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
- Pet Friendly
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from her cosmetics brand in 2017, but she redirected her creative muscles to the hospitality scene instead—namely, an out-of-date Georgian inn purchased by her real estate developer husband in their New Jersey hometown.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
Great common areas and a comfy room. Overall, a friendly helpful staff.
Loss of one star for a less than friendly policy concerning their wine happy hour. Billed as a wine tasting from 6:30 to 8:00pm, we went to the library around 6:45 and a staff member was putting out a chilled Chardonnay and a red wine. I poured a modest glass of red for both my wife and me. Two other guests poured glasses of red. My wife and I sat enjoying the fireplace and were set to go to our room at 7:15 as another couple showed up. The red wine was empty so they asked at the front desk and they were told they were not opening another bottle. Really??
It would be better not to offer the happy hour than to skimp by providing one bottle for all the guests to share.
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the Harry room - best room ever! Easy to book, front desk was very attentive to my feather free request, and fun place to stay in the suburbs (near my client). On previous visits, Robin room was a bit tight, Oscar was more roomy. Nice bedding, bathroom very efficient and surprising quiet. Thanks again. Cheers to the staff.
The staff, well Kara, who is the ONLY staff I was aware of when I checked in, was AMAZING! She was so helpful, sweet, kind, and professional!
Now for the rooms. The lobby, library are beautifully decorated, warm and inviting. Loved the wine and cheese offered in the library in the evenings. Did not get a chance to experience the continental breakfast offered each morning, but the breakfast room looked lovely.
My first room, which was a standard room, was below my expectation. No drawers! I was there for 6 days so I didn't want to live out of my suitcase. I wanted drawers. There were none to be had. The bathroom had a nice enough sink area and shower, but NO hooks for towels, robe, shower caps, or whatever else you use bathroom hooks for. Speaking of robes, they were provided, which was nice. There are no closets. There are industrial racks to hang your clothes on. That was ok. Fit in with the boutique theme I guess. The "night stands" on either side of the bed didn't have drawers either. They had a very small cubby cut out on each night stand.
I loved the "name theme" of the rooms. Rooms have names not numbers. Each room had photos on the wall of the corresponding name. If you're in the James room, all photos in the room are of famous Jameses.
Upon sitting on bed after finally hanging everything up and putting toiletries and things away, the bed "fell" in at one area. It was broken. In order to contact the front desk, Kara, I had to either call from my cell, as there are no telephones in the rooms, only tablets, or use the tablet to reach her. I decided to go downstairs to see her in person. She immediately helped me move, with a luggage rack, to a king bedroom. The room was larger, nicer AND HAD DRAWERS! The drawers looked like a trunk with really cool lining on the inside. There were also hooks in the bathroom. JACKPOT, or so I thought. I've decided that either the bedroom is great and the bathroom is not or vice versa. Though this bathroom had racks on the wall, the sink and shower were extremely small. When standing at the sink, I couldn't lift my left arm or it would hit the wall! Also, the sink was so tiny, absolutely NO counter space. I had to put a towel on the floor, underneath the sink, so it would catch the water that fell when I washed my face. Very poor design. Also, since there was no counter space, I pulled in the little table that held the carafe of water and 2 water glasses to use to hold my toiletries, makeup bag, etc. There was nowhere to put things! Case in point, the nice Dyson hair dryer they provide is on the desk OUTSIDE the bathroom because there's NOWHERE IN the bathroom to put it! I managed - as the bed was very comfy and cozy and there was a lot of room in the bedroom area. Nice large tv with Netflix, Hulu, etc. Cleaning staff came each day to clean.
Security: Definitely needs improvement. Staff, I was told, leaves at 11:00 pm. NO ONE IS THERE IF NEEDED. I was told they could be there within 3-5 minutes if called. I don't know about you, but I like a hotel where there's someone I can reach immediately who is ON the premises. There are no peek-holes in the room doors, so of if someone does come to your room, you can't see them without opening the door. That could be dangerous! Also, since NO-ONE is there after 11:00 pm, if you order food, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE LOBBY DOOR TO GET IT. The front door is locked from the outside and can only be opened with your room key, so a delivery has to wait until you come open the door. Again, verydangerous!
Final thoughts: As with any place, there are pros and cons, but security is very important to me. I can say I stayed there, but will not be returning