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“Nice idea, but don't do it.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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City Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Columbia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice idea, but don't do it.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

People around Columbia, CA were thrilled when the historic City Hotel opened again after a few years of standing empty. We used to love going there. That's why I took a friend from Nebraska for 2 nights just after Thanksgiving. Sadly, NOT a good idea. The new ownership/management takes off at 5, leaving no service until about 8 the next morning. The rooms were very cold with s-l-o-w space heaters provided but not turned on for our arrival. I'm sitting in my room in a fleece jacket after this heater has been on for 2 hours now.
Our room (6) was above the bar last night, & it was so loud that we couldn't read a book, let alone sleep.
The staff are nice enough as individuals and try their best to accommodate & please, but there seems to be no (or bad) leadership from the top. I will never, never stay here again-& that's a shame because I wanted it to go. For me it's back to the Columbia Gem motel, where service & attention is valued.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Columbia_Hotels, Public Relations Manager at City Hotel, responded to this review, December 10, 2014
Campervann, I am so sorry to hear about your terrible stay at the Columbia City Hotel. I would like to personally invite you to come back and stay one more time. The hotel is now under new management. We have installed brand new heating and air conditioning in each of our rooms. Our bar and restaurant are also presently closed until further notice, so you will not be kept awake all hours of the night. Please give our hotel another chance, and give us a call at (209)532-1479
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

The best part about the City Hotel is that it is right in the middle of Columbia State Historic Park, a living Ghost Town. The hotel has been very well renovated and has good sized rooms with a comfy bed. Best part was that the rooms had a small bathroom with toilet and sink...rare for a hotel of this age and style. Once the State Park closes, there is not much to do but wander the closed up town and hang out in one of the three Saloons/restaurants...but even that was fun. Plus you practically have the whole town to yourself! Great place for history buffs and photographers.

Suggestions for improvement:
The shared shower rooms (one person showers in the hallway, shared by all rooms) need to get renovated badly. The shower floors were stained and appeared dirty, the shower head has seen better days and had horrible water pressure, and the room overall felt dingy. I wouldn't look forward to showering there again.

The included breakfast was not served on time. After repeated requests by several of the guests, coffee was finally brought up an hour or more after the stated start time, with the food another 15 - 30 minutes behind that. The food and coffee were good, and the continental breakfast is substantial, but if you are on a tight schedule, don't count on it being on time.

All in all, I would stay here again, or give the sister hotel down the street a try.

Room Tip: Look at the room map, and pick one that is not over the Saloon! Much quieter at the back of the hote...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: City Hotel
Address: 22768 Main St, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, CA 95310-9401
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Location: United States > California > Columbia
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Columbia
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Columbia City Hotel and its sister, the Fallon Hotel, are authentically restored 19th-century country inns. All rooms are elegantly appointed with Victorian antiques, custom crafted wall coverings, and beautiful lithographs. Each hotel has a sitting parlour where you can peruse books and magazines, or participate in one of many board games. While both hotels stay as faithful to 19th century decor as possible, modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing, heating. And air conditioning have been added. Each room has a half bath, and a shower basket and robes are provided for the trip down the hall to the shared shower rooms. There are also three charming cottages- a one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom- each with a full kitchen, fenced yard and DVD player. ... more   less 

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