The Peacock Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
What We Love
- Central location near the Princeton campus, green squares and buzzing restaurants
- The bar’s libations and small plates, enjoyed with a bevy of locals
- Hand-painted walls of “townie” scenes in downstairs Prohibition-era speakeasy turned private dining room
What To Know
- There’s no elevator, so it’s a climb to rooms on the third floor
- Pets are not permitted
- There's no lounge, so the front porch and bar are the only places to socialize or relax
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Housed in an 18th-century building that once belonged to Thomas Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Peacock Inn is a charming historic hotel within strolling distance of Princeton’s buzzing village scene. Reopened in 2009 after a three-year, tip-to-toe renovation led by interior designer Annette Palmieri, today the 16-room inn has a sleek, modern look with carefully preserved interior accents, including John Held Jr.’s witty 1920s caricatures, which hang above the fireplaces.
Bed and Bath
Spacious guestrooms have an unfussy contemporary style, with dark wood furniture and coma-inducing beds topped with Hollandia mattresses, Frette linens and Sferra blankets. Media systems include flat-screen TVs, Revo Internet radios with iPod docks, and free WiFi. The inn is suited to romantic escapes, but desks are there for business travelers, and some rooms have futon-type sofas. Bathrooms range from petite to apartment-size, but all have heated tile floors and separate glass and tile rain showers or Jacuzzi tubs. Other cozy amenities include cushy white Frette towels, robes and slippers, plus lovely Molton Brown products.
The lively bar, domain of gregarious mixologist Josean Rosado, becomes a buzzy evening scene for guests and locals, but don’t linger too long — the inn’s culinary standout is just across the hall. Diners book well in advance to feast on the signature dishes of Puerto Rican–born chef Manuel Perez (who cut his teeth at Manhattan’s Le Bernardin and Water Club restaurants), including gnocchi with wild mushrooms, and tasty salmon wrapped in filo pastry. The continental breakfast buffet of juices, yogurts, cereal, granola, fruit, home-baked croissants and muffins is free, as are newspapers and valet parking.
In the Area
Start your day in Princeton with a stroll through the town and campus, which are richly populated with Seward Johnson sculptures. Essential stops include the Princeton University Art Museum and the Princeton University Chapel — the third-largest university chapel in the world. Stop in the Yankee Doodle Bar in the Nassau Tavern on Palmer Square to check out the wall of vintage photos, and don’t miss the Einstein memorabilia in the back of Landau’s department store. The gorgeous Morven Museum & Garden showcases the early 1750s governor’s house morvenmuseum.com, and Drumthwacket is New Jersey’s official governor’s mansion. Grab to-go grub at Chez Alice or Princeton Soup and Sandwich, then picnic on Lake Carnegie, where the Princeton crew practices, or on the periphery of historic Princeton Battlefield, which was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
How to Get There
The staff at the Peacock Inn are exceptionally helpful, sincere, and welcoming - from the receptionists to the bartender to the grounds crew to the manager. Our room (304) was clean, spacious, and comfortable. The restaurant is re-opening tonight, and the excitement is palpable.
Pros: professional top-notch staff, modern furnishings, lovely front porch, walking distance to Princeton and Nassau Street, Molton Brown bath products and Frette robes and slippers.
Suggestion: mini-bar in the room or an honesty bar with snacks for hotel guests. If there was one, I didn't see it.
Thank you for a great stay, and we'll always come back to the Peacock Inn on trips to Princeton.
The location for touring Princeton University is great but check-in is late (4pm)
service is spotty ('hello,is anyone here?") and the breakfast buffet is bigger on packaged cereal than on the quality one would expect at this price. The rooms are up to date and attractively modern in decor. The restaurant and bar are supposed to re-open soon
Parking is very tight.