We found the Ione Hotel to be a great place to stay when visiting the wine country in Amador County. We have stayed at several inns or hotels in the area and the Ione Hotel is now our favorite. The hotel is decorated beautifully with many period antiques and our room was large, nicely decorated, clean, and with a really comfortable bed.
We love to stay in 19th century hotels in the gold country. But, often the downfall is that you have to share a bathroom down the hall. But at the Ione Hotel, each room has its own bathroom, and our room not only had a shower, but also a claw foot tub that we luxuriated in after a long day of wine-tasting.
The prices are very reasonable, and the management is helpful and friendly. The hotel has large common porches front and back, so you can relax while watching the river or the town action. They also have a great bar with many specialty drinks and the prices are inexpensive.
The town of Ione is also unexpectedly cute and unpretentious, and only ten minutes from the nearest winery.