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“Cozy but next to highway” 3 of 5 stars
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109 Prospect St., Nevada City, CA 95959   |  
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Ranked #6 of 8 Nevada City B&B and Inns
California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Cozy but next to highway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The Red Castle Inn was an interesting old building built in the 1800's. It feels very Victorian while being cleaned and well maintained. The breakfast was rather high calorie but tasted good. I would have been very happy with scrambled eggs and great toast. The strawberries were sweet and delicious. The room we stayed in had a very high bed which would not be good for less agile people. There was a lot of noise from the highway but did't seem to disturb us. There were lovey red velvet curtains which blocked the noise and sound. It was a bit of a walk to town with six flights down and back up to the inn. It would have been nice if the inn keeper had more knowledges of the hiking trails.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We recently enjoyed a two night stay in the Red Castle Inn's Gold Room, located an easy 10 minute walk into Downtown Nevada City, and couldn't be more satisfied. Upon checking in, the innkeepers warmly welcomed us and made themselves available for dining and sightseeing guidance and then withdrew, making themselves unobtrusive. The inn is decorated in true Victorian style, which is to say a little cluttered. However, it's cluttered with fascinating things, like regional history books and documents, that guests may peruse to their hearts content. Breakfasts are prepared by a chef, who graciously accommodated our special dietary needs and visited with us on our first morning.

Since others have mentioned traffic noise, I must add that no noise entered the Gold Room, which is located on the back of the house. We also had a private veranda where we enjoyed our morning coffee before getting breakfast. We only learned after we went to Nevada City that The Red Castle Inn is thought by paranormal believers to be haunted and The Gold Room to be the "hot" room for manifestations. We can report that we slept peacefully, with no ghost sightings, movement of objects or any other evidence of "ghosts."

I asked my husband if there he could think of any improvements to our stay. He thought for a couple of moments and said, "More time there?"

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

What a relaxing and memorable stay! It's hard to believe that this historic site has been so authentically restored (with a few extra comforts added). We travel a bit and have stayed there on five different occasions (so we do like it very much) and each room is like staying in a classy period piece. Some rooms open to their own terrace and others open onto gardens. The breakfasts can be unique but are very enjoyable. The gardens are pleasant for visiting, reading, or just having a thoughtful moment. We've stayed in other Victorian-style bed and breakfasts in the general area of Nevada City/Grass Valley, but this is a clear favorite to us.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed here during some nasty rainy weather, but the Inn was warm & cozy. Our room had a love seat, a corner table & chairs and a gas fireplace. We sat in front of full length windows while reading and sipped tea/coffee duirng the elegant afternoon tea. The morning breakfast could be enjoyed in our room or visit with other guests in the main parlor. The food was exquisite (a mushroom suffle stuffed pastry, potatoes, fresh strawberries, etc. 2nd day steamed eggs, paperthin scallop potatoes, berry smoothie, pecan carmel pastry...all was delicious). The proprietors were friendly, the Inn clean, the shower was good size. The walk to town was easy, when we did go to town for dinner. All in all we would stay here again, hopefully during the warmer months and we can enjoy the garden.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

After reading some of the reviews we were a bit unsure about staying at Red Castle Inn, but boy were we glad we did! Staying there was almost like spending a few days in a museum after hours, but legally, without the fear of being busted.

The innkeepers achieved a perfect balance of accommodating a discerning traveler with the authenticity of how things were decorated in the 19th century. Everything in the house is authentic, down to the door knobs and floor boards. Sure, you will not find a mini bar or a TV in your room, but who needs that when you feel like you're back in the gold rush era? I'm not a history buff, but even I was in awe of the house and sensed all the stories behind the old photographs, tools, nicknacks and other wonders surrounding me. Luckily, Mary Louise, one of the owners, is a walking encyclopedia of stories about the house and Nevada City area and was there to answer all of our questions once we showed some respectful interest in learning about this unique place.

I especially liked that the owners were there when needed, but gave us plenty of room to enjoy the house by ourselves - another fine balance that is hard to find these days.

The rooms were outstanding, the beds were comfortable and I had a few nights of best sleep I've had in a long time. The inn is a short stroll from Nevada City downtown with many fine places to dine and wine, so not having to drive there was a major plus. A delightful breakfast every morning completed a perfect experience.

I am definitely coming back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

My boyfriend surprised me with a weekend at the Red Castle Inn, and it was very memorable and relaxing! What a wonderful gift! Mary and Connor are so nice and are wonderful company, and Marianne the chef was amazing-- I am on a lactose and gluten free diet, and she totally surprised me and spoiled me with wonderful gluten-free pancakes and delicious food that met my dietary needs! They all went above and beyond what I expected; Mary even had lactose-free milk for me at tea time! I also enjoyed the historic artificats and artwork decorating the walls. I hope to stay there again someday!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

My friend Kurtiss arranged our accommodations for one night at the Red Castle, so I had no knowledge of what the place might be like.

When the "Red Castle" came into view I was pleasantly surprised to see a beautifully restored 1860 Gothic Revival house--red brick with pointed arch windows, and "icicles" in wood hanging from the eaves. The white painted bric-a-brac showed nicely against the deep red of the bricks.

Our accommodations were in the garret suite consisting of east and west bedrooms and a common sitting area in between. The rooms were comfortable, clean, quiet and tastefully furnished.

A buffet breakfast was served at 8:30 am. We feasted on delectable mushroom crepes, an escalloped potato dish, and a to-die-for cherry cobbler. Fresh ripe strawberries were on the menu as well.

The proprietors were accommodating and gracious. They knew all about the history of Nevada City, and we had an interesting discussion about local architecture. The sitting room near the buffet contained some Renaissance Revival and Eastlake furniture accompanied by some slightly risqué Belle Epoque posters. Then there were small Bufano animal sculptures to be seen tucked away here and there. In other words, this is an eclectic array of wonderful things.

The grounds are lovely, too. Just simply walk down the path to the city sidewalk below and you're a block or two from downtown Nevada City itself.

It was a delightful stay and this is a welcoming venue to understand and appreciate Nevada City.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 109 Prospect St., Nevada City, CA 95959
Location: United States > California > Nevada City
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Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Nevada City
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Number of rooms: 7
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