We had planned a two-night stay at South Lake Tahoe, but the first major storm of the season blew in a day early, so we fled the mountains for lower elevations. We really like Placerville, so after a late lunch we decided to seek lodging in town. We had walked past the Historic Cary House Hotel on previous visits so we headed there to see if a room was available.
The very friendly clerk offered to show us a couple of queen suites. We followed her and another party through the well-decorated spacious lobby up the stairs to the third floor. We looked at a couple of suites, but decided on what she referred to as the Cowboy Suite! Indeed, it featured rustic pine log furniture, cowboy prints and a lamp with a cowboy theme. What we really loved about the suite was that it had a kitchenette with a fridge for left-overs, lovely light due to windows on two sides, a super comfortable bed with nice linens, a clean bathroom and a view of Main Street.
The price was very good for our two night stay. We got a discount for being auto club members. In addition, the hotel provided coupons for free wine tasting at Synapse...right next door plus discount cards for nearby restaurants. Together with free parking in a city lot, our stay turned out to be a real bargain. The hotel provided coffee, juice and small pastries in the morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon.
People have mentioned the hot water issue and we didn't find that to be a problem on the third floor. We did need to let the water run a bit in the kitchenette sink to warm up, but the shower was fine. Also, the elevator is old and historic and very quaint. I chose to take the stairs, but my husband got a kick out of closing the gate to go up and down. It will only hold two people or one person with luggage, so that needs to be worked into one's luggage maneuvers. Since the hotel provides a loading/unloading zone right at the front doors, that was not a problem.
It was so much fun to stay in the heart of this lovely Gold Country town. We plan to go back very soon and are talking up the hotel to friends who enjoy the area.
Definitely a keeper for us!
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- Also Known As:
- Lexington Historic Cary Hotel
- Lexington Historic Cary Placerville