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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Amador City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rocklin, California
Level Contributor
124 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Easter retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Our first stay in Amador City was at the Imperial Hotel. Historic charm is everywhere and accentuated with appropriate modern conveniences. Our upstairs guest room bed was very comfortable and the pillows were too. I like a medium to full feather pillow at home and judge a hotel by how good the bed and pillows are. The linens are higher quality and the over head fan was perfect. The furniture in the room was eclectic and a bit funky, but fun. The updated bath complete with a towel warmer was a nice touch. Free wifi is available. In the morning good fresh coffee, cream and sugars are placed on a sideboard in the hall upstairs which was really appreciated. Our dinner of starters and desserts was lovely, beautifully presented and the double chocolate cake and homemade vanilla ice cream was Amazing! Breakfast was equally delicious and we enjoyed the view of the patio. The staff all seemed ready to assist in any way that they could. What made the Imperial an easy choice for us was the ability to stay just one night as opposed to two required at other BB type locations. The window blinds need dusting in the room.

Room Tip: We were in room 5, next time I'd ask for room 6 for a little more room and on the other side of...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco
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75 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

I had not been to Amador City for over 25 years, so I was quite surprised when we rolled into town. I do not remember much of anything being open then, but now it was a little village all shined up for the weekend guests. We had booked a room in advance at the Imperial Hotel, a substantial brick building on the road into town. We requested a room with a balcony. So here I sit, on our balcony, in the quiet of the afternoon and the shadows of sunset coming on. There are only two rooms with a balcony [room 1 and 2], but well worth the few extra dollars.
We arrived around noon, before check in but we were given our room immediately. Very clean and pleasant room and since all the room doors were open on the second floor I took the liberty of checking them out. I also took photos. Each room is distinct and appeared quite comfortable. We inquired at the front desk about lunch places and we received a lot of information about local attractions. We made reservations for dinner in the hotel restaurant. The room price included full breakfast. We were asked to place our order the night before. Our breakfast included pancakes, sausage, juice and fresh fruit. In the morning before went went down to the dining room for breakfast, fresh brewed coffee was placed outside our door.
Our room had a queen bed and a small chaise. The mattress was a little too soft but that is a personal choice. No TV, but they do have Internet. I must say, the accommodations are quite comfortable. I caution visitor that many shops are closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. You get a better room rate if you avoid Friday and Saturday night.
All the staff was wonderful. In the evening when we went down to dinner we met Peter, the manager/bartender/waiter/bus boy/anything else you needed done. Everyone was most accommodating.
A note to dog owners, there is one room that allows dogs, [number 9] and the suites annex across the road. This building sits slightly uphill and has a big garden with a lawn area.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 have access to the second floor balcony. Room 9 is dog friendly. The two rooms in th...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jadranko
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Redding, California
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

My wife and I happended upon the Imperial Hotel. A phone call to check availability was handled by Peter who was very polite and accomodating. Our stay was fabulous. We enjoyed a very good a dinner and wine on the balcony ovelooking the town's intersection. What a great time. Enjoyed coffe at the historic bar in the morning before a breakfast that was just okay. The staff was very eager to please and we look forward to staying here again on our visit to Gold Country and the Shenendoah Valley.

Room Tip: We had a room with direct access to the front balcony and enjoyed a quiet evening watching cars go b...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank tinastreats
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San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

I very much enjoyed my recent stay at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City. This historical inn, around 130 years old is quaint and wonderful. The staff is incredibly accommodating. Enjoyed the historical bar, lovely dining area, patio and balcony. I also enjoyed taking in the beautiful mountain scenery of Amador City. The shops in this "smallest town in California" feature fun and original merchandise.

The surrounding wine area is developing at a rapid pace. There are some wonderful wineries to explore and delicious wines to sample.

This is a lovely getaway, around 2 hours from the Bay Area. Being less developed than other regions, I found it to be both relaxing and a good value. The hotels promotion of paying for two nights and receiving the third for only $30 was an attractive offer.

Room Tip: I stayed in room 3 and enjoyed it. The lavatory is located in the bedroom....
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank L'Ann B
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Occidental, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

If you can get away mid week do not miss a fun overnight here where for $150 during January and possibly beyond one can get room, breakfast AND dinner for two. Rooms of this former brothel and hotel are comfy, food is reasonable (beware minced garlic on absolutely everything -- just ask and they will go light) and bar is downright glorious. Construction still going on for new bridge in front, but workers finish reasonably early and were not yet going by 9 am so no problem.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Love this little B&B in Amador. Near lots of great history and amazing wineries all within 20 minutes any direction. If you're not quite tired after dinner, pop into their bar to make new friends or have a night cap. The rooms are decorated in period decor with modern amenities. The restaurant is wonderful and does regular wine pairing dinners featuring local wineries. Beautiful area to walk in the morning to stretch your legs and enjoy the wonderful clean fresh air! Love the Imperial Hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank larndt
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

My wife and I recently retraced our honeymoon for our 30th anniversary and stayed at the Imperial Hotel for 1 night. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable stays of our trip - the manager, the waitress for our evening meal, and the waitress for our morning breakfast all went out of their way to make us feel welcome. At first we were a bit put off by the road construction going on out front, but actually kind of enjoyed watching what they were doing since we stayed in one of the front rooms with a balcony overlooking the street. The evening meal in the restaurant was excellent as was the morning breakfast looking out over the courtyard in the back of the building. My wife really liked the towel warmer in the bathroom and I liked the comfortable chair (and balcony) to read on. There is a lot of interesting history in the area related to the gold rush, and interesting shops in nearby towns such as Jackson (the only one we had time to visit).

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony at the front of the hotel would be best. But there is also a nice sitting room of...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Imperial Hotel
Address: 14202 Old Hwy. 49, Amador City, CA 95601
Region: United States > California > Amador County > Amador City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Amador City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Imperial Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully restored historic California Gold Country hotel in the heart of Amador County wine country. This small-town bed and breakfast inn offers six handsome guest rooms and three luxurious suites, each with private bath and modern amenities. On-site gourmet restaurant and full bar featuring award-winning local wines. Close to golf courses, antique stores, fishing, skiing and more than 45 wineries. ... more   less 
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