Talk about a cool bit of history. This hotel was not my first choice as I was looking for an inexpensive place to stay during a weekend trip to Placerville. I couldn't find one so I decided to stay at the Cary House for not much more than the name brand hotels. Am I glad I did.
Just walking down the alley at the side of the hotel felt like walking through a bit of history. The building was 4 stories of solid brick and sits right on Main St of old town Placerville. The lobby was full of cool little period artifacts (ok, the piano was not so little) and almost felt like a museum. The elevator is extremely old and won't hold more than a few people but it's all part of the experience.
The rooms are apparently all different and decorated in Gold Rush era furnishings. I got a small room in the front corner of 4th floor. It was more than adequate for me but probably small for 2 people or more.
Now for the spooky part. Apparently this place has guests that never quite left. A quick websearch will tell you more about this. The building originally only had 3 stories so I guess none of the unexpected guests made it to my floor but there was definitely a bit of a creepy vibe when I took the stairs to the lobby.
All in all, a great place. Lots of antique shops and restaurants within walking distance. Wineries and apple orchards just a short drive away. I would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Lexington Historic Cary Hotel
- Lexington Historic Cary Placerville