About Us

Exeptional Hospitality Since 1833

Experience comfort and luxury at The National Hotel 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.

Discover the beauty and history of The National Hotel, recently renovated and recognized as an integral part of the historic and charming Delaware River town community of Frenchtown, New Jersey. Established in 1833 and rebuilt in 1850, The National Hotel was frequented by many historical figures, including Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley.

With its ideal location, nestled among quaint river towns such as Lambertville, New Jersey and New Hope across the river in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, The National Hotel is the perfect place to immerse yourself in a very special corner of beautiful Hunterdon County. Join us and rediscover a tradition of excellence that will exhilarate your senses as it caters to your every need.

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The National Hotel History

The National Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel where guests can enjoy comfort and casual elegance in stylish surroundings. The guest suites and rooms offer modern amenities, are generously scaled, and richly appointed with a focus on every attention to detail.

At the time The National Hotel in Frenchtown, NJ was built in 1850, there was a canal building boom occurring in the US. There were no cars, and trains were just coming into the horizon.The Delaware & Raritan Canal afforded many Frenchtown and area residents numerous reasons to enjoy the outdoors. Tourists came from far-away places for pleasure boating and recreational activities, making it a vital part of the community, but did you know that it was also an important supply route during the Civil War and the industrial boom of the 1870s. Even George Washington’s army is reported to have utilized this supply route during the American Revolution.

The National Hotel has quite a colorful past. It was originally built in 1833 and served as a stage coach stop and a brothel. The original building on the site was a smaller inn, called “The Sign of the Buck,” originally built by Samuel Powers.  It was later rebuilt in 1850, renamed “The National Hotel” or “Upper Hotel” by its owner, Robert L. Williams, when the railroad came to town.  The Postal Annex building was a blacksmith shop, hotel stable, 15-car garage, saloon and billiard parlor, horse shed, and restaurant.  Additions to the building were made in the 1890s.  The National Hotel has remained a charming hotel, restaurant and bar since the 1850s. It even boasts a friendly and inquisitive ghost, who (as the stories tell it), visits Room 304 and asks questions about technology: “How does the telephone work?” one guest reported.

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Marie D'Costa

Marie D’Costa heads our Marketing & Communications efforts. Marie’s love affair with this historic establishment began long ago, and has never wavered. From interior design decisions to managing marketing efforts, she has been an integral part of creating a welcoming and inviting anchor institution to Frenchtown. Her Spanish and Chilean heritage and her international travel experiences have also been infused into the fabric of the creative culinary process and exceptional hospitality offered.

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Chef Geoffrey Thomas

We are very fortunate to have talented chefs prepare dishes that continue to please our patrons. Executive Chef Geoffrey Thomas continues the tradition that Pete and Marie D'Costa established in 2009, sourcing locally, and using the freshest ingredients of our area, specializing in world flavors.  Geoffrey has been a part of The National Hotel since our doors opened in 2009, and through his work with other chefs at the helm, he has honed his skills through each unique challenge. Geoffrey brings an adventurous spirit to the eye and palate with color, texture, and flavor creating an all-sensory experience that melds well with that of the community in which the history of The National Hotel is so deeply embedded.  His ability to create visually exciting dishes that are intertwined with his spirit of adventure to fulfill the D'Costa's culinary goals, are an unbeatable combination.

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Pete D’Costa

Marlon Aranha

Our General Manager, will attend to every detail during your visit. Marlon Aranha joins The National Hotel after selling his restaurant in a Washington D.C. suburb, and previously managing the top and most prestigious Indian restaurant, Taj Palace, in Montclair, NJ for fifteen years. You are sure to notice his expertise, keen eye for detail, and management skills. Marlon has years of experience being at the helm of exceptional establishments, ensuring consistently superior quality dining moments and overnight stays. We think you too will agree.

Email him marlon@thenationalhotelnj.com for any specific requests.

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Pete D'Costa

Our talented kitchen staff is led by Pete D’Costa, who proudly leads our highly motivated culinary experts. Pete’s passion for guiding his staff while allowing them to be creative and develop seasonal menus that source the freshest ingredients from the area, allows him to bring to fruition the goal of supporting local and sustainable farmers. His Portuguese and Indian background inspires the direction he gives and he fuses that with his love of Spanish ingredients and traditional dishes. Every menu item is approached with a flair for interspersing authentic international spices into the dishes, ultimately creating a juxtaposition of flavors that stretch the guest’s palate for a unique and savory experience. Stop by to meet Pete or our staff, and see what special dish they can prepare for you.

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Meet The Staff