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.
- 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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