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Mother Lode Motel

1940 Broadway, Placerville, CA 95667-9001
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#4 of 5 hotels in Placerville
Location
3.8
Cleanliness
4.0
Service
3.6
Value
4.1

Looking for a place to stay in Placerville? Then look no further than Mother Lode Motel, a budget friendly hotel that brings the best of Placerville to your doorstep.

Guest rooms offer a refrigerator and air conditioning, and Mother Lode Motel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including a 24 hour front desk. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Close to some of Placerville's most popular landmarks, such as Boa Vista Orchards (1.8 mi) and El Dorado Federated Church (1.9 mi), Mother Lode Motel is a great destination for tourists.

If you like diners, Mother Lode Motel is conveniently located near The Original Mels and Golden Waffle Cafe.

If you are interested in exploring Placerville, check out a park, such as Hangtown's Gold Bug Park.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Mother Lode Motel as you experience everything Placerville has to offer.

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Kari P wrote a review May 2021
Washington37 contributions24 helpful votes
We should have asked to see a room before paying. but the less time spent with the decidedly unfriendly owners the better. The room was so small that there was no room for even a single chair. The bed cover was old and worn thin. The carpet was old, worn and torn. The sink was vey slow to drain and the cross bar on the towel rack was missing. The wall had been patched but not painted. It was a cool night and the heater did not work. After the owner fiddled with it to no avail, he brought in an electric space heater. We asked if we couldn't just move next door. He said it was reserved. The next morning it was still vacant'' Be prepared to pay an extra $20 for a pet and a $50 deposit. Drive an extra 10 miles to the next town.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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John W wrote a review Oct 2020
Sparks, Nevada4 contributions2 helpful votes
The room #21 had the following issues: Drapes were broke (jury rigged it to have some assemblance of privacy), bathroom light did not go on, hole in the wall, etc... We also lost power at 615pm, guy came by with flashlight (was a candle with no matches. lol). So no A/C, no lights, no hot water (no showers). We still got charged a pretty price $77 +$50 (was suppose to be a deposit). So $127 total for a horrible experience... My advise stay away
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Lola lark wrote a review Oct 2019
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Absolutely horrendous. I'm travel here from Ireland and I have never experienced such vile staff, greedy and aggressive. After all my years traveling this is the rudest, most inhospitable place I have ever stayed. Places like this give small town America a bad name. You'd be better off sleeping in your car.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Suzanne G wrote a review Jul 2019
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This review is meant to be informative to others traveling in the same place. I am posting this at 3:30 am. Not a good sign. I am working class, the room booked using Priceline for $109 is now costing me $169, I usually use their competitor and have not ever had this problem. I will not use Priceline again. Lesson learned. As for the hotel itself? Because I am using their room, I will pay for the use of it. Between the smells of bleach and mildew, I have an awful headache, the bedding was really bad. I laid the towels on the bed to try to sleep. When I use the a/c a weird smell came through. The bathroom light did not work, toilet looked dirty. To me $169 is not cheap for a room and I write this purely to inform another from going through the same experience. If those things would make you feel like you were ripped off? Then Please learn from another’s truthful experience.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jan t wrote a review Sep 2018
Reno, Nevada16 contributions8 helpful votes
Our room was little little little, but clean. They love to take care of their flowers and bushes, but the wall around the pool is falling apart. Thought is was close to the center of old town, but was about two miles away. The front staff was ok friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Ryan M wrote a review May 2018
Irvine, California10 contributions37 helpful votes
I strongly suggest guest read the reviews before booking these rooms. The operators own both Mother Load Lodge and Gold Trail motor lodge. Both my father and I searched for hotels in Placerville via a simple Google search on the drive from SoCal. The prices ranged between 70-80 dollars. We booked a room via Expedia clearly indicating there were 2 guests. The charge was 88 dollars after taxes. We explicitly put in the notes that we request 2 separate beds. Upon arrival we were asked to stay at the Mother Load Lodge because they didn’t have two beds available at Gold Trail. We drove next store to check in. The total charge to my card was $157.80. They increased the price to $107.80 PLUS charged another $50 dollars deposit. The women was EXTREMELY RUDE and completely unaccommodating. It was to late (10:30pm) to dispute the charge and find some where else to stay. I gave them a two because the rooms were clean.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from motherlodemotel, Owner at Mother Lode Motel
Responded May 21, 2018
You have reservation for one bed and you want to change to two bed, one bed and two bed has prize difference, and you don't want to pay difference neither you want to sleep with your father. then why you have made reservation for one bed? When my wife show your reservation print out and explain prize difference you still pushing for two bed in same prize. Not possible with us. Thank you
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Patrick K wrote a review Nov 2017
Salinas, California20 contributions14 helpful votes
I come to the area several times a year for business, and I believe this is my fourth stay at this hotel. Hotel? Motel, l guess. Everything that you read about it in other reviews is true, my room was clean, but the front desk after I checked in was rude to the extent where I felt I was hung up on when I called to ask a silly question about how the shower control knob worked. Honestly, I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I found it a little confusing and the front desk person, whose name I believe was Rachel, responded very abruptly that the water was working and hung up! No mention of how to work the control, no pleasantness at all. After I checked in, this girl wanted nothing to do with me. Maybe she was just having a bad night, if things get better over the next day and a half I will make a note.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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jayandirene wrote a review Oct 2017
Manhattan Beach, CA38 contributions46 helpful votes
I had to go to the Better Business Bureau over this place. My wife and I were scheduled to stay there in May, but one of the people we were going to visit died. I asked for my deposit back, but the owner said they had a one-week cancellation policy and I had only given them four days. I told him I would take him to small claims court and he said "make my day." Small Claims court people told me it was hard to collect. So I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, explaining what had happened. They forwarded my complaint to him for a response. After a month, he had not responded, clearly because he knew I was right. It will be on his file for three years. Ask the BBB about the Mother Lode before staying there.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Room Tip: A good room would be one at another place.
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jolly5444 wrote a review Aug 2017
Brentwood, California21 contributions42 helpful votes
Fantastic! large, clean room in a quiet area. It was great. We had to be towed there and the local town truck driver tried to get us to change hotels and said horrible things about the place. The hotel refuses to rent to some of the locals that are noisy and destructive when they want to party there. Good! We would definitely stay at this place again. The woman at the desk was gracious and concerned.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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tscherck wrote a review Jul 2017
43 contributions14 helpful votes
We checked in and were not impressed with the cleanliness of the room. We noticed some people watching us go into the room. Later that afternoon there was a knock on the door asking if we were someone and they told a story of how they thought we were someone else. The pool was locked late afternoon and the attendant needed to unlock it. I named my concern about the gentleman at our door. He stated that he had someone come and ask him about us, describing us perfectly to him and he gave them our room number. We did not feel comfortable and requested that our room was switched or a refund based on the information that was provided. We were told that we were unreasonable to expect this and she would not refund our money and knew where we lived.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mother Lode Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Mother Lode Motel?
Nearby attractions include Hangtown's Gold Bug Park (2.3 miles), Boa Vista Orchards (1.8 miles), and Apple Hill | High Hill Ranch (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mother Lode Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Mother Lode Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Mother Lode Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mother Lode Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Heyday Cafe, Sweetie Pie's Restaurant and Bakrey, and The Independent.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mother Lode Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Mother Lode Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Mother Lode Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting J. Pearson Soda Works (2.0 miles), El Dorado County Courthouse (2.2 miles), and Druids Monument (2.3 miles).
Is Mother Lode Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.