtown New Brunswick, our location is quiet, yet convenient to dining, entertainment, and higher education.Sleep smarter at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center! ... more   less 
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