Burlington Hotel Basic/Shared Bath

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Canyon Lake Drive, Port Costa, CA 94569, United States
Your host, Earl
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The Space

Enjoy an eclectic small room with a full-size bed sharing a common bath in The Burlington Hotel, Victorian jewel of the historic Old West town of Port Costa.

{One of 19 eclectic fun rooms in a California landmark!} The photo on this listing is an example of one of a group of smaller rooms we offer at this price. If you choose this pricing tier, we will book you into one of these rooms that share two common baths with other rooms on the same floor.

{How your patronage helps a work in progress}
The Burlington Hotel, built in 1883 and in continuous operation since, was once host to travelers visiting this once-thriving port. The building is one of California's most important landmarks. After decades of neglect, we are working with the hotel's owner to slowly improve the hotel. Your patronage helps keep this work going and insures that this wonderful old place sees many more generations of guests to come.

{Weekend café fare included}
Friday and Saturday night stays include complimentary fresh beverage (tea, made-to-order coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice) and homemade, fresh-baked pastry of choice. Cafe is open from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

{Eat next door at a world-class restaurant}
Enjoy Dinner and weekend brunch next door at The Bull Valley Roadhouse, now one of the Bay Area's top 100 restaurants and the hard-won endeavor of your hotel hosts, Earl Flewellen, Samuel Spurrier and chef David Williams. They recently made Condé Nast Traveler's list of the 70 best new restaurants in the world.

{While you are here}
Venture across the street to the sprawling Warehouse Cafe, featuring steakhouse grub, eccentric bartenders, colorful clientele, a 16-foot stuffed polar bear and the antique and oddity collective "Joe's Oddities. Or lose yourself next door in Wendy Addison's studio "The Theater of Dreams", a veritable dreamscape of Edwardian era letterpress-inspired creations. And a few steps up, browse the sand-lined Port Costa Surf Shop, where you will be hard-pressed to find any surf gear, but instead Ron McKeever's own world of Old West hand-painted signs and quirky collection of antiques and vintage appliances.

{For the adventurous}
Guests can also take in miles of easily accessible hiking trails featuring panoramic views of the Carquinez Strait, all part of the East Bay Regional Parks that surround the small valley. Or walk along the rocky beaches lining the Carquinez Strait and explore the old pilings that once supported the old warehouses and wharves, all now a distant memory. If biking is your thing, a trip to the Martinez Amtrak station links you to all rail destinations in the region. Or bike into nearby Vallejo and board the San Francisco-bound ferry that lands you smack dab in the heart of things at the famous San Francisco Ferry Building.

{Getting here and parking}
Parking is free and plentiful in the adjacent lot. There are nearby services in the same block, including two restaurant/bars and a post office. The nearby town of Crockett has bars, antique shops, gas stations, parks, and restaurants.

By car, Port Costa is 43 minutes from San Francisco and 37 minutes to Napa. The hotel is also accessible by bicycle. There is no public transportation in Port Costa. The nearest bus stop is for the WestCAT Route 11, which is adjacent to the John Swett High School in Crocket, 2.9 miles away.

{The There is no smoking anywhere on the hotel premises. No pets are allowed.

Please note that our hotel (and the town) is very old, and does not have elevators.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
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  • I absolutely loved the Burlington Hotel! The atmosphere is perfectly quirky, a great mix of spooky and cute. The cafe downstairs is bright and beautiful, great coffee, yummy pastries. I will definitely be staying here again!

    March 2014
  • Earl, Cherie, Hillary et. al are a friendly and kind group who, if I understand correctly, have spent the past year transforming Port Costa into a little piece of paradise.

    The location is lovely, nestled between two little hills overlooking the Carquinez strait. While the Burlington Hotel has a long, uninterrupted history going back to the 19th Century, the renovations that it is currently undergoing are part of a newer project to create a little vintage wonderland, complete with its own local letterpress studio. The dirty, rickety old relic described in Yelp reviews from 2010 is just a memory now.

    This isn't just a hotel; it's a little world of its own, and a great deal of talented work is going into creating that world. Going back to the city after our weekend at the Burlington was like reluctantly waking from a wonderful dream.

    I could write at length about all the little details that make Port Costa a great place to spend a weekend, but that would spoil it. Go and discover it for yourself, while it's still small -- I suspect that little town is going to grow fast.

    September 2013
  • I booked a room at the Burlington Hotel after perusing photos and feeling quite intrigued by the quirky, old-world charm of the hotel and surrounding area. Upon arriving and driving through Crockett and into Port Costa, there was a feeling of history, combined with natural beauty, that made the area wonderfully unique.
    Earl met us at the hotel to let us in, was very friendly and helpful in providing useful information for our stay, as well as his cell number in case we had further questions. He told us that, being a weekday, traffic was slow and we'd pretty much have the place to ourselves.
    The hotel itself was extremely rustic, with many antique, if not original, furniture and finishes. The old doors, many with stained glass, the grand staircase, and the textured wallpaper were a few of my favorite touches. I also loved that it was so near the water and surrounded by other historic buildings.
    One tidbit Earl offered was about a community (email hidden) across the street (The Warehouse) which is held on the first Monday of every month. My first response was curiosity, followed by, "Nah," thinking my German boyfriend wouldn't be interested. He wanted to know what a potluck was, though, and once I explained it to him, he was quite interested in checking out our strange, American traditions, so we headed over.
    Everyone was very welcoming and friendly, and there was everything on the table from appetizers to pasta and pizza, to chicken and meatballs. It was quite a spread. And the bar served up a list to be reckoned with of dozens of beers from all over the world. It was a fun time for everyone.
    The room itself--we stayed in Fanny--was very quaintly appointed with bright colors including orange and hot pink. The bathroom facilities, located down the hall, were adequate, and there was no problem sharing since we were the only ones there (at least on our floor). My only complaint would be that the bed was rather small for the two of us, and not the most comfortable, but I liked everything else about the room and the hotel.
    I'm all about places that are unique and have their own personality and character. The Burlington has just that! The people in Port Costa create a wonderful, welcoming environment for creativity and relaxation. I look forward to my next trip there!!

    April 2013
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Hailing from South Carolina and Louisiana, my partner, Samuel, and I moved to the quirky town of Crockett, CA after many years living in San Francisco and Berkeley. We soon found ourselves down in Port Costa where we ventured to start a small bee farm. What began with a few bee hives grew into an array of endeavors. You can still stop in to taste and buy our local honey, but we now keep ourselves (and our friends and neighbors) even busier running our little café, managing the Burlington Hotel and operating The Bull Valley Roadhouse adjacent to the hotel.
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