The Beautifully Restored National Hotel & Restaurant is FOR SALE
WHAT ARE WE SELLING?
After owning the National Hotel & Restaurant for 43 years, onsite proprietor Stephen Willey, is ready, at 74, to explore retired life. Not only has he painstakingly restored almost every nook and cranny of the place, but also has built strong relationships with his longtime staff and developed a very loyal clientele who will drive many miles just to partake of his well known cuisine. Therefore, Stephen is looking for the perfect person or persons to carry on the traditions and reputation of the National Hotel & Restaurant.
Please look over our website to get an idea of the ambiance of the National Hotel and what it has to offer a potential buyer. If you are interested in learning more, you can contact Stephen Willey directly at email@example.com or calling the National Hotel directly 209-984-3446 and asking to speak to Stephen about this notice of intent to sell. Only serious inquiries please. You may download a more detailed description of the property for sale below.
A LITTLE OVERVIEW OF THE LAST 40+ YEARS....
In August of 1974, The National Hotel was purchased by Stephen Willey, his brother, Michel Willey, and a friend, Donald Hazelwood. While the bar and hotel had functioned continuously from its beginning, the restaurant was not open, and had not been fully utilized since 1946. Requirements by the State ABC department and the local health department, as well as the building department, made it imperative that the kitchen be gutted, and the dining room totally restored. Thus began the slow process of restoration. With limited funds, and thus providing the labor themselves, the restaurant was reopened in September 1975, with an emphasis on Italian family style dining. By October 1976 the operation was expanded to include lunches.
At that time, the hotel had 12 rooms, some of which were occupied by monthly tenants at the favorable rate of $60 per month, which included utilities and twice weekly housekeeping service.
By 1978, restoration had begun on the hotel rooms, although only 2-3 rooms were worked on at a time. This restoration included: plumbing, carpentry, electrical, insulation, soundproofing, drywall, wallpaper and carpeting. When the rooms were finished by 1980, the hotel included 11 rooms, of which 6 had private baths and 5 shared two bathrooms. Each of these five rooms had basins in their rooms. At this time, the National Hotel began operating as a bed and breakfast hotel, although the continental breakfast initially left a little to be desired. By the 1990's, it was evident that “shared baths” were no longer in “vogue”. It was decided to reduce the number of rooms to 9, and add bathrooms to each of the remaining rooms.
By the mid-1980's, it was decided to rebuild the front balcony of the National Hotel. Old photos were consulted and renderings made. Finally, blue prints were taken to a redwood mill near the town of Mendicino, from which all the materials were constructed and shipped to Jamestown. It took approximately two weeks for the contractors to reconstruct the balcony. Over the next several years, redwood, kiln-dried ship-lap siding was applied to the front and then the patio side of the hotel. Eventually, Anderson windows were brought in, as well as a number of other improvements that helped to conserve energy, at the same time, maintaining the historic ambiance of the hotel.
By the mid-1990's, it was decided to rebuild the bar floor and the bar and dining room front entrances. Therefore, in the middle of Winter, the entire first floor of the front was ripped out, bar floor pulled up, and all rebuilt with in two weeks, by a speedy and very competent crew.
During the years of 2000-2005, most of the restoration work, which is generally done in the winter, was concentrated in the two dining rooms and the bar. Take a look at the brass coated ceiling in the bar, if you have the chance. Current wallpaper, carpeting, ambient lighting, etc., was a result of this work.
By 2012, the restoration work with the hotel was basically complete. The owner's home, which is on the rear of the property, was next. During 2013-14, the work was accomplished, albeit with not the "historical" look of the hotel, but rather, a more modern bungalow approach for the interior of the 2 bedroom home. Also, involved was landscaping the rear yard of the home and adding a greenhouse to the side yard.
Much of the work is complete, including: completion of fire sprinkler systems, making all that we can to be more ADA compliant including the lower floor bathrooms.