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“A Place of Great Charm and Character” 5 of 5 stars
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The National Hotel
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   31 Race Street, Frenchtown, NJ 08825   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 2 Frenchtown B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Place of Great Charm and Character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I have been back and forth to the National Hotel in Frenchtown from mid-August to mid-September this year and have been very impressed with the attentive and personable service. The rooms are comfortable and appointed with sturdy antique furniture from the 19th and early 20th century--mine had a beautiful sleigh bed very like Emily Dickinson's. And the bathroom was modern and very clean. The staff are uniformly courteous and professional.
The hotel was built in the early 1830's and has a colorful and interesting history. Even with a tasteful modern renovation it still retains the charactor of a frontier hotel that hosted (and continues to host) many famous people. Be sure to have a drink at the lovely bar and ask the wonderful and attentive manager Marlon to tell you his interesting stories of the place. There are many. Though this was a business trip for me, my husband and I are planning a trip back just for pleasure.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are a bit quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
We are so grateful for your candid and complimentary review of The National Hotel. Knowing that you enjoyed your stay with us while attending to business matters--and that you plan to choose us again when you return with your husband to make it a non-work related travel experience--is a joy to read on TripAdvisor. Having Marlon as our GM and knowing how committed he is to ensuring an exceptional experience for our guests, always fills us with pride. And yes, there are MANY stories about this wonderful historic establishment, and it gives us great pleasure to continue to hear that our staff, from our front desk and housekeeping to our Restaurant servers and Bar or Rathskeller bartenders, are all dedicated and focused on making sure that every single guest has the best possible experience while visiting us. Thank you for this wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you back to The National Hotel, be it business or pleasure. Thank you again!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Frenchtown New Jersey
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Annie Oakley drank here- Rod Stewart was a regular in the Rat which is the bar in the basement. Upstairs is the the National Bar- ( us locals call it the Nat) bar where you never know who will be there -locals or the rich and famous. Adjacent to the bar is a very nice dining room. A great establishment which always offers good food and drink. There are also 10 nice rooms. Great place to check out when in the area.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! You captured the essence of The National Hotel beautifully & we hope you'll continue to return & enjoy its charm, history, the new menu, signature drinks, & all the new programs that are featured every week. We are so grateful to you & so many who share great stories with us of the memories they create each time they visit. Thank you again.
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Cape May Point, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We stayed there a month or so back and were very disapointed in the room. Very dated is the best we can say. Noticed how low the bed sat and realized it was a matress on plywood, no box springs. Jacuzzi tub was filthy (the staff did clean when we complained). None of the blinds on the four bedroom windows functions so we were unable to let in light. Dead paper bugs on one windowsill (saw this in another review). The windows didn't function either. In the tissue dispenser was a rool of toilet paper rather than actual tissues. Old worn carpeting bunched at the seams. Lightbulbs burned out in two lamps. The Rathskellar was not what I expected, more of a basement bar space for young people. The restaurant was ok, the food average to slightly above average and the server very nice. The one positive was the tavern area...that was nice. The place seems to be living on past laurels...They're the only game in town....if they don't remedy their problems word of mouth will do them in. Oh and the guy weedwacking at 6:45 am across the street on Sat morning really didn't add to anything. Not the hotel's fault but I didn't notice anyone address it since it was still going on when we left to go out to breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
This is very surprising to all of us, because when you stayed with us, our General Manager made sure to walk you through the room’s amenities, and showed you the Jacuzzi tub, which was spotless, as well as showed you the bed to make sure it met with your approval. We do this as standard operating procedure for our guests’ benefit, and also for ourselves—to make sure nothing could prevent our guests from having an enjoyable escape from their daily lives. Each of our rooms is different and although the majority are Queen and King size beds with box springs, we do have a couple that are platform beds with special mattresses that do not require a box spring. As is our current policy, our General Manager always accompanies incoming guests to make sure that the room is satisfactory, as some have access to our back porch, some face the front of the building, etc. Our goal is to make sure that our hotel guests always receive the best attention possible. He also always walks the guests through the different items in the room, be they curtains or blinds, TV remotes, AC unit, etc. In particular, we make sure to indicate to our guests that our windows are original to the building and in order to maintain the room temperature desired for comfort, only the blinds/curtains should be opened. As is customary in our procedure, our General Manager specifically recalls going through this with you at check-in, and showing you how the blinds worked. In addition, all of the lights are turned on before a guest checks in, to make sure the room is bright and comfortable. I certainly wish that you would have called our front desk to let them know that 2 bulbs burned out; we would have replaced them immediately, as we have a supply closet that is always stocked. Again, your statement is very surprising to all of us who have reviewed your account and gone back through our records, especially because our General Manager recalls checking with you later that day and at the time of your check-out to make sure everything met your expectations—and he was told yes. Nevertheless, I am grateful for your feedback, because it allowed us the opportunity to reassess our procedures, continue to promote a team spirit among our staff, and recognize the importance of continuing to adhere to our established procedures, so that when such comments are made, we can respond with full certainty that the room was beyond reproach at the time of check-in. I am also at a loss for words on how to respond to your comment about our cellar tavern, The Rathskeller Pub. It is a multi-generational gathering spot for local residents and visitors to our town—an open, welcoming, and lively tavern, that offers live music with no cover, on 2 – 3 nights of each week. We do have young patrons in their 20s, but on any night of the week, you’ll also find patrons in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s—and even 80s! Everyone is embraced and welcomed. And to your last comment about the weed-whacking across the street: I am truly sorry if that ruined your stay. As you said, that is not something that we control, but I did speak with them and they assured me that they never weed-whack that early—and we ourselves have only witnessed this being done well into the late morning hours. I do appreciate you pointing that out, though, because it allowed me the opportunity to chat with the business from across the street and continue to forge relationships in our town. Feedback is always important. I do hope that the next time you are in Frenchtown, that you visit The National Hotel again and that we have the opportunity to talk in person.
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stopped in on Memorial Day. Sat outside on their beautiful porch, had a great beer and cocktail and a horrible burger. The food sounds amazing in this menu. But if you can not make a good burger?!? The meat had zero seasoning, lettuce and tomato. I could have gotten a much better burger at 5 guys! Such a disappointment.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sparta, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My wife and I recently married in Frenchtown, NJ and rented out nearly all of the rooms at the National hotel for our wedding party to stay over night. Oh yeah, that's how good it is and we drove 70 miles to be there. Just visualize the setting as a flash-back to the turn of the century at a hotel that welcomes its guests with a warm and cozy appeal. The front porch is pefectly situated beside the bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and casual dining at bistro tables that have a front row view to local activities. The rooms are charming, service impeccable, and the pricing very affordable. It's definitely worth the visit if you're looking for a romantic weekend.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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River Edge
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Stayed at the National Hotel for a girls night out. Very hospitable and welcoming. Spent some time at the local winery a 5 minute drive from the hotel. After winery parked car in back and walked into town to do some shopping. Quaint town very friendly people. Ate dinner at the hotel the food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The restaurant is very comfortable, since it was a nice day we ate outside. Later sat on the upper terrace with some evening cocktails. The room was spacious two queen beds and large bathroom. Nightlife was just as fun. Basement bar with great band. Will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kingwood, New Jersey
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I recently stayed at The National Hotel in Frenchtown for a one night Girls get away. We stayed in Room 203 which has two queen beds and is upstairs on the right if standing in front of the hotel looking up.

Check in was very easy, the gentleman was extremely nice and promptly showed us to our room.
Beds were very comfortable and clean. Room has a TV and a DVD Player and has good space.
Bathroom was outdated and in need of a facelift. This room has just the shower, not the tub as well.
Some of the accessories in the room needed some updating as well, the foot stools at the base of each bed had been worn so much they were broken open at the bottom. Not a big deal just not visually appealing.
The website notes you have access to the front porch which is true but I mistakenly thought that meant you had a door from your room to the porch. Everyone has access basically to the front porch. You access it through one door on the second floor, so it is neither private nor unique to this particular room rental.
Since the hotel is also a restaurant/bar it can be noisey at night outside your room. I travel with a small sound machine and it was good enough to drown out most of the noise. You can't expect quiet when you are renting a room above a tavern basically. So take that into account if you are an earlier to bed person.
The hotel is an excellent location to all Frenchtown has to offer. The Frenchtown Cafe or the Lovin Oven are great for breakfast, you can walk about 7/10ths of a mile up to Bamboo and have Thai/Sushi - very good food, not great ambiance but clean and nice service. The Frenchtown Hotel and National both serve food and are both good. You can also walk to Euphoria Day Spa which is one of my favorites. Great massages by both Beth Ann and Priscilla.
The hotel has coffee/OJ and muffins in the morning downstairs as well.

All in all, it is a great location just needs a little facelift.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 31 Race Street, Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Location: United States > New Jersey > Frenchtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Frenchtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The National Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience comfort and luxury at The National Hotel from richly appointed and unique rooms in which to relax and escape today’s pressures, to our quality dining choices, where a friendly and attentive staff can help you unwind as you enjoy local flavors of the area, and end your evening in The Rathskeller Pub downstairs. ... more   less 
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