The National Hotel

31 Race Street , Frenchtown, NJ 08825 USA (Show map)
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Experience comfort and luxury at The National Hotel, a historic property located in beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ's Frenchtown, a Delaware River community. It was originally built in 1833 as a stagecoach stop, rebuilt in 1850, and renovated in 2009. 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. Relax next to our wood-burning fireplace downstairs in the cellar pub, The Rathskeller Pub, catch the weekly Open Mic Night in the downstairs lounge, or make time to enjoy our other weekly and bi-weekly programs, including Wednesday Karaoke night and live weekend music. The upstairs Restaurant & Bar is comfortable and elegant, offering an upscale atmosphere that provides premium dishes with small plates and appetizers delivering exotic flavors and twists on traditional fare. Pair this with distinct wine choices and exceptional signature drinks, service, entertainment (Sunday Musical series) and familiar faces, and you'll be sure to come back time and again.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.4
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Should not be considered a B&B

2.0 on March 25, 2014

We knew that on weekdays a breakfast was not offered (a B&B for weekenders?) but not to be able to get a cup of coffee in the morning was more than disappointing. There is a restaurant so what would it take to set a table up with a coffee pot? We were told to go across the street to the gas station. Now- the room: it was absolutely stark. There was some structure that resembled a coat rack that was supposed to be a chair. I like to read in the morning while my husband sleeps and I prefer to sit in a chair. I explained this to the manager and he said he would change our room. He took us across the hall and it was exactly the same (maybe a foot larger but he was told that the "chair" was the issue). I reminded him of this and he stated that was all they had. By the way, we were the only couple there that evening. Wouldn't it have made sense to upgrade our room? The pictures of the rooms are lovely and there were actual chairs in other rooms unless the rooms were staged for the photos. The manager just didn't care. It was very disappointing.

Great Stay at Hotel

4.6 on February 24, 2013

Stayed at this quaint, beautiful hotel. Great service, rooms, atmosphere and entertainment. Will most certainly come back.


4.2 on September 08, 2012

The National Hotel in Frenchtown NJ is one of the warmest, friendliest and accommodating places you can stay. The staff is attentive to your needs. The restaurant has excellent menu options and the rooms provide a serene environment. We keep coming back, year after year. We tried Frenchtown as a weekend escape years ago and like the fact that it was as yet an undiscovered gem. Thank you Marlon for always making our stay enjoyable. See you in a few months.

Awesome Getaway

5 on April 27, 2012

This place was incredibly cute. The building has a really fascinating history, which the affable manager Marlon sat us down and shared. He's the friendliest guy in the world. He made us feel right at home in the hotel and the town, giving us the insider secrets on what to do and where to go. The food was fantastic (try the chocolate pie!), and the drinks were really affordable. Beautiful old hotel bar, and the rathskeller pub downstairs was so cozy. And look out for that big ol' bathtub jacuzzi!

Had a wonderful time - Love the service!

4.4 on November 14, 2011

I took my husband here for his birthday and we had a great time. We took the Loft suite and I told the General Manager Marlon the room look better in person then on the website. What I love about our room we had a separate entrance so it seems more personal. We felt our room a little chilly and Marlon turned up the heat and if we felt that wasn't enough heat (which it was) he gave us a heater. We ate in the dining area and the bar and the food was delicious. If you need a place to stay where the area is quiet this is the place. I do recommend one of the attractions there - Alba Vineyard. My husband and I had a great time at their wine tasting. We came late for the tour (to see how the grapes are taking off the vines and put into the machines)- the best time to go is Sept or Oct. to see this process. But our tour guide still took us around to see how they are put the wine into barrels and into bottles. I have to warn you after the tasting you will buy more than one bottle of wine. :)

Wedding weekend

3.6 on November 13, 2011

We booked the entire National Hotel for our wedding weekend. It was a wonderful weekend and our guests seemed happy there. There were a couple mishaps, though. Two weeks before the wedding I learned that our booking of the hotel was not on their schedule and they had given rooms away. It was their mistake and once they realized this, they corrected the error. They were apologetic and withstood my bridezilla moments quite graciously, which I appreciated. However, this was a major stressor that I did not need. Second, I requested that our guests be able to come back to the hotel and enjoy the upstairs bar after as an after-party. I was told this would be fine and the bar would be open until 2 am. However, when we got to the hotel for the after-party, the manager said there was no bartender and we weren't allowed to use the upstairs bar, even with our own wine/beer. We had to squeeze into a kind of dank room off the Rathskellar. I should have gotten this agreement in writing and followed up multiple times to make sure we could have the bar, I regret that. We had fun anyway. I should add it was the weekend of Hurricane Irene, so maybe they closed the bar early due to the impending storm. But whatever the case, they seem to have completely forgotten our verbal agreement. Besides those two issues, the staff was very helpful, accommodating and friendly. When the power went out due to the storm, they came around with flashlights. They allowed late check-outs because of the road closures. The rooms really are charming and the upstairs bar is beautiful. I definitely recommend the National. But, if you are a bride, I would be sure to get all agreements in writing and re-confirm, re-confirm, re-confirm (which you should do with all vendors anyway).

Perfect weekend getaway

4.2 on October 09, 2011

Celebrated our anniversary here the weekend of October 8th. Had a beautiful room and the personal service was excellent... had to make a few special requests which were fulfilled immediately. Enjoyed the live music and atmosphere of the Rathskeller Pub on Sat night! Would have liked additional furniture on the balcony, but what was available did suffice for our needs. Would definitely stay here again.

The National Hotel in Frenchtown, NJ

5 on August 18, 2010

My stay was for 3 nites and could not have been bettter! The room was wonderful, clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. The food and drinks in the dining area was supurb!! Everything was reasonable priced, the service was outstanding and I will come back again, this time bringing more friends! I would recommend this establishment to everyone seeking a fabulous stay in a quiant town. I will be back! Thanks Pete and Marlon!! Kathi Barrett Virginia

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Rooms & Rates

Double Queen Suite

Corner room, two queen canopied beds, full bath, writing desk, lounge chairs, access to the front porch

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Standard Queen Suite

Queen bed with double pillow top mattress and feather down comforter, full bath, shower, lounge chair, access to the back deck

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Queen Suite

Queen bed, full bath w/tub, semi private porch, rocking chairs, desk and lounge chairs

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Loft Suite

King bed w/canopy, full bath with stall, shower, desk, lounge chair, privacy w/separate entrance

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

King Suite

Corner room, King bed, full bath, Jacuzzi, two lounge chairs, large closet/dressing room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

King Room

Corner room, King bed, full bath w/Jacuzzi, tub, writing desk, lounge chair

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Newark, NJ (EWR) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Driving Directions from New York City Take the midtown tunnel to the New Jersey Turnpike Southbound. Take exit 14 for US I-78 heading west for 27.6 miles. Take exit 15 (Clinton, Pittstown). Turn left at the first light towards Pittstown. Turn right onto County Rt. 513 in Pittstown and follow the road to Frenchtown. The National Hotel is on the right at the blinking light. There is parking in the back of the hotel for your convenience. Driving Directions from Central New Jersey Take US I-287 North to US i-78 West. From south-central New Jersey, take US I-195 West to I-295 West which becomes US I-95 South. Take the last exit in New Jersey and follow County Rt. 29 North to Frenchtown. Turn right onto Bridge Street, then follow until the blinking light. The National Hotel is on your left. There is parking in the back of the hotel for your convenience. Driving Directions from Philadelphia Starting at Philadelphia, PA, begin on HWY 611 heading north. Bear right on HWY 263 heading north. Continue on HWY 202 heading northeast. Turn left on HWY 29 heading northwest to Frenchtown. Turn right in Frenchtown. The National Hotel is on the left at the blinking light. There is parking in the back of the hotel for your convenience.

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Ceiling fans, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities , private porches attached to several rooms, jacuzzi tubs in select rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, visit concierge pg on, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only The National Hotel is a non-smoking facility
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum is required for WEEKEND ONLY (and major holidays), or $30 fee.
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: A Deposit is required at the time of booking for one night's stay.
  • Cancellations: If booking is made less than 2 days prior to arrival, reservation must be cancelled 24 hours prior to arrival date, by 6 p.m. Deposit will be refunded in full. No refund if less than 24 hours. If the booking is made 2 or more weeks prior to arrival date, and is cancelled, full refund of deposit will be made if we are notified 7 days or more prior to the intended arrival date. Within 6 days of arrival, a cancellation fee of one nights stay will be charged. Less than 24hrs prior to arrival, no refund will be granted.
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Pete and Marie D'Costa & Marlon Aranha (General Manager)

Languages spoken

Hindi, English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

The arts, music, equestrian pursuits, agricultural society, airplanes, dance, culinary interests, and wine and beverage enthusiasts.

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baked goods, juice, coffee/tea

  • Cost: Weekends Only
  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:30 am weekends only
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

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