1859 National Hotel in Jamestown, California - Sierra Foothills Gold and Wine Country

For Reservations call 800-894-3446

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AAA 3-Diamond award for the 29th consecutive year


The National Hotel is one of the oldest continuously operated
hotels in California!

In 1859, Heinrich and Hannah Neilson established a hotel, bar and restaurant, that was to become known as the National Hotel. The two wooden buildings were among the first permanent structures in this early (1848) gold-rush town of Jamestown. Earlier establishments, were mostly tent and non-permanent wooden structures. The National Hotel has been in continuous operation from this date having survived two damaging fires in 1901 and 1927 which severely damaged the National Hotel, which had to then be remodeled. More Early History...

Today’s restoration work was begun in 1974 by present owners and has been ongoing some 40+ years later.

In August of 1974, The National Hotel was purchased by present owners Stephen Willey and his brother Michel Willey. While the bar and hotel had functioned continuously from its beginning, the restaurant was not open, and had not been fully utilized since 1946. With limited funds, and providing the labor themselves, the restaurant was reopened in September 1975. More about the restoration of the National Hotel...

The National Hotel in the early days of Jamestown, California
Mouseover to see the restored
National Hotel of today

" In a region that abounds with history, the National Hotel stands very tall in reminding you of California's heritage" ~ Best Choices in Northern California

Our resident ghost, Flo, is a friendly ghost known for harmless pranks and mysterious
goings on. The current owner, Stephen Willey, has been hearing stories of her presence for
30 years. Read more about Flo....

1859 Historic National Hotel ~ Reservations:(800) 894-3446
Proprietor Stephen Willey, Your Host since 1974
18183 Main Street • P.O. Box 502 • Jamestown, CA 95327
Phone: (209) 984-3446 • Fax:(209) 694-4864
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Member of Small Elegant Hotels
Member of the California Bed & Breakfast Association

Original Site Design by GG Gruel

Experience Gold Country history in a 1859 bandb hotel in Jamestown, Ca. This historic Gold Country lodging, is located in Tuolumne County, between Calaveras County and Mariposa County. Our historic lodging is near Yosemite National Park, Sonora, Columbia, Murphy's Chinese Camp, Twain Harte, Angels Camp, Groveland, Coulterville, Knights Ferry and Copperopolis. This California gold rush bed and breakfast, is also a romantic b&b inn, and is pet friendly and features gourmet dining in our acclaimed restaurant, along with a award winning Sierra Foothills wine list. The AAA rated Historic National Hotel is the perfect country inn and lodging, for anyone looking for Historic Elegance in the Gold Country.