A treasured icon is brought back to life to welcome a new era of social gatherers and adventurers to California’s rich Gold Country. 


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  • Non-Smoking Hotel

    Non-Smoking Hotel

  • Hiking Trails

    Hiking Trails

  • Vegetarian Food Options

    Vegetarian Food Options

  • Gluten-Free Food Options

    Gluten-Free Food Options

  • Vegan Food Options

    Vegan Food Options


  • Recycle Program

  • LED Lighting

  • Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

  • Room Temperature Control

  • Eco-Friendly Bath Products

Community Impact

  • Donates Back

  • Local Farmers Program

Guest Rooms



Free Cancellation by Jan 24, 2023

sleeps 2 | taxes & fees excluded | after donation | perks included

Retire to a queen bed stacked with plush pillows and bespoke linens. Beautifully designed with an air of calm grandeur, where Victorian charm blends seamlessly with a fresh take on luxury. Experience the utmost in comfort and luxury in ... Read More



Free Cancellation by Jan 24, 2023

sleeps 2 | taxes & fees excluded | after donation | perks included

Cozy yet elegant, spacious and comfortable with large windows and all the amenities. A carefully curated selection of antiques and gracious furnishings presents a space to relax and recharge after a full day of explorations around Nevada City. Rest ... Read More

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The Setting

In 1849, Nevada City was simply known as Deer Creek Dry Diggins after gold was discovered on the banks of Deer Creek. By 1851, it was the most important mining town in the new state of California. To keep pace with the booming gold rush economy, The National Exchange Hotel was built in 1856 offering world class accommodations for the pioneer take on the Victorian Era.

After being named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, this old dame became a little rough around the edges and a three-year floor-to-rafters renovation began in 2018, with the goal of preserving the charm and history of the building while meeting today’s modern and eco-savvy expectations. Nevada City has seen quite the transformation as well, set in the Sierra Foothills, the town once teeming with gold-hungry prospectors and saloons of ill repute, is now bustling with inclusive vibes, bohemian charm, farmers' markets and artisan proprietors.

Recently, The California Arts Council formally recognized the downtown area as one of only 14 Cultural Districts, honoring the evolution from a rough gold-mining camp to an arts and music magnet and a haven for outdoor adventures. We’ve surely struck gold with this one. 

Sleep and Sanctuary

Timeless elegance pervades the 38 pet-friendly guest rooms; choose between Standard and Double rooms, Studios and King and Queen Suites at The National Exchange. In each you’ll find a unique design story, curated vintage furniture and light fixtures creating a soothing scene inside opulent Victorian-style chambers. Pamper yourself in over-sized bathrooms and spacious showers where you'll find luxurious cruelty-free Beekman 1802 goat milk soaps.

While stepping into the Victorian era is romantic, modern nomads will also be pleased to find Victrola Bluetooth speakers, free Wi-Fi and electric kettles and sustainably-sourced teas for their convenience. Since the National Exchange was not designed with televisions in mind over 150 years ago – an in-room tablet can be utilized for streaming services, but secretly, your hosts hope that you will connect with each other, with the community and the delightful natural surroundings during your stay.

Eat. Pray. Eat.

If you’re looking for sustenance for body and soul, you will strike gold in the historic National Bar and gourmet restaurant, Lola. Much like its namesake, Lola Montez, the actress and courtesan who called Grass Valley home, the cuisine at this high-spirited and modern eatery is sparked by the great wild west and a shine of European finesse; a dedication to beautiful ingredients, locally sourced, sustainable, and seasonally inspired.

Soak in the ambience (and libations) of the historic tavern known throughout the town as the National Bar. In this legendary haunt you’ll find an abundance of seasonally-inspired bespoke cocktails and shareable snacks. Sidle up for a drink, or two. 



  • Complimentary Parking

  • Air Conditioning

  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea

  • Ipod Dock

  • Restaurant

  • Bar Lounge

  • Fire Pits on Property

  • Conference Rooms

  • Pet Friendly

  • Mini Fridge

  • Family Friendly

  • Sundries

  • Bath Robes

  • Conference Halls

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Golf Course

  • Handicap Accessible


Check-in: 11 AM | Check-out: 4:00 PM

Pets not allowed (service animals welcome, exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds
  • Children are welcome
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Deposit: $100 per accommodation, per day



Kind Eats and Drinks
  • Find a hearty selection of salads and grain bowls at Heartwood
  • For a hyper local, seasonal dining experience, check out Watershed at the Owl
  • Sopa Thai has a lovely garden patio and fresh Thai fare
Conscious Culture
Mindful Adventures
  • Walk from the National Exchange Hotel through charming neighborhoods and connect with the Tribute Trail
  • A scenic 15 minute drive brings you to South Yuba River State Park and a historic covered bridge
  • With hand painted murals on the ceiling, craft brews and local wine, The Onyx art house theater is a uniquely Nevada City experience
Do Good for the Day
Be Kind to Yourself

211 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959


By Plane

70.5 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 

88.8 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) 

By Bus/Metro

Take the #142 bus every 30 min from Terminal B at SMF to J St. & 4th St ($4). Transfer at Sacramento Station to the California Zephyr train to Colfax Amtrak Station ($35). Taxi remaining distance 15.6 miles. Or, the nearest bus stop is one block away. 

From RNO take the GREEN bus ($49) every 30 min to Truckee Depot. Transfer at Amtrak Station to California Zephyr to the Colfax Amtrak Station. Taxi remaining distance, entire trip cost roughly ($149). 

By Automobile

From SMFGet on I-5 S from Aviation Dr and Airport Blvd. Take CA-99 N and CA-70 N to Lindhurst Ave in Olivehurst. Take exit 18B from CA-70 N. Take Hammonton Smartsville Rd to State Hwy 20 E in Smartsville. Continue on State Hwy 20 E to Nevada City. Take exit 186 from CA-20 E/CA-49 N/State Hwy 20 E. Turn left onto Broad St. 

Get on I-580 N from Reno-Tahoe Airport. Follow I-80 W to CA-20 W/State Hwy 20 W in Nevada County. Take exit 161 from I-80 W. Follow State Hwy 20 W to Broad St in Nevada City. 

Parking is complimentary.