Hotel Leger

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


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 room4.0
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining4.1

Historical Accommodations with a Modern Mattress

4.2 on May 08, 2016

We would highly recommend the Hotel Leger as a great way to top off a trip into the Gold Country. We learned so much about that period of history during our meandering around the area, but staying at the Leger and seeing the community of Mokelumne Hill made it all come to life. From the wide plank flooring to the view over main street from our balcony, our room let us feel like we had made a trip back in time. We stayed in room #1 which was very spacious and fitted with antiques. Unlike many historic inns and B&Bs, the Leger did allow for the improvement in sleeping technology. The mattress in the antique bed was a modern marvel...THE BED WAS SOOOO COMFORTABLE. The proprietress was a delight, telling us stories about happenings in the hotel and opening the labyrinth under the hotel to show us the jail and the secret tunnels. If you have children, they would love to see this.

Fun place to staya

3.6 on April 30, 2016

A friendly place with an interesting history. We got a ghost kit that they loan you with a book and a couple simple and electronic devices for ghost detection and a few interesting results. We got a tour of the underground of the hotel part of which was a former jail. $3 martinis on Thursday nights in the saloon. Good food in the restaurant. Funky floors but a fun stay. Nice people working at the hotel

Nice place

3.8 on April 05, 2016

A nice little get away. The service was great, the room comfortable, and the food really good.

Great Getaway!!

5 on March 21, 2016

We were looking for a place to getaway from the hustle of the city and found it. Great hotel...very accommodating. I would go back again for sure.

Great Old Hotel

5 on March 09, 2016

The rooms are old but clean, great accurate descriptions of each one. The saloon is fun, the White Water grill is superb. this hidden gem is well worth seeing. staying at and dining in, love the place.

Great place to stay

5 on February 18, 2016

If you like history, the Hotel Leger is a great place to stay. All rooms are decorated differently and each one of them is unique. The staff at this hotel is awesome and they will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. There is a fantastic restaurant and saloon on site, which are great places to connect with the locals. Overall a very good hotel to stay.

A lovely old hotel!

4.4 on November 11, 2015

My son and I had a lovely stay here. The hotel is historic -- therefore it's old and creaky, but absolutely charming! The tiny staff was kind and friendly. Our room was quiet, clean, and comfortable. Dinner and breakfast in the attached Whitewater Grill was FABULOUS!!! We hope to come back for another visit soon. Thank you, Hotel Leger!

Love Love Love this Hotel!!

5 on October 19, 2015

We came here looking for ghosts and boy did we find them! We stayed in Room 7 (George Leger's room) and had our shirts pulled, tons of orbs and I had an experience that I will never forget when I woke up and felt like I was being pulled out of my body. I know it sounds crazy, but that is the only way I can describe it! Doralee and the staff are so friendly we felt like we were part of the family! And the food at the Whitewater was amazing! We are looking forward to our next stay here!

Old World Charm

3.6 on September 18, 2015

Cozy place to escape on a romantic getaway.

Beautiful hotel. Enjoyed ghost hunting.

5 on August 17, 2015

Beautiful hotel. Check-in was a breeze. Very kind staff. Helped us carry the bags to our room. Wonderful dinner in the restaurant. My cosmo was refreshing and the food was delicious. Sat on the balcony and watched the sunset while enjoying a great bottle of wine. My son enjoyed ghost hunting with the cool kit and gadgets they provided. Comfortable bed. Yummy breakfast in the morning. Only wish we could have stayed longer. We loved it!

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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. The bathroom shared with room 3 has a shower but no tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

13 Peek

One of our mid-sized 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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

14 Courtyard

Our largest room which is located inside the gated backyard. Enjoy the courtyard setting with our three 150-year old orange trees, direct access to the pool, deck and lawn.. The 3-room suite includes a livingroom, full bath and a small kitchenette for extended stays. The seperate bedroom has a high-rise queen 4 poster bed, armoire and a small table with chairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

11 McCartney

A beautiful spacious room facing Main St, with two full beds with feather 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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

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
  • Beds 1 Double

1 Boitano Suite

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

3 Lafeyette

A beautiful large room with full size antique bed. Features a sitting area, including an antique sofa, table and 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. Shared bathroom across the hallway with room 5 has a shower, no tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Double

6 Fisher

A large room with two full size beds and a table. Has a private en suite bathroom. Located in the quieter part of the hotel, with a rear courtyard view of our 150-year old orange trees.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

7 Georges Room

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

9 Greve

Perfecdt 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 with room 12.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Dining Rooms

Dining / Banquets seats up to 30 per room 2 rooms avail

  • Maximum Capacity: 70


Old original basement cellar is a perfect secluded location for a private dinner or initimate gathering. Gravel floor and rock walls for that true rustic feel!

  • Maximum Capacity: 10



  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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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.



Doralee, David, Krissy & Sarah

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15% off W,Th, F, Sat, Sun, continental M, T

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

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