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El Dorado Motel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   22675 Black Hawk Drive, Twain Harte, CA 95383   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Twain Harte
Northern CA
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Run for your life!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

The people were nice at check in, but that is the end of the positive review...it went straight off the cliff from there. Overpriced, Noisy, dirty...FREEZING COLD and after an hour of 51deg. in the room, we requested a plug in heater! Not very clean. Very Noisy with road noise and thin walls. Too bad these nice people didn't have a better facility...I won't be back. I can stay in a Day's Inn or LaQuinta way cheaper!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

Need a place to stay for last minute ski trip. No frill, fair value. This is an older motel with fresh paint and clean carpet.. Warm room even in cold winter. No problem with room and staff.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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159 reviews 159 reviews
85 hotel reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

This is a simple hotel quite well positioned for visiting Yosemite, though the park is well over 50 miles from the motel. The room had good facilities with tea or coffee maker, a fridge and micro-wave oven. Of course the village of Twain Harte is just a short distance away where there are bars and restaurants. Twain Harte is a bit off the beaten track and the motel has rustic charm to it though it remains a very simple budget hotel. The man at reception had trouble understanding English and also had some hearing difficulties, but was kind enough to change our room from the one we had booked on Internet.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

We needed a place to stay before heading out on a backpacking trip and this was the cheapest I found in the area for $69.99 on a Thurs. night.
We stayed in Room 4.
The Good-
It was clean
There is a ceiling fan in the room
There is a pool and spa
There was a mini fridge (no freezer inside)
There was a mini coffee pot (Farmer Bros. Coffee, I bring my own)

The Bad-
The beds have dips in the middle and you can feel the springs, in desperate need of replacing.
There was mildew in the shower on the ceiling
The pool and spa are only open til sunset
The walls are VERY thin and you can hear every car that passes by all night long as well as your neighbor sneezing, coughing and any other thing they might do.
There was a small tv, but it was mounted up at the ceiling and made it quite hard on the eyes to watch.
No wireless, no phone for that matter.


If it truly was $30 a night, then I would have been just fine with it, even $50 a night would be ok, but $70 plus tax was way too much for a motel of this quality.

The gentleman who checked us in was very friendly and I hope that they will see that lowering the price point would bring in a lot more than the few of us that stayed there that night. For the money I'll pay a little more and try somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

We stayed in Room 5.
If this was to be judged on service and willingness to do well, it would rate 5 stars. Unfortunately the new owners have inherited run-down accommodation which needs lots of money spending on it AND attention to small details.
Recommendation to stay is based on expectation that the willingness is translated into actual improvements, starting with replacement mattresses and more frequently maintained air-conditioning.
The Good:
Willing owners and staff, small pool, free parking, location in Twain Harte, inexpensive.
The Bad:
No Wi-fi.
Extremely uncomfortable bed with dip in the middle.
Window in bathroom cracked and stuck with tape.
No hangars in closet, no plug in sink, 2 light bulbs not working.
Very, very noisy air conditioning.
Shower, no bath.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Modesto, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Upon arrival we were about 45 minutes before check in time. The hotel staff welcomed us and for $10.00 more we upgraded to a room right next to the pool & Spa. The full kitchen was a plus for us because we saved money by going into town and buying groceries. The staff was extremely friendly and we were sad to go. We will be staying again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monterey, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

I've stayed her three times over the past 8 weeks, and the new owners make improvements every time. Great rates, owners live on the premises, so 24/7 help, comfortable no frills accomodations, clean, and pet friendly. A simple walk to downtown Twain Harte. Lovely pool and spa, and relatively quiet because the motel is across from the golf course. Refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker in the room. Great rates, and you couldn't ask for kinder or more helpful owners.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Dorado Motel

Address: 22675 Black Hawk Drive, Twain Harte, CA 95383
Location: United States > California > Twain Harte
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Twain Harte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Dorado Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the charming historic mountain town of Twain Harte. We are surrounded by pine trees, close to hiking and bike trails as well as local lakes, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, Black Oak Casino and other local attractions. El Dorado Motel is a short walk from the Twain Harte Golf Course and downtown Twain Harte. Clean, comfortable affordable rooms. Many room sizes available including some with a kitchen. All rooms have refrigerators, microwave, cable television, in room coffee, and free Wi-Fi. El Dorado Motel has an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. We are pet friendly. Recently remodeled - under new management. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Dorado Hotel Twain Harte
Eldorado Hotel Twain Harte

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