I spent a friday and saturday night in October 2013 ; Iwas part of a largish group which took about half the rooms of the "motel" units. The remaining units were taken by a wedding party being held at the hotel on Saturday night. Two of my group stayed in the updated Gordon Ramsey rooms. Very nice and stylish those rooms..the rest were shabby..
The location was perfect and it is the only hotel in the downtown area..but the term hotel is loosely applied, the rooms outside of the old historic building are housed in late 60"s frame one and two story motel construction with doors leading directly to the parking lot. I think the carpeting is new or newish, the linoleum was hideous and the 60's paneling was painted / or wallpapered probably mid 80's. the furniture is mid 90's. I stayed in room 105, the window curtains were shredding, the shower ( a one piece fiberglass ) was coming off the wall and there was a patch job on the ceiling that was started, but not finished. And all the other rooms my group stayed in were in the same shape.. but the location is perfect.
But not perfect enough... friday night we gathered in one larger room ( a king suite) , had a party and closed it down at 9.30 pm to be considerate , plus all the bars in town with live music were also closing down.. so we figured it was the way things are in Murphys.
Saturday night, the wedding party was having a great time in the outdoor party space. I stopped to watch the happy event as I walked from dinner back to my room at about 9:30, to my surprise, no one was dancing but the dj had a party track on every song so it sounded as if the dance floor was jammed...and of course the booming bass was shaking all the windows of the worn out 60's construction. My room was all the way across the parking lot, but I could clearly hear and feel the music and noise. ....around 10 pm, I figured the dj would quiet it down a bit. but no, so I peeked outside and I noticed, again, shaking windows and all were caused by the dj's use of bass and a party track and no one was on the dance floor...10.30pm,. dj was still going strong, no dancers, but the dj was having a good time, I called the front desk to see if there might be some idea when the music would stop. The front desk did not have anyone answering the phone, there was a message machine. So, I thought, okay, the party must have been given instructions to quiet it down at some hour... but no... finally at 11:20 I left a message on the answering machine asking the front desk to quiet down the party..and apparently some one else called the sheriff because the party was pulled about 11:25.
I learned the next day that the front desk is not manned after 10 pm, party guests are not required to observe any noise ordinances and the bartender inside the hotel's bar was in charge if I had needed to talk to anyone. Some of my group had called the bar but apparently the noise in the bar was so loud the bartender did not pick up the phone.
The hotel/bar caters to a biker bar mentality and this spills over to the management's attitude toward hotel guests. I asked the staff to have the hotel manager/ owner call me, I wanted to express my dissatifaction with leaving the comfort, welfare and safety of the hotel guests unaddressed. I left my name and phone number but I did not hear a word from the manager/owner.
Yes, Gordon Ramsey was here and made changes but the place is a dump that caters to a hardcore partying biker mentality. There are much better places to eat and stay in Murphys.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Murphys Historic Hotel is the longest continually operated hotel in California. The Hotel was built in 1856 and we try to keep our nine historic rooms as close to that time period as possible. If you are to stay within the Historic Hotel you are without T.V., Phone, A/C, and of course a bathroom... but how often do you get to share a shower down the hall? You may bump into a ghost while enjoying a little piece of history. We also have twenty modern hotel rooms that have been improved more recently with new T.V.'s, Beds, A/C's, and Windows. We do have plans to remodel all bathrooms but Rome wasn't built in a day. We also have a full service restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner 365 days a year along with a full service saloon. The Murphys Historic Hotel is also within walking distance to over 20 different wine tasting rooms and our community park. While you are here please let me know how we are doing. We hope to see you soon!Sincerely, Brian ... more less
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- Murphys Historic Hotel Murphys