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“Great service in a very cute town”

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Volcano Union Inn + Pub
Ranked #1 of 1 Volcano B&B and Inns
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Great service in a very cute town”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We booked the hotel after reading the review on Sunset magazine a year ago. The Inn was small with only 4 bedrooms but had clean bathrooms, great quality towels, and great bed and warm beddings. This is not to mention the restaurant food that they have downstairs! Even though the tax rate increase wasn't reflected on their website when I booked the room, the manager not only was going to refund the extra tax and correct her website, she didn't charge us for the appetizers that we ordered. Did I say the food was amazing?

Volcano is a small and beautiful town especially during this time of the year, I'd go back again to union inn for the amazing food and comfy bed! If you have never been to Volcano during your Amador County wine tasting tour, definitely give it a chance!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My sister, mother, son and I began a long weekend in Gold Country at this charming inn. I love this tiny gem of a village. There's not much there, and that's the appeal. None of the kitsch and crowds; just nice walks, a lovely park, several landmarks, a great country store and small art gallery (both with apparently short and irregular hours), and an interesting cemetery up on the hill behind the inn. The restaurant/pub is great. Our barbecued ribs and fennel slaw were delicious, and the beer selection was great. Breakfast was lovely too, with good coffee. The front rooms upstairs share a porch -- a very nice place to hang out and chat. We'll be back in the spring, to see Daffodil Hill and the Indian Grinding Rock Park, which we missed this time.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

After a day of wine tasting around Amador (favorite wineries for our group included Convergance, Drytown Cellars, and Cooper), we arrived at the Union Inn around 5pm on Saturday. We checked in and stopped in the bar for a refreshment. The place was pretty full, so we asked about bringing our drinks up to the balcony on the second floor. The bar staff was happy to accommodate and even delivered appetizers (the duck wings were amazing!) and additional drinks to us on the balcony. We had dinner at the Union Inn Pub at 7pm and the place was then packed. The ribs were delicious, as was the chicken, and although I didn't try the burger, our friend who did said it was amazing. For dessert I had arranged to have a cake made to surprise my girlfriend. The hotel staff handled the arrangements to have a cake made by the pastry chef at their restaurant, Taste, in Plymouth and brought over earlier in the day and it was absolutely beautiful and delicious! We had a vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting and strawberries... such a great combination, and pulled off perfectly as a surprise right after dinner.

After dinner we walked around the small neighborhood a bit and found an open bar owned by a guy named Dave. It was a divey sort of place with a handful of beers and local wines available. It also had a small stage for any musicians who happened by to pick up the guitar and play a few tunes. A guy named Greg played much of the night and several people in our group occasionally joined in to sing or play guitar. They also had a few dart boards. The owner Dave, though certainly quirky, is a really nice and friendly guy and was very welcoming. Such a great time!!

After a few hours of darts, music and drinks, we walked back to the hotel and hung out on the balcony for a bit, under the dark sky full of stars, and then eventually turned in for the night.

The breakfast was also amazing (and is included in the room rate). The frittata was quite tasty, but my personal favorite was the blueberry muffins that had just come out of the oven. Also served was fruit, yogurt, a french toast dish, and peach pastry pockets. Shelly, the breakfast chef for the Inn guests, is super friendly and accommodating and quite an amazing cook.

Overall, the rooms were very nice. The only negative I can think of at all was that ittook a while to adjust the shower temperature to a useful temperature, but not a big deal. The rooms were very clean and the beds comfortable. In the common area between the four rooms were shelves filled with books, DVDs, and some games, as well as a bowl of fruit, fresh water and glasses, etc. After dinner the staff also brought wine glasses up there for our group to use that night.

I just wish we had more time to spend there! We will definitely be back!!

Room Tip: We reserved all four rooms and all of them were nice. The king rooms are larger and have direct acc...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Friends had recommended the Union Inn as a weekend getaway. We stayed one night and had dinner in the restaurant downstairs. Our room was spacious, very clean, lovely warm ambiance. We bundled up and sat outside on the porch that over looks the little tiny town and relaxed! The bed was VERY comfy, cozy! The DVD player in our room did not work, but it wasn't a big deal. The clawfoot tub... divine! Dinner was good. Food good. Service not the best. There could definitely be some improvement over all in the area of hospitality. At dinner our server was MIA most of the meal and distracted the few times we interacted with her - and again the next morning, after waiting awhile, we had to hunt to find someone to help us by knocking on the kitchen door to get plates for breakfast as there was no one around in the bar/dining area. Little things for sure, but these details matter to me. The breakfast was light and fresh and displayed in a lovely way. We enjoyed our stay overall. Great for a quick getaway!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pleasanton, ca
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We eat out a LOT and live in the SF East Bay Area. We can rarely say that EVERYTHING we eat during a restaurant meal is the best we've ever had, but this was the case at the Volcano Union Inn. We were referred there by a local businessperson in Sutter Creek and were told to expect an informal, relaxed setting and excellent, well-priced food. So, we weren't expecting anything more than a nice meal in a VERY small, but quaint town.

That we were impressed is understating how much we enjoyed the place, the food, the ambience. Staff was excellent (attentive, knowledgeable, professional) the place filled up quickly as the Friday evening dinner hour progressed (we were glad we got there for an early dinner as there were people waiting to get in by 6:30) --- but it will be worth the wait if the place is full when you get there. Have a drink at the bar and anticipate your meal --- it'll be great!

Next time maybe we'll stay the night!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bay Area, California
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

This is a very nice, casual place to stay. The room had all the comforts we could want, dinner downstairs was great, the employees were helpful and friendly. We'll go back in the summertime when there is local theater, and there's a lot of winetasting nearby too.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

My boyfriend and I always enjoy our evenings here. The food is wonderful! We have many favorites. However, I suggest asking about their daily specials. We are fortunate that they are nearby to visit frequently. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Volcano Union Inn + Pub
Address: 21375 Consolation Street, Volcano, CA 95689
Location: United States > California > Volcano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Volcano Union Inn!How The West Was Won Fun!Take the WILD RIDE to Volcano to enjoy great food, friendly faces and comfortable lodgingThe Union Inn Hotel was built in 1880 by four itinerate French Canadians for $400. It was a boarding house for hard-working miners and locals until the 1920's. It enjoyed a brief reawakening in the 1950's, and thereafter it was, by turns, vacant and empty, a private residence, and finally it was restored into a lovely destination in 2000 by the David/Burney Family.Now the Volcano Union Inn is reborn as a California Pub and Four-Room Bed and Breakfast in the picturesque village of Volcano, deep in the heart of Amador County and the California Gold Country. ... more   less 

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