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“The bar in the National Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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211 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959   |  
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Nevada City
Salmo, Canada
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“The bar in the National Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

My girlfriend and I were visiting Nevada City in October, and on a Saturday night, we had left a restaurant but wanted to have an evening beer before heading to our rental cottage. Alot of the local bars were filled with young folks, so we decided to go to the old historic National Hotel . When we got there, they had kareoke night going on, and the audience were an assortment of all ages and all kinds of outfits, from Civil war look, to sporting cowboy hats. The ceiling has coloured Christmas tree bulbs hanging from it, and it was just like being at my local village pub here in Canada. Very different atmosphere. The woman serving the floor patrons was very friendly and helpful with directions etc. One of the men who got up to sing had just performed at the Nevada Theatre, so he was a professional from a group in Oakland , and he was good. All in all, it made for a unique experience if I do say so and our evening ended up having more fun!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Walnut Creek, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

On a recent motorcycle trip from Lake Tahoe we decided to stay in the fantastic Nevada city....we didn't have reservations at any hotels/motels so we decided to look around. The hotel is in a prime location with easy walking to bars and restaurants etc. we decided to look at the rooms available before committing.....thanks god (or whoever you believe in)

I would term this hotel as derelict !

It is absolutely filthy and disgusting, I wouldn't let my dog stay in such a @¥it hole.......they couldn't pay me to stay in any of there rooms.

We decided to stay in the northern queen motel....a clean and quiet room at a decent price.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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West Sacramento, CA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

So much potential wasted by the current owners. It's filthy and not kept true to its original charm. Balcony and pool were both closed due to disrepair. The mismatched carpet must date to the 1970s and probably hasn't been cleaned since. Linoleum in our bathroom was warped and peeling. Bed was horribly uncomfortable.

With the right investors this place could be turned into a spectacular gem. Many of the locals warned us not to eat in the hotel restaurant too, for health reasons. I really hate seeing historical buildings becoming decrepit and neglected. Nevada City is such a wonderful old mining town.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Prescott, AZ
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

I am a fan of historic hotels, and love the uniqueness of my stays at these places. However, the National needs refurbishing, particularly the beds and mattresses. It's kind of important, eh? I can live with the musty smell and tired decor, but a good night's sleep is essential ! No amenities other than soap, kitchenette completely empty of anything except 3 water glasses (hello, coffee mug and water kettle?), and to top it off the night desk attendant was not pleasant to us in dealing with a billing issue. The one thing the place has going for it is the location. I think we can do better.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Sacramento, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

There have been stories told by those in the community for years about the ghosts in the National Hotel. Don't believe it? Go upstairs at night and walk the halls. Listen. Look. Then go to the bar for the best Scotch in town.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Broadbeach, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This was our 2nd time staying at this hotel. No, it's not a 5 star hotel it's more than that. It has history and character from the Gold Rush days. If you're expecting the conveniences of hotels of today then this hotel is not for you. The best part is going outside on the balcony and watching the events on the main street. You can walk every where.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Such a shame.
It's a beautiful location, right in town & a beautiful old building with lots of history.
However, I would guess the last make over was during the 1950's.
OMG, dark, dull, tired - our first room didn't have a shower. The second room the shower over the bath worked fine, but the water didn't drain quickly enough and the bath filled up!
And the retailers in town all apologised when we said where we had stayed!!!!
This place is desperate for a refurbishment.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 211 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Location: United States > California > Nevada City
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Nevada City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 43

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