First built in 1851 during the early days of the California Gold Rush by German immigrant George Leger, this historic hotel was destroyed by fires and rebuilt three times, most recently in 1874. Located in the town of Mokelumne Hill, the richest strike of the Mother Lode, it is still operating as one of the oldest hotels in California. Once the County seat of Calaveras County, the original County courthouse and jail were purchased by George Leger in 1864 and are now part of the hotel. Featuring historic rooms filled with antique furniture, the original saloon, and a beautiful backyard courtyard with a pool and three 150-year old orange trees, the Hotel Leger is a wonderful place to experience the history of the California Gold Rush days.
One of our largest rooms, with access to the Main St. balcony where you can relax with morning coffee or watch the afternoon sunset paint the clouds while enjoying a glass of wine. A beutiful antique double bed, dresser, armoire and chair furnish the room. Full en suite bathroom.
Our largest room, the Courtyard suite is the only room accessed from outside the hotel. Located inside the gated backyard setting with our three 150-year old orange trees, it has direct access to the pool, deck and lawn.. The 3-room suite includes a livingroom, full bath and a small kitchenette for extended stays. It is the only room with a television. The seperate bedroom has a high-rise queen 4 poster bed, armoire and a small table with chairs.
A beutiful spacious room facing Main St, it has two full beds with feather comforters and a dresser. Original hardwood floors. Full private en suite bath. Can be combined with connecting room to make a two-room suite with three beds. Balcony access to enjoy watching the downtown atmosphere.
Our largest upstairs, this victorian style corner room has an antique queen size bed, private bath with shower and tub. The balcony is accressable and provides a view of historic Main St. and the afternoon sunset. Also includes a large sitting area and marbled fireplace. "Staff's #1 Favorite".
This is a beutiful large room with full size antique bed. It features a sitting area, including an antique sofa, chairs and table with two chairs beside a wonderfully romantic fireplace. This room is the perfect spot for some nice conversation, a great book, or to just relax together in front of a fire. It shares a bathroom across the hallway with room 5 next door if both are occupied.
This large room has two full size beds with a table in the room. If you are working on the road or have your family along this is a great room. This room is quite relaxing and has a private en suite bathroom with a shower only. Located in the quieter part of the hotel, with a rear courtyard view of our 150-year old orange trees.
Charming cozy room with ample space located in the rear of the building overlooking the courtyard. Antique full size bed, dresser and rocking chair, it is the only room with a clawfoot tub (no shower), located in the spacious private bathroom right next door to room. (hallway access). "Another staff favorite!"
One of our smallest rooms, is our least expensive, for the budget-minded traveler. Featuring an antique double bed and dresser, with a view of the rear courtyard. Perfect for one person, yet still comfortable for two! This room shares a full bath in hallway when room 12 is also occupied. Innkeeper says it is the coolest room in the summer!
One of our quietest rooms, located in the rear of the building facing the courtyard, it is furthest from the bar. A peaceful getaway, it features an antique double bed with luxurious dressings and a large private in suite bathroom, with tub, shower just the right size for deep relaxation.
3.8 on September 03, 2014
We have stayed at many Gold Country hotels that are from the 1800's and Hotel Leger was another jewel in the heart of a small town. The staff and owners were pleasant and fun. The basement, (old courthouse and jail) was spooky and a great place to ghost hunt... The rooms were spacious and airy, the bed was a little hard and hurt my boyfriends back but not mine. We stayed from friday thru sunday... friday night was quiet for the most part, a little raucous noise from the bar below us, saturday night had a band and wow, unless you're down there whooping it up with them it's a bit overwhelming. All in all a nice place with beautiful grounds and good food.
4.0 on August 18, 2014
The Leger in "Moke Hill" is an experience, not a sterile, impersonal 4-star place. The building is a century-and-a-quarter old! The floors are warped and creaky, there are no TVs, no 3-pronged outlets, and no refrigerators. But I'd rather stay here thank a 4-star Doubletree, precisely because the place is not climate-controlled, and because you get to meet people in the hallway while you're shaving in your bathroom (BATH room, not shower room) because it's not connected to your sleeping room! There are even chamber pots in each room (I assume they're chamber pots, but we didn't use them.) The town is a gem, and the local-Mokels in the saloon are most gregarious and friendly. I can't wait to come back here again. I wish I were an orangutan, so I could also use my feet to give the Leger FOUR enthusiastic thumbs way-way up!
3.4 on July 02, 2014
1851 historic hotel, in "rustic" shape, with friendly people and decent dining with good service. Access balcony through your window! private bathroom functional but needs upkeep. Shared bathroom fine, but would be helpful to have extra towels & toiletries stored in there. Beds are a bit short for taller folks, but comfortable.
3.8 on June 27, 2014
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Climbing out the window onto the balcony was different and special.
4.8 on June 07, 2014
Hotel Leger and Whitewater Grill and Saloon is an outstanding experience…. If you are looking for some one on line to haggle over the price, there are lots of places for you to stay. Personally preferred are hands on professionals that love what they do and do it well. THIS IS THE PLACE. The first clue was the absence of the need to extort the first nights lodging charge in advance. They trust you until you prove otherwise. The rooms are much as they were, ”in the day”. The exception is the WiFi connection. In place of piped in Musac, on the weekend local bands play in the saloon. The volume while it could be heard, was just right to help me nod off listening to a rendition of Johnny B.Good. Best for last….. dinner time, maybe a thawed grilled chicken breast or a steak, USDA “good” grade? Nope! I was wrong and worried at the same time. Quite a menu, with no pictures of the food. The offerings were upscale but not pretentious. The fish chowder was chosen as the starter. Right mix of stock, cream, butter and garlic to be yummy. Fish and shellfish tender, not chewy or stringy. At this point I was concerned. My vision was of a chef from the Bay, that was being held against their will and being forced to cook in the dungeon. (they do have a jail in the basement) This person knew what they were doing. My attractive dinner date(wife) tried Chicken Marseilles. Fresh mushrooms and a sauce reduced to perfection. The decision was made to ignore my doctor completely and order the Fettuccini Alfredo. Following the same care given the chowder, this dish rivals or exceeds the same served anywhere. Sunday afternoon is a jazz BBQ in back, around the pool. Igor is let out of the dungeon to cook in public. While he is capable of speech, he will not share info on the rub used on the tri-tip. Requirements: Understand the difference between perceived and real quality. Have your eyes and senses available to appreciate.
4.2 on May 25, 2014
Great "Getaway" destination. Lots to do in the area and innkeepers were very knowledgeable and helpful in making our stay a great one.
4.0 on May 13, 2014
We decided to go to Mok Hill and visit it again. We had stopped there on our way up to Crater Lake about 2 years ago and said we would come back. On a whim I decided to make a reservation for one night at the Historic Leger and suprise my mate. It was on a Wednesday that I made the reservation for the following Friday. Using the online system was a breeze. We arrived at 18:30 on Friday and were warmly greeted by Anthony and he told us of the open mic nite in the Whitewater Saloon. I didnt bring my guitar this trip but he said I could borrow his and that he will be there. We went up to our cozy little room which had no amenities ie television, phone, etc but did have a nice view of the pool and courtyard. We were told nobody was in the adjoining room, were shown where our bathroom was. We got dressed up for dinner and went down to the Whitewater. We had a lovely dinner and about the time we were through the music started. I did get to play that night for about 5 or 6 songs and had em out on the dance floor. we decided to go to our room. My girl went to our bathroom and while she was out she had left the door to our room ajar i heard the door next door open and a little old man in a blue plaid shirt started walking down the hall. I said hi and he just kept looking forward and walking. I got up to see where he was going and he was gone. I did not say anything to my girlfriend until the next day for fear that we too might have had to be gone if she knew. All in all it was a lovely time and we hope to return very soon.
5 on April 02, 2014
We have fallen in love with Moke Hill and the Hotel Leger is one of the reasons. Beyond their superb and friendly staff, the place caters to the nicest clientele we have met anywhere. Since we had our dog with us we ate in the Saloon for dinner. A nice threesome of folks sat down beside us, with dinner reservations in the dining room. We struck up such a great conversation and they chose to stay and eat with us at the bar. The fun continued into the evening with open mike. It is so nice to know there are still small towns out there that allow one to feel like they are stepping back in time, when life was simpler and everyone was friendlier!
4.4 on January 14, 2014
What a wonderful old hotel! We stayed in room 2, it has a private bath, great décor, fireplace and very comfortable Queen bed. The Owners, David and Doralee, and Erin were just great, excellent tour of the property and very knowledgeable on the history of the hotel and area. They gave us a ghost hunting kit and we had a blast. This was our first stay in a haunted hotel. Didn't see anything that night but when I set my Kindle on the sofa (against the fabric grain and sideways so it could only tip forward onto the sofa and not fall off, plus my cover has a suede interior to avoid slipping) to go to the bathroom... I only made it a couple of steps and heard it hit the floor. I set it down with the cover open and it hit the floor with the cover closed and somehow managed to go out the skinny opening on the back of the antique sofa, sideways. I have no explanation of how it happened. I took a lot of photos with my Nokia Windows phone and in only one of the Owner, David, telling us the history in the ballroom.. there's is an orb and mist right by his head. No idea but this semi-believer is a full believer!
4.4 on August 28, 2013
The hotel staff were exceptionally service oriented and friendly. We felt cared for the whole time we were there. Breakfast was fresh and tasty. Dinner in the restaurant allowed us to pick from a variety of well prepared meals. Definitely glad to have picked Hotel Leger.
Mountains, Small town, Village, Wine country
Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 66 miles
From Sacramento Airport: Take I-5 south to CA-99 south to CA-16 east to CA-49 south to Mokelumne Hill
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Caves, Fly Fishing, Spa Services, Golfing, Hiking, Lakes (Boating, Fishing, Skiing, Swimming), Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery
Alarm clock, BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Fireplaces and ceiling fans available in some room, Continental breakfast included, Concierge service
Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Internet Service, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Awesome Halloween party at this haunted hotel!, Spaghetti Western Wednesdays! Call for Info!, Weekends Live Music in the Historic Saloon, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting