The Best Hotels to Book in and Around Jackson, California

Hanford House Inn has boutique charm with an urban feel
Hanford House Inn has boutique charm with an urban feel | Courtesy of Hanford House Inn /
Judy Cogan

Once home to the richest gold mines in the Mother Lode, today Jackson draws people in to visit its historic downtown, Amador County wineries and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore this storied California town from one of these top hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.

Jackson is brimming with unique old-world charm – from its quaint vineyards to its Civil War-era main street – as well as boasting plenty of top restaurants, brew pubs and cute shops. It’s the perfect place to begin outdoor adventures or step back in time to the Californian Gold Rush. Here, Culture Trip has selected the best hotels in Jackson and on the town’s fringes.

1. Hotel Sutter


Hotel Sutter
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Just outside of Jackson, in the tiny town of Sutter Creek, you’ll find Hotel Sutter. This cute hotel’s origins date back to 1852. It boasts 21 stylish rooms next to the creek itself, ranging from snug doubles to deluxe king suites that comfortably sleep four people. Spend your days river rafting or wine-tasting before enjoying a blackberry mojito and live music at the hotel’s Pallet Cafe. An ADA-accessible room is available.

2. The Foxie of Sutter Creek

Bed and Breakfast, Luxury

This award-winning B&B is housed in a Victorian mansion in the heart of California’s Gold Country. It’s been ushered into this millennium with luxury perks like the chef’s table experience in the Foxie Kitchen, where culinary master KC Brown dishes up global cuisine, paired with local wines. Upstairs, light-flooded rooms boast clawfoot tubs, open fireplaces and semi-private porches. Enjoy a two-course hot breakfast with the option of having it served in bed.

3. Hanford House Inn

Boutique Hotel

Hanford House Inn
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For a boutique hotel with an urban feel, book Hanford House in Sutter Creek. Splurge and book one of the premium rooms, which come with a private balcony, fireplace and walk-in shower. Perks include a complimentary breakfast at the neighboring Element Restaurant (we recommend the eggs benedict), as well as an evening glass of wine and fresh scones delivered to your door each morning. Bringing your pet along for the trip? Book the self-contained bungalow down the street.

4. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

Resort, Casino Hotel

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
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Go full ritzy at this family-run resort in the Sierra foothills, just 3.8mi (6km) from downtown Jackson. Having opened in 1985, it is the only casino in town. Enjoy slot machines and blackjack tables downstairs, before bedding down in one of the luxurious rooms and suites upstairs. Each one comes with a rainfall shower, plush robes and a king-size bed or two queens. There’s no shortage of food options. The Lone Wolf restaurant is an award-winning steakhouse; Pacific Grill serves up juicy burgers and noodle bowls on the casino floor; and there’s a cute cafe and bakery for breakfast.

5. The Victoria Inn


The Victoria Inn
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Owned and run by Michael and Melissa Ninos, this luxurious property feels like a real home-away-from-home. It’s situated in Murphys, an enchanting town just a 45-minute drive from Jackson. Book one of the 14 individually decorated rooms; some come with clawfoot tubs and balconies. Downstairs, the on-site bar is popular with locals, as is the fine-dining restaurant, which serves fresh fish, locally sourced steaks and homemade sauces. There is also plenty of fishing, hiking, cycling and shopping in the area.

6. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jackson

Chain Hotel

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jackson
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Choose a well-known hotel brand like Holiday Inn and you are guaranteed ample space, high-quality bedding, a delicious breakfast included and top-notch service. This particular outpost has all of that, and it’s situated on the outskirts of Jackson. Families can book interconnecting rooms, while solo travelers will appreciate the affordable standard doubles. Wander into town to peruse the antique shops or head off in search of wine tasting at nearby Sutter Creek.

Looking for more inspiration? San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away, and we’ve already got your accommodation sorted; we’ve narrowed down everything from the best cheap hotels to the grand historic hotels of San Francisco so you can find and book the perfect stay on Culture Trip. We know you’ll want to check out all the landmarks, but take some time to discover the top non-touristy things to do in San Francisco. If you’re just after some peace and quiet, these weekend trips and getaways from San Francisco could be exactly what you’re looking for. Before you leave, don’t forget to try these foods that you must eat when in San Francisco.

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