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Hotel Leger

8304 Main Street , Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245 USA (Show map)
30 Reviews
$70 - $175
per night

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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.



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Dining3.9

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Gold Rush Era Hotel Getaway

4.2 on November 26, 2014

This is a quaint gold rush era hotel. The rooms are old and the walls are thin but thats why you pick a hotel like this. The staff was friendly and helpful and the breakfast in the morning is enough. The attached saloon/restaurant has excellent food and you can tell that in the tiny town of Mokelumne Hill, its the place where people go to hang out. If you're looking for a quiet getaway to relax in the foothills and don't mind driving to the nearby towns (Sutter Creek, Murphys, etc.) for something to do then we highly recommend this place.

Great Hisroric Find, Superb Attention

5 on November 26, 2014

This is the 3 td time we ahve stayed here, Doralee took the place over, nice tocuhes to update it, and the food was outstanding, great bar too, the two guys were entertaining, a must stay if you are in Amador or Calaveras County

If it's historic, it must be old

3.6 on October 26, 2014

We are certainly spoiled in the 21st century; what must have been an elegant night away from home 150 years ago is somewhat uncomfortable for those of us who haven't slept in a double bed in decades. On the plus side, our evening meal was excellent, from the interesting menu (try the portobello mushroom/pecan pasta!) to the attentive service. Hotel Leger is an interesting spot for an overnight, but I wouldn't recommend it for much longer.

Wedding Weekend in Moke Hill

4.0 on October 06, 2014

I stayed here to attend my best friends wedding. Room was small but very clean and cozy. Bed was a bit hard. You could hear through the walls and someone banged on the wall one night. However, I wasn't surprised by any of this as I knew I was staying in an old historic building so I was fine with it all. The Hotel has a great charm, staff is awesome and the bartender even made me a vegetarian sandwich that wasn't on the menu when I told him I don't eat meet. Very homey and comfortable, I would come back!

Old worldly

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.

Not a DoubleTree ...Better!

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!

rustic historic

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.

Our stay at Hotel Leger

3.8 on June 27, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Climbing out the window onto the balcony was different and special.

Hotel Leger and Whitewater Grill and Saloon is an outstanding experience….

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.

Great getaway destination.

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.

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Rooms & Rates

5 McSorley

Quaint room with a view of the town. Perfect for traveling couple interested in the Gold Country. Full bathroom in the hall, shares with room 3 if both occupied.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

13 Peek

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

14 Courtyard

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

11 McCartney

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

12 Edith Irvine

One of our smaller rooms, facing Main St. with a double bed and dresser, this room is ideal for the single traveler. Shares full bath in hallway with room 9 or shares bath with room 11 when used as connecting room for two-room suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

1 Boitano Suite

One of our largest rooms, with original Victorian marble fireplace and a beutiful sitting area. Antique fullsize bed with shower and tub. Access to the new Oeleans style balcony facing Main st.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

2 Garamendi

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".

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

3 Lafeyette

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

6 Fisher

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5

7 Georges Room

George Leger, the hotel's founder, is said to still hold onto this room! Beutiful rust colored wallpaper takes you back in time. Antique full size bed, dresser and desk. Rear courtyard view, and large full private bathroom 2 steps accross your private hallway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

8 Lombardi

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!"

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

9 Greve

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!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

10 Dell'Orto

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town, Village, Wine country


Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 66 miles

Directions to property:

Located near the intersection of Historic Highway 49 and CA-26, between Jackson and San Andreas. Approximately an hour's drive from Sacramento, Stockton or Modesto, and 2+ hours from the Bay Area. Click here for map -

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Internet Service, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Balconies outside rooms and outside of saloon
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Swimming pool on premises
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Non-refundable pet fee; limited to certain rooms
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to hold confirmed reservations
  • Cancellations: Cancel by calling hotel directly at least 72 hours prior to arrival (3pm day of arrival) to avoid cancellation fee of one night room and tax.



Leanne Sparvel

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  • Time Served: 7am-9am
  • Serving Location: Frank's Cafe - 1/4 mile, Breakfast Room

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8304 Main Street , Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245 USA (Show map)

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