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Ruby Inn

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The people who run the Ruby Inn in Bridgeport, Ca. are very thoughtful and considerate. After a long day driving, they were willing to show me several rooms in order to determing which would be most suited for my handicapped wife. They were very helpful and even recommended a great place to buy deli sandwiches for our continuing trip the next day. I think it's a great place to stay.

A road trip south from Lassen took longer than expected due to extensive road work delays along route 395. We decided to see if we could get a room without a reservation. The nightly price at another establishment in town seemed a little high so we tried Ruby Inn. I am SO glad the first place didn't work out! Check in was friendly, easy and informative. My first impression of the room was that it was a little out dated. Get past the looks. The bed was very comfortable. The large, smart TV mounted on the wall was impressive even though it took this tech-challenged grandma a little while to figure it out. More channels than you know what to do with. The wifi was BLAZING. The bathroom was very clean and there was great water pressure. The small fridge and microwave were tucked away in the closet so you don't hear the fridge cycling all night long or taking up counter space. The room was quiet until around 6 AM. There seems to be a bus parking lot or something similar in the block behind the motel that starts work pretty early. The light, continental breakfast was fresh and a nice start to the day. The town looked quaint and welcoming. I would have liked to had time to explore a bit.

Stayed overnight following a Yosemite backcountry experience. It was nice to have a real bed and shower in a clean, quiet place (except for the nearby church bells rihging every half hour). Small room, but with microwave and mini-fridge. We didn't have a chance to use the hot tub as there were no morning hours before check out time. Very limited continental breakfast.

Appreciated the great, warm service from the owners. Room was pleasant and the hot tub was perfect. Everything was within walking distance. Continental breakfast was light but tasty. Would stay there again!

Last minute change to my travels plans caused me to find a place other than Lee Vining area (sold out) so Bridgeport was my only option. And Ruby Inn turned out to be the best best! Friendly staff, super clean room, and great town! Steve and Mary Noble are great stewards of this establishment. I will be back👍🏽

Quite little set up, No smoking room, and no Pets, so it was quite in the room. Felt bad because the Forest truck parked outside had a dog locked up in the cab. The lady who checked me in was polite and helpful, explained how the town, looked, and little history. Comfy Bed, which is always important. Had mini breakfast in the morning, awaiting hardy travelers. Its hard for me to believe people do not understand, at 0600 in the morning, standing outside someones room, you should use your quite voice, kind of like the Marine blaring his music from his car while he was loading it up to depart. The hotel was awesome, its the patrons that mess it up. The bakery they recommended was another great treat. Thanks if were ever in Bridgeport again, we will stay there.

The welcome was lovely and homely from the hosts and owners of the hotel. The room was clean and tidy if not a bit dated. Faded pictures on the walls did detract but the coffee machine with grinder attached and beans provided was quite a nice touch. The Bathroom was tidy and clean and the folded towels are a nice touch. You can see that the owners are trying to make the place stand out. The room was rather warm which in winter would be wonderful. The air on was bit but that's ok, it didn't disturb too much. If you are into watching all the god channels on TV you will love the place, if not, then you may be a bit bemused. Breakfast was a bit disappointing with the bagels not being as fresh as they could have been. If there had been a toaster in the room this would not have been an issue. Overall it was a nice visit but not one which requires raving about.

I have traveled thru every state with in the continental United States, and most countries. I have stayed at Hiltons, 4 seasons, you name it, I have stayed at one. We found ourselves with a wheel bearing going out in our travel van. Bridgeport was supposed to be a drive thru town. Whenever I asked the guy at the gas station, where is the best place to stay in town until my van was fixed, he said Ruby Inn. From the first time I met Steve ( the owner) he made us feel like family, like we was back home. He, his wife, and son made this motel a 6 star hotel ( if that was an option). Service is the key here. I would say at any other hotel that we "had" to stay two nights while our van was repaired but, here we "got" to stay two nights. I have a family of 6, for less than $300 a night room, we received the suite with 2 connecting rooms with French doors, 4 beds, two tvs, dinning table, microwave, the kids loved it!!! The spa is a over sized hot tub, just awesome right before bed! In all my travels I have never stayed in a motel like this one with the hospitality, views and a Mayberry atmosphere. It is a retro motel which we loved. Clean, comfortable beds, short walk to restaurants, park , museum, hiking, fishing, and gas station. If ever this way, and you get a chance to stay, don't miss your opportunity to stay at the Ruby inn! You won't regret it! I'm from Missouri and would literally drive back out her to relive the experience that Steve and his family has provided us! Thanks again guys for providing an experience of a life time for my family!! William J.

Fantastic comfortable bed and great nights sleep. Parking right in front of rooms. Great staff and helped us with a problem with our hire car. Good restaurant for our evening meal within walking distance on the main street. Drove here after driving over the Sonora Pass and then dropped down to Bodie State Park. Fantastic area to explore.

That's the only way I can put it. The room I had was seriously updated from what I had the year before. The most noticeable change was the large screen TV mounted on the wall with a seemingly endless variety of channels to choose from. Also, while the WiFi was good to begin with, it now screams! I decided to watch an HD video on my iPad with it and there was no freezing or tiling of the image, nor problems with the sound. Kudos to whomever designed and built, but most importantly maintains this system. Above all else though, the room was still one of the most comfortable I've encountered in any U.S. Hotel. My stay overall... First, due to a change in my travel plans, I arrived one night earlier than the original reservation called for. I was lucky. They were able to accommodate me a day early. I was lucky because there have been times when I've seen the “NO VACANCY” neon lit. The check-in by “Peter” was friendly, fast, and efficient. I was given the access codes for both the WiFi and the spa (hot tub), and was on my way. Something to add to your stay: The access code for the WiFi is often a verse out of the Bible. Look it up in the Bible that you will find in one of the cupboard drawers in your room. While on the subject of religion, unlike too many hotels these days in which you're on your own when it comes to finding worship services, feel free to ask the friendly folks at the front desk who will be more than happy to help. Like most hotels, the Ruby Inn staff is ready to suggest places to see and dine, as well as things to do in the area. But, they can also advise on where to go to feed your soul. Before I go further, a few words about traveling to this area in case you've never been here before. First, make reservations once your travel plans are set. Hotels along U.S. 395 from Topaz Lake (CA/NV state line) south to Pearsonville (junction with the 14 freeway, which will take you to the I-5 Golden State Freeway which will take you into “Boss Angeles”.) are few and far between outside of those clustered in and immediately adjacent to the “larger” towns along the road. And, unfortunately most are not up to the quality of the Ruby Inn. So make your reservations early. Best way to get the best rate at the Ruby Inn (or most independent hotels in the U.S.) is to contact the hotel directly via telephone or their e-mail. If you're calling, remember that California is UTC-7 in summer and UTC-8 the rest of the year. Since you will probably be driving to this part of California, either stop for your evening meal at a restaurant early enough for supper, or stop at a supermarket or at least a convenience store on the way to stock-up on goodies for a midnight snack. If this is your first visit to the U.S., I highly recommend a stop at a Raley's or Von's so you can see what a typical American supermarket is like. But, if you aren't able to stop along the way and the Bridgeport restaurants are closed when you arrive, the Ruby Inn has you covered with a selection of snacks and quick microwaveable type foods for sale in the office. In addition to the oft-mentioned in-room coffee, there's also a soda machine. My room was on the back row, ground level, a couple of spaces down from the handicap parking. Yes, opening the room door took some practice. But, even I was able to master it after a few tries! You sort of have to pull it forward just a little and then push back to open it. As usual, the room was spotless and had no weird odors. Yes, the washcloths and towels were folded into the shapes of birds. A nice touch I've seen nowhere else. The TV was mounted to the wall and had a slight swivel to it to allow comfortable viewing from either the bed (my room only had one bed...) or the area where the table and chairs are. The remote for the satellite TV was ridiculously simple to where I wish I saw its type more frequently. Yes, I checked a few channels to evaluate reception quality. Really good for a hotel. But, I really don't come here to watch TV! In fact, the only show I've watched in its entirety while staying at the Ruby Inn was a “blind date” show about seven or eight years ago! Before hitting the spa and calling it a night, I “pre-heated” the room as things cool down pretty fast here once the sun goes down. Even in August! However, be prepared to have to raise the temperature during the night in case it gets cold! And, in raising the temperature, do so in steps and not all at once. That way you won't risk overheating in the middle of the night and having to get up and dial the heat back and wait for the room to cool back to a comfortable sleeping temperature. One suggestion is that if you're staying a second night (or third, etc.!), as you're leaving the room, cut back the heat in summertime as it will get sufficiently warm off natural heat alone. Quality of sleep was excellent. No problems with road noise or other guests. Even if coming here in summertime, bring long-sleeve shirts and a light jacket to wear when going out in the mornings or evenings. Be prepared to have to defrost your car (even in summer!) if you're going out early in the morning. While on the subject of mornings, let's talk about the continental breakfast. See my comments in my earlier reviews. Unlike most American hotels where it's heavy on carbs, the Ruby Inn offers hard-boiled (hard-cooked) eggs. Very unusual! Also, if you're visiting from overseas, definitely try the Ruby Inn's version of a drink that is simply called “hot chocolate” in the U.S. It's dispensed from a machine in the lobby and you are advised to read and heed the directions about letting go of the dispenser switch when the cup is between ½ and 2/3 full. Otherwise, you'll have an overflow! Also worth noting is that unlike most U.S. hotels that offer a continental breakfast, guests are encouraged to place their selections on a tray and eat in their room. If traveling as a couple, or as a family with children, this provides a quiet time together to consider the day ahead or just relax. Having stayed here a number of times over the years, I can tell you that families with small children are especially welcome here. Speaking of traveling with the family, it appears that dogs are very welcome at the Ruby Inn and have access to a large exercise area exclusively for the pets of guests. Now, about the pricing. Be aware that all motels and restaurants in this region are much more expensive than what you might find in and around the cities, and especially outside of California. That is because this is a very isolated area with a very short tourist season. In addition, California is one of the most expensive states in the U.S. in which to operate a small business. But, don't let that stop you from visiting one of the most beautiful areas in the lower 48. Just budget for it and be prepared. In summary, the Ruby Inn is one of those rare hotels the quality of which will spoil you. But, beyond the material quality, I cannot say enough good things about the professionals who staff it. Like any business, it's only as good as the people who operate it. Overall, it's the people of the Ruby Inn who merit it's 5-star rating.

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Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

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69% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 134 reviews