As a UK resident travelling in the US I tend to opt for brand names which have proven themselves in the past. This was not an option in Placerville and on our dates most accommodation was booked. The Mother Lode does appear in the AAA handbook, but with only one diamond, which at least usually ensures cleanliness. I booked by telephone.
My wife and I were trvelling with two US friends and spent two nights here. On registration we were immediately struck by the friendly demeanour of the owner.
The rooms were large, well decorated and very pleasantly furnished, well above one diamond level. The bathroom/shower was very roomy and well appointed. Everything was spotlessly clean. It was very convenient to have micro-wave, fridge and coffee making facilities. Our friends, after several disappointments in other establishments, were pleased that the advertised free Wi-fi connection actually worked.
The motel is situated by a quiet road which leads up from Placerville. We were not aware of any intrusive noise from the Highway. Mature evergreen trees surround the motel and the immediate grounds have recently been landscaped and are well cared for. The retro, but probably genuine iluminated sign on the hill above the motel adds an interesting touch.
The pool too looked as though it had been renovated and was a very pleasant place to relax beside, read and have a light picnic supper, which several guests did as the light gradually faded.
The owner and his wife, who also cleaned the rooms, went out of their way to be as helpful and pleasant as they could.
This is one place I would really like to return to.
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- Also Known As:
- Mother Lode Hotel Placerville