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Sierra Motel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Portola
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“We like this place!”
Reviewed 3 July 2012 via mobile

We stop by here every year. The owners are very nice. We always stay on the new side of the motel. No problems. We do wish for a blow dryer in the room and Kleenex and a shelf by the sink and the walls r thin, but it is Very clean. Movies in the office which is nice. Nice place. Only thing that was offputing was smelling the cigarette smoke in the office. Gross.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Santa barbara, CA
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

Stayed here after fleeing Sleepy Pines at the other end of town. We stayed in the newer section, which was immaculate with large bright rooms, good beds, showers and flat screen TVs. Walls were a bit thin, but thankfully the neighbors during our stay were quiet. Breakfast was included via a voucher to a very pleasant local cafe (Nicole's). Would stay here again. Not sure about previous comments regarding the older rooms, but the one we saw was clean though a bit dated. Host was very accommodating and helpful. I'd stay here again. It's on the highway but we weren't bothered since our room was at the far end of the motel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 September 2010

I had booked accommodation over the web. Had no problems with confirmation and booking on arrival...I'm not from the US.

Not sure what the expectations of previous reviewers are but I had no problems with hosts.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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California
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

I worried that I would hear highway noise, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was. It was nicely located right in the center of town. The price was good and my room was clean and had everything I needed. I will go there again this summer.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

Our room was filthy. The stand-up shower (no tub) dripped constantly as it would not shut off completely. The water built up and puddled on the bathroom floor; this was BEFORE we checked in. The electrical outlet in the bathroom (not GFI) was installed upside down!! And finally, the rug in the room looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in a long while. We paid $150.00 to stay in these conditions, but since it was the only motel in town, our options were limited. The owner told us he was looking forward to the new rooms which were being added on while we were there. But if he employs the same maintenance attitude, what difference will it make?

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2008

when i arrived at the motel, the owner had no record of my reservation. i told her the date that i made the reservation and the price that i was quoted. i had made the reservation based on that price. she said that price was not valid and would not honor it. she did not apologize or offer any explanation for why my reservation was lost and why the quoted price would not be honored. i argued with her but she refused to give me a discount from her usual rate. she had a nasty attitude. i felt ripped off and i think she engages in bait and switch tactics. i'd recommend to anyone else that if you make a reservation, get it and the quoted price in writing. otherwise the owner can't be trusted.
the room was overpriced.. it had poor lighting and a dirty toilet. next time i'll just drive to reno to get a better motel deal.

  • Liked — microwave and fridge in room
  • Disliked — the owner's behavior
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Sierra Motel
Address: 380 E Sierra St, Portola, CA 96122-8422
Region: United States > California > Plumas County > Portola
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Portola
Number of rooms: 27

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