Sacramento not only is the seat of state government in California, but for leisure travelers, its easy freeway access and nearby airport make it a convenient jumping-off point for trips to the Napa Valley, San Francisco, the Gold Country and Lake Tahoe. Accommodations range from chain motels and bed and breakfasts to conference hotels -- and even an authentic riverboat -- located near shopping centers, restaurants and government office buildings.
Sacramento hosts numerous conventions for political and trade associations as well as music and art festivals attracting visitors from around the world. Across from the State Capitol and a block away from the Sacramento Convention Center is the Hyatt Regency. In addition to its pair of upscale restaurants, the hotel features a 24-hour gym, business center, heated pool and almost 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a rooftop terrace. The Sheraton Grand is one of many downtown buildings embracing Sacramento's historic architecture. Formerly the Public Market, the hotel's cozy bar and two restaurants are as much of a draw for politicos as tourists. Guest rooms feature data ports, plasma TVs, oversize showers, bathrobes and Sheraton's signature "Sweet Sleeper" beds.
Bed and Breakfast Inns
Midtown Sacramento is east of the State Capitol and defined by the boundaries of 16th through 30th Streets, and J through R Streets. Within this grid are several Victorian residences that have been converted to bed and breakfasts. Amber House has beautifully appointed rooms named after famous musicians and writers. Amenities include Jacuzzis, gas fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, goose-feather comforters, and gourmet breakfasts. The parlor, dining room and gardens are available for intimate wedding ceremonies. East meets West at the Inn and Spa at Parkside. Package deals and monthly specials include 50-percent-off Friday and Sunday stays for Saturday bookings, spa combos including couples massage, and romance packages complete with champagne, roses and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Gourmet breakfasts are served in your room or the inn's dining room.
Old Town Lodging
Step back in time aboard the permanently moored Delta King riverboat. This floating setting features two restaurants and bars, a murder-mystery dinner theater, an on-board wine school, banquet facilities and 44 staterooms with a choice of river or city views. Every Thursday night in the Delta Bar and Grill is a celebration of Ireland with live music and specialty drinks. Embassy Suites is located on the Riverfront Promenade and is within easy walking distance to Old Sacramento, galleries and museums, and the downtown shopping plaza. This all-suite hotel features an indoor pool, cooked-to-order complimentary breakfasts, full conference facilities, refrigerators, microwaves and free morning newspapers.
If you're budget-minded, traveling with children or a combination of both, Sacramento has multiple chain hotels that are freeway close to Cal Expo, Arco Arena, Old Sacramento, shopping malls, theaters and Sacramento International Airport. Towneplace Suites, a Marriott property, is located near Cal Expo and features rooms with free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, complimentary breakfast, and floor plans ranging from studios to two-room suites. Radisson Sacramento offers multiple packages such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Zen Zone" spa treatments, and romance specials that include drinks and breakfasts for two. Free Wi-Fi and express laundry services are among the amenities. Crocodiles nightclub offers live concerts, and the property's man-made lake gives the hotel the feel of a tropic island.
- "Inside Guide to Sacramento: The Hidden Gold of California's Capital"; Dan Flynn; 2000
- "City Smart: Sacramento"; Patrick Cosgrove; 2000
- Hyatt: Sacramento Regency
- Sheraton Hotels and Resorts: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel Contact Information
- Embassy Suites: Fact Sheet
- Amber House: Contact Us
- Inn and Spa at Parkside: Directions
- Delta King: Contact Information
- Marriott: Towneplace Suites Fact Sheet
- Radisson Hotel: Sacramento Contact Information
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