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“A quiet respite” 4 of 5 stars
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The Hotel Leger
8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mokelumne Hill
Sacramento CA
1 review
“A quiet respite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2007

I found this hotel online and tried to book a room. The booking site said rooms were unavailable but when I called they had rooms open. It was a quaint hotel in Gold Country in a building that is 150 years old. The rooms were simple but comfortable, nicely decorated and the staff was very pleasant. We were coming down to see a concert at the Jackson Rancheria and I wanted to treat my girlfriend to a unique stay. She enjoyed the atmosphere and the place was nothing like some of the negative reviews online. If you want a simple place to stay in a unique and historical setting I recommend it. The owners and staff were very nice and we enjoyed our stay there,

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Concord, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

I visited the Hotel Leger previously and really enjoyed it. The location was nice, the rooms beautiful and it was a great mid point for my trip. Going back up to Gold Country I was excited to get a chance to go back to this wonderful hotel.

Unfortunately things have changed quite a bit. I knew it couldn’t have been a good sign that they gave us ear plugs on check in and our breakfast was left in our room…two boxes of travel sized cereal (they didn’t supply milk or bowls in the morning to go with it).

The hotel was LOUD. There was a band playing in the attached bar that night and the walls of the hotel didn’t muffle it at all. On top of that the party spilled out on the street and we were treated to the “conversations” of many people including a couple that had just broken up and the woman was threatening to call the cops. On top of all these when the bar finally closed down those that were too drunk to drive themselves home were sent into the hotel portion of the building to wait for their ride where they yelled up and down the hallway about how drunk/drugged they were. That, more than anything else, was the most upsetting. The noise from the band and street were unfortunate but the fact that the patrons of the bar were shuttled into the hotel (which is a closed off section from the bar) where people were trying to sleep made it seem that the hotel just didn’t care about its paying guests. In fact, it really seems like the hotel is courting the biker crowd to fill the bar and bring in money rather than the hotel guests.

Unfortunately I will not be going back to the Hotel Leger, which is really too bad because it is a charming hotel, when it’s not overwhelmingly loud.

Just a couple of notes. I saw a review that said that there were no private baths. This is not true. Several of the rooms do not have an attached bath and the bathroom for the room is on the hall, but it is a bathroom designated for a specific room. The other rooms have private bathrooms attached to the room itself. Also, there is no breakfast provided, which is important to know because the nearest restaurants are in either Jackson or San Andreas (which doesn’t have much). The hotel had two carafes of hot water and some tea bags sitting out in the hallway and, as I mentioned earlier, they gave two boxes of dry cereal to each guest when we checked in, but nothing to eat it with.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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s calif
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

I previously enjoyed this place so much that I made a last minute decision to detour off the I-5 and stay overnight. Well worth a few extra miles for the change of scenery. This time I noticed how comfortable the bed was and how the room was so clean for a historic hotel. The gal at the front desk had a dinner ordered and ready for me, since the kitchen had just closed, and they set out a lovely fruit bowl and pastries in the morning for "Errol" and me. They warmly welcomed my African Grey parrot who was quite at home there too.

Stayed June 2007
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Fremont,ca
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

Seems our stay at the Leger was not as pleasant as those before us. It is true, the walls are paper thin and you can hear every little noise. You have to share the bathroom with 3 other rooms, so be prepared. Personally, I did not get any sleep. The bikers were out of control - yelling, pounding on the doors and walls and generally misbehaving like the hotel was their own personal "animal house". The only "ghost" we heard was a drunken biker yelling in the hallway "I am the ghost of 1851" at 1am. There was even a used condom hung on the doorknob of one room. To be fair, the grounds are nicely kept and perhaps if you stay during the week (NOT on Saturday night!), the hotel would be peaceful and quiet. Bottom line - if you like wild biker parties, rundown rooms and a sleepless night, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed March 2007
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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california
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2006

The Hotel Leger is a great place to stay, the rooms are filled with antiques and the beds are great. Their bar is like you'd see on the old Westerns, you half expect Clint Eastwood or John Wayne to mosey up and buy a round for the house!!
The restaurant is superb, normally we skip in-house eateries, but at the Hotel Leger, the food and service is top notch and the prices are great, in fact I think they are too low but they set the prices.
There are some great wineries nearby, right across Hwy 49 is the best kept secret in Moke Hill, its called French Hill Winery and they pair up with the hotel to do dinners and their wine is featured at the hotel. Ask for Denny or Rod, they'll treat you right.
All in all, we have stayed there 10X or more, its always fun and a great value for the price.

  • Liked — Historical rooms, great food and drinks
  • Disliked — Nothing, its a great place
  • Tips/Secrets — Eat at the restaurant and go to the nearby wineries
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2006

Hotel was very interesting but antique furniture in our room was broken, no fans in rooms and air was not working well, no glasses or ice bucket in room but were provided upon request. Pool was very dirty and non-useable. Other than these small incontinences, the hotel was charming; dining was excellent with terrific wines. The owners and staff did not spend the night at the hotel; we were the only people there. At approximately 2 A.M. a child was heard giggling. We may have heard from one of their resident ghosts.
We stayed in Room 2, which was constructed without doors to the balcony, which overlooked the town’s main street. To get on to the balcony, we climbed through the large sash windows the old fashioned way, through the approximately 18 inch thick wall. We had fun and expect to return, maybe to the room with the giggling next time.
If I could split the rating:
the furniture was a 2,
the remainder of the room was a 4 (large and charming),
the staff a 5,
and the restaurant a 5.

  • Liked — Charming, quaint, not cookie-cutter, different, eclectic, an adventure, no television or phones
  • Disliked — broken antique sofa and table
  • Tips/Secrets — There are no phones or television and few electrical outlets. This is an old building and has been kept in that flavor. Don't look for a modern hotel, this is an older building and isn't that why you are choosing it? Prepare for an adventure, not the norm. By all means stay at this hotel.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2006

My husband, 2 daughters (9 &12), and I spent the night at the Hotel Leger for one night in room #6 after a day at the California Caverns. The staff was very friendly and gave us a grand tour. The hotel is being renovated but many of the rooms are completed and professionally decorated. All antique furniture. Beds were comfortable and had quality linens. The hotel was built in the mid 1800's so expect "old and creaky". They displayed complimentary ear plugs on the nightstands with a simple explanation of "these walls are historical and very thin..." We were excited to stay in a "haunted" hotel, however we didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary (*darn*). There is a lot of history in the hotel and town of Mokelumne Hill, so the trip was educational as well. We spent the night on a Wednesday and the bar and restaurant were closed. We heard from locals that it's the best place to eat and drink when it's open (Thurs-Mon). We came and went as we pleased with a door code and room key. A staff member lives in one of the rooms so we weren't entirely by ourselves. We went to Jackson Rancheria for dinner (10 miles away). We awoke to coffee/tea/cocoa and granola bars. It really had a bed and breakfast feel to it. It was very reasonably priced. I highly recommend staying at this fine hotel.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245
Location: United States > California > Mokelumne Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mokelumne Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the oldest, and still operating, hotels built during the Gold Rush. 13 Antique-filled guest rooms, a full-service dining room open for lunch and dinner, and a historic saloon dating back to 1874. We have pet-friendly room, and there is pet-friendly dining available in the Saloon and on the balcony. Centrally located in the Gold Country on Historic Highway 49 - The Golden Chain Highway - with easy access to all of the sites and activities in the area, including hiking, golfing, fishing, boating, swimming, wineries, antique shopping, historic Gold Rush sites, casinos and more! Please let our Concierge staff help plan your intinerary. ... more   less 
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