A 302-acre natural oasis close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Sacramento, Discovery Park sits at the junction of the American and Sacramento rivers. Visitors to the Sacramento area who’d like to stay close to the park, which is part of the larger American River Parkway system, will find a handful of hotels located within a three-mile radius. This selection covers a range of amenities and prices that are likely to suit almost any taste or budget.
Delta King Riverboat
For an experience quite unlike anything else that Sacramento has to offer, make a reservation to stay in this distinctive 44-unit hotel, which is housed in an authentic riverboat that once plied the route between Sacramento and San Francisco. Frommer’s calls the Delta King a “somewhat gimmicky but charming hotel.” Only 1.7 miles from Discovery Park, the hotel has rooms that were converted from riverboat staterooms and are somewhat small and low-ceilinged. The on-site Pilothouse Restaurant offers fine dining along with stunning views of the riverfront, while the Delta Bar & Grill serves lighter fare in a casual setting. Guests who’d like a little entertainment along with their meal may choose to try one of the hotel’s two dinner theaters, one of which specializes in whodunits.
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
Guests at this downtown Sacramento hotel, 2.8 miles from Discovery Park, are also well positioned to visit Old Sacramento and the state capitol complex, both of which are within walking distance. This high-rise, 366-unit hotel provides a host of recreational facilities for those who want to stay active. These include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and easy access to several nearby golf courses. For business travelers who need to put the finishing touches on a proposal or project, the Holiday Inn’s business center has all the facilities they’ll need to get the job done. The hotel’s Cypress Grille specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If you’d like to sample some of the city’s other dining options, the restaurants of Old Sacramento are nearby.
Radisson Hotel Sacramento
Close to both Discovery Park and downtown Sacramento, this 335-unit hotel feels more like a resort than most of the other hotels in the area, according to Fodor’s. A collection of low-rise Mediterranean-style structures houses the Radisson’s accommodations. These two-story buildings cluster around an artificial lake that dominates the hotel’s 18-acre landscaped property. Many of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites have balconies or patios that overlook the lake. Visitors who need to relax can get a helping hand with a treatment from the Radisson’s full-service spa or simply unwind by swimming laps in the pool. Basil’s by the Lake, the main on-site restaurant, specializes in northern Italian cuisine, while Java Coast, just off the lobby, can supply a quick cup of coffee, sandwich, salad or pastry for those in a hurry.
Residence Inn Sacramento Airport Natomas
Only 1.5 miles from Discovery Park, this all-suites hotel is an excellent choice for family groups and visitors who are planning an extended stay in the Sacramento area. Accommodations include studio and two-bedroom suites, all of which feature full kitchen facilities. The hotel has no on-site restaurant but serves a hot breakfast buffet each morning and hosts social receptions with free beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks most evenings. Nearby restaurants are Pearl on the River, Sushi King and Crawdads. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center and nearby biking trail.
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