Just spent two nights at the Leger. Until now while we'd toured gold country, can't say we ever heard of Mokelumne Hill. This stay though was a delight. The hotel has a classic 1850's ambiance; photogenic as all get out. The Leger is the social hub of tiny Mokelumne Hill so all the town action and 21st century characters are bound to pass thru the hotel bar and/or restaurant. The Leger was our central location for a few days of gold country touring, Moke Hill itself, Angels Camp, Murphys and Columbia.
The story as we understand it is that the hotel has quite recently come under new ownership. The evidence is that they, some new employees and some old employees are working very hard to fix the old beauty up, improve service, all to make it a place people would like to stay and hang around. They seem to be succeeding. Our room was beautiful with period piece furnishings, clean and large. There are still a few things to finish fixing and refinishing. But I know it takes time and money. There was certainly nothing that inconvenienced or disappointed us during this visit. The single improvement recommendation we have would be to replace the mattresses without compromising the 19th century style bed design & headboards.
The rooms do not have TV or phones which is just fine. We watched the 49'r game and Giants clinch in the Leger bar. We also had dinner in the restaurant two nights. One night's dinner, grilled salmon for me and pork chop for her was just excellent. The other night's dinner, Mexican food, was OK, standard Mexican fare.
Ask for a tour especially of the cellars and "jail". We intend to return and look forward to seeing the historic hotel rebound and further exploring the region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the oldest, and still operating, hotels built during the Gold Rush. 13 Antique-filled guest rooms, a full-service dining room open for breakfast and lunch Friday through Sunday, and dinner daily except Tuesdays, and a historic saloon dating back to 1874. Hotel guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast Monday-Thursday, and 15% off breakfast in our restaurant Friday-Sunday. We have dog-friendly rooms, and there is dog-friendly dining available in the Saloon and on the balcony. Please contact the Innkeeper for details and restrictions. Centrally located in the Gold Country on Historic Highway 49 - The Golden Chain Highway - with easy access to all of the sites and activities in the area, including hiking, golfing, fishing, boating, swimming, wineries, antique shopping, historic Gold Rush sites, casinos and more! Please let our Concierge staff help plan your itinerary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leger Hotel Mokelumne Hill