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20 Bayard Ln, Princeton, NJ 08540-3006
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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The Peacock Inn, a luxury boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Princeton, provides a sophisticated and stylish ambiance as well as one of the area's most elegant and exceptional dining experiences.The Peacock Inn is centrally located and convenient to Princeton University, Art Museum, McCarter Theatre, and Shopping in Princeton NJ. The Peacock Inn restaurant is considered a top 25 restaurant in NJ by NJ Monthly, and the top rated restaurant in Princeton by Zagat and Open Table.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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E T wrote a review Jun 23
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I called months ahead to make a reservation as part of a wedding block. After some confusion over the family's name, the reservation was made. This is a lovely boutique hotel on a very busy street (not a "lane") just off the main street of Princeton and easily walkable to town and the university campus. I am a single and was in room 208 which was very nice for one person, but would have been tight for two. The bed was comfortable and a variety of pillows was available. The bathroom was a generous size and although there was no counter space, there were two drawers and a shelf below the sink for toiletries. The shower was wonderful as was the heated floor. There was a bar fridge in the room, so I took bottles out to store the snack food I had brought. I learned the second night that there were blackout shades behind the thin shades that were visible. I was glad I had my earplugs because I could hear the small children in the room next door before I put them in to go to sleep. It was frustrating that, given the room, rate and 5-star rating, the TV only got one station (despite the fact that someone came in to "fix" it) and if there was wifi, it was so weak I couldn't download a book on my kindle and my phone stayed on LTE the whole time. Breakfast was a cold Continental buffet, but I overheard that you could request a hot asparagus fritata. It was lovely eating breakfast at a table on the lawn, despite the noise from the street. The valets were quick and amazing at how many cars they could park in the driveway. I checked out at 11:00 while there was a private brunch going on in the dining room and schlepped my own bags down the stairs (no elevator) before a nice young man was available to help me. He put the bags in my car.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Room Tip: Rm. 208 good for one person, would be tight for two.
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Gail wrote a review Jun 1
100 contributions89 helpful votes
Beautiful boutique restaurant in the heart of Princeton New Jersey. The food was delicious. We went there for our anniversary. It was a Wednesday night and the restaurant was full. We really liked the atmosphere. They have valet parking which was great. We split the Tomahawk steak, which is a bone in ribeye. I had their smoky old fashioned and it was so good. One of the best I’ve ever had. It’s definitely a fine dining experience.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Give yourself plenty of time. This is not an in/out restaurant. It’s a Culinery experience to enjoy.
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lbischof wrote a review Mar 2022
Princeton, New Jersey216 contributions79 helpful votes
Beautiful room and amazing dinner! PROS- *Gourmet dining and always consistent. *Beautifully decorated rooms with high quality bed and bath linens. *Walkable to all things downtown Princeton *Room amenities include snacks, variety of drinks and toiletries. *Bed was super comfortable CONS *Parking is right and valet service is necessary on weekends *No elevator *No full breakfast, however they do have a light continental breakfast which includes a variety of freshly baked croissants, cereal, yogurt, and coffee/tea.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Room 305 has a very nice rain shower with body jets, and large walk in closet.
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Mdgrl79 wrote a review Dec 2021
Phoenix, Arizona424 contributions283 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night during our recent trip back to NJ & NY. This hotel is very close to Princeton University and a variety of shops & restaurants. The location is excellent if you want to be near it all. Our room was rather small but definitely got the job done. The size of the room (and of the hotel, which is small) really gives it a European feel, which is a good thing! I wouldn't categorize this as a 5-star property, but I do think they have 5-star elements such as higher-end bath products (Molton Brown) and a well-stocked minibar (with typical 5-star prices!). Breakfast was so simple, but really great! I LOVED my almond croissant! This hotel is run by Ascend, which is part of Choice Hotels. Choice Hotels is probably my least favorite hotel brand, so I wasn't expecting much, but my expectations were surpassed. We definitely had a pleasant stay and would gladly stay again if we're back in the area.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Mama-cat-9999 wrote a review Sep 2021
Lexington, Massachusetts42 contributions46 helpful votes
We visited the Princeton campus and stayed at the Peacock Inn. The staff was ready to help at any moment and made us feel at home. The Inn is conveniently located within walking distance to campus and town center. We had a large family sized room with a huge shower with many jets.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled
ELFPDX wrote a review May 2021
Portland, Oregon76 contributions50 helpful votes
Room was very comfortable and all of the staff here were very helpful and friendly. The complimentary continental breakfast was perfect. Very fresh delicious berries with yogurt and granola and French pressed coffee. Only problem was graduation was the fourth day of my stay so the rates for the inn tripled for the the last night so it became unaffordable to stay here for the duration of my stay in town. Would have been nice if that were not so.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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CristinaP73 wrote a review Jan 2021
New York City, New York109 contributions129 helpful votes
This was our first time in Princeton and you can't beat the location to the University and Palmer Square area. Only steps away. The rooms are well appointed and the staff was friendly and attentive. They took great care of us. Nice feel and intimacy of a B&B combined with high-end contemporary hotel amenities and rooms. Due to Covid, instead of their renowned breakfast, we were served a continental style breakfast to our room which was still excellent. Loved the comfortable bed, bed linens and Frette robes/slippers. Solid water pressure in the showers too. The Molton Brown amenities would've been fine until I realized only too late that they put shower gel in the shampoo dispenser. Everyone wore masks and I felt comfortable regarding the overall cleanliness. Would love to come back when everything is normal and get another level from this beautiful place.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: If you need 2 rooms for your family, request in advance the adjoining rooms on the 2nd floor that...
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2 Helpful votes
Emily M wrote a review Oct 2020
Matawan, New Jersey15 contributions
We had a wonderful stay here. This place is the epitome of attention to detail. The hotel grounds are beautiful, staff is so accommodating, and we had the most amazing afternoon high tea service with delectable scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts that were exquisite both in taste and presentation. The outdoor dining space was lovely. Luxurious rooms and bedding. Excellent service.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled
Woah wrote a review Oct 2020
25 contributions26 helpful votes
Everyone from the Valet to the Housekeeping was a pleasure. There is a nice laid back feel to this well decorated and comfy B and B style hotel. Nicely located within town, and extremely charming. Bartender, Server, Front desk and Restaurant Manager all went above and beyond to make our stay one we will not soon forget. Wondering if the kitchen had an off night because it did not line up with the rest of the top notch experience, so looking forward to giving it another try.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: There is no elevator so guest who cannot climb steps should request a room as close to the ground...
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EKlein wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York3 contributions
I stayed in Room 304 at The Peacock Inn for 3 nights from September 24 to September 27 2020, and here were some of the plusses and minuses: PROS - Good location about 3-4 blocks to Palmer Square, which is the main town square in the heart of Princeton, NJ and well-located for the surrounding Nassau Street (main thoroughfare) restaurants, shops and Princeton University itself. - Well-kept small hotel / inn with charming rooms and a great staff. Kudos to Sean, Michael, Amy, Leslie at the front desk, and the hard-working housekeeping and maintenance staff. - Decent, diverse choices for the included breakfast every morning, although muffins were incredibly dry and needed to be wrapped further in saran wrap in order to avoid crumbling and lack of moisture. Wonderful fresh-squeezed orange juice, however. Brunch is available Saturday and Sundays indoors and out, as well as high tea on weekends. - Great-smelling Moulton Brown shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, although they were bolted to the shower wall, and you had to press 20 times just to get a handful of whatever you needed because the pump only eked out a little bit at a time. Scent was decidedly masculine, though; I liked it, but it’s definitely not feminine or even neutral. CONS - More than 75% of the Comcast basic and premium cable TV channels, including all of the Music Choice channels, returned a “channel not authorized” message because the inn’s owner is too cheap to pay for a Comcast package with more premium and non-premium cable channels, as well as the music channels. This is unforgivable during a pandemic with limited evening entertainment choices. - The noise levels early in the morning from the housekeeping staff, leaf-blowing maintenance guy outside and Bayard Lane’s surprisingly heavy, noisy big-truck traffic make it virtually impossible to sleep late, even on a weekend. Walls are quite thin, and you can hear TVs and doors of all kinds constantly slamming. Bring good earplugs - I recommend the blue waxy ones on that giant retail website that starts with an A, plus some over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones, or you’ll be sorry! - The shower controls, of which there are very many, have no indicators or markings at all, so it takes a long time or a maintenance staffer to figure out how to use them or adjust them for hot and cold. Bathroom floor and toilet seat can both be heated and temperature controlled. - All of the wall outlets in my room didn’t work to recharge my phone; only the clock and one outlet in the bathroom worked to do so. - Can’t recommend the high tea if you’re nervous about catching COVID from indoor dining. Lots of tables with people talking away at full tilt with no masks on as if the pandemic was a figment of someone’s overactive imagination. (200,000+ U.S. deaths at this point in time). Waitstaff said nothing to encourage mask wearing when guests not eating or drinking, but wore masks themselves, and no signs about mask-wearing were posted in the restaurant at all, other than the requirement to wear a mask when first entering the inn. - No trash basket in room, only in bathroom, which is very inconvenient. No pen, paper, and no notices indicating TV remote or phones or other items had been sanitized. - Be sure to check room’s mini fridge to ensure that what occurred in mine doesn’t occur in yours: someone had opened a can of ginger ale, drunk half of it, then stuck it back in the minibar in order to avoid the $3 fee. And yes, I’m a former travel writer, so the above represents both my personal and professional opinion.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Peacock Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Peacock Inn?
Nearby attractions include Morven Museum and Garden (0.1 miles), Princeton Battle Monument (0.09 miles), and Trinity Church (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Peacock Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Peacock Inn?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Peacock Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Peacock Inn?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Peacock Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bent Spoon, Halo Pub, and Jammin' Crepes.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Peacock Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Peacock Inn have airport transportation?
Yes, The Peacock Inn offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Peacock Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Princeton.
Does The Peacock Inn offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Peacock Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Princeton University Chapel (0.4 miles), Drumthwacket (0.9 miles), and Princeton United Methodist Church (0.4 miles).