The food was amazing, the rates were very reasonable.
The building is incredible, wonderfully decorated to maintain the historic western ambiance.
The owners and staff are friendly and enjoy sharing the stories and history of the building.
Walking through the door is like stepping back in time, LOVED IT!!
Upon arriving in Coulterville we were so glad to have the 49s and 120 east behind us. 49 south was a scenic drive on the northern end, the last 60 miles brought memories of the movie "Deliverence" and 120 east traces of the movie "Nothing but trouble" starring Dan Ackroyd....The Hotel Jeffery was a welcome sight indeed...It was quaint, very clean well restored, and the staff friendly..that is where the joy ended. Our rooms were nice, small but cozy. Each room included a fan as well as a ceiling fan as Hotel did not have air conditioning. It was hot at night and a little uncomfortable.The towels were fluffy and clean as were the linens. The Halls were small and they amplified the sound of the obnoxious drunkards that awoke us at 11:30 later that night. The dining experience in Cherylann's was terrible, we were ignored at the entrance, The couple before us gave up and went into the Saloon, the Porterhouse steak was tougher than an old boot and full of bone and grisle,The Sirloins like bubblegum, I need to learn to speak up as when the owner asked me if everything was okay I replied with a grimmace "Yes" my girlfriend kicked me in the knee under the table, and wondered why I diden't say what I really felt. I waited another 20 minutes just to ge the bill. A table full of diners were busy filling themselves with spirits and were quite loud and boisterous...the waitress eagerly filled them with drink, they later exited to the saloon, where they continued to drink as they awoke us with foul language and alcohol manners later that evening. I would stay in the Hotel again, but would not recommend the Steak, (The Porterhouse steak came in at 29.95 and the Sirloin steak at 19.99 each x 2, along with the Salmon which my girlfriend said was "good" total bill for 2 adults and 2 kids $101.00 I left a $10 tip..don't kno why..total cost for a lousy meal $110.00)try the diner down the street, if they are closed put some ketchup on your boot and eat that,...at least you'll save yourself 30 dollars!
Absolutely the best experience of a friendly, small town visit.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 6/8/06
We came in from Mobile, AL and Memphis, Tn to see California, or as much as we could in seven days. Hitting San Francisco on Saturday and going to Yosemite on Sunday, we stopped in this small town of Coulterville on the way out and on the way to Lake Tahoe. After a day of driving we decided to stop in Coulterville for a drink. What better place than one that has a sign that says "saloon"? After all we are in the west. We went in and what happened after that was completely unexpected. The saloon was all we thought it could be with friendly service and local banter. We knew then that this was a special place. We walked over to the hotel to see what other surprises were there and we find again, exactly what would be expected in a small western town. A beautiful hotel taken straight out of a western movie. After all the old guest register we saw in the saloon did have the signature of Teddy Roosevelt from a visit he had while in the area visiting John Muir in the Yosemite wilderness trying to sell the president on the idea of a national park. We asked a waitress in the dining room about a room and were directed, where else but, to the bartender at the saloon. We got a room with two bedrooms and private bath for far less than we paid in any other place on our stay (Mckinleyville, Gualala, Santa Rosa, San Francisco) in California. The service was unreal and friendly. When I walked out of the hotel the next morning, I was greeted on the street by the waitress (who was actually one of the owners) and the bartender. Both asked how my night was and directed me to the general store(no kidding) up the street for a great breakfast. Nothing on our trip came remotely close to the few hours we spent in Coulerville at the Hotel Jefferey. Cudos to the entire staff and people on Coulterville. You gave me memories that will last my entire life. Thank you all. Frank Ashley
The people and te food were fabulous. Plus the rooms had a very home feel to them. The owners and staff made the experience worthwhile. I loved the feeling of just being a ble to kick back and not think about the troubles I have. Even though the view from my room was not the best(overlooking the towns community park) Istill injoyed myself to the fullest.
Some folks complained about the lack of bathrooms and elevators, but I think that the new owners have done a nice job in keeping with the historical integrity of the place. The rooms are clean and furnished with antiques and quilted blankets. The hallways still have that cool creaky sound to remind you of the age of the building as you wander to your room. The saloon - what can I say... I think it holds the same charm and atmosphere that the hotel has enjoyed for a century and a half. The dining room is elegantly decorated and the chef dishes up some pretty terrific meals. All in all, my family visits the Gold Country to enjoy the history of California, and the Hotel Jeffery is right on the mark when they call it the Historical Hotel Jeffery - not the Hilton. We've returned and will again! Congratulations Peter & Cherylann!
The new owners are a couple, Cherylann and Peter. Cherylann takes great pride in making the guests feel welcome, and the saloon that Peter works at is supposedly the oldest saloon in all of California. They play great music and drinks are reasonably priced there. It's the main spot that people hang out at in Coulterville.
The rooms are pretty spartan and don't really make sense in arrangement. No phone, no TV (except in a common room), many have no bathroom, but there is an abundance of shared baths. Fresh towels are always available, but don't expect your sheets to be changed while you're there.
Although the rooms are clean when you check in, the shared bathrooms don't seem to be cleaned throughout the day. Enjoy the hot water while it's there b/c it'll probably go away before the end of the shower.
There is a coffee shop in the hotel, but it isn't open in the mornings, and it doesn't usually have any pastries. However, breakfast is available down the street, just about 20 yards away from the hotel.
All in all, I'd stay at the hotel if I was in the area again, but most likely I'll never return to the area.
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