Peter Pan Motel – East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Peter Pan Motel, located at 1 Rutherford Plaza on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey was a fairly simple motel with a pretty great sign. Advertising itself as the last motel before New York City, the motel offered buses to the city and tours of the area. It appears to have opened in the mid-late 1950s.


4 miles West of the Lincoln Tunnel, gateway to Midtown New York on Route 3. East Rutherford, N.J. 2 miles West of NJ Turnpike Exit No. 17. 5 miles east of Garden State Parkway Exit 152. AAA Approved. A Superior Motel.
Each beautiful unit equipped with TV, radio, full tile baths, room controlled heat and air-conditioning. 10 minutes from Motel by bus to the heart of New York City. All NYC tours available at motel.

Apparently the Peter Pan motel was not very safe. Robberies seemed to be a common occurrence.

The Courier-News, September 3 1964

Peter Pan survived on visitors to the Meadowlands sports complex for quite a while. They were open most of, it not all of the 1980s. I think it closed in the early 1990s.

The motel was town down in the early 2000s. There is a Hilton and an office complex at the site now.

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  1. I remember this motel very well. The mirrors in the rooms were able to look into each room because there was a walkway between the rooms on the east and west side of the hotel. The managers used to watch you in the rooms while you fucked sucked and did all them other things human beings do. Found it because I was looking at the mirror and saw someone squeeze by the mirror and a creak behind the wall. Run by Indians but place was ok to crash for the night.

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