California's longest continually running hotel has been in operation since 1863. Its old west legacy includes guests like Mark Twain and the outlaw Black Bart.After a two year, four million dollar renovation, the National Hotel now has the classic 19th century feel in a modern luxury setting. "We have people coming from the Bay Area and Southern California who came there in their younger days and had quite a wild time, and now that want someplace nice to stay," said National Hotel Manager Patricia Weinshiemer. Part of the hotel's western lore includes legendary cowboy actor John Wayne once losing $56,000 in a four day poker game.
Gold Country town celebrates historic hotel reopening