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Rating: 3.86

Address: 14202 Hwy 49, Amador City, CA, 95601

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    Comments (43):

    1. Ashley T.
    Overall, WAY overpriced, Terrible service, and poor quality food.

    As a local resident, I would not suggest this restaurant to anyone. My friend and I went to dinner there and had the duck ($29) and the Rib Eye Steak ($30). It took our waitress 20 minutes to take our order another 20 minutes to bring the food and not once in between did she check on us, nor after the food was recieved, until she thought we might want desert. We were so dissappointed with the entree that we decided not to waste any more money on poor quality food for dessert (and I always get dessert). The meat was cooked decently, but I think the meat itself was of such poor quality that it seemed chewy to both of us (friend is a chef at an upscale restaurant). I have never paid $30 for a Rib Eye steak, occasionally a Filet Mingon or a New York, but never a rib eye. I can't figure out why the service was so terrible, we were the only table our server had to cover and she couldn't even come back to pick up the check to give us change, I had to walk around and find someone to get us change. If you're looking for a good quality meal at their prices, make the short drive to Taste in Plymouth. Everything is excellent, both service and food quality. If you're looking for a good steak like I was, go to J&D's Steakhouse in Sutter Creek (if on a weekend, make a reservation).

    23/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. El D.
    This review is for the hotel, above the restaurant.

    I just love this building - great atmosphere, very charming rooms, neat place to stay overnight when wine tasting at the great  newwineries springing up in Amador County.

    So why only 2 stars? - well, it's actually a 4 star buidling but I had a 1 star stay.  At 11:30 pm we were awakened by music blasting from the bar below - it turned out that the owners - yes, the owners! - were having a little party while shutting down the bar  Never mind their guests sleeping upstairs.

    They were pretty apologetic, turned the music off right away.  I go back upstairs, go back to sleep and then suddenly,, it must have been about 2 am, my fiancee and  I wake up sweating bullets.  Heat is blasting out of the duct in the ceiling 15 feet above the bed.  The room is like a sauna but the ceiling is too high to reach the duct to close it.  There is no heat control in the room so my fiancee tries to go out to the hallway to find a thermostat.  But it's pitch dark - somebody has turned off all of the lights and you can't see anything!  Talk about a hazard - this can't be to code.  The owners have left the building for the night and left the guests to fend for themselves.

    We retreat back to the room, open the window and try to get back to sleep but the hotel is at the top of a busy highway incline so we listen to big trucks strain up the incline all night long.

    Bottom line - real charming place, but the owners have no clue how to run a hotel.  I hear the restaurant is better.  If you stay, bring earplugs and a flashlight.

    27/04/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    3. John C.
    THis is not a bad place to sleep over a Saturday on an Amador wine weekend.  In fact, my wife and I have done so twice.

    We have yet to stay in the hotel proper, instead taking lodging at their expansion building just up the road.  

    The last time we lucked into the biggest suite at the regular room price and were happy with the bed and the huge tub.  Coffee is served to the entrance-way of this building every morning.

    We ate dinner and breakfast in the restaurant on both visits.  It is clear that they are hand making everything in the kitchen by the quality of the food.  It wasn't overly "fancied=up" either.

    This place is a true gem in a see of WestBesterns and DuperH8's bland motels.

    Try it. Some with like it. Some won't.

    19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Chew E.
    Not the nicest place I've ever stayed but it was OK. The room was decent, location nice. However, the restaurant staff were outside below our window talking until 11:45PM which was annoying. That, and the breakfast was just a piece of quiche. A great piece of quiche mind you, but for how much you pay to stay here it would have been nice to get a little more.  Anywho, overall it was OK, but there was definitely no "wow" factor. Oh yeah, and the bar was pretty cool.

    08/11/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Tina B.
    The food was delicious food, and lemon drop drinks are the best ever.  I will definitely be back.

    11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. P A.
    good food good services and half price drinks on wednesday nights.  they do, however, have bands playing sometimes and they are not always good.

    15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. marne s.
    This review is for the food only: My sister and I stayed at this hotel and had a very bad experience with the restaurant. Food very plain, overpriced and the service horrendous. I ordered the chicken, which came out with plain white rice, unseasoned vegetables and a sauce with canned mushrooms. Not sure if the chicken was microwaved or not, but boy was it dry.  I had to pay extra for two beet salads, which consisted of soggy lettuce and 3 beets. My sister had salmon with the same rice and unseasoned vegetables. We asked if the Salmon was fresh and the waitress told us it was, however, it was not fresh. We ordered the cheese plate, which was $14 and was all crackers, with 7 thin slices of cheese and a smidgen of brie. The service was horrendous from the waitress. When she served us the entrees, she took the cheese plate and did not even ask us if we were finished. Our meal ended up costing $100 for two. My sister was so upset she later talked to the bartender about how bad the food was. The cook came out and she asked him if the fish was fresh and he had the nerve to state "it was fresh when it came from Alaska, but no it was not fresh". The owner was sitting at the bar the whole time listening to my sister complain about the food and she said nor did nothing, she walked away like she did not wan't to hear it. I am disappointed in the lack of professionalism of this establishment. Also, both my sister and I had stomach aches the entire night from the food. The only redeeming quality of this place is the history of this unique hotel. My sister was informed that they never read reviews on the internet, which was a complete shock as this is what good restaurants do, because they learn from the reviews. Do not waste your hard earned money on this restaurant.

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Kelly K.
    I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the hotel's restaurant very recently, midweek so it was a slow night, though I am told reservations are usually recommended. The hotel looks quite old in a good way, and the dining room was comfortable and nicely furnished--neither kitschy nor stuffy. Linens rather than paper napkins (thank you); spare of decoration but that simply made the space restful. Our server was prompt, polite and, happily, unobtrusive. She was there when we needed her but didn't intrude unnecessarily.

    The menu isn't extensive--compared to chain restaurants--but offered a good variety of starters and entrees. Our party had beet salads and mixed green salads to start, bypassing several options for cheese plates, minestrone soup etc. Some of the entrees were also available as starters, which made sampling easy. For entrees, we tried the pumpkin ravioli and the organic pasta with artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in a light cream sauce. The latter arrived steaming hot and well-balanced, having just enough cream sauce to taste without getting "soupy."  We finished with excellent coffee and small cremes brulees. For the quality of the food, and the experience generally, it was a bargain.

    I'd make a point of returning here if I am ever in the area again. I'd even go out of my way to eat here again.

    24/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Chia R.
    The B&B has its old time charm. We stayed there for 1 night with our friends. We stayed at room 5, and it was great. However, room 6, where our friends stayed, had an interesting odor. When we checked out, we were told that there was a ghost miner that linger around. The room has been disinfected and all, but apparently the odor was always there. We thought it was a weird explanation, however, our dinner at the patio was great. The atmosphere was nice and the food was good. So, I'd still recommend this hotel, though maybe stay away from room 6. We weren't squeamish about the ghost story, but I just like the hotel room to be clean. Then this hotel deserves a 5-star rating!

    31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Moe W.
    Loved this place!!!! Great food great drink!! The best service :)

    16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Sarah R.
    We had our Wedding Rehearsal Dinner here on 5/6/11. We rented the place out and had EXCELLENT food! Wow! We had cheese plates, salads, 3 menu choices and cheese cake for dessert. we were allowed to bring in our own wine with a corkage fee. They worked very well with taking pre orders and I think everyone's food orders were correct. The food did not all come out at the same time, but no one was in a rush and so it work out fine. They served all people sitting at the same table together at the same time.
    The food was excellent! Perfect meat, chicken and pasta dishes (I tried them all). The drink service was excellent! following the dinner they opened up their full bar to all our extra friends and family that werent invited to the rehearsal dinner! It was perfect!
    The ambiance was beautiful, flower centerpiece in the center of each table, clean linens and bathrooms. LIghting was nice, not too bright or dim.
    I love this Area! The people who worked here were kind professional and took pride in their establishment as they should! I cant wait to go back!

    We have also been here to "try out" several dishes! All were amazing! Service was kind and professional.

    10/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Sarah G.
    Mike & I just got back from an overnight stay at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City.  I agree with the first post, this is a great old building that's been nicely restored and the location was perfect to road trip/wine taste the area.  We walked around Amador City (in 5 minutes) both in the evening and the morning, which is totally cute. in the morning we went to the bakery up the street after breakfast just to get some cookies for the road.  I wisht i would have picked up one of their sandwiches though...they looked the shizzle.

    The staff is nice & welcoming.  We stayed in Room 6.  The room was clean and the bed was comfortable except they really should invest in some feather pillows (maybe there were some in the wardrobe but I didn't check) but the bed was comfy and all in all the room was fine, though I hated seeing curtain pulls with out curtains or even sheers (budget).  There is Trader Joe's products in the shower (much more sustainable than having little bottles of things) and a nice towel warmer.  Cozy!  There was a stand alone heater in the bedroom so we didn't have any temperature issues.

    After a G&T in the bar, we ate that night in the restaurant.  For appetizers, we had the pumpkin raviolis and beet salad - both were good.  For our entree we had the pork chop (with a yummy pear topping) and the duck (with a yummy raseberry port reduction) -both were yummy yummy and again the wait staff were attentive and very nice.  For dessert we had only the expresso ice-cream which is served with pieces of dark mint chocolate -perfect!!  we had nice local wine -Cooper Sauvignon Blanc with dinner (we're on a white wine kick!) and local port with dessert.  We then went to the bar and some locals were there (it was halloween), everyone was very nice and conversation was struck up easily.  We went up to bed at about 10ish.

    Next morning the breakfast was served -bacon and eggs, pretty run of the mill.  eggs were scrambled with 2 peices of bacon and one piece of raisin toast. in reality i could have eaten double what was served but did i need to? HA!

    We had a nice visit in Amador City and the next day we went to Cooper and bought a few bottles of wine for the upcoming season.

    02/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Cellar Rat D.
    I have not stayed here yet (as I live directly behind this establishment, but the next time I plan to venture out from my house, I will stay here for a week. Just kidding).

    Egad, if I pen even a single syllable about the food at the Imperial, it would ineluctably construed as utter drivel, so I shall refrain from composing half a letter in regards to it. Plus, I don't know a dang thing about food except that it is "went down easily" or "came back up." And Frankly, well...I have not consumed enough of the fare here to be an impartial judge. Or, like other Yelp reviewers, Judge, Jury and Executioner. And in some cases, the Governor that stays the execution.

    Forsooth! Drink the wine (and ales!)! Great selection of local wineries (Amador, El Dorado). The pie behind the bar can be a bit cold, but beyond that, if Cody (not "Corey:...lol..."Corey"...heh) is working (which he's not...he doesn't work there any more), he'll get ya schnockered with a few fingers of good whiskey, an almost-to-the-brim glass filled with the luscious wines of the Shenandoh', or milk (just kidding on the milk. Sheesh!). Anyway, booze good here.

    19/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Nic M.
    Best restaurant in the county!

    06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Troy P.
    Top to bottom, fantastic! The Old Building is full of charm and the rooms are quaint but high end with all the needed amenities.  The Bar below had local wines (the best offerings) with great by the glass and bottle selection.  Also, it was stocked with quailty spirits like Germain Robin and Noceto Grappa.  Food was excellent,  both for dinner and the BB breakfast in the morning.  The price was modest considering the options and the staff was very friendly and attentive.  The Town is very central to Amador wine country and Fairplay too.  Great tip, the balacony is open to all guests, we sat up top and enjoyed a cheese plate with some rose.  The back also has an amazing courtyard feel, dont forget to check that out.

    24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Amy L.
    Our whole experience was just okay.  We weren't greeted when we checked in - the person tending bar looked up as we came in, but didn't say hello or offer to help until we said we were checking in.  It set the tone for the whole stay.

    It was a very cold day, and no one had thought to leave the heat on low in the room, so it was ice cold when we went in.  We turned it on high and left for an hour - but what if we'd wanted to shower and get ready for dinner?  Speaking of the shower, it was warm but not hot.  The towel heater didn't function.   We were only given two towels, which seemed skimpy for two people (I use two, myself).  The room was very cute and I loved the view, but the bed was very hard, very squeaky, and the pillows were awful.

    The restaurant... yikes.  They are trying to be upscale, and the menu is nice, but the execution needs help.  For example, butter is not itself a sauce, you have to do something with it and make something of it.  Chicken on a plate swimming in melted butter... just not that yummy.  The front of the house staff were nice and tried hard, but the kitchen is not helping them out.  Basket of bread was clearly microwaved, and as we all know, microwaving bread makes it instantly stale.  Dessert was so sweet we couldn't eat it.  Don't get me started on the breakfast of under-cooked egg beaters and over-buttered English Muffin.  Also, the ambiance in the restaurant is odd.  The faux-Tuscan paint is incongruous with the building, and it's not even finished - parts of trim are painted green, parts not... it's very strange.

    In all, it's a lovely old building, but someone who is a little more attentive to detail needs to come help these guys out.

    06/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    17. Cindy L.
    Such a lovely spot, enjoyed a great dinner here a year ago but this time really missed the mark! Service was slow, nothing was wow and my steak was both tough and cooked medium when I asked for rare medium rare, the mashed potatoes were over salted and the vegetables were overcooked and plain boring! Wish I was the only one in our party to be less than impressed but no one was excited out their meal......

    20/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Alex L.
    The Imperial hotel is the perfect (and only) place in minuscule Amador City to get a good drink, or a drink period for that matter. I've joined city residents and friends on many occasions here for happy hour cocktails. It's a great atmosphere to share laughs and get a buzz on. Like many buildings in this area, the feel is authentic "old school" gold rush. I can't speak to the quality of the dining or lodging experience as I haven't done either, but I do encorage anyone passing through town to come in, belly up to the old bar and ask the friendly bartender for a drink.

    12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Mary T.
    The most wonderful and amazing hotel with a great staff and delicious food. My husband and I take many trips to the gold country and now that we found this place we will be taking more. This place a Gold Nugget on its own!

    23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Alanna R.
    My parents found this quaint bed and breakfast outside of Stockton a few years ago and have been returning yearly ever since. We recently returned from our annual trip to Amador City, my 5th, after a lovely weekend wine tasting, walking around the small downtown and eating lots of delicious food.

    The Inn is owned by a lovely woman, Mary Ann, who is usually around at some point during the weekend. She always is willing to fill us in on the local going-ons and takes great care of us.

    The Imperial Hotel is a great bed and breakfast that has six rooms in the main building and three suits across the street about a block away. I would recommend the main building because you can sit out on the balcony and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch cars come around the bend.

    Each room is different and has unique antique furniture, linens and a slightly different layout. Each mattress and bed frame is also different but of the three rooms I've stayed in over the years, I've never found one that was terrible. Rooms are always clean and made up and there have been increasingly more toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, makeup wipes, and cotton swabs this last visit). Closets have a modern hair dryer hidden away in them-- there's an old, old version on the wall, too-- and extra blankets. If it's cold, there are extra blankets and an electric radiator, if it's hot, turn on the ceiling fan and open a window. Overall, it's a quaint and really well-priced place to stay if you are wine tasting in Sutter Creek or sight seeing in gold country.

    As for the restaurant, it's where you will receive breakfast each morning if you are staying upstairs or across the street. You get a cold choice (locally made granola, yogurt, and fruit with a choice of juice and coffee or tea) and a hot choice which is usually something like a hot egg dish (quiche or french toast or something) with your juice choice and coffee/tea.

    Dinners at the restaurant are always exceptional. They have a seasonal menu but the bistro steak with a gorgonzola cheese sauce, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables has been the one staple. Wine selection, being that it's wine country, is excellent and they also have a full bar and a couple beers on tap. I have never had a bad meal at the restaurant and I've had quite a few there.

    My family and friends will continue to return to the Imperial Hotel because Mary Ann is an excellent host, because the old-time saloon makes us feel like we really are in a brothel (one of the building's uses during the gold rush), because it's quaint, and because we can sit out on the balcony and let time pass by. A great place to get away from it all!

    27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Steven W.
    We had dinner on a Saturday night. Started with coffee for me and a glass of wine for the wife. Both excellent. The Hostess/Waitress said our table would be ready by 5pm, so we waited at the bar. 5:10 rolled around so we asked about our table. She had forgotten us, and we were the only people there at the time.

    It was a nice day, so we decided to sit outside. Nice grounds, aside from the cat's bed (cardboard box) the resident cat sleeps in is right next to the door (along with the cat food bowl). You can't miss it. It's unsightly, and plain foolish to think of placing it there.

    We ordered pesto and cheese stuffed mushrooms and caesar salad. Both good, but not great. The anchovies were not blended into the dressing, they were placed whole on top of the salad. That gives the salad a completely different taste - FISHY.

    For dinner I had the swordfish special with rice and asparagus, and my wife had the duck plate. Both were excellent! Good portions, well presented and plated. Overall, the service was a tad slow, but the dinner was worth the wait. Total bill after tip was $115.00

    The place has so much potential, but needs better management and ideas. For starters, you don't play "Jewel" and "Jack Johnson" (vocal soft rock) as background music to over 40 dinner guests that are paying good money for an elegant dinner. Not at those prices. Never play vocal music at an up scale restaurant. You play pleasant instrumental classical dinner music. Classy prices DEMAND classy atmosphere. Proper mood and ambiance is EVERYTHING for a restaurant! It can make or break it. If the atmosphere is warm, pleasant, and inviting, then it will cover up for what is lacking in service or a so so dish.

    The bathrooms are clean and nice, but as I passed by the kitchen area, I couldn't help to notice how loud it was in there. I'm glad I didn't sit inside and listen to pots and pans clang around.

    There is so much that could be done to the place to make it more elegant and inviting, and they need to do so, or lower the prices.

    15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Parris S.
    The Imperial Hotel is charming, sweet and has a lovely restaurant and bar. With Andrae's Bakery so close, it's a sweet spot to spend a weekend.
    This being said, I am only giving 3 stars instead of 5 due to the odd morning we had at the time of our check out.

    I was so impressed the night before where we were presented with cards with which to write down our breakfast choices for the morning so that they would be ready.
    "No continental breakfast this!" I happily thought.

    Sadly, when we arrived that morning and was told by the morning cook (definitely not the same cooks which served us an elegant dinner the night before) that it had been so long since she had done a soft boiled egg that she would have trouble remembering. I said that it was no problem and that scrambled egg was fine. (How putting an egg in a boiling pot of water for three minutes is difficult for someone who is a cook, I won't know, but ok.)

    After an ok breakfast my husband and I decided to take in the cute shops of Amador City and stop by the bakery to pick up a lunch treat. It was 10:00 and we had a checkout at 11:00, so we packed up most our things, leaving our bathroom kit behind as we wanted to brush teeth and freshen up before the long haul back home.
    We returned from our adventure about 10:30 to find that the toiletries bag and our other effects were sitting on top of the hood of the car out in plain view for anyone to see.

    "That's odd" we thought.
    Then we went up to the room to find that it was occupied by our early morning cook doing cleaning and that it soon became apparent that she had dumped our stuff on our car to get the room clean early.
    I was enraged.

    Checkout is at 11:00! You work here, so how does this escape you? If you thought we had checked out early, the clear sign that there were still items in the room and that our room key had not been returned should be a sure sign that we were still planning to use the room.
    It is hotel good manners 101 (God, even basic human etiquette) that YOU NEVER TOUCH THE GUESTS PERSONAL BELONGINGS.

    I'm very grateful that I didn't store my jewelry in there as I had the night before! Also, there is a front desk, why would you move all our things to the wide open world when there's a perfectly good host desk that they could have safely been placed.
    We received a backwards apology along the lines of "We have big day today, I wanted to get started."
    Well, I'm very sorry to have put a kink in your day and from here on out if we ever consider coming back you can be sure that we won't be ordering breakfast and will post a 24 hour watch on our door.

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    23. Brandon L.
    Welcome to gold country!!!  This hotel is as old as the gold mines that are within walking distance....a real historic treat.  Cool old bar with a great ambience: romantic and down-home with a twinge of old west appeal.  I would feel at home with dusty boots, a six shooter, and my horse tied up outside.  Amador City has just over 100 residents and most consider this place the best for cocktails and dinner.  Don't come here if you're in a hurry or looking for world famous cuisine.  The down home feel means that they take their time to learn your name and treat you like any other resident.  Very friendly staff makes you feel at home and helps you forget about the rat race of the big city.  The food is pretty good and the drinks are made well.  Bring a smile and leave the pretentious food critics at home.  This place is a good place to take a deep breath of the old west and enjoy the world class wines of the area.  A must see for anyone spending time on the historic 49er trail.  

    I have never stayed there, but my friends and family who have stayed at the hotel say that it is cozy, comfortable, and relaxing.

    11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Andrea V.
    Ok brutal honesty..  Definitely haunted in the main building. Probably due to the fact that the town cemetery is in the backyard! The main building rooms are nice with the creepy haunted vibe. Our room had a wasp issue so we were moved to the cottages up the street. The cottages were very nice and comfy with none of the creepy dizzy feelings of the main building. The staff was very nice and accommodating with the exception of the owner Maryann. She was pretty grumpy and condescending from the get go as well as on the phone before we arrived. Everyone else was really nice though. Great food for breakfast that came included in the stay.  The dinner was ok the rice and mashed potatoes were better than the meat.  The dessert was super teeny tiny and 7$!  The bartender chick was cool, had some great ghost stories for us. The evil cat in the back courtyard looked like he wanted to claw your face off if approached... Must belong to grumpy owner....
    My friend had her service dog with her, had some problems over the phone with Maryann trying to switch our rooms before we got there because of the dog. But ended up moving due to the wasps anyways. Either the building is really haunted, or it's the owners bad vibe permeating...... Overall a fun place to visit, the shops and everything there closes at like 5! So get started early :)

    30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. Denny B.
    This review is for the dinner only.

    Three course meal is a real deal at $27.  It is available on some days of the week.

    Unfortunately,we passed on the specials and both of our meals NY steak and brochettes of beef lacked any real flavor - bland, not grilled well.  Mashed potatoes had a nice garlic flavor and the veggies were done correctly.  I don't know what is considered the house specialty, but we didn't end up with it.  Super nice wait staff.  Beautiful dining room, bar and surrounding areas.  Pricey, even for the area that is know for having VERY LIMTED food choices for fine dining.

    Had the special drink of the day - pomegranate martini - they came out brown.  Never thought pomegranates were brown.

    We might try staying there next time we are in the area.

    23/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    26. Jana C.
    Gold Country really grabs me...why? Dunno if it's the Chinese legacy left here, with many lives lost and many lost in a new world, hoping to pave a good life with job prospects. For whatever reason, I'm always drawn to locales with lots of history.

    A wonderful little 6 roomed mini establishment, but with solid credentials, both for the upkeep of the place as well as the quality of bedding....and the breakfast...great!

    It's cozy, it's classic, it's timeless...just off the street on the north side of Old CA Rd, before one rounds the bend..

    Stayed in room 6--okay. I'd highly recommend, if one were fortuitous to secure it, a front room with walkout balcony...awesome to have the fresh air coming in...

    Unforgettable was the well-cooked eggs benedict and the glorious breakfast in the morning. Not much around the area, so let your company be your entertainment! =)

    09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Shawn D.
    Great spot to escape for the weekend. We stayed in a cottage suite, which was quite lovely. The required jacuzzi tub was very nice. I loved sitting on the front porch early in the morning drinking coffee that was delivered up to the cottage. The breakfast was good, and the outside dining area was beautiful. Wifi was supposedly available at the hotel, but not at the cottage. Though nobody could figure out how to access it.

    07/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Shaki S.
    Don't get me wrong, I love this hotel and Amador City is a solid, quite lovely gold country town.  The hotel was purchased by a couple back in the early 90s and they did an incredibly fabulous restoration job.  I know this because I stayed here back in 1992 and listened to them describe to us in detail and with great exhuberance their restoration project.  Their committment to the historical integrity and period decor of that era was obvious in the  work done throughout the hotel.  Each of the rooms was decorated in a unique stylish theme.

    Unfortunately after 15 years they sold it and it's been through various  owners who haven't shown the  hotel the same TLC.  The current owner (I think third since the couple sold it ) like the past two, are simply maintaining it to its former restored grandeur although it is now becoming somewhat frayed around the edges.  This is evident since we visited last year and the old dusty hallway carpeting is the same throughout in the rooms; the individual color and decorating themes in each room have not been updated and instead some have been white washed to a drab easy to maintain color scheme.  This may sound strange but I almost felt the grand old hotel's sadness.  

    The Imperial Hotel was special in that it stood out from the rest of the many hold Gold Rush era hotels, i.e. The Ledger (Mok Hill), The National (Nevada City), The National (Jamestown), The Holbrooke (Grass Valley), etc.  --which all suffer from poor restoration jobs and/or neglect.

    These old hotels are obviously very expensive to maintain--as I found out when my foot practically went through the back porch when I was checking out the view-- but there are quite a few of them in the Gold Country and from a pure competitive business standpoint--it pays to make these places shine-- and it's the right thing to do.

    The bartender, btw, is very friendly and interesting to talk to and the restaurant is flat out beautiful.  Our meals for breakfast and dinner were also quite good.

    22/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Kristina S.
    The chef there is Amazing and the owner is such a sweet lady. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to have fantastic experience!

    07/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Danielle C.
    My boyfriend and I absolutely loved our stay at the Imperial Hotel! Our room (we were in a cabin suite) was beautiful, large and had a jacuzzi tub. We stayed there after a day of wine tasting in Amador County. We had a great meal at the hotel restaurant, had coffee delivered right to our room, and had an excellent breakfast at the hotel as well. Hopefully the town grows and adds more attractions to make a stay worth while.

    30/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Tammy D.
    Checked in on a Friday afternoon (105 degrees out in June, unusual weather for them).  Pete the bar manager greeted us quickly and had us checked in within 5 minutes we had our bags and were off to our room (#1).  The room is cute and clean, love the brick wall and the bed is comfortable (sitting on it right now).  
    Went down to the bar and had a glass of wine at a reasonable price of $5.  Then we did the wine pairing dinner with about 25 other guests and it was fun and yummy.  
    Explored the area on Saturday and did some wine tastings.  Returned to the hotel around 5pm and had a nice dinner and some yummy cocktails, spent the rest of the night watching the square dancers in the street from our balcony.

    We are from the East Coast so 8am breakfast is late for us (we are 3 hours ahead of the area in our minds), but the coffee out at 7am is a nice touch.  

    The towels are huge and soft and great.  Room one has very high ceilings and two big windows that do allow light from the street lamps in all night long.  Also the air conditioning may not be on at night as it gets uncomfortable to sleep.

    Overall, cute place, just what we expected.

    30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. Margaret K.
    If you like small portions and high prices this is the place for you. The garden is beautiful, ambiance is great. Our waitress clearly did not care, did not notice we had no silverware. Responded slowly to requests and was talking in the phone. For three of us, one of the meals was excellent, the lamb special for $30. The rest were mediocre and not worth the 23 and 25 dollars respectively.  The bistro steak tasted of mustard which was not noted on the description and was over cooked.  Desert was sold out and inadequate.

    03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    33. Kathy M.
    A friend and I stayed here on a Monday evening. We were in the area to go wine tasting and this hotel was fabulous! We checked in and she made us reservations for dinner. We were the only people staying at the hotel. The rooms were clean and cozy. The lady also made us waffles for breakfast which were outstanding! Highly recommend!!!

    26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Steve M.
    We are writing this review for the restaurant as we have never actually stayed here, but have been a few times for dinner.  We have had some of the best meals here.  The first was by far the best though.  My wife credits this place for serving her the 'best filet she has ever had'.  High praise indeed from her.

    14/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Don L.
    Just returned yesterday from a wonderful find!  The Imperial Hotel is truly worth a visit! We stayed one night, should have stayed two. The hotel is immaculate, the food is wonderful, the rooms so charming and cozy.  Kim, Nicole, Kyle, Robert, Joan were so kind to us.  It was so much fun getting to know them.  Thank you all for making our trip to your beautiful city so much fun!  

    Did I mention the food???  Wonderful!!!  Chef Robert is amazing, Nicole was so much fun as our server, Kyle - so friendly and those tats!!!  Very cool, Kyle! Joan, breakfast was wonderful and you were so kind to give us info. about the area.  And Kim . . . what can I say!  You really made our visit perfect from the moment we walked in.  You were very busy but paid very kind attention to us, making our trip very memorable!  Bless your heart :*)  Again, thanks to all and we will return with our daughter and son-in-law for sure.  I almost forgot to mention all of the nice locals that we met in the bar and restaurant.  And . . . . . the bakery up the street!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You must go there too!  Andrae's Bakery andraesbakery.com was so cool!  The food, the young women working there = very friendly and helpful!  Go to Amador City!

    Don and Terri

    09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Misty M.
    In the beginning we were happy yay a cute hotel with terrace and balconies. Well sure but it's a common balcony not attached to our room. We had dinner in the garden which was nice it was quiet and secluded we appreciated that. I had the lamb it was good but I woke up sick and vomiting at 4 am. Well I actually didn't wake up I couldn't sleep cause the room was so hot, you can't  control your A/C yourself and the ceiling fan was going to rattle off. They actually gave us tools to fix it  HA! We also have a service dog prescription and the lady tried to charge us a pet fee! I would not stay here again the next night moved to sutter creek paid 75.00 and our room was so cool and nice the people were amazing. I will never stay here again it was awful!

    15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    37. Melisa O.
    It took us a long time to decide where we would have our wedding, we decided on the Imperial Hotel and we truly made a great decision!  From the ease of working with Mary Ann, the ability to feel like the place was ours, the flexibility of decorating like we had dreamed, it really was a dream come true.  The night was perfect, the food was spectacular, the service was impeccable!  We will FOREVER remember our most special day and Mary Ann and her crew made it all possible!  Thank you one and all, the memories will last forever!

    27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Susie S.
    Always consistent and great food.  Service is always outstanding

    01/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Uncle S.
    I've been to the bar during motorcycle rides, but had never eaten at the restaurant or stayed at the hotel until last week.  

    We stayed two nights for my girlfriend's birthday.  It was an outstanding stay. The staff was excellent. Tess was our bartender and private musician. Emily served us dinner and was very attentive. Joan brought coffee right to our room and handled breakfast on both mornings. The guys behind the bar (Connor and Pete) were great too as out glasses were always full.  We stayed in the main hotel building the first night.  Tess said that it was her favorite room, so I took her advice. It was a great room with balcony access.  The second night we stayed in a suite at the cottage.  We were the only people at the cottage, so it was very quiet.  The jacuzzi tub and terrific front porch were very relaxing.  I will stay at the Imperial Hotel again without hesitation.  It's the best combination of bed'n breakfast and restaurant/hotel.

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Dan O.
    We like staying here every year. Fits the bill for small town gold country charm. Breakfast was awesome and service was good. Rooms 1 & 2 have the balcony on the second floor that overlooks the creek and the town. Come here every year to stay for the behind the cellar door event and enjoy it time and time again.

    09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Karlijn V.
    A visit to the Gold Country and staying at this old brothel must definitely be on your bucket list. Amador is a cute little town not far from some decent wineries.

    The Imperial Hotel is great. Is has a special vibe to it I really love. We stayed in a garden cottage suite, located in a 1930s building nearby. We had dinner at the restaurant, I was suprised to see it was not fully booked. Food was good, the staff lovely and they serve great cocktails and local wines.

    Next morning, we enjoyed drinking the coffee & tea they brought to our cottage in the sun on our little patio. Breakfast at the hotel was perfect and included in the room price.

    One minor negative point: the room was not the cleanest I've seen in my life. There was quite some dust and a dog had been staying in our room before. It smelled pretty  "doggy" and my son's sofa bed was full of dog hair. He was very happy to sleep with us in the big bed so no stars lost for this :-).

    07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Elizabeth W.
    A friend used to live in Amador County so took us up here for the weekend to show us around, and our hotel was the Imperial Hotel. What a wonderful find.

    We stayed in room 6, which is in the back upstairs with an east facing window. We had no trouble with noise during the night or sleeping, though the old floors creak so you will hear it when the first guests start stirring to grab a cup of complimentary coffee set out in the hallway. Also, be aware that all rooms in the main hotel are up a steep flight of stairs. They do have suites located down the street which appeared to be a single story building.

    The bed was very comfortable. Usually my back really dislikes me sleeping anywhere but my own bed but I had no such trouble here.

    Breakfasts were fresh and delicious. First day it was a breakfast burrito with fresh fruit, second day it was blueberry French toast with fruit. Both were lovely. If you're not into hot food you can choose the cold breakfast instead.

    The bar was lively and bartenders were very friendly.

    We attended a wine makers dinner with a local winery called Wine Tree Farms (do check them out when you're here, Corrine does delicious wines, I was particularly fond of her blends). The food (and of course wines) was delicious and paired quite well. The duck in particular was a standout for me, and the chocolate cake for dessert was delicious.

    We will definitely stay here again when back up in Amador County.

    04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Lorena C.
    We were looking for some lunch yesterday and walked into this hotel. Amazing Sweet Potato Fries accompanied with the burger and nice local wine!!

    26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0