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“Great value, clean and comfortable.”
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Mother Lode Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Placerville
Wasilla, Alaska
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great value, clean and comfortable.”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

Cool old motor-lodge that has been remodeled and updated. Quiet, clean and comfortable. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Not downtown but only a few minutes away by car. Excellent value, don't be scared away by the age or the retro look.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2012

The first room was not ready to be occupied, bed looked slept in, bathroom sink being held up with scrap wood. Next room the toilet paper dispenser was torn off the wall. When toilet flushed the toilet was overflowing. Owner blamed us and refused to fix the problem handing the plunger to my wife to do it. When we pointed out that we had not used the toilet, just gave it a flush, he copped an 'attitude' about it and started chewing us out for our 'transgression'. Needless to say, we left immediately. Of note, their AAA approval was crossed out on their business cards and the plaque was not on their wall anymore.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Gardnerville, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Stayed here one night in between wine tasting in Amador County and cruising Apple Hill. This is a good centralized stop to hit many sights. The rooms are clean and recently refurbished. The carpet looked new. The rooms perpendicular to the freeway seem quieter than the back leg of rooms. It was too cold to use the pool but it looked nice. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento
Level 6 Contributor
60 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2011

Located on the outskirts of Placerville, but easy highway access off and on. Perfect location on my trip to South Lake Tahoe and the Kokanee Salmon Festival. Always looking to cut corners this was a place to crash -- less than 12 hours here. REALLY great price even without my AAA discount. No frills but comfortable and clean. Friendly owners. Even though it's just off the highway, newer windows soundproof the room -- you hear some traffic but not much. Close to downtown and good food and local wine tasting and Apple Hill. Lovely little pool and garden area. The property is dog-friendly. Would definitely stay here again. Just goes to show, high prices isn't always the indicator! Free WiFi. This California Travel Insider loves a bargain and this is definitely that! I will give them a 5-star review for clearly making the effort and going beyond. Let's hope they keep it up and the prices down.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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northern california
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2011

This little motel is a very affordable little gem in Placerville, and it's only a 5 minute drive to Apple Hill. My friend and I had 2 rooms there recently, and both were clean, neat, and equipped with microwave, fridge, and coffee pot; mine had both tub and shower. The handicapped room had a large shower. It's not a fancy place, but it is maintained quite nicely, and the manager was exceptionally friendly and accomodating. The very clean pool was chilly, but I did take a late afternoon dip on a warm day, after our Apple Hill adventure. The pet fee for my dog was a reasonable $10., and our room charges were both just under $50. before tax. Our trip to Apple Hill was extended for a second day since we were able to spend the night so close by, while staying within our budget. If you want to be right next to Apple Hill, and If you aren't looking for luxury, I recommend this place. I will definitely go back! Placerville has great places to eat, and just walking through this historic town in the evening was fun. Go check it out!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Minden, Nevada
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2011

Our king bed room was clean and equipped with a generous sized refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. The manager/owner (I didn't get her name) was extremely polite and attentive to extra requests. The pool was lovely and we enjoyed a late night dip. It's convenient to the freeway but far enough back that it was quiet. No hairdryer or iron. IIt's an excellent value and we would definetly stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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El Granada, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2011

The motel is next to Highway 50 but situated below the level of the street. This reduces noise considerably. The owners keep the grounds in good condition, there is a nice garden next to the well-kept pool. The rooms are small and efficient, and everything is in working order. We have a coffeemaker, fridge, TV, AC and a shower with a modern outward bow.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mother Lode Motel
Address: 1940 Broadway, Placerville, CA 95667-9001
Location: United States > California > Placerville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Placerville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mother Lode Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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