National Hotel, Nevada City

The National Hotel is said to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in California. Located in Nevada City, it was built in stages between 1854-57, and is the site of meetings that led to the formation of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Plaques identify the National Hotel as a state and local historical landmark. There is even a plaque in the hotel parking lot that is dedicated to the town's one-time red light district and its unique contribution to the California Gold Rush.

The National Hotel is a registered historical landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places; as State of California Historical Landmark #899; a Nevada City Historical Location; Nevada Count Point of Interest; the Register of Historic California Business.

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Latitude: 39.2626232 Longitude: -121.0187347 Elevation: 2509 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

The National is located on Broad Street in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City. It has 40 rooms all decorated in the Victorian style, a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. The upstairs veranda is a highly popular and in-demand location for brunch, lunch and drinks during Nevada City special events including street fairs, parades and the annual Father's Day bicycle races.

Season Open


Additional Services and Amentities Available

Locals pack the restaurant at The National every Tuesday night for the weekly Steak and Lobster special. The bar offers live music on weekends and is a popular nightspot.

Rate Range

Call the hotel at (530) 265-4551

Driving Directions

Exit Highway 49/20 at Broad Street in Nevada City, turn left. The stately National Hotel is clearly visible.


We love this hotel for what it is - old, historical, and you just get what you get. Everyone is very nice that works at the hotel, and the owner, Tom Coleman is terrific. We come back every three months, and only stay at the National, as it is so convenient to walking the whole little town. It is not claimed as a five star hotel, and you must enjoy it for what it is, and enjoy its historical old world charm.

Lainie and Jerry, 2/9/2016

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