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The Murphys Historic Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Murphys
Reviewed 25 November 2012

We spent Thanksgiving in Murphys, California, staying at the Murphys Historic Hotel, located in the center of town, close enough to walk to almost all of the wine tasting rooms! The name says it all...'historic.' There is a quaintness about the place...150 year-old place, much of it maintained in the same condition as it was 150 or so years ago. We didn't stay in one of the original rooms, altho we're told they are kept in their original conditon...no moddern amenities (TV, internet, air conditioning, bathroom, etc)...and, if the saloon is busy, we're told it is pretty noisy there; we also didn't want to share bathrooms. The newer rooms (built in the 1950s or 1960s, I think). The room was dated, but comfortable...although the heater sounds like a jet engine when it wakes you up at night. WiFi was pretty weak (almost nonexistent) in the room, so my wife had to do some of her schoolwork in the bar area where WiFi was working). We had Thanksgiving dinner in the hotel restaurant...the food and service were outstanding. The selections were varied and delicious. Highly recommend the restaurant...even our breakfasts were super (ah, I'd think again about the smoked trout eggs benedict...I'd trade the fish for smoked salmon!)

I'm giving it a three because the place is so dated...the people working there were all super!

Room Tip: Take one of the 'newer' rooms...stay away from the original rooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Murphys is trending upward as a wine tasting destination, with probably close to 20 tasting rooms on its short, stop-sign-free Main Street. It's historic and "quaint" and there's a historic and quaint hotel right there on main, in the midst of all the wine (and Gold Country) tourism. .

The list of people who have made an overnight at the hotel, originally built in 1856, is long and illustrious, and many of the rooms are named for them - Mark Twain, Black Bart, U.S. Grant, etc. As a rule the rooms have a sink and an armoire, no closet or bathroom. They are rustic and furnished in well-worn antiques, creaking wood floors, all with windows and a few with balconies. (There's also a more modern set of motel-like rooms, with TV and bath, on the same property but not in the original hotel building)

Of course some say the hotel is "haunted" - we stayed in the Daniel Webster room, which even had a log book for visitors to document their etheric encounters. (My wife swears she was awakened by a cat purring at the foot of the bed...) But you are far more likely to have your sleep disturbed by the locals and visitors who carouse in the downstairs Murphy's Bar all day and all night until closing time, 2 am.

The jukebox can be loud, its bass thumping through the floorboards (especially of the three rooms over the bar, on the northeast side of the hotel.) But the crowd is louder, and far rowdier - the first night we stayed two men outside our window cursed and threatened each other (with a notably limited vocabulary) for 15 minutes at 1:30 in the morning, The design of the old building seems to funnel sound up the stairwell from the bar and restaurant so there are really no quiet rooms.

As far as amenities, forget it: no radio, no TV, no phone. They say they have wireless but I was unable to get an internet connection. Finally, remember the bathrooms: they're down the hall, small, and spartan. The single sink in most rooms has two separate faucets, hot and cold, and no towel racks are to be found. By today's standards, this is not a hotel at all, but a hostel.

Should you stay there? Maybe, with a big fat caveat: you have to know what you're in for, more an "experience" than an overnight. You might have fond memories, a day or so later - but it's likely you'll run out of patience with the drunken revelry, and the lack of comfort and security, long before you check out.

Room Tip: Stay away from rooms over the bar! Room on top west has balcony overlooking Main St, and less noise...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank DesktopAdventure
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

My husband and I have been visiting Murphys every year for about six years now and have stayed in a variety of places - B&B, larger chain style motel off the main highway, and of course the historic Murphys Hotel. We like the Murphys Hotel because it is smack dab in the middle of town and you can walk to everything. In past years we have stayed in the General Grant suite in the main hotel - charming to be sure but with some downsides. For one thing you are directly over the very lively bar and can hear everything quite clearly! Also, since this is such an old structure there are no bathrooms in the rooms, only small sinks. The toilets and showers are down the hall and they are not very great - serviceable but small. Of course, there is no AC and the second story windows have no screens, so don't leave a light on at night when the windows are open! Ok, so I'm making it sound bad...my husband loves the charm of the old building, and it really is cool to think of all the folks who have walked those halls through the years. (And some say still do!) Anyway, we opted for the two story motel unit building this year, staying in the Vineyard Suite. Hmmm...it was a very large room, but definitely in need of an update. There was a comfy sofa circa 1988 - you know - with the blue and pinkish print, which clashed horribly with the print polyester bedspread. Ugh - that should definitely go away! The bathroom was on the small side and only had a shower, no bathtub. The shower door leaked and there was substantial water damage around the shower - baseboards rotted out and such - nasty. We were also surprised that was no mini-fridge in the room. At least we had AC and a bathroom in the room, though. And the price was right - it was very reasonable compared to either the pretentious B&B or the highway motel. The hotel staff was efficient and professional, and you definitely can't beat the location.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

Murpheys is exactly what you would expect for a historic stay and much more. The folks that are here in Angels Camp and Murpheys are fantastic and the hotel and food are awesome for the last 10 years I have been here~.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 October 2012 via mobile

We were visiting from the East Coast, decided to drive east from San Fran and ended up in Murphy's. Although I would call it quaint, the rooms are very dated and reminded me of a 1950's ranch complete with a tiled bathroom to match! I would call this experience "roughing it" and would not choose to stay here again. The town is great, people are friendly, but this hotel and restaurant are WAY over-rated.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Both the patio and dining room were picture-perfect old-time style....and one would not be surprised to see handlebar mustaches and bustles here. The lobby bordered on the "rickety", but comforting food and accomplished servers made dinner a winner. Our dinners included a fabulous lamb shank with polenta, however my filet was dry,my baked potato underdone. As we arrived early for dinner..it appeared later diners would have a better experience. Sauces were good, bread superb...all-in-all a good experience with room for improvement. We will try it again.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We dined here years ago and were anxious to return. Never again! Our waiter was pleasant but not well trained, did not seem familiar with the menu or the wine list, made two mistakes on our order, and failed to inquire why I did not eat more than a few mouthfuls of the beef stroganoff. Had he asked, I would have explained that it tasted as if the chef had dropped the contents of an entire salt shaker into it. My husband also complained that the lamb shanks were salty as well, although the appearance of his meal was more pleasing. Seldom have we been so disappointed in a meal.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jane J
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Address: 457 Main St, Murphys, CA 95247-9628
Region: United States > California > Murphys
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Murphys
Price Range: £60 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Murphys Historic Hotel is the longest continually operated hotel in California. The Hotel was built in 1856 and we try to keep our nine historic rooms as close to that time period as possible. If you are to stay within the Historic Hotel you are without T.V., Phone, A/C, and of course a bathroom... but how often do you get to share a shower down the hall? You may bump into a ghost while enjoying a little piece of history. We also have twenty modern hotel rooms that have been improved more recently with new T.V.'s, Beds, A/C's, and Windows. We do have plans to remodel all bathrooms but Rome wasn't built in a day. We also have a full service restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner 365 days a year along with a full service saloon. The Murphys Historic Hotel is also within walking distance to over 20 different wine tasting rooms and our community park. While you are here please let me know how we are doing. We hope to see you soon!Sincerely, Brian ... more   less 
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