20 Rooms / 2 Suites
In the heart of New Jersey’s bucolic horse country, the distinguished charm of The Bernards Inn recalls an English country house hotel. A landmark in downtown Bernardsville, adjacent to upscale shops and restaurants, the circa 1907 inn is a short walk from the New Jersey Transit train station, making it a popular weekend destination for Manhattanites as well as a sophisticated respite for business travelers. And thanks to its beauty, it’s a popular choice for stylish weddings.
In warm weather, a broad, plant-filled veranda facing the street is a prime spot for sipping cocktails and people watching from umbrella-shaded tables. Stepping through the old-fashioned revolving front door and into the lobby of The Bernards Inn, you enter a gracious environment where cozy wing chairs flank a large fireplace and a wide, creaky staircase leads to individually decorated guest rooms on the second and third floors — each one named for a nearby mansion such as Timberfield and Westover. Antiques, chintz fabrics, traditional oil paintings and lavish displays of fresh flowers create an atmosphere of understated luxury, reflecting the surrounding area — one of the most attractive regions of New Jersey.
Just off the lobby, the inn’s restaurant is popular with locals for drinks at the clubby Library Piano Bar, celebratory dinners and Sunday brunch. A polished service staff sees to the needs of both hotel and restaurant guests with good-humored grace, furthering the hotel’s appeal as an elegant, yet unstuffy destination.