For those seeking to explore some of California’s charming small towns this summer, look no further than Nevada City’s historic National Exchange Hotel. The property, originally built during the Gold Rush, is set to reopen this May with an extensive renovation and a number of impressive new design elements and amenities. The hotel is an ideal base for “staycationers” in the Sierra Nevada Foothills as well as travelers wanting a reprieve from the big city. This historic property, along with its sister hotel, The Holbrooke in Grass Valley, are sure to redefine the hospitality offerings of California’s Gold Country.
The National Exchange’s refurb brings with it an elevated food and beverage program, with the new restaurant, Lola, as its highlight. The restaurant is named for legendary 19th-century starlet Lola Montez, whose playful and elegant persona inspired much of the hotel’s aesthetic. Lola’s menu celebrates modern, locally sourced cuisine with a unique French sensibility. Meanwhile, the National Bar offers guests craft cocktails in a sophisticated, vintage-inspired setting. The hotel’s redesign, meticulously overseen by a team of craftsmen and architects, evokes a mixture of Victorian era opulence and contemporary luxury. Nestled against the scenic Sierra Nevadas, the National Exchange and Holbrooke hotels are perfect for intimate weekend getaways, social gatherings and special events.
Content and photos submitted by Andy Keown