This is an older property in the heart of downtown Sonora, originally built in 1895. It has been renovated several times over the passing decades and is a mish-mosh of various periods, almost to the point of being uncertain which era it wants to be associated with. We chose this location as my girlfriend was from this area and knew her way around, so wanting to show me around the downtown area I had never been to before led us here. We could not have found a more convenient location for our daily adventures around town. Many coffee shops, restaurants, local shops, etc in the downtown area we enjoyed visiting and exploring daily. I recommend this hotel as your base if the downtown area of Sonora is your destination.
The "old' rustic part of the hotel is located on Washington St, the main drag, while there is a smaller,
"newer" two story annex located behind and where all parking is. We stayed in the older part and it needs some refurbishing. Carpet is old and worn, stairs are narrow and creaky. The room was very spacious and appeared clean with older furnishings/TV, etc. These items need some updating/replacement at the very least. The bed was big and comfortable. The bathroom needs some work. It has an old sink, no shelf to sit toiletry items, toothbrush, etc anywhere, so we had to use my travel kit sitting on the floor for our items. The bath/shower also has no place for items to sit shampoo, conditioner, razor, etc as well. It was an annoyance. The kicker for me was each morning when I went to take a shower I turned on the hot water (it was HOT immediately) but, it was the color of the reddest Georgia clay I had ever seen; had to let it run a good 15 min before it began to appear "clear". The cold side was never colored so I have to assume it's not the old pipes but a water heater that is way past its prime and in need of replacing.
The heater/air conditioning is one unit located in the side of a wall. We used the heat and it worked fine, but it was very loud and aimed directly at the bed so the airflow was uncomfortable. We also heard the pigeons scratching on the unit every morning at about 4-5am.
Our room did have a nice walk out balcony we stepped out on mornings/evenings over looking main street and downtown, which we enjoyed. It also overlooked part of the hotel clay shingle roof which was rustic, but lost its appeal as the entire roof is littered with beer cans, trash, and cigarette butts, that one can only guess how long have been lying there. It needs some serious attention.
The continental breakfast was dreary. Store bought items that were mostly gone when we went down, and although there was over an hour left before breakfast was to be over, there were three coffee urns...all empty. I asked the clerk if we could get some coffee made, she said she would get right on it, but we waited fifteen minutes and nothing happened. I went into the adjoining lobby and she was gone. There was also no food left, but for some dry cereal we did not want. We left and never tried the breakfast area again. Dont recommend it.
The room was cleaned promptly each morning, and done very well. The desk staff were informative, and professional at check in and check out though.
For the price we paid ,on an off peak season no less, we expected better. We did get the closest place we could to enjoy downtown Sonora, but otherwise I was not impressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sonora Inn was built in 1896 and originally named the Hotel Victoria. The Inn has played host to notables and celebrities including Grace Kelly during the filming of High Noon and more recently Drew Barrymore while she worked on the film Bad Girls. The hotels architecture and finishes reflect the popular California Mission style of the 1920's that hosted Hollywoods elite during the golden era of tourism and film making. Centrally located in historic downtown Sonora, and with exceptional views from the roof top swimming pool, the historic California hotel is the perfect place for travelers with an interest in the historic Gold Rush and Yosemite National Park. There are countless adventures to be found in nearby historic towns, year round recreation attractions. Unique shops, local theater, boutique, wineries and both fine & casual dining. The Historic Sonora Inn towers 3 stories.The Historic Inn has recently been remodeled. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Sonora Hotel Sonora
- Sonora Days Inn