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“Great stay in the Mother Lode” 5 of 5 stars
Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   19551 Hess Avenue, Sonora, CA 95370   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Sonora
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Great stay in the Mother Lode”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Another visit to the Sonora area and decided to stay at a new place I had heard good things about. Was not disappointed.
Check in was fast and friendly, and was provided free breakfast coupons for each of us for both days of our stay in the the motels adjacent restauarant.
Made mistake of not asking for a room on ground level before checking in as I found out shortly thereafter that hotel has no elevator to upper floor where room was located. Had great difficulty getting heavy luggage upstairs in the rain from parking lot (and back down when we checked out), and this would be my only complaint.
Room was spacious, clean, well appointed. Had flat screen TV, mini fridge and microwave.
Our room was exterior entrace from parking lot, which we prefer, but there are rooms with interior corridors if you prefer.
Pillows are rather large and hard, so it was hard for us to get comfortable with them.
Location was quiet and had a good nights sleep both nights.
Ate breakfast at adjacent hotel restaurant and service was fast, attentive, and food was ample/good tasting.
Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Quieter if upstairs but know there is no elevator available for upstair rooms, if that is an issue f...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Nice spot for a last minute get away, they have a special rate and package for the nearby Casino. Clean room, good service and free full breakfast! It is a typical chain type room, but comfortable, clean and quiet.

Room Tip: Stayed in the Executive Kings, in the back, 2nd floor, nice and quiet, pretty view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank 59Aly
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Enjoyed a very comfortable night's stay. Hotel is in a nice quiet location. Bed and pillows very good and excellent outdoors hot tub which we greatly enjoyed. Super breakfast with voucher served at restaurant across the carpark. Close to shops. Our only problem was with our Tomtom sat nav which could not locate it so had to drive around a bit to find it- it was not too hard. Staff all very friendly and efficient.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Washington
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I enjoy a quiet, bigger than a shoebox, comfortable room when I travel. This Best Western provided not only that, but a flat screen TV w/HBO, a microwave,a refrigerator and an excellant breakfast at their on site reataurant. All this included in one reasonable price.

Room Tip: I always request a room away from the ice machine, the elevator and the exit door.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Jim C
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Essex
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was my fifth hotel on my trip! I really liked it as it had a nice friendly air to it. My room was very clean and big. It was inside as opposed to some of the rooms - handy on a rainy night. To reach the bar and restaurant I had to walk across the car park but it was easy to find and no hassle. There was a nice welcoming atmosphere in the bar and restaurant. The food was very good - especially the cherry pie! It was good value too. On this type of holiday often most of the money is going on food. I don't mind if it's good though.One thing to note is that the restaurant closes quite early - about 8.30 - so late diners be aware.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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yosemitehotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for your feedback about the 8:30pm closure of our on-site family -operated restaurant; it is true that they close earlier than some others. In additional to the Pine Tree Restaurant/Lounge, there are many truly excellent restaurants that open a little later, including the Black Oak Casino restaurants. Our Front Desk team can guide you to your best choices in the area, and most are very close. I am also amazed that our small towns in this region have such a great array of fine and fun dining.

Thank you for making the Best Western PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference you choice. We appreciate you kind comments about the hotel and the restaurant/lounge.

Christopher Link
General Manager
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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is an excellent best western with a more than acceptable eatery next door (very like a Dennys). All the rooms which form a horseshoe back onto a secluded garden which has a hot tub and pool and each (ground floor) room has a patio with table and chairs.
Like staying here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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yosemitehotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
We appreciate your positive comments about our hotel and restaurant. As you noted, the restaurant is an excellent value with lunch and dinner, in addition to the complimentary Breakfast. Many guests compare it to a family-operated Applebee’s, too.
In addition to your wonderful description of the first building with the pool and spa in the park-like setting, we also have for other buildings that are nestled in the grove of ancient oaks. This was once an living area of Miwuk Indians and the Oaks were a source of food the tribe.

Christopher Link
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Ottawa, Canada
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61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We were given a very nice room as a free upgrade, which was nice of the staff. They also helped us use our BW cash cards to pay the bill (some places have trouble with the cards).
The Wi-Fi was fast and stable.

Breakfast was in a large Greek restaurant on site; you could choose one of four standard full breakfasts or anything on the menu with a credit of $5.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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yosemitehotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for commenting on our new wireless upgrade. We now have the maximum speed in the area for our guests.

The Best Western Travel Cards, Best Western Rewards and Best Western ICARE CLEAN are excellent required programs and our team takes then very seriously; we are happy that they were able to assist you with the “cash card” transaction.

I will pass your comments about a nice room on to our teammates, too. They love to hear your comments!

Christopher Link
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Address: 19551 Hess Avenue, Sonora, CA 95370
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Location: United States > California > Sonora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Sonora
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at this Sonora, California hotel conveniently located in the heart of Gold Country. Those in need of Yosemite lodging will not be disappointed at the Best Western Sonora Oaks! Guests will be a short distance from many landmarks and attractions, including the Sierra Railroad, Columbia State Park and Yosemite National Park. Guests will also be near Dodge Ridge Ski Area, Leland Snow Park and we are the closest hotel to Black Oak Casino. ... more   less 
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