Nassau Inn

About Us:

With its blend of historic charm and contemporary comfort, guests discover the modern sophistication and amenities worthy of downtown Princeton’s only full-service hotel. The Inn’s size is the first of many pleasant surprises to come. Each of the 188 guest rooms and suites is adorned in simple yet chic color palettes and appointed with Wi-Fi Internet and flatscreen HDTVs with On-Demand movies.

Corporate functions, weddings and social gatherings of up to 300 guests are effortlessly hosted in 10,000 square feet of well-thought-out event space filled with natural light. The Inn’s business center and fitness facility are open 24 hours to accommodate today’s around-the-clock schedules, while the legendary Yankee Doodle Tap Room serves creative gastropub cuisine indoors by the grand stone fireplace or out on the bustling sidewalk patio.

Our Palmer Square location is best discovered on foot, with everything there is to see and experience just steps from the Inn. From the moment you arrive, the Historic Nassau Inn, Hotel merges timeless warmth and hospitality with the fashionable style and personalized service of today’s best boutique hotels.

Our Story

The original Nassau Tavern at 52 Nassau Street was built in 1756 by Judge Thomas Leonard, who spent the last years of his life in view of the college he had helped bring to Princeton. When Judge Thomas Leonard passed away in 1759, his elegant residence became a hostelry, which was called College Inn by its new owner. The Inn’s first proprietor was Christopher Beekman, whose natural talent as a host soon established the Inn as the center of the town’s life. Wine and argument flowed freely in Beekman’s taproom, or drinking room, where his wife helped tend the punchbowls. Students and townsmen were treated to the news and opinions of honored guests such as Paul Revere, Robert Morris and Thomas Paine, who stayed the night more than once. In 1775, the Committee of Safety met at College Inn, and a few weeks later, delegates were stopping overnight on their way to the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Signers of the Declaration of Independence, passing through Princeton in 1776, rested at College Inn. As the war began, military men took the place of travelers. Officers of the Continental Army, as well as the British and Hessians (depending upon which side was in possession of the town), found solace in the taproom offerings. Months later, the Battle of Yorktown and the signing of the Peace Treaty were properly celebrated over College Inn punchbowls.

When the Continental Congress met in Princeton in 1783, the national celebrities of the day were guests of the Inn, which was just a few steps from the historic session in Nassau Hall. At the turn of the 19th century, Christopher Beekman and his wife, Grace Otis Beekman, retired. John Gifford took over the hostelry, changed its name to Nassau Inn and hung a sign picturing Nassau Hall over its entrance. The 52 Nassau Street establishment closed its doors in 1937, when it had become evident that the town and the University needed a larger, comfortable, and more modern hotel, one that would preserve the traditions of “Old Nass” while providing suitable suites for travelers and college guests. The construction of Nassau Tavern, which was eventually changed to the Nassau Inn, on Palmer Square was the result.

When it comes to describing the Nassau Inn, it could be said that the myth has been modernized. Our charming stone façade gives way to a spacious, stylish hotel awash in boutique comfort and sophistication. It is a place where visitors can host a cutting-edge sales presentation or gather ‘round the massive stone hearth for cocktails and conversation as Paul Revere and Thomas Paine did at the original 52 Nassau Street location nearly 260 years ago. Some might find that a glass of wine, a good book and an overstuffed couch in the parlor are all the nightlife they need. Others may ask us to reserve them a table in our beloved Yankee Doodle Tap Room Restaurant or help them plan a chic, stylish wedding for 200 family and friends.

(pictured: Director of Rooms, Nick Ballas & Director of Sales, Mariela Blanco)

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Address 10 Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ

Phone 609.921.7500