|A Look Back at Imperial Hotel
In 1879 the California Gold Rush was in full swing
and Amador City was a bustling mining town in
the midst of rebuilding after a devastating fire
the year before. The Sanguinetti family was building
a two-story brick and stone building at one end
of town which opened as the Italian Hotel, later
renamed the Imperial Hotel, to serve prosperous
Victorian visitors and successful miners. The
ground floor housed a dining room and bar (with
separate entrances so the ladies would not have
to go through the bar to reach the restaurant);
lodging was upstairs and in a wood-frame addition
in the rear of the building.
Today the miners are gone, but Amador City retains
its historic character, and the beautifully restored
Imperial Hotel still offers a warm and gracious
welcome to the California Gold Country.
Guests can while away an afternoon with a book
or magazine selected from the hotel library. For
wine aficionados, the hotel is within a 10-minute
drive of the many award-winning, family-owned
small wineries in nearby Shenandoah Valley and
Fair Play, and the knowledgeable hotel staff will
gladly share their favorites. There is no charge
for wine tasting at most of the wineries in this
part of the world! Antique and specialty stores
in Amador City and Sutter Creek provide an afternoon
shopping excursion. Fishing, golf, gold panning
and fascinating small museums are close by.
Following are links to help you plan
you visit to Imperial Hotel in Amador County.