Gunn House Hotel
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Hi to all Wow - I'm doing this a little in arrears so am having to think back to what we've done. Time seems to go past so quickly, and we're doing so much it's hard to keep memories tied to times. Nothing to do with alcohol though. After Tahoe, we embarked on driving through some of the West Coast's best national parks. First on the list was …
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 ...
... part of it. The roads and infrastructure at Yosemite are amazing, making it easy to get around and to see the sights. Bridalveil Falls: These falls are amazing, the water looks like floating sheer material (hence the name Bridalveil). We just stood here and took in the view.....beautiful. Glazier Point: From here you look out at Half Dome and down into Yosemite valley from 2.3km above sea level.....WOW! The view was magnificent, it looks like something out of a dinosaur ...
... an hour. Up a mountain. Without guard rails. Seriously, this was the toughest drive I’ve ever done. I think I almost broke the steering wheel I was gripping it so tight. At least we didn’t have the camper – I saw some people with pretty good sized RVs driving up. By the time we made it to the park it was time for lunch, which is when everything really started to come apart. We generally try to be ...
... a more modest diet sometime soon. Further up the coast a little we dropped into Cambria, a small, arty retirement village, with the intention of having a bite to eat and finding some accommodation for a motorcycle rally scheduled to be held nearby in a few weeks. We pulled into a parking lot in the centre of town and were almost immediately bailed-up by a local with the usual round of questions.
The discussion ranged over travel, retiring on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gunn House Hotel Sonora
Old and a bit over decorated, but charming. Books detailing the 150 yr history of the inn are in the breakfast area. I never go in pools, but this one was very nice and they supply rafts, which I floated on for half an hour in the evening. I asked for a quiet room, and got one overlooking the back deck and pool- very comfortable (the golf room, complete with "artwork" and a bag of old wooden shafted clubs). The rooms facing the front are close to the street may not be so quiet. Breakfast was much nicer than I expected. For the price, this place is a gem. I was a walk- in and got a room for $80. I had actually checked in at the Aladdin, but left because it was shabby, no ice (they actually told me to go down the street to the convenience store if I wanted ice).
We stayed at the Gunn House in Sonora for one night, our first time to the area. My husband and I really liked it but what was more impressive is that my 15 year old son LOVED IT. Our room number was 21, it had two queen beds, a tv, a balcony and a modern bathroom. The pool was so nice, it was clean and had plenty of seating around, they even have rafts in the pool for you to use. They also have some fish in a little tiny pond left of the office side of the building, nice touch, I'm sure people have stayed there and never noticed them but we did. After the sun set, they put on some really romantic lights out by the seating area near the pool. They provided towels outside for the guests by the pool, the breakfast in the parlor was wonderful and we really had a good nights sleep. I've read someone else's review that they'd never stay there again because of the road noise, I would tell them to book a room in the back near the pool, you really don't get the noise back there. Just to tell you they don't have microwaves or mini fridges. They do have an ice machine which helped, there are plenty of restaurants around. I would definitely stay there again and I've alreay recommended it to people.
Booked this due to previous reviews for a relaxing stop on the way to SF. The hotel was everything the reviewers said it was....quaint, charming "boutique style" with nice free breakfast and nicely decorated rooms. What wasn't mentioned is that it's located directly on a main state HWY which runs through the middle of town. The traffic and noise was unbelieveable for a "small town". Move the hotel 3 blocks to the north or the south and you've got a real gem (move it to Key West and you've got a gold mine), but where it is right now I would pass on staying there again or recommending it to others. FYI, the steak house across the street mentioned in earlier reviews and/or advertisements for the property no longer exists. And ironically, the day we were there the local paper had a story on "past news for that date in Sonora" and the headline story 25 years ago was that something needed to be done about the "traffic problem" on the main street through town and an advisory commitee was to be formed to discuss same. Evidently, nothing was ever done.
Better than expected
We stayed at the Gunn House on June 1st on the way to Yosemite. We chose this hotel based on trip advisor reviews, the facility was better than expected even with good reviews. The property is an older restored building, our room had nautical decorations and was comfortable.(#18). It was a hot and muggy day, arriving in the early evening, the pool was refreshing. The staff was cordial and the breakfast choices included homemade muffins and pastries.
We had dinner at Banny's 2 blocks down south main street, up (east) 1 block to Clement St. - Great food, good prices(entrees $15-$19) great service.
We stayed in Room 21 on the top floor. Nice large; Two Queen beds with private balcony. facing the opera house, and hwy. No elevators in this historic hotel. Room was clean, comfortable and charming. I was very glad we chose this hotel. No phone, or coffee maker or hair dryer in room but the ambiance makes up for it. My Cell phone didnt work but they provide Free phone calls anywhere in the states in the lovely breakfast palour on the second story overlooking the pool. Palour is open all day and late into evening for sitting, reading, etc. Free breakfast was fresh fruit, coffee, juice cereal, bagels, and an egg-sausage quiche and some lovely homemade breads and cakes and muffins. Lemon, carrot, etc. It was quite hot (90's,) so we used the wall unit AC on full blast which just keep us comfortably cool and blocked out the street noise as this hotel sits right on the highway. Staff was great. Shops are all within walking distance. Pool wasn't heated but is cute and probably quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Lots of outside seating areas under fans in the hallways. Great antiques throughout. Would stay again! Although I love the modern conveinences of new hotels this had much more character so I'd choose it. Great value and experience for the money.
A different kind of place!
Not really a 4 star hotel in amenities, but the place was still a 4 star stay in our book.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The rooms were of the B&B style with period furniture. Our room was on the top floor overlooking the main street with a walkway/balcony and a couple of chairs out front (nice place to sit and have a coffee and pastry in the morning).
The hotel has many quaint outdoor sitting areas. We didn't try the pool but it looked well maintained. We'd stay here again for sure!
This hotel really makes you feel like you're in the Gold Country, set on the main street of what was once an old western town. The rooms are completely renovated, with AC and nice modern bathrooms. The furnishings are beautiful and the beds were comfortable. The continental bkfast was very nice too. Also, the swimming pool was a great relief, being that the temp was near 100 degrees! Only complaint is that our rooms were facing the road, and you could hear motorcycles roaring into the late night hours (and early in the AM)! Ask for a room facing the back of the place (or the pool). If you get a non-street side room, I'd definitely recommend this place. We stayed here after driving from San Francisco, before visiting Yosemite. We panned for gold with Jamestown gold panning company - that was fun. Lots to do in the area. Too bad it was so hot. (We skipped Columbia SP.)
This hotel is very cute. The rooms are fairly small but very clean and decorated nicely - very charming. The hotel staff was nice and helpful.
After a day of going caving, my boyfriend and I were ready to find a hotel and clean up. We stopped at several places but they weren't much to look at. Luckily, we stopped at the Gunn House and there was no reason NOT to stay there!
The rooms were nicely decorated and I felt like I went back into time. The staff was very friendly and the grounds were well taken care of. There is also a pool in the back. It looked clean and maintained.
The best part was that the rooms are only $69-$109!!
I would definitely go back when I'm in the area.
A Gem in the Mother Lode
We stayed Aug 1st, 2004 Our room included: Cont Breakfast, pool, cable
Comments: This hotel is a real treat. Not a chain, more like a large B & B, maintained with care. Pleasant staff. Decorations are turn of the century, clean, and quite. Continental breakfast here is excellent. Wonderful homemade baked goods also includes fruit, coffee and juice. The property is quaint and there is a nice balcony outside this old time building. There are also nice sitting areas around a charming pool area. Would highly recommend.