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"There is a rich, almost seductive opulence to this brick 1879 hostelry that comes at you in whispers and peeks." -Sunset Magazine   Featured in Wine Spectator Magazine and D'Vine Magazine as a recommended place to stay and dine in the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country wine regions.
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Step back in time to 1879 when the Gold Rush was in full swing, Amador City was a bustling mining town, and the Imperial Hotel opened its doors to prosperous Victorian hotel guests. 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 visitors to the Gold Country. » Read D'Vine Magazine Article

Described as “both elegant and whimsical”, with a “rich, seductive opulence”, the Imperial Hotel is a place where time does not stand still, but it does slow down. Local residents and visitors mingle over cocktails in the Oasis Bar. Hotel guests sip a glass of wine or cup of tea on the balcony overlooking the town or on one of two native stone patios. A book or magazine selected from the hotel library leads to an afternoon of lazy inactivity.


Spend an afternoon visiting the many award-winning, family-owned small wineries in nearby Shenandoah Valley and Fair Play. Browse the antique and specialty shops in Amador City and Sutter Creek. Return to our regionally acclaimed restaurant for a relaxing meal featuring locally grown produce, fresh meats and sustainably harvested seafood. Then simply retire to one of our nine handsome air-conditioned rooms with private baths and look forward to a full gourmet breakfast in the morning. Life at it's absolute best!


On Sunday, January 18th, we will welcome the return of Amador County resident Wendell Martin to the hotel for a performance of new material in his portrayal of Mark Twain. Dressed in the customary white suit, Martin plays Twain as a 70-year-old, speaking in a slow, gruff, whiskey-soaked drawl, relating the foibles and follies of his fellow man and weaving each tale and story as if he expects everyone to believe. A highlight of this performance is a dramatically told story from a novel or short story written by Twain.

The performance starts at 7 pm. Reservations are available for dinner prior to the performance with seating between 5 - 5:30 pm. Tickets for the performance are $15/person for the show only, $45 for dinner and show and advance purchase by calling or emailing the hotel is recommended!

3 WINE DINNERS COMING IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY starting on Saturday, January 24th with Bianchini Cellars, a small family-owned and operated winery that grows chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon on their property at the 3000 foot level outside Volcano. We have been serving their Estate Chardonnay in the restaurant for two years and loving it, so we’re looking forward to pouring it along with their syrah, merlot, barbera and cabernet sauvignon at this dinner. www.bianchinicellars.com

Our annual dinner featuring the top award winners from the Sierra Foothills at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will take place on Friday February 20th. We will be scooping up some great wines to pour for you, and the ever-knowledgeable Dick Minnis will be telling you all about them.

Rounding out the Winter Wine Dinner schedule on Saturday, February 28th, we will join with Jeff Runquist Winery to present a dinner with Jeff’s Italian wines and our food that will give a you a taste of what is to come at Amador Four Fires - the newest Amador wine event that will take place on May 2nd at the Amador County Fairgrounds. This all-day celebration of Amador County wines from four different regions (Italy, Spain, Southern France and California heritage) is described as a “veritable rural county fair teeming with all things wine and food beckoning around every corner of the ten-acre site”. Visit the website at amadorfourfires.com and if you purchase advance-sale discounted tickets by January 31st, be sure to put in the code “IH” for an additional discount available to our customers.

Take advantage of our January Room and Dinner Package: stay in any room in the main historic hotel building
(rooms 1 - 6) Tuesday through Thursday and enjoy a 3-course dinner for two for only $160 plus tax. Add a second consecutive week night for just $80. New reservations only.

Winemaker’s Dinner Package will be available for the January and February Wine Dinners. Enjoy a five course dinner with wine for two and spend the night in our hotel for $250 plus tax.

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IMPERIAL HOTEL: 14202 Old Hwy 49 • PO Box 212, Amador City, CA 95601-0212
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