What We Love
- Bucolic escape less than an hour from New York City, two hours from Philadelphia
- Award-winning seasonal cuisine from executive chef Corey W. Heyer
- Wine Spectator–recognized wine cellar and sommelier Terri A. Baldwin
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- No two rooms are the same
- The inn is better suited for couples
- Popular with business travelers during the workweek
- The three-story inn has no elevator
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A charming throwback to the turn of the 20th century, when New York’s captains of industry built lavish estates in the Somerset Hills, this lovely 1907 inn affords a slice of country charm. The Edwardian parlor, anchored by a marble fireplace, sets the scene for the 20 upstairs guestrooms, which are reached by a wooden staircase that has railings and balusters from the original Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Bed and Bath
Each of the guestrooms is individually decorated in a style inspired by the mansions that made these hills famous. For instance, Room 5 is dubbed the Westover and done in a French estate style in honor of the home of the same name built by descendants of Martha Washington and currently owned by Jeffery B. Haines, the interior designer who oversaw the inn’s renovation. Room 8 is named for and decorated in the style of Timberfield, a mansion owned by journalist and publisher Malcolm Forbes. Regardless of which room you book, expect vaulted ceilings and a country style, with antique furniture, four-poster beds and generously sized work desks. Bathrooms are all recently renovated and spotless; some have tubs, while others only showers.
The inn hangs its hat on its award-winning restaurant, and for good reason. Executive chef Corey W. Heyer’s progressive American cuisine mixes farm fresh produce and meat with modern preparations. Highlights include seared Hudson Valley foie gras with apple cider donuts and pumpkin puree, and roulade of Griggstown pheasant with foie gras, bacon, black truffle, chanterelle mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Sommelier Terri Baldwin oversees the inn’s impressive 14,000-bottle wine cellar, and her picks pair perfectly with Heyer’s creations.
In the Area
Duffers should pop into the United States Golf Association Museum, home to an extensive collection of artifacts from the great players of the past and current stars such as Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. Don’t miss the museum’s Pynes Putting Course, which recreates the renowned Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews, in Scotland. The nearby Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is a birder’s paradise where more than 145 bird species can be spotted, including the Mississippi kite, the belted kingfisher and Cooper’s hawk.
How to Get There
A family wedding was taking place at this inn and we were fortunate enough to stay at one of the inn's 20 rooms. I must admit that upon arrival, it wasn't what I expected. The on-line pictures made it seem like this inn was tucked away in the countryside. However, it's actually located on a very busy corner across the street from train tracks. When you walk inside, you feel like you've been transported back in time: large wooden fireplaces, plush high back chairs, colonial style furniture - old but inviting. We were a bit stunned to learn that the only way to access the rooms was via staircase which one could tag as added charm or an inconvenience. The rooms were comfortable and styled similarly to the lobby. Some of the furniture could use replacement (ie the desk chair in our room had many nicks and scratches and the seat cushion was noticeably stained). The amenities in the bathroom were nice and the chocolates on the bed in the evenings are always a nice touch. We did enjoy drinks at the inn's bar - nicely appointed. Overall, we had a nice stay with family and friends.
I absolutely love this hotel! It's historic, charming, clean, and well decorated. Plus, the customer service is 5-star. If you own a Tesla, there is a charger you can use overnight. We ate at the restaurant and were impressed. Our server, Michael, was very attentive. The food was amazing, both in presentation and taste. They also have an extensive wine selection. I highly recommend this hotel.
I recently stayed at the Bernards Inn on a business-golf trip as this was the nicest hotel near the course in North Jersey that I was playing (Somerset Hills Country Club) which was awesome.
The Bernards Inn is an old hotel - perhaps 110 years old. The rooms are large and nicely appointed. Big bathrooms, dressing areas, a big bed. It is three stories with no elevator for your information. My first room didn't have a working TV so they moved me to another that did. That room's phone didn't work but the TV did despite not having a "sleep timer" on the TV which would have been nice.
The hotel porter literally spoke ZERO english. When I asked him to get me a Diet Coke - he had me write it down on a piece of paper but did return with said liquid death (I should quit drinking that Trump-crap but I can't seemingly) for my enjoyment.
Where the bad rating comes from is that they INSISTED that I use their local car to take me to the golf course, which I did. 7:15 pick up. But the guy was late. Nobody in the morning staff knew about it so I called an Uber. Not knowing THIER driver showed up (I thought he was the Uber) and took me to the golf course for $30 (about a 10 min drive - thanks) thus leaving the Uber driver somewhat mad at me. I paid him for his time and tipped the Uber driver (I tipped the other driver as well) but the poor coordination in the morning was terrible.
More cheap labor was on display for their breakfast service. One guy was sitting in the fancy bar (where at night the bartender was EXCELLENT for the one drink I stopped by and had) and I ordered breakfast. He had a stock "no" answer for anything I asked for. Chicken or turkey sausage? "no". Iced Tea "no - we don't have that" (they have 5x of hot tea - they just wouldn't make iced tea) and so on. He brought my 100% uninspired breakfast and disappeared. Really poor service.
They charge in the high $200 to $300 range for this hotel and while quaint and historic - somebody is missing it with the service. They need a manager who can staff the place more with people like the bartender on at night.
I made arrangements to meet a friend at the bar here for a few drinks. The bar area is an inviting place to unwind and relax. The bartender was very helpful in recommending wines that we would enjoy. We decided to stay and eat dinner at the bar after perusing the menu. You must try the halibut over spinach and mushrooms. It had to be the tastiest fish I have ever eaten!
My friend enjoyed the cavatelli with tomato. The shrimp cocktail appetizer is a must as well. Large, super fresh shrimp were a great start to dinner.
This hotel is beautiful. It is on a historic site in a beautiful downtown area. I loved the service! I was given a welcome letter addressed to me upon check-in. Tip one: There isn't an elevator BUT someone carried my bag up to my room and downstairs upon check out. So even though I was on the third floor not having an elevator was not an issue for me. When I called to have my bag taken downstairs it took less than 3 minutes for someone to arrive to help me. This was okay for me but if you have difficulty managing stairs you want to let the front desk know this. I was there for a presentation and need 35 copies made. The front desk was kind enough to make the copies with no charge. I also had homemade cookies and an apple in my room each day no charge. When I asked for extra cookies they got me some! YUMMY! Tip two: There is a train that is right across the street so that might be an issue for some in terms of sleep. It did not bother me...but keep in mind I was there for work. I was up early each morning so if you want to sleep in. I ate room service and the first night I had a chicken meal that was ....only chicken...no real vegetable or starch...I was disappointed because I eat a lot. The next day I ordered a burger and fries and was completely full! I was disappointed that I had a tiny ironing board! I had a dress and it was really difficult to iron my clothes with this tiny ironing board. My bed was a bit small. Happy my 6'5' husband wasn't with me. I am about 5'7 and if I was taller my feet would stick out :) I did not like that my closet had no door. But otherwise I LOVED the room. It was really pretty! Tip Three the temperature is controlled by the front desk. But that was not a problem. I called once for an adjustment and it was perfect. This is such a beautiful inn. I LOVED those cookies....I am still thinking about them! The staff was kind and gave EXCELLENT Service!!! So I do feel like if you had an issue it would be handled quickly and professionally. I enjoyed my stay and would come back. My only worry is the train so I do wonder if certain rooms are more quiet? I also would prefer need a bigger bed and ironing board. Man those cookies, the wonderful service and the scenery would make me want to come back. If you LOVE historic hotels you would LOVE THIS! A friend asked if it was creepy (LOL) and it was not at all if you have that worry I felt at home as soon as I walked in. There is free parking around the corner from the inn