Welcome to our Hotel Reviews! We stay in some pretty interesting places all over the world and we love sharing our experiences with you! We hope you find our Historic Cary House Hotel reviews helpful as you plan your journey. Today we’re sharing our wild west experience in California’s Gold Country, Placerville.
Just as many legends had found themselves at the Historic Cary House Hotel in Placerville, California -we too had arrived. After a journey through the Sacramento Valley and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we found ourselves in Placerville, a historic gold mining town just outside of Coloma where the first gold discovery was made in 1848, and where Robert James, the father of Jesse James, lived his last day. Naturally, given our predisposition to epic legends and folklore, we knew a fairytale sleep was in order. What we didn’t know is we were staying in one of the most legendary hotels in all the Wild West.
About the Historic Cary House Hotel
The Historic Cary House Hotel opened in 1857 by William Cary. At first, this three-story hotel had 77 luxurious rooms. A place where only the wealthiest of people would stay. From famous politicians to gold striking miners, the Cary House Hotel was suited for people with money. With guest book signatures by Mark Twain and Buffalo Bill, there’s no doubt these walls have a tale or two. Today, the Cary House sits with four stories and 40 rooms after a stint of operating as a Wells Fargo office. You can imagine there was a lot of gold being handled then. Years later during an excavation, $600 in gold nuggets and dust were reportedly found in the basement and ended up funding the 4th floor and elevator in 1931. The cool part is that this elevator still works, and is in fact the second oldest operating elevator west of the Mississippi.
Legendary Guests of the Historic Cary House Hotel
If you stay at the Historic Cary Hotel, you’d be adding yourself to the guest list after these legends:
- Buffalo Bill
- Black Bart (a famous stagecoach robber)
- James B. Hume (the Sheriff that puts Wyatt Erp under the table)
- Mark Twain
- Levi Strauss (yep, the guy who sorta invented your jeans)
- Hank Monk (a famous stagecoach driver)
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Lola Montez (a famous gold rush vamp)
Historic Cary House Hotel Reviews
If you’re looking to stay in a high-end, luxury, super-duper swank hotel with amenities out the ying-yang, this is not your place. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, personal, with history, great service, comfort, clean rooms and convenience -this is a great place for you. For our Historic Cary House Hotel reviews, we gave 90 Fairytale Sleeps points based on staff, heritage-rich ambiance, convenience and value.
Super Friendly Staff
You’ll find the front desk to be very delightful. One thing we enjoy most about staying in “one-and-only” properties is the one-on-one attention we get from the staff. With a small team of people working around the clock, you feel just like family. The Cary House staff is great, was able to manage everything we needed and went above and beyond to make our experience memorable.
Heritage Rich Ambiance and Events to Bring You Back
Staying in historic places means finding a special ambiance that really highlights the heritage of a destination. It is the main reason we stay in bed and breakfasts and historic inns like the Cary House. What better way to experience the heritage and legends of a destination than to sleep in the midst of it. Here you’ll find antique furniture, wild west stained glass, and woodwork that brings you back to the thriving gold rush era of Placerville. It’s really like a walk into the past.
Something that the Cary House does that is super cool is events. If you plan your trip around these, you’ll find yourself really turning up the experience with things like:
- Wine tasting events every Friday night
- Silent Film Saturdays
- Scheduled Murder Mystery nights and live music and wine events click here for schedule
It’s nearly impossible not to be convenient in Placerville since it’s such a tiny town. Everything you would find yourself doing is literally a short walk up the main street. From the hotel, you are a stone’s throw from Mel’s Diner, a hipster pub next door, boutique shops, antique stores, and dining. You really have everything right at your feet here. I would have liked to see maybe a nice all-day coffee bar and some refreshments for purchase, just so you can grab something and go (especially for that late-night snack lol).
Value for the Price
The Historic Cary House Hotel is priced pretty competitively with other historic inns and B&B’s we have stayed in however those places have all offered breakfast, an afternoon refreshment hour, a coffee bar, and in-room sherry or bottled water. I really think those elements stand out and I would have liked to see them at such a beautiful property. With this in mind, I think they could come down a little in price.
Historic Cary House Hotel reviews were made possible by the Cary House Hotel, special thanks to them for hosting us. While we were given complimentary accommodations, this in no way changes our review of this property. Historic Cary House Hotel reviews were created from our first hand experience as travelers as are all of our hotel reviews. Please feel free to comment below if you have anything you would like to add to our Historic Cary House Hotel reviews. Thank you!