• East Coast's first MC Hotel Honors area's art, culture, creativity

     
    POSTED November 13, 2019
     

The MC Hotel, Montclair, New Jersey’s first full-service hotel since 1938 and Aparium’s first East Coast property, brings a translocal approach to hospitality with a spotlight on the city’s wealth of arts, culture and creative spirit.  

From fine art and sculpture to music or the culinary arts, “we’ve tapped the local creative community to bring art in all forms to every part of the hotel. Our overall artfocused program is inspired by the Montclair community’s artistic roots,” says Director of Sales Jennifer Varua.

Artistic expression can be found around every corner in The MC’s public spaces, which were designed to emulate gallery spaces, including a locally curated collection of paintings, installations, a 30-foot mural by world famous illustrators Ruben and Isabelle Toledo and paintings of Montclair’s surroundings created in the style of ancient Indian miniatures by local artist Siona Benjamin.
 
“Locally inspired art is also showcased in our event spaces and the hotel’s eclectic décor represents the mix of cultures found in Montclair,” says Varua. The hotel’s designinspired aesthetic also features a warm gray-green color palette inspired by the city’s natural landscape to create a calm retreat in its 159 guest rooms and suites. 

With nearly 8,500 square feet of event space, The MC also offers art lovers plenty of space to meet and celebrate, including the 3,320-square-foot Exhibition Ballroom, which features walls of windows, 12-foot ceilings, and the Alto indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge—one of the only rooftop spaces in town. Located at the highest point in the city, Alto boasts lounge-style seating, live music and sweeping city views creating the perfect backdrop for events for up to 300 guests. Allegory, The MC’s on-site restaurant seats 95 and the adjacent lobby bar seats an additional 40 guests.

Groups can also work with the hotel’s staff director of lifestyle to coordinate group activities from coffee tasting lessons with local coffee roasters to art classes from local artists, in addition to the hotel’s rotating calendar of events. 

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