The Madison Hotel

Morristown, New Jersey | C.1936

Photo Credit: Henry Wu

At the turn of the 20th century, millionaires and their mansions – 91 to be exact – filled the streets of Morristown, New Jersey at a record pace. With a booming industrialized economy in full swing, New York’s wealthy flocked to the nearby suburb to escape from the City’s hustle and bustle.

Along with the wealthy came their customs, their toys, and their influence on the economic growth of Morristown. Cars quickly arrived in the area – a new experience for the township that had been rural farmland – and led to the planning and paving of public and private roads. As the suburb grew, so did its appeal as a destination. Before long, The Madison Hotel was built. 

Established in 1936, The Hotel includes two restaurants, Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille and GK’s Red Dog Tavern, and has hosted the affluent for decades. Renowned for its opulent decor and old world appeal, the Hotel was designed in the Georgian style with a facade featuring a grand balcony and a central clock tower.

However, it’s the interior amenities that can transport guests back to the glamour of the Gilded Age – quite literally. The inside of Rod’s features polished brass details, rich wood paneling, and a stained glass skylight handcrafted more than a century ago.

Guests also have the option to dine privately inside a turn-of-the-century Parlour Car. With many of the same beautifully refurbished details, the car hearkens back to a time of great sophistication and elegance. Though formerly reserved for the rich and famous, today the refurbished rail car provides a one-of-a-kind dining experience for all.

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