Madison Hotel takes advantage of corporate neighbors

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- With many of the largest Fortune 500 companies located nearby in northern New Jersey, it is no surprise that 75% of the Madison Hotel's business is corporate. But the property also attracts businesspeople from New York City who want to get out of the urban environment and come out to the country, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel.

She said all 191 rooms were recently renovated, including the addition of new carpeting, wallpaper and interiors. Rates at the property range from $119 to $219. The facility has about a 70% occupancy level year-round.

The family-owned hotel started up in 1951, when Rod Keller Sr. opened a roadside restaurant. A second generation of Kellers completed the hotel in 1981. The hotel conjures up the Victorian era.

The adjacent Rod's 1890s Restaurant, which is an outgrowth of the original restaurant, also has been renovated. The gourmet restaurant is located in two refurbished train cars from the late 19th century. (Keller was also a railroad buff.) The 80-seat restaurant named after him has a prix fixe of $35.95, not including tip and taxes.

The Madison Hotel & Rod's 1890s Restaurant
Phone: (973) 285-1800

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