When you see a lot of glowing reviews of a property it usually makes me wonder how accurate they are. But my wife surprised me with a stay at the Tallman Hotel for my birthday and I want to tell you this is going to reinforce those glowing reviews.
Living just a few miles from the property I’ve been there a few times to the Blue Wing Saloon and toured the hotel but never stayed until now. I’m glad I did!
The room that we stayed in is room #9 which has a Japanese soaking tub in a garden outside. The room is really spacious and very comfortable. You have a porch on the front to relax and enjoy any music at the hotel or adjacent Blue Wing Saloon and then a nice little patio in the back that has that soaking tub. The room, the property and everything about it are absolutely immaculate. It’s clear that their housekeeping procedures are very effective and the staff really, really cares about the guests. Not a speck of dust, towels all clean and neatly folded, bed beautifully made. I also own a resort and the attention to detail here is absolutely impressive.
Everything in the room works perfectly and the quality of the supplies and linens are first-rate. Frankly, if you’re in the hotel business you could come stay at this property to set an example for how to run a place - it’s that well done. The Butcher family that owns the place have absolutely found their calling. I believe all this property was renovated 10 years ago but it might as well have been yesterday given the first-rate condition of everything in the room.
The decor in the room fits the vintage hotel without being cheesy or dated feeling at all. Whoever decorated this place should probably have it first on their resume, it’s very tastefully done with a recognition of the past without feeling dated. Nice job.
Perhaps my favorite part of the room/experience was outside in the soaking tub. These are deep wooden tubs that are filled with 98° water. Unlike most spa tubs, you can get your entire self under the nice, still, warm water. If you’re feeling stressed or grouchy this will solve that. These are a nice touch and both my wife and I fit comfortably in the tub and neither of us are small people. Sitting in the tub listening to the birds and watching the trees sway was really a terrific experience. Good bye blood pressure medication, hello Japanese soaking tub!
There is no ‘but’ at the end of this review. There is no “for the money” or anything like that. Bottom line I was really, really impressed with my stay at the Tallman Hotel on every level. The people are nice, the place is immaculate and it is a quality experience. So it’s great if you’re coming to the area to visit or even if you live a few miles away and want to feel like you’ve traveled to a wonderful and different place. Good job, Tallman owners and team members! You’re really setting the bar high and that’s a good thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This handsome country hotel, built in the 1890s, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility in 2006. The historic hotel received one of seven statewide historic preservation awards and is listed on the California Register of Historic Resources. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tallman Hotel Upper Lake
- Tallman Hotel Lake County, California