Running from the border of Mexico to Canada, Interstate 5 is the main south-north artery through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. The busy freeway bisects the downtown area of Sacramento, crosses the American River and then takes a sharp westward turn to run near the southern edge of the city’s international airport. Visitors who’d like to be near the airport or who have business in the city’s northern suburbs will find several hotels close to the interstate.
Courtyard Sacramento Airport Natomas
Located in a quiet business park north of the Sacramento River, this four-story, 151-unit hotel lies only a short distance from Old Sacramento, the international airport and Arco Arena, home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. The hotel’s child-friendly Nickelodeon You Stay program makes it an ideal choice for families with young children. Upon check-in, young guests receive Nickelodeon-branded key cards, activity books and silicon bracelets that carry the password for access to a secret online game website. The on-site Bistro restaurant serves breakfast and dinner in a casual setting, while the hotel’s Market Place offers ready-made sandwiches, salads, pastries, beer, wine and soft drinks for guests to enjoy in their rooms or on the run.
Four Points by Sheraton Sacramento International Airport
Just off the Del Paso Road exit of I-5, this four-story, 100-unit hotel is conveniently located only three miles from the airport and seven miles from center-city Sacramento. For guests who’d like to stay active, the hotel offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, while business travelers can get their work done in the hotel’s 24-hour business center. The on-site Gateway Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily, and the Four Points cocktail lounge is open every evening from 5 to 11 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento/South Natomas
Only a short drive north of downtown Sacramento and close to I-5, this Hilton property is a good choice for business travelers, offering a 24-hour full-service business center and remote printing services for guests who prefer to work in their own rooms. Two meeting rooms and audio/visual equipment are available for small business conferences. The Great American Grill, located on the premises, serves light fare for breakfast and dinner. Guests who’d prefer to want a leisurely meal at a nearby restaurant can select from such options as Pearl on the River, Chevy’s Fresh Mex and Crawdads on the River, all located less than a mile from the hotel.
Residence Inn Sacramento Airport Natomas
With 126 studio and two-bedroom suites, this hotel is ideally suited for family groups and travelers who are planning an extended stay, whether on business or pleasure. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, including a stove, microwave oven, dishwasher and full-size refrigerator. The hotel serves up a hot breakfast buffet each morning and each evening hosts a social hour, during which guests can enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. For the benefit of guests who are on the go, Residence Inn offers a grocery shopping service for a small additional fee.
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