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“Run down; not the place it used to be.”
Review of Sleepy Pines Motel

Sleepy Pines Motel
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Sleepy Pines Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portola
Santa barbara, CA
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Run down; not the place it used to be.”
Reviewed 14 October 2010

I used to stay here in the early 1990s when it was rustic and cozy - and clean. I always stayed in the "knotty pine" rooms in the section closest to the office. Sadly, the motel has deteriorated significantly over the last decade or so. Carpeting is stained; the blankets on my bed were torn and frayed; the mattress cover was faded and had stains - and this was in the "better" section. We were shown a room in the even more "rustic" section, which smelled musty and stale and needed multiple coats of paint inside and out. We were so uncomfortable with the bedding we left after one night and moved to the Sierra Motel at the opposite end of town, which is under good management. The Sierra is about the same vintage as Sleepy Pines. However, it has a brand new section which is immaculate but even the older rooms are clean and well-maintained - and the reasonable rates include breakfast at a local cafe.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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3 Thank GrannyA
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2010

With more than a decade in the hospitality industry, I believe I know customer service.

My husband and I are avid snowmobilers and were looking forward to another weekend in the snow when we made the 4 hour drive to Portola and the Sleepy Pines Motel. We had a gift certificate to redeem - a gift certificate that we had won in a raffle that benefited a local school.

The woman we encountered immediately questioned the validity of the gift certificate, suggesting that we would drive more than 4 hours to steal a $55 room. Someone with any customer service skills would have accepted the gift certificate and taken my credit card as a back-up.

Not only will I tell everyone I know NOT to stay here, I will recommend they stay at the Chalet View Lodge - just 5 miles up the road and worth the few extra dollars.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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California, USA
Level 6 Contributor
280 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2009

This old fashioned motel on the edge of Portola is a real find. The rooms were nicely decorated, and had refrigerators, coffee pots, and microwaves. The bed was very comfortable with fun sheets and bedspread. Clean bathroom. I arrived mid-day without a reservation, and they let me check in right away. It was a very peaceful place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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2 Thank CA7777
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Winnemucca, NV
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2008

Its amazing how when you least expect it, good things come. Over the 4th of July holiday we found ourselves staying at The Sleepy Pines Motel. From our intial glance, just seemed to be regular run of the mill motel. That's until we actually slowed down and took notice. Our walk up the deck to the office, with seasonal blooms in different pottery. From a wooden tub to a procelain toilet to an array of birdhouse on the building. Just this walk alone was enough to tell us we had made a good choice.
Our check-in was very pleasant and very friendly. I felt as tho I were an actually guest in a home. When we arrived at our room I was even more amazed. For an older motel this family had done an equisite job in its decor and ombiance. Instead of plain white sheets and towels we were surprised to find linens that I would have in my own linen closet. Lets just say when a motel roomI feels so comfortable that I forgot to put out our "Do Not Disturb" sign. You know you have found aplace to return again again.

Thank you Sleepy Pines Motel

  • Liked — The linens in our room
  • Disliked — The large amerigas tank across the highway
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank Love_Laughter
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Property: Sleepy Pines Motel
Address: 74631 State Route 70, Portola, CA 96122-7020
Region: United States > California > Plumas County > Portola
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portola
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Sleepy Pines Hotel Portola

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