Having not been to Virginia City since I was a kid, the husband and I decided to make the trek while up in Sacramento. Before hitting Virginia City, we spent some time in the oldest Nevada saloon in Genoa and then headed up towards Virginia City.
The Gold Hill is about 5 minutes outside of Virginia City proper which is actually really lovely because it's quieter and less touristy. We had booked one of the lodges across the street from the main hotel, but it was nearly 100 degrees when we arrived and the sad little air conditioner in the kitchen window just couldn't cope. There was no air at all reaching the back bedroom & I was sweating just reading a book in there. I called down to the desk & told them of my dilemma. Luckily, the clerk on duty (a wonderful woman whose name I can't recall, but who I am completely indebted to), offered us a room in the main hotel -- an even nicer room with a King sized bed and a balcony (and an air conditioner that kept the room quite cool). It had a lovely antique bed and beautiful stone fireplace (which we, of course, didn't use in that heat) and a nice patio overlooking the parking lot with a view of the mine. I believe it was Room #6.
We had a few drinks in the bar (which is very cool & made of stone) and thought the bartendress was just fantastic. We headed up into Virginia City proper for a while, but after dealing with a ghost hunting tour in one of the local establishments decided to come back to the Gold Hill for dinner. We were some of the only people in the dining room, unfortunately, but it was a little like having a completely private dinner prepared by a great chef. The classically trained French chef made food that danced on the palate, accompanied by a pretty great wine list to boot. I cannot say enough for the cuisine at the Gold Hill & the chef is to be commended for his talent.
Back up in our room, we slept like babies. In the morning, we went down to the great room (part of the original hotel) and had the continental breakfast which was quite serviceable, but nothing to write home about. A full breakfast was available in the dining room had we been interested.
This hotel is historic, quaint, romantic and populated by some of the kindest folks in the hotel business. The rates are extremely reasonable for what you get & I enjoyed every bit of our stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gold Hill Hotel is a picturesque country inn located in Gold Hill, Nevada, one mile south of Virginia City in the Comstock Historic District. It is the oldest hotel in Nevada and offers guest facilities in the original 1861 stone structure, a 1987 addition, and several separate historic buildings. Each room features a private bath and is uniquely decorated in period style with antiques and reproductions. The Crown Point Restaurant offers fine dining, and the Gold Hill Saloon provides guests with a rustic environment to relax and unwind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gold Hill Virginia City
- Hotel Gold Hill