Smaller regional meetings in less expensive cities are de rigeur today and as a result, mid-size cities with walkable layouts and unique, authentic experiences are coming on strong. Montclair, NJ is one such city. A possible alternative to New York City as it is a simple train ride away, the city is about to see its first hotel open since 1938, The MC hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
The MC will be located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road on the western end of Montclair’s central business district. A suburb of New York City, Montclair is located approximately ten miles northwest of Newark International Airport and 13 miles west of Manhattan.
Driven by a millennial mindset, attendees want to get out of the venue and explore the host city. Mid-size cities are shining in these situations as similar to Montclair, they often have smaller, more walkable city layouts.
It will include 151 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar, farm-to-table restaurant, a 12,000-sq.-ft. conference and event space, as well as a public art atrium and plaza. It is the first the first full-service hotel to open in Montclair since the Hotel Montclair closed in
“Montclair has long been known as a cultural destination where visitors can experience the best in art, music and fine cuisine,” said Montclair’s Mayor Robert D. Jackson in a statement. “The MC boutique hotel will soon afford visitors and locals the opportunity to take advantage of all we have to offer with an extended stay at a world-class hotel in a culturally rich and vibrant community.”
Other features will include a lobby library and a fitness center. An express elevator will take visitors up to the rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Manhattan to the east and the Eagle Rock Reservation to the west. An outdoor public plaza connected to a two-story glass atrium creates a four-season gathering place for the community.