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“Dive into the 1850s!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 4 Columbia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bellingham, Washington, Usa
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Dive into the 1850s!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great hotel--very friendly people, comfy beds with giant headboards, beautiful antiques, quiet. (And we were told the place is haunted by a nice lady ghost.) Really cool to plunge yourself into the Old West Gold Rush experience. Staff gave us the code & demo on how to unlock front entrance to let ourselves back in at night--when we had the town nearly to ourselves! It was great to be in the center of town, walk to everything, no car traffic. Next day--gold panning, visit authentic displays of 1850s life, stage coach ride, old-time family portrait, and Sarsaparilla. (Yum) Our room did have air conditioning (control panel only allows down to 70), and does have WIFI! Plus robes, and disposible slippers. We had a bathroom, but showers down the hall--two seperate, locking rooms. We enjoyed our visit!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Santa Cruz, CA
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119 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

As others have said; this is a hotel that tries to look/feel like an 18XX era hotel. OK, so no TV, phone, etc, but the air conditioning works great. Wifi also worked fine. Read the other reviews and decide if a little adventure is what you want. You and the other guests are likely to be the only ones in "town" after the saloon closes. 95% of the town closes at 5PM - 6PM. The front desk will not be staffed in the evening, but when they are there, they are very friendly and helpful. The shared shower worked great; the continental bfast was on time and yummy. But getting in and out of the hotel at night might not be what you're used to, and in a few small ways, the experience is unlike anything else you'll get in the US. But we really enjoyed the antiques, the balcony off room 1, and the feeling that we were in a different era. It's a nice complement to the town itself.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 open out into the balcony in front, but they both have only double beds. If you want...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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CA
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72 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage just off the main street area of the State Park. We were able to park and were just at the edge of the pedestrian only area. The cottage is clean and simple and has a full kitchen and a fenced in yard. Perfect location for the town and for the Gold Rush area sites and a short drive to Sonora. It was extremely quiet the whole time we were there. We would stay there again. There are a few drawbacks: There is no maid service, which was expected, but we were expected to really clean up the place when we left - even mop the floors.The cottage is huge,renovated, and comfortable, but has a very inefficient layout that doesn't make use of all the space. It only has a double and 2 twin beds. The place could easily have a fold out couch in the living room and even a futon in the mud room. We would have paid more to allow the whole family to stay. As it was, my bro's family stayed in the Fallon and we socialized and ate in the cottage. The store next door was open until 6pm and the small saloons were open until 8 or 9, but seemed to be the gathering places for colorful locals. We did enjoy our stay, but I want to give an accurate picture of the place during slow season.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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sunnyvale, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Let's be honest...how often to you get to stay in a period hotel in a restored gold mining town, at a reasonable price? We loved the quaint rooms, furniture and wallpaper. The staff were great and very responsive. Just let them know what time you plan to arrive so they can help you plan your arrival. If you are looking for a fancy, modern hotel with all the amenities, this may not be for you.

The breakfast was good, and much more than expected.

We loved the town, museum and historical exhibits. Kate's Tearoom and El Jardin are both very good restaurants there. We stayed Sunday-Monday, and the town was quiet (in a good way) on Sunday evening and Monday.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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tulsa
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We recently stayed overnight at the City Hotel in Columbia. It is truly a trip back in time!
Be aware.. there is no telephone in room, no television in room, no one in service at night, and you must go down the hallway to shower. We were given a key to the main door of the hotel with special directions as to how to get in after 9:00 p.m. All that having been said, it truly is an experience. You are back in the l800s. So if you want peace, quiet, and trip back in time, go for it!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank maxine m
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Clovis, California
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312 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Fun, back in time place to visit. Hotel was originally built around 1870? 10 rooms, double beds with 1/2 baths. Private shower rooms just a few steps away.No phones or televisions to maintain authenticity. Wi-Fi is available. Continental breakfast served every day. Restaurant downstairs has excellent food. Old world, 19th century ambience is maintained everywhere. Want to get away from it all? This is the place.

Room Tip: Choose the balcony rooms, there are only 2 that face out on to the main street. Everyth\ing closes e...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Tracy H
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Ceres, CA
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Hotel is tired. It was clean. Bed was a full size and very uncomfortable. We won't stay there again. Our room opened to a balcony, however there was a very large step to get to the balcony. They provided robes and slippers.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: City Hotel
Address: 22768 Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, CA 95310
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Location: United States > California > Columbia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
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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