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“Great place to stay in a historic area”
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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Amador City B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in a historic area”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

We heard about the Imperial Hotel from one of the local wineries in the Sierra Foothill area. It is located in Amador City, a very small, interesting town. The owner met us on our arrival and checked us in, she was a very pleasant person. When we called to reserve a room, there had been two rooms available and we had asked her to choose the one she liked best. The room was great; large and filled with antique furniture, fitting the style of the hotel which was built in the late 1800’s. The room also had a door that opened on to a balcony running across the front of the building. It was a great place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the cars drive down the main street. The room was clean, well maintained and with a comfortable bed. There was a little noise from the traffic (early in the morning) and the plumbing (not unexpected for an old building).
We also ate dinner in the hotel restaurant. The atmosphere was nice, relaxing, and not at all noisy even though it was pretty busy. The wine list was good featuring a lot of the local wineries. The food was delicious with good presentation. I enjoyed the tasting menu which was very reasonably priced. The only negative was that some of the food was not as warm as I desired. The service was good and the owner came over and provided some fun information about the hotel’s history and recommendations on things to do in the area. The breakfast (limited menu but cooked to order) was outstanding, great pancakes. This is a great place to stay and especially given the history of the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Novato, California
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

I should have paid attention to the pevious reviews - but instead I let the hotel assign me the room. I was up on the hill in the cottages - which seemed actually good since I wanted to avoid traffic noise - BUT I did not expect to get a room that is basically windowless! If at least somebody had decorated the place, it could still be passable. it is the most uninviting place! How about a bit of color? A painting over the convertible couch in the entry way? A colorful bedspread? Anything to give this room some life!
The bathroom is fine - except when turning on the tap it gushed BLACK water for a while. In the morning it was only rust colored. Must have the most awful pipes in that place.

Cannot comment on the breakfast per se because we left early and the staff was nice enough to pack us some granola, yogurt and berries to go.

Room # 9 is absolutely not worth the price (you are in the back, don't even get to sit on the front porch) so be sure to avoid that. Wish I had paid attention to the reviews!

Room Tip: Do not accept room # 9
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Murrary, KY
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40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed one night (1 July) after leaving the Cal Neva at Lake Tahoe. The room was antiquated, which one would expect from an old 1860s restored hotel, but was air conditioned. A good breakfast of pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee was served in the dining room the next morning.
We were a trio, wife, grandson and myself. The room had a private bath and a 2nd story portch overlooking the main street of the hamlet. I especially enjoyed a bourbon and water on the balcony in the evening and coffee there in the morning. Overall, a nice stay.

Room Tip: Peruse the rooms carefully o n the internet. Not all ha ve a private bath.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2012
I'm glad this guest enjoyed sitting on the balcony overlooking out little town, but I do want to correct the comment about private baths -- all of our rooms have a private bath with either a shower or tub (two of the suites have spa tubs).
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Sunnyvale, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We spent the night here over memorial day weekend. This hotel is BEAUTIFUL! tons of character, friendly staff (most of them), great bar downstairs, awesome breakfast. Well thought out rooms.
We were with our little girl, but this is definitely a place for a romantic getaway. the restaurant also looks very inviting for dinner.

Two little bad points (notice the 5 stars though):
1. wireless didnt reach our room (#6)
2. shower doesnt have HOT water. it has very warm water. When we asked about this, we were told this was on purpose, so we wouldnt get burned when we showered. I've never been to a hotel with such a policy.

Other than that - perfect!!!

Room Tip: note the toen/ village itself is TINY - so if you don't want to drive out - the hotel is your on...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Driftwood, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2012

Great place to escape if you want to "be away from it all." No phones or tv. Historic old hotel. Wednesday night happy hour with live music. Full hot breakfast in morning. Close to Amador wineries.

Room Tip: Choose room 1 or 2 if you would like a balcony at the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2012

The setting is charming, the rooms in the main hotel glow with character, and breakfast in the dining room is pleasurable in every way, but be careful of your room choice. Rooms 7, 8, and 9 are in an architecturally undistinguished cottage up the hill. Ours (room 9) featured a broken window, a busted--out screen door, and a patio full of weeds. Definitely not worth $179 a night.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Skagway, AK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2012

They have a mid-week special of $160 for dinner/room/breakfast for two. It was really great - the service was excellent, very friendly and quick. The three course dinner was beautiful and absolutely delicious - I had their multi green salad and chicken marsala which was great. They have a full service bar too. We took a walk after dinner, the historic town is interesting, but it was all closed in the evening, too bad, I was in the mood to buy something!
Very quiet and very comfortable bed, view of the street from room 3. We were given a choice of rooms and they were all lovely - filled with antiques, but no t.v. which is a nice change. They do have wi-fi which worked well. I would definitely recommend this to our friends.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Imperial Hotel
Address: 14202 Old Hwy. 49, Amador City, CA 95601
Location: United States > California > Amador County > Amador City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Amador City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Imperial Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully restored historic California Gold Country hotel in the heart of Amador County wine country. This small-town bed and breakfast inn offers six handsome guest rooms and three luxurious suites, each with private bath and modern amenities. On-site gourmet restaurant and full bar featuring award-winning local wines. Close to golf courses, antique stores, fishing, skiing and more than 45 wineries. ... more   less 
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