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“Prime Location, Tolerable Stay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Posada de San Juan

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Posada de San Juan
Livermore, CA
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88 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Prime Location, Tolerable Stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We booked our stay so we could visit the mission for my son's school project. It's easy to find and perfectly located, within very comfortable walking distance to the downtown restaurants and the mission itself.
Parking is easy. Upon entry, you will be pleased with the lobby area. The atrium like hall of rooms is equally satisfying.
I can't say the inn is family friendly in the sense that you will be charged an extra $20 per child.
Be aware the rooms have not been updated in many years. Though I appreciate the old charm of a time past, I also believe in updating and providing amenities expected in 2014. This said, the carpet is dingy in places. The TV is a small wall mounted one from pre-flat screen era. Many channels are fuzzy. There is no wifi. The decor is reminiscent of the 80's.
The breakfast is not much of anything, not worth counting on. The coffee was barely drinkable. We walked to the bakery 2 minutes away.
Again, the location us prime. There aren't many options here. If I did have an option with similar location, I wouldn't stay here again. The oldness borders on feeling " unclean" to me and the child surcharge really bothers me.

The management was kind enough.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LittleLily29
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Yountville, California
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118 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Family Birthday a block away, we heard about "THE POSADA" from locals.

Facing a street one block off main, the Inn has ample parking and is an easy walk through a European back alley passage to the business district. That separation makes the Posada quiet around the clock.
Two level, manager-owner lives on-site. No elevator.
"Walk-In" most days but get reservations, especially during Championship Golf Season.

TIP: Population is about 1,800 and one is advised to be on good behavior. We have stayed at POSADA five times, on each one some rude person tries to impress the staff with a bit of strutting; best left to the local roosters that run loose and 'talk to each other'.

Several specialty restaurants (Basque, Spanish) within walking distance.

The "POSADA" is a work of love, built in 1970's in Californio (the years between Mexico and Yankee domination ) Style. Well-Preserved Spanish Mission of Saint John the Baptist secularized in 1825, has recovered since the Yankee Conquest in 1848.
Across the Pajaro River from Gilroy, easy to miss. A short run to Carmel & Monterey,

Room Tip: Room includes Continental Breakfast. All rooms are equally attractive in and out. All face inward to...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maurice M
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

We have been going to San Juan Bautista for about 10 years. It is our quiet little get away from city life. With each stay at The Posada De San juan we become more and more connected with the people of San Juan and the staff and management of the hotel. San Juan has so much to offer. The historic Mission, quaint little shops, GREAT antique stores, FANTASTIC restaurants. and a WORLD CLASS theatre company.

The staff of the hotel has worked miracles when we have shown up without reservations for both the hotel and the theatre. We have NEVER been disappointed with service, cleanliness, or the charm of the hotel. Location is EVERYTHING, steps away from everything. The upstairs rooms are the best! Private balconies that either overlook the foot hills of a large tin roof (That lulls you to sleep on a rainy night.) The gas fire place and jetted tub add to the ROMANCE of this location. (The directions for lighting the fireplace ask you to call the front desk, just incase some of the other travelers missed them and blamed the management.)

We return 4 to 6 times a year and are greeted as part of the family. This town will keep calling you back if you just listen. The hotel is not part of a larger chain and is family owned.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms offer more. Each has it's own balcony. The view of the foothills are nice, (r...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Don K
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California
Level Contributor
67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

I so wanted to give this hotel a higher rating. It's in a fantastic location right of the main drag in sleepy San Juan Bautista, has beautiful Mission-style interior, comfy beds, nice linens . . . However, we were very dismayed with several factors. The $20 extra person fee for our child when we had a room with two queens was our first disappointment, especially since it hadn't been disclosed when we called the hotel to make the reservation. The receptionist was rather gruff. She made a big point of sharing how many mistakes the person who took our reservation made - like getting our name & address wrong, underquoting us the room rate, not telling us about the extra person fee - but then did nothing to try to fix any problems on our end, resulting in us paying $30 dollars (plus the extra tax) more than originally quoted when we made the reservation. She offered to give us recommendations for dinner, but then said the name of the Mexican restaurant with such a heavy accent (that she hadn't had during the rest of our interaction) that we could not understand her, and when asked to repeat she told us to just look in the black binder in the lobby. Glad we kept asking her to repeat, because the restaurant - Doña Esther- was really good, but we might have missed out on it! The fact that the room did not have an in room coffee maker was a major shock, since I don't function well in public (even the breakfast room of a hotel) without at least one cup in the morning. I can't remember ever staying at a hotel in the U.S. that didn't have in room coffee. Finally, the TV had very poor reception, and since we don't have cable at home, watching tv at night in our hotel is always a big treat for our family, yet another disappointment.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank ChrisNMellB
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Travellers are raving about these San Juan Bautista hotels

San Pablo, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

We absolutely Enjoyed our visit at Posada de San Juan! The Staff was so friendly and professional, our room was cozy and comfortable and the light breakfast served was delicious. We will definitely stay there again! Alot of restaurants, pubs and a wonderful bakery are within walking distance and the locals are especially helpful and friendly. We went to San Juan Bautista to visit the Mission but ate and shopped in several places in town. *****Star experience!

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank bspeir1
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Fort Bragg, California
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

My wife and I stayed one night at this hotel on our way from northern California to Santa Barbara. It is a charming hotel in a quiet location within easy walking distance of some really good restaurants and Mission San Juan Bautista. We really enjoyed our stay, and will happily return if we have the chance. We travel a fair amount and found the mid-week rate of $108 a night for a spacious room with a King sized bed to be an exceptional value.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank John A
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Walnut Creek, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

This hotel was the worst I have ever stayed in especially for $100 a night. There haven't been any upgrades since the 70"s. The 13" TV was from the 70's with cords hanging down from the wall, the lamps didn't work, the linens were soiled, the bathtub jets were moldy and shower heads all crusty with sediment deposits. Internet connection wasn't clear, the beds were all squeeky and outdated, carpet was old and the list goes on. When I asked for a discount that we were very unhappy she only gave us back $25. I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. But we were tired and I didn't know any other place we could go to in that desolate area. Basically the place had never been renovated and even the owner had to come into our room to light the fireplace and start the pilot light for the fireplace. UGH UGH

Room Tip: no good rooms
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank titanian
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Property: Posada de San Juan
Address: 310 Fourth St, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Region: United States > California > San Juan Bautista
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Number of rooms: 31
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