Sacramento's midtown grid is a quiet residential neighborhood located east and south of the State Capitol. Situated between 16th and 30th Streets and J and R Streets, it's where you'll find no shortage of Victorian architecture, eclectic eateries, art galleries and midtown hotels suited to every budget. These accommodations are within easy walking and driving distance to local attractions such as Sutter's Fort, the Governor's Mansion and Old Sacramento.
Vizcaya Pavilion and Mansion is as much a venue of choice for brides-to-be as it is an elegant backdrop for corporate receptions and political fundraisers. Built in 1899, this eight-bedroom mansion is replete with antiques and includes guest amenities such as free Wi-Fi, full breakfast, bathrobes and hairdryers. Discounts are available for weekend stays as well as Sunday through Thursday bookings.
Bed and Breakfast
Amber House Bed and Breakfast is actually two separate houses -- a 1905 Craftsman and an 1895 Colonial Revival -- in the heart of midtown. Each of the cozy guest rooms is named for a famous musician or author and several have gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and private patios. Continental and full breakfasts can be enjoyed in your room, out in the gardens or with other guests in the main house dining room. Indulgent spa packages are a trademark of the Inn and Spa at Parkside. This 1930's mansion has the distinction of having been the California residence of Nationalist China's diplomatic representative and his family, and its furnishings strongly reflect the Asian influence. Each room is named for a positive state of being -- Happiness, Tranquility, Healing Energy -- and includes amenities such as kimono robes, fireplaces, spa tubs and showers, and balconies. Business travelers enjoy corporate rates as well as a free massage or facial after every fourth stay.
If you stay at the Clarion Hotel Mansion Inn during the summer, don't be surprised to see some familiar faces in the dining room, bar or at the pool. For over 40 years, the former Mansion Inn has accommodated the actors, singers and dancers who do summer stock shows at the nearby Music Circus. This pet-friendly hotel chain offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, privileges at a nearby gym, and banquet facilities for meetings and receptions. The Inn Off Capitol Park sits right on the divide between midtown and downtown and offers guests a business center, fitness center, free breakfast, kitchenettes, free parking and free Wi-Fi.
The Vagabond Inn Midtown is a pet-friendly, low-budget venue with amenities that include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, weekday newspaper delivery, refrigerators, coffeemakers and microwaves, free breakfast, free parking and multilingual personnel. Quality Inn Downtown is slightly west of the midtown grid and is within short walking distance of the State Capitol, the Sacramento Convention Center and area theaters, boutiques and restaurants. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking make it an easy-on-the-wallet stay.
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- "City Smart: Sacramento"; Patrick Cosgrove; 2000
- Downtown Grid Sacramento: Life on the Grid
- Vizcaya Pavilion and Mansion: Contact Information
- Amber House Bed and Breakfast: Contact Information
- The Inn and Spa at Parkside: Directions
- Choice Hotels International: Clarion Hotel Mansion Inn
- Choice Hotels International: Inn Off Capitol Park
- Vagabond Inn Midtown Sacramento
- Choice Hotels International: Quality Inn Downtown
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