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from her cosmetics brand in 2017, but she redirected her creative muscles to the hospitality scene instead—namely, an out-of-date Georgian inn purchased by her real estate developer husband in their New Jersey hometown.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
My husband and I were really looking forward to our stay at The George. We checked in on Friday afternoon and it wasn’t busy (at all). We were told we could take the elevator or the stairs to our room but no one offered to help with our luggage. When we got to our room, I needed to iron my shirt but there was no iron in the room. There is no phone to call the front desk but a tablet to submit your inquiries and requests, I did that and my husband used his cell phone to call the front desk. After almost 20 minutes of trying with no response we were getting stressed out because we had somewhere to be. During this time we also discovered there were no towels in the room so my husband went down to the front desk to ask for towels and an iron. The woman at the front seemed almost annoyed when she came to deliver the iron and said she would look into why the message didn’t come through from the tablet but then would barely make eye contact during future encounters, never acknowledging or apologizing for the frustration it caused us. The person who forgot to put towels in our room said “sorry, I feel like an @$$#.!& but I’ll leave you a bad of goodies to make up for it” - I think she could have found a classier way to communicate that she felt bad for the oversight. The rest of the time there I felt we were ignored. Even checking out the woman at the desk didn’t say something as simple as “I hope you enjoyed your stay”, it was like she was annoyed at me that I had expected towels and a way to communicate with the front desk. She should have been embarrassed and making up for it as most establishments that pride themselves on customer service would. Instead she was rude and annoyed...and then they charged me for the breakfast they told us at check in was “complimentary”.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon, found lots of parking, and were escorted to our room, the Vic, by a most accommodating staff member. There were photos of 12 Vics on our wall; we could identify only Queen Victoria, Vic Damone, and Victor Hugo. But the front desk offered to dig up a guide to the others--and they delivered that to us at breakfast. And breakfast is a highlight of your stay here--that and the library. The offerings at breakfast include eggs; capers, lox and onion; bagels, French bread, pastries; cereal; yogurt; cheeses and a charcuterie board; espresso, regular coffee, and lots of teas. We loved our stay.
We wanted to really like The George - we had to go to a late dinner in Montclair and several people had recommended it, so we booked it. It's a pretty building, and the spaces and rooms, at first glance, are really attractive. But the devil is in the details, and that's where The George falls short. We booked a junior suite, which is not a suite at all, but a reasonably sized and pleasant room (though expensive for what it is). Just by way of example, the bathroom has a sink which is cool looking, but has only a narrow border around it on which you can set things down, and that was crowded with glasses and a candle and dispensers for soap and lotion, leaving barely enough room for a toothbrush. Just not functional. Our room (the Duke, main floor) felt very exposed, the windows facing the main entrance and the building next door - really no privacy unless the blinds were drawn. The blackout curtains didn't really work, still stayed fairly bright during the night. The acoustics aren't great - in the morning things got awfully loud. But still, there's something really charming about the place, and the staff was warm and friendly. It's very well located if you have things you want to do in Montclair. For a night, it was just fine, but really not great. For more than one night, I'd definitely look elsewhere.
Stepping into The George Inn is like being welcomed into the home of the most gracious host. The staff was warm and friendly, and the common spaces are beautiful and inviting. I visited on a cold, gray day, and the fireplace in the library was lit, there was complimentary wine and a tray of snacks on the coffee table, and I spent a very happy hour with a book and a glass of wine. So relaxing!
My room was equally wonderful. There was a sectional sofa with cozy pillows and great lighting, and a small kitchen area with a Smeg refrigerator, Nespresso machine, and a little sink. The bathroom was also well appointed, including a Dyson hairdryer. The bed was extremely comfortable, and everything was spotlessly clean.
The next morning I had to leave before breakfast officially started at 7:00 AM, but I went down to the dining room at 6:45 on the off chance something would be available. The woman running the breakfast service put together a delicious to-go box for me which was very much appreciated. This was my first time staying at the George, and I can't wait to return.
Unreal hotel and accommodations! After a grouling day in NYC it is really nice to relax in one of the coolest hotels I have ever stepped foot in. Highly recommend and can't wait to bring my wife back to stay!