Located on the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey, The Lambertville Station and the Inn at Lambertville Station offer American cuisine and overnight accommodations for guests seeking a relaxing getaway. A destination known for antiquing, art gallery shopping, historic architecture and events, Lambertville attracts visitors from around the world – though it retains the quiet charm of a hidden gem. The town's best restaurant, The Lambertville Station, is part of the hotel, located in a restored 19th century train station. Considering its landmark status and beautiful atmosphere, it's no surprise that Lambertville Station's General Manager uses flameless candles. We chat with Jim Hall on their importance and share his tips on using flameless candles in the hospitality field.
Share some history about The Lambertville Station and what makes it special?
When railroads reigned, New Jersey's Lambertville Station was a hub of activity. The imposing two-and-a-half story stone station was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, the renowned architect who designed the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Completed in 1867, the station initially was the headquarters of the Belvidere Delaware Railroad which served passengers traveling on the local lines from Belvidere to Trenton. In the late 1800s, the Pennsylvania Railroad took over the line and instituted service to New England. In 1982, the current owners purchased the building and for fourteen months renovated and refurbished it, painstakingly preserving what could be saved. The massive exterior was totally restored to its original beauty. The interior became an elegant blend of yesterday and today. The bar area of the restaurant has evolved over time from a disco in the ‘80s to a night club atmosphere in the ‘90s and now the lower level of our building, The Wine Cellar, has become quite a hot spot in the area. I manage this new addition. The ambiance and small plates menu attracts a variety of visitors, and at any time of day, you’ll find business people, day trippers and shoppers.
How do you use flameless candles in your line of work?
The atmosphere in this unique space is enhanced by our use of many flameless candles nestled into stone walls and shelves. The lighting in the room is by nature meant to be dim with soft music filling the air and the warm feeling generated by the flameless candles is the icing on the cake.
How are they superior to burning candles?
It goes without saying that the flameless candles present no danger of fire in the room. We have never experienced a fire here and hopefully never will. There’s too much history and too many customers to take any chances.