BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center
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Car packed and we're off farewelling the big trees. We head towards gold mining country with the plan to visit Columbia State Historic Park, before heading into Sonora for the night. It's about 3.5 hours driving time so we get on the way. The boys entertain us with their singing we just wish they would expand their repotoire, as the same 2 songs …
Stopped at Yosemite National Park on the way to Sonora. Loved it here - Ken, Brian and I went for a long walk through part of this beautiful park - I'd be happy to live here. Towering cliff faces, beautiful forrest, waterfalls and lakes. We got a bit lost but found our way back and had ice cream ...
... Sutter Creek and Jackson, ending up in Sonora. We Stayed at the majestic Sonora Inn built in 1895 which of course is very old for the US. We found a bar and having one of our first draught beers of the holiday we watched in astonishment when a bloke came bursting in holding a broken stick. The locals rallied round and disposed of the stick and ...
... of northern California and it is quite the place. While staying here we were treated to the best hospitality courtesy of Les and Mona Ferenczy (Vince's parents). I had fun meeting new people, exploring an old mine, grilling out, almost getting hit by lightning, and even doing some work for a little extra cash (see pictures).
Tonight is our last night in Sonora, California before we head off to Los Angeles. We ...
... another hour...and we weren't about to wait that long...so...back on the road.
Another landmark that I wanted to make sure we saw was the St. James Episcopal Church, also known as the "Red Church" because it is painted all red...which was quite peculiar. We saw this at the end of old town Sonora on our way to Columbia and snapped a couple pictures. ...
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Wouldn't stay here again. The room was big enough, but needed new carpet and paint. Maid needed to pay attention to the cobwebs & bugs behind and above door. Also, maid left our door open all day on Saturday. We stayed on the bottom floor and confirmed why I usually ask for the top floor. I don't know what the people above us were doing exactly on Saturday night between 10-2, but it sounded like someone was running a marathon and running a bath constantly.
The restaurant served a decent breakfast.
Big room, Little value
I booked this hotel on the internet based on others ratings. I can only say that were most disappointed. The hotel was the most expensive and least appointed of all the hotels we booked for our California vacation.
We had a double Queen room on 2nd floor which was large, but had a tiny dressing table/desk, a square table and two chairs. Unlike other BWs we stayed in this summer, this one had neither fridge or microwave in the room. It is hot here even in September so a room fridge should be considered a basic essential. Although the hotel advertises high speed internet access it didn't apply to our room so had to use dial-up. The room was reasonably clean and what was in there worked.
The bathroom was in need of decoration with peeling and stained wallpaper, but the fittings were clean and in working order.
Pool was good and we had it to ourselves the first evening we arrived. Reception staff were attentive.
Breakfast is taken in the restaurant adjoining the property. The complimentary continental breakfast comprises juice, fruit, coffee plus 1 other item only. It is geared so that you purchase a full breakfast and get just $1 off using your voucher.
In summary this is no more than a basic Motel at a premium price. Not good value for money. No problems, but I would not stay here again.
The complimentary breakfast served in the restaurant allows for a choice of a free deluxe continental breakfast or a discount on anything else.
We are pleased that the guest enjoyed the warm friendly staff, the excellent pool and the large rooms. Thank you.
What I expected from a BW
This hotel is an above average hotel in the area. It may well be the best hotel in the area. Reasonable beds and clean room. Room was large with standard furnishings. Nothing fancy but adequate.
This is a great base for exploring the gold rush country. About 2 hours to Yosemite.
Pool Was Disgusting
The room was OK but the pool was disgusting. It was a hot summer day, end of July, when we were there. We got ready to go for a swim, but when we got to the pool, it was murky, thick, dirty, and looked like a stagnant pond. We just sat around the pool in our swim suits sweating out the summer heat staring at the pool wishing we could go in.
Great value and comfortable
We stayed one night in April. The room was clean and good-sized. Staff were friendly and courteous. Breakfast was a good buffet - loads of choice and a sensible sized restaurant (many other hotels just use a converted room, which is often very cramped). The free internet connection in reception is a nice touch.
The hotel is located close to a large choice of fast-food restaurants.
Large rooms provided
Large, clean, spacious and comfortable room. Hotel provided a kingsize bed and sofa bed which was perfect for our family. Breakfast was fine with the usual bagels, muffins, cereals etc, although there could have been more table and chairs provided. Our children enjoyed the pool. Found the staff friendly. The Pine Tree restaurant adjacent provided good value food and plenty of it.
Large enough for family of 4
My family and I recently stayed in one of the oversize rooms with king bed and queen sofa sleeper and had more room than a suite! The room was clean, staff very friendly, and adjacent restaurant convenient and reasonably priced. It served as a great 'home base' for a weekend of sledding on the mountain. We would definitely stay there again.
A clean, insect free, comfy accomodation with friendly service next to a good restaurant in nice area.
Nice hotel, quiet location yet close to shopping, restaurants, etc.
Room is spacious. There is a on-site restaurant.
Gigantic rooms but weak heating
My only major complaint with this hotel was that the heat in my room was too weak to properly heat the huge space. Normall getting a big room is a perk but in this case, my companion and I were left shivering under blankets at night. That said, it is a decent option for the area and the employees were nice. It is about a 10-15 minute drive to downtown Sonora but is right off the state highway so there are some fast-food places nearby if you get in late.