What We Love
- Free evening snacks, beer, and wine at the onsite library
- Casper mattresses in all guest rooms
- The playful hand-made crockery used at breakfast by acclaimed British potter Emma Bridgewater
- Architect Charles Van Vleck—a Rockefeller family favorite—originally designed the property in 1902
What To Know
- Continental buffet breakfast is included with the room rate
- Dogs are allowed, for an additional fee
- Though lunch and dinner are not served onsite, the front desk can provide a list of curated neighborhood picks
- Onsite self-parking is complimentary
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Montclair’s only hotel is a turn-of-the-century inn, slickly reimagined by makeup maven Bobbi Brown
Beauty mogul Bobbi Brown may have stepped down from her cosmetics brand in 2017, but she redirected her creative muscles to the hospitality scene instead—namely, an out-of-date Georgian inn purchased by her real estate developer husband in their New Jersey hometown. When it came to resuscitating the well-known property, Brown collaborated with a clutch of design-forward brands to source thoughtful in-room amenities, such as Dyson Supersonic hair dryers, Flanneur duvet covers, mini SMEG refrigerators, and organic toiletries that reflect Brown’s own squeaky-clean slant. No two of the 32 guest rooms are the same and are named (and lightly themed) after celebrities (“Shirley,” for instance, contains arresting black-and-white portraits of both Shirley Temple and Shirley Chisholm). For the English-accented public spaces—Union Jack flags, tartans, and stripes abound—Brown, a self-proclaimed anglophile, joined forces with furnishings giant One Kings Lane. The result is a photogenic and envy-inducing home away from home.
In the Area
Brown’s beloved hometown, one of New Jersey’s wealthiest, is just a 30-minute train ride from Manhattan. But given the area’s own eclectic arts scene—the Montclair Film Festival, a community-based affair, has attracted attendance from stars like Claire Danes, Rachel Weisz, and Jeff Daniels—guests may decide to stay local. They won’t even have to hop on the New Jersey Transit for a memorable meal: a clutch of inventive area restaurants ranging from Cocina Candela (a Nuevo Latino spot) to Egan & Sons (where the organic pub fare includes a leafy-green ode to Brown herself) ensures visitors are well-fed.
How to Get There
If you need a pet friendly, and unique B&B meets chic boutique vibe this is your place. Cannot day enough good things about how the staff treated us and Winston ! Highly recommend Duke room right off lobby. Sitting area and fireplace are awesome. The dog bed, bowls, could easily walk him in the neighborhood too. Also as a lover of old homes and classic decorating they did it right top to bottom. Loads of little fun touches you’ll notice. 5+ stars !
I echo all of the comments about the spectacular décor and attention to detail at The George. You still need hotel staff to ensure 1) the customer is greeted warmly, 2) amenities are readily available, and 3) the property is organized and white glove clean. I rated The George five stars primarily based on the engaging staff at checkin/checkout and also based on the staff I did not encounter (e.g., housekeeping).
I did my research on The George, and also research on the surrounding area, so I knew what to expect. Admittedly, the kind staff and being completely comfortable during my stay were more important and memorable to me.
There was plenty of free parking at The George, and this was also a benefit. I drove to Church Street Plaza to eat, but I would have walked if the weather was warmer.
Yes, I will reserve a room at The George the next time I travel to the area.
Our arrival was met with kindness after enduring the 2 hour journey across the GW bridge from Boston; an arrival that was punctuated by grace every minute that followed. Not a single moment did we feel dazed and confused! It was a perfect escape.
The George is a pretty, hip, boutique hotel that my wife and I stayed at overnight when we needed to be in Montclair. The room was comfortable--the bathroom had terrific amenities (to the point that we bought the hand soap and bath gel) and a comfortable couch. Breakfast buffet was nice if slightly limited, and there wasn't a full-length mirror in the room. But the staff was helpful and lovely in answering a couple of questions we had. Very comfortable, would go back.
Its a beautiful building but instead of being as traditional outside as inside, the rooms are more like a New York west village bedroom with brick walls and high concept furniture. My room, the Martha, was very small, but stylish. The woman at the desk gave suggestions and you can order in food ( I did, Indian) but there are no real amenities in the building itself. There is a nice tablet but I never did figure it out.But if you need a lot of help this isn;'t the place for you. I couldn't stay for breakfast but I understand it is very nice. It has a European feel- you either like that- or you don't.