Last month for our 5th anniversary we decided to spend the night at the Occidental. What a wonderful old hotel this is. From authentic period furnishings it's hard to imagine comfortable accomodations, but the Occidental seems to have found a way to do that. We had a great pillowtop king size bed, a very large bath room, and an old time radio that actually worked. The old floors creaked, which we loved, it seemed to bring that old time flavor to everything. The lobby was appropriately decorated beautifully for Christmas. We were able to pick the room we wanted. We chose the Clear Creek Suite. Each room is different and all are charming. Makes you want to come back again and stay in a different one. You can feel the history and imagine the famous visitors from a past era walking the old halls. In spite of its age, the whole place is very clean. Plenty of charm from the owner, Dawn. She is half the reason we go. She always offers a unique historical story about the place. You can see she loves it as much as anyone that visits. I guess that's why it's such a wonderful experience. I can't say enough good about the owner.
We often eat in the Virginian, which I would rate a 4 or 5 star, from the quality of the food and wine to the quality of the wait staff. Gabbie is especially good. We seem to sit in her section each time we are there but I know the other staff are equally good. We travel often and eat in fine restaurants alot and the Virginian can hold up to any of them. Try the sauted scallops, best I have ever eaten. The whole experience was wonderful. We ate in the Busy Bee Cafe next door for breakfast. It is equally charming with very good eats, from omelets to buffalo burgers. Yum!!!
If you are looking for a unique experience try the Occidental. It's not a cookie cutter hotel, no big chain name to rely on no swimming pool or fitness room, but the charm of Buffalo and the Occidental will stay with you for a very long time, you will leave wanting to come back for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1880 Historical Hotel, Saloon, Cafe and Western Dining Restaurant Living museum, outdoor green area along Clear Creek ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Historic Occidental Hotel And Saloon And The Virginian Restaurant