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“An alternative to hotels in Sonora”
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Columbia Inn Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Columbia
Reno, Nevada, United States
1 review
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“An alternative to hotels in Sonora”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Travelling on vacation just as the fires broke out in Yosemite. All of the hotels in Sonora were full with firefighters. Best Western called the Columbia Inn and helped secure our reservation. Ths Columbia was the only place not full and so I expected a disaster. Happy to say this gem was unearthed. New owners have upgraded this place in the past year. All new beds, interiors, etc. Right in the heart of historic Columbia CA. DVD's were available to check out at the office, FREE. The kids liked that. No smoking rooms, hot water in the showers, good pressure, dark chocolate on the pillows, huge coffee pot.... more than I expected. Recommend this as long as you're not looking for the Ritz-Carlton.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

So we stayed here right in the middle of our home town of Columbia California. What we found was MORE than a pleasant surprise. Sense leaving Columbia in 2009 and moving to Oregon alot has changed, our favorite little motel has changed hands... and we all thanked god for our new friend and owner Miss Doris. The accommadation were more than satisfactory!! The room was homey ans well equipted for an extended 7 day stay. Included in was a full size coffee maker. Two King beds, nice soft sheets and glorious pillows that smelled Tide and Downey. Doris has added personal touches that you will not find in bigger hotels. The swimming pool was crystal clear and the pool towels were big and soft. Doris treated my 3 children as if they were her own grandchildren. If you want a comfortable and very clean stay that is also affordable while visiting the great little state park of Columbia California STAY HERE WITH OUR NEW FRIEND DORIS. Thank you Doris you helped to make our trip Super Special. Until next time the MEIER FAMILY.. ps bring your puppy we did.

Room Tip: We chose #28 which included two bedrooms with King beds, 2 blueray players, refridgerator, microwave...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Doris the owner is fantastic, and so is her big German shepard who greeted us warmly when we checked in over the Fourth of July holiday. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the Columbia State Historic Park which we highly recommend for an "authentic" experience of what it was like to be in a Gold Rush town of the 1850's. There's a small swimming pool and she has some floaties for toddlers. The rooms are clean and quiet with Air Conditioning. They provide coffee makers in the room and you're free to grab danishes from the lobby. There were a bunch of family-friendly DVD's in the lobby and I'm not sure if they charge to borrow them or not, but there's tons of great titles there in case your kids need entertainment. Our boy is 22 months so a bit too young yet. We will definitely stay here again the next time we visit Gold Rush country!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Scotts Valley, California
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Took my two kids for a gold country tour, had a great stay at an excellent price at this hotel. On the positive side... Room immaculately clean. Kid friendly amenities... Pool, DVD player in room, DVDs and games to borrow in lobby. Fridge and microwave at no extra charge. New carpet, paint, linens, etc. Doris gave us a great price. The sound of the birds singing in the enormous pine trees around the property. Nice old fashioned feeling to it, reminded me of the motels we stayed at traveling when I was a kid, not the cookie cutter corporate places my kids usually experience. Cons... Pool was too cold for me, but kids could handle it. Exterior a bit tired.

Room Tip: Looked like they had some rooms on second floor in back that might have a nice view...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This place was great, owners are friendly and every one was very social and nice, there is wifi, very soft comfy beds, dog friendly, there was not a spot any where, it was spotless, Doris (the owner) works all day to make this motel like home. I wish my house was as clean as this place! They have in room coffee makers and fridges, and heaters you can adjust to your liking. Cold sodas are supplied in the office for a dollar and coffee cakes, so no going to the store to get a cold drink! If any help was needed i could just ask the owners and Doris or her assistant Lindi would gladly assist. I felt very at ease here, i look at all the bad reviews and think wow, they need to come back, people whove seen the old place and dont want to come back are really missing out!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I was there September 2012 and received great service and a warm welcome. I stayed for a week and am glad I did. Walking distance to historic Columbia, I journeyed into town daily. Will definately stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

We stayed here 4 years ago, and was just ok. This visit was much better. It was clean, a larger bed, refrig and microwave in the room. AND NO ANTS, BUGS THIS TIME!! This is just around the corner from Columbia State Park and that's why we stay there. Mangement was friendly this time. I would recommend this place as a place to go to Columbia State Park and close to Highway 49 for more adventures.

this room was clean, clean, clean and no bugs!! Would recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Columbia Inn Motel
Address: 22646 Broadway St, Columbia, CA 95310-9767
Location: United States > California > Columbia
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Columbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rob and his fiancé Cheryl have put a lot of hard work, dedication and passion into the Columbia Inn Motel to make it a positive experience. We enjoy meeting and getting to enjoy our guests personally. Our goal is to make everyone feel at home while visiting ours. Rob served 14 years in the Air Force and has had several ventures since. One of which is 49er Mining Supplies, that he opened in 2001 and is currently located adjacent to the motel office. Rob's knowledge of mining is vast and he loves sharing with all. We invite you to come to the Columbia Inn Motel located in the heart of the Mother Lode and take a step back in time. Be sure you take time to visit the historic Columbia State Park which is a short walking distance from us. ... more   less 

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