Julian Gold Rush Hotel
OPERATING HOTEL SINCE 1897
A B&B hotel in the middle of Julian, a rural mountain town in Southern California. In fact the Julian Hotel was called "Hotel Robinson" after the free slave Albert Robinson who with his wife, Margaret, owned the hotel until 1921 when it was purchased by the Jacobs family and during the 47 years they owned it the name was changed to the "Julian Hotel." The present owners, Steve and Gig Ballinger, have had the Julian Hotel listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington DC, the only one with this listing out of the many buildings built in Julian from the late 1890's to 1920's. Also, located in front of the Julian City Hall is a plaque given by the State of California, recognizing the town of Julian as an historical point of interest. You will be staying in a turn of the century town at the Julian Gold Rush Hotel.
The Hotel has the charm of the 1900's and the feel of the old gold rush days as well. An old free standing fire stove is in the lobby as well as a display case of the old days. Make sure you have the breakfast. Yummy things are served. There are rooms on two floors with the second floor more quiet. They also have a couple of cottages on the property. Being right in town is a plus, so once you park, you are then free to walk the shops right across the street, the entire town area, or hike up in the hills.
Unique Quality: Go back in time from the minute you step on the porch of the Julian Gold Rush Hotel. Get the feel of a turn of the century hotel in this Julian treasure. You can sit on the front porch and watch as the traffic parades down Main Street. There is a horse and carriage ride that clip clops down the road now and then. Weather is beautiful in May and June, a little warm in July and August, Apple season September and October so get your reservation in early for these two months and November and December, the chill is in the air. January, February and March can be snow months up in this rural mountain town. Ah, yesterday with the horse and carriage and a light snow fall.
Directions: In town on Main St, east side of the street.
In the Center of the Action
My sister and I drove up to Julian without a reservation and lucked out getting a room that had just cancelled. Our room had a tall queen bed and was decorated nicely although we shared a bathroom down the hall with other rooms. This was probably in the year 2000. The staff was friendly and made sure to tell us about tea time, which we missed because we hiked too long. When we finally made it back after dark, staff was concerned about us, which was nice, and told us we had better hightail it into town before the restaurants closed if we wanted dinner. This place is right on the main street in Julian. Book early!
The Oldest Hotel In Southern California
The Julian Hotel is the oldest, continuously operating Hotel in Southern California. A former slave, Albert Robinson and his wife Margaret originally opened it in 1897.
A National, State and County historic treasure, which has been nominated to the National Register, State Landmarks Point of Historic Interest, and County Historical Sites roll.
Unique Quality: The two story hotel offers the Victorian spirit of genteel hospitality, relaxation and a friendly atmosphere. The rooms have been maintained in the style of the period while including such modern amenities as private bathrooms.
Rates for the Honeymoon House or the Patio Cottage range from about $139.00 to $160.00 depending on when you arrive.
The Patio Cottage, with fireplace, has it’s own private veranda, with beautiful views of the gardens and native stone patios.
The Honeymoon House, has a Franklin style fireplace, bridal canopied bed and one of those antique claw-footed bath tubs with shower.
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Amenities at Julian Gold Rush Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
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