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Historic Cary House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Placerville
Certificate of Excellence
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“A real old world experience”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stayed at the Cary House as we were in town for a friend's family gathering in the area.

In this hotel you are staying for the experience and the sense of history that it engenders. From a mods and cons perspective it doesn't really have many of those. It does have the oldest lift car in the west of the USA (or soemthing like that). However. it is in general a very comfortable experience and we found that we slept very soundly for the few nights we were staying.

The property is right on the main street of Placerville, which in itself is a great little town to explore the main street on foot. Things look and feel like a step back in time, and it adds to the experience of choosing the hotel as well.

We didn't eat at the property as we didn't organise ourselves well enough, although with all of the options at the doorstep this does not present a challenge for the guest.

If you are tossing up the bland brand vs. the experiential hotel, choose this one.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco Bay Area
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

There is so much history around this hotel you could spends an hour in the lobby. We had a pleasant stay in the Yellow Jacket room. It was decorated charming. The hotel location is great. It is so easy to walk up the street to a variety of restaurants. The best place however is the wine tasting next door at Synapse.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed here and since there were two couples, they put us in a suite to save us money. Since the building is very old the layout was not ideal (having to go through one bedroom to get to the bathroom) but they have done the best they can with the space there is. The day we stayed they had lost electricity for several afternoon hours and it was one of the hottest days of the summer. We were unable to use the elevator to get to our third floor room. When we came to the room after turning on the air conditioning prior to going out to dinner, the third floor room never cooled down. The manager brought us two fans which helped immensely but the sound of those fans caused a really bad night's sleep. The room never cooled down yet no concessions were offered to us for the inability of the cooling system and our inconveniences.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We were in a front room on the 4th floor. Very difficult to get luggage there since only two people or one person and luggage can ride in the elevator at a time. There is no one on duty at the desk after 8, and we had an issue with a hotel guest wondering the halls in his boxers looking for his room. Our phone in our room didn't work and finally had to use a cell phone to call after hours assistance. Our room was very loud from street noise. Avoid a room facing the busy Main Street at all cost. We were awake. At about 3am with the trash truck picking up the dumpster. Even with windows closed it was extremely difficult to sleep. Breakfast was very limited. Not sure we would stay again if in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We love historic hotels, and stay at them throughout the American West. We are usually inclined to give them a break when it comes to judging modern amenities or fixtures. But I'm afraid the Cary House needs a wake-up call of its own. For the price (we paid $175 for two people in a king bed room), this is what one gets (the good and the bad):
- Very friendly and helpful staff
- Beautiful and historic lobby and fixtures
- Old carpeting throughout the upper floors that is very musty and stretched out 70s stuff
- Small rooms (not a problem except cramped with too-big furniture)
- Cheap (not historic or antique) furniture well past its prime
- Very saggy old beds and tatty sheets and spreads (ours had holes)
- Nice bath, very modern but tasteful — unfortunately dirty (mold around faucet in tub, dirt around cabinets)
- Towels of a vintage and condition I would use to clean my car

Come on Cary House! It does not take a lot to fix these problems. The Weatherford in Flagstaff, Arizona, is far less expensive and far, far nicer and cleaner.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chico, California, United States
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

I grew up in the town of Placerville and was looking forward to visiting as a guest at the Cary house, but due to a family emergency could not make it. Pay attention to the ridiculous 72 hour in advance cancellation policy. Although I did call nearly that far in advance, technically I missed the deadline and the front desk person was completely unsympathetic and not at all helpful. The foreign Expedia customer service representative demonstrated more social skills than her. Finally, when I got the manager on the line, she offered me a whopping $25 discount for my "next" visit. I reminded her that with the county fair happening, I was certain she could fill the room and afford to refund my reservation in full. No Cigar. She blamed Expedia. Expedia told me it was up to the hotel. I will not stay there, and given the reviews combined with a lack of customer service, I will not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Santa Cruz, California
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262 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

The old town of Placerville is a nice place to visit in either summer or winter. We needed somewhere to stay while visiting family nearby, who already had guests, and decided to stay here. There have been no upgrades in a number of years, but that was not an issue for us. The hotel is reported to be haunted. We checked in, but did not leave our luggage at that time. When we returned at about 11PM, we found that our room was occupied by someone else, so the ghost must have been playing games. We were switched to the bridal suite for no extra charge, and there was no problem. Breakfast is a bit sparse, but is included. Free parking is in back of the building.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lorraine-GenMgr, General Manager at Historic Cary House Hotel, responded to this review, 19 May 2013
Can't definitely confirm those ghostly rumors John, but the legends certainly live on here at our historic hotel. Since your visit in December, we've made a number of value added changes and we hope you'll stay with us again when you're in town. Safe travels!
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Property: Historic Cary House Hotel
Address: 300 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5606
Region: United States > California > Placerville
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Placerville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Historic Cary House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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Also Known As:
Lexington Historic Cary Hotel
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