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“Disgraceful” 1 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
Rocklin,CA
1 review
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“Disgraceful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is not quirky, it's not "a little musty", it is falling down and decaying. It's a crime that such a beautiful, historical place is being allowed to degrade like this. The carpets are filthy and buckled, the ceilings and walls are leaking everywhere, what could be beautiful old chandeliers are missing multiple crystals, filthy, and have ugly flourescent bulbs crammed in them. Some of the exposed wiring is most likely not even to code. The walls are either covered in stained, cheap, heinous, falling down wallpaper, or, in the case of one upstairs hallway, some kind of raw, unfinished mdf. While there are some antiques,when combined with the cheapest no-tell-motel crap and a liberal coating of filth, the effect is wasted. I would love to see some bored millionaire take over this property and retore it as it deserves, because that's what it's going to take to save it. As it stands now, I would not board my dog here.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Rating summary
  • 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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Auburn, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The location is great - staff was nice enough, and I was able to sleep o.k & am still able to review it
OK for a night, Hotel Impossible I am sure could come up with many ideas to improve - a little musty, carpets very old - sink was clogged & kind of gross, no cold water at the sink. But I knew what I was getting in for - On the plus a very cool balcony to look at Broad street - the upstairs "parlour" is kind of interesting - it is a historic place. the pool looked cool, but was closed AC sort of worked - TV had some channels on it - I was there to see a show & did not want to drive, and the National did the job. I would go back for the same reason

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Good prices. Hotel dates from the late 1800's. Nice room, tall bed, fireplace. Whirlpool tub, but very small. No elevator, depending on which entrance you use, lots of stairs. Right on the start of Old Town. Lots of shops and restaurants in walking distance.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Redding, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

If you like quirky,funky hotels with lots if historic charm this is the place for you. We loved having drinks on the enormous balcony that overlooks all of historic dowtown Nevada City. It's a bit run down in spots but if you dont mind a little adventure it could be a lot of fun.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atwater, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Always wanted to investigate this place! The National Hotel resides in the small Historic town of Nevada City, CA. The hotel was, surely a blast from the past. With lots of the original furnishings and photographs lining the walls, this place had the perfect setting for another one of my paranormal parties. Plenty of stories from the friendly staff. Decided to try room 51 for the night and set up my equipment. The night was relatively quite, except for some random K2 hits. Did get some interesting photos with a few orbs captured. Haven't had the time to playback all of my EVP recordings yet, but will keep you posted. Overall, the experience was pleasurable. Plenty of town attractions for some nice photography. I see a return visit in the future. :)

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roseville, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My husband and I had read in a travel book that the National Hotel was a "must see" and that the restaurant was the best place in Nevada City for a meal. Well, yes, if you want to see what the Old West must have been like, then this is the spot for you.The hotel is grubby; it needs a good cleaning and window washing. Actually, it needs about $2 million spent on rejuvenating it. The restaurant reminded us of a scene from a 1950's western movie, with some lovely oak mirrors but dirty tablecloths and tin cutlery that could have graced an 1849 boarding house. An ancient, moldy grand piano was at the entrance to the dining room, which was cavernous.

Surprisingly, the food was quite good. We enjoyed some excellent clam chowder and fish and chips. The fish was tender and fresh, and the chef does in-house breading and cuts and fries the chips. Really delicious. We were the only patrons in the dining room, and we noted that the chef came out to ask if we had enjoyed our meal. We said "yes," enthusiastically.
But the place did seem haunted. There were photos on the walls of George Custer's brother (I think). and the stairs leading up to the hotel rooms were dark, dirty, and unwelcoming. The restrooms were in need of a major rehab--yesterday. Whoever owns this hotel needs to look again at the business plan. It's a shame to let an historical treasure fall in such disarray. I noted that there have been various notes of strange voices and ghostly visitors. I'm not really convinced of such supernatural visits, but we did feel strangely creepy and left rather hurriedly. Go somewhere else for the hospitality of the town--that's my advice.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Northern CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Ok, went Christmas shopping with friends, wanted a unique experience & we got it! Lumpy tiny beds, cold water, semi clean & noisy! Incidentally, I'm not one for the far out, but I truly think there are spirits here! A good memory in a GREAT location. It truly is convenient for shopping Nevada City,

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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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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