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Historic Holbrooke Hotel

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ADA Accessibility Notes

This hotel does not offer any accessibility features. Please select a different hotel if you are interested in booking a room with accessibility features.

The Hotel also houses the Golden Gate Saloon, a full restaurant, and catering facilities.

Rooms (all rooms include) Access via exterior corridors Air conditioning Cable television service Clock radio Coffee/tea maker Complimentary bottled water Complimentary toiletries Complimentary weekday newspaper Cribs (infant beds) available Hair dryer Housekeeping Iron/ironing board Non-smoking only Phone Premium bedding Private bathroom Rollaway beds Shower/tub combination Turndown service Voice mail Welcome amenities Window opens Wireless high-speed Internet access (complimentary)

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The historic Holbrooke Hotel is located at 212 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, CA.

From presidents to local politicians, miners to highwaymen, the historic Holbrooke Hotel has seen its share of historical events and visitors. Stephen and Clara Smith built the Adams Express Office and the Golden Gate Saloon which sadly, were destroyed by fire in 1855 along with most of Grass Valley. The Smiths rebuilt the popular saloon as a one story fieldstone building with a brick facade, making it safer from the threat of another fire. The Golden Gate Saloon is the oldest, continuously operated saloon west of the Mississippi River.

In 1862 a relative, Charles Smith, built the current structure and named it the Exchange Hotel. It was noted for its convenience to the local Gold Exchange. When the Gold Exchange closed, 18 ounces of pure gold were found in the carpeting. In 1879 the hotel was purchased by Ellen and Daniel Holbrooke and was given its current name. They continued to manage and operate the hotel until 1908. Over the years, the Hotel has hosted many famous guests that have included Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield and prize fighters 'Gentleman Jim' Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. Famous authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte were also guests of the Holbrooke Hotel. The hotel was frequented by entertainers Lola Montex, Lotta Crabtree and Emma Nevada.

In 1974 The Holbrooke Hotel was declared a California State Landmark, and in 2007 it was accepted into the Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dust Off Your Boots and Sit a Spell at the Golden Gate Saloon.

The Golden Gate Saloon is known as the old­est con­tin­u­ously oper­at­ing saloon west of the Mis­sis­sippi. As leg­end has it, not even Pro­hi­bi­tion could keep the good times and spir­its from flow­ing in our bar.

Today you can enjoy live music Thurs­day through Sat­ur­day nights. Fine cock­tails, select beers and vin­tage wines com­ple­ment an irre­sistible saloon menu. Whether it’s a relax­ing lunch you’re after, a cock­tail at happy hour or a din­ner end­ing aper­i­tif, you can count on enjoy­able times with good friends and great service.

If you’re a his­tory buff, ask about the orig­i­nal bar back, brought over by ship from Italy in 1851. Bet­ter yet, come in for a cock­tail or a glass of wine and ask the bar­tender to point out one of the many area his­to­ri­ans who fre­quent the Hol­brooke. They’ll be happy to share the area’s col­or­ful history.

Lodging Style and Amenities

Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. In addition to self parking and a safe deposit box at the front desk, Holbrooke Hotel features an elevator (lift) and a microwave in the lobby. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Event facilities consist of conference rooms and meeting rooms for small groups. The staff can arrange wedding services and event catering. Additional amenities include a television in the lobby and air conditioning in public areas. This is a smoke-free property.

Pet Friendly Notes

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Season Open

Year around.


Rate Range

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Locally or Family-Owned Business


Breakfast Style Served

Continental Breakfast

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