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The California state capital draws its fair share of business travelers and visitors who are in-the-know about the city’s cultural awakening. Sacramento has more than 30 miles of bike trails to beckon outdoor enthusiasts, fantastic locally sourced restaurants, annual events such as “farm-to-fork” week and about 200 wineries that can be explored in the surrounding area. The hotel scene is just starting to expand, but there are plenty of comfortable digs to call home for a few days. Here are the best hotels in Sacramento.
Best Overall: Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento South Natomas
With top-notch service, a quiet location and comfortable accommodations at a moderate price, the Hilton Garden Inn fits the needs of every type of traveler. Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool and lounge area or indoors by the cozy lobby fireplace. The 153-room hotel has newly upgraded rooms with modern decor, mini refrigerators, Keurig coffee makers and soft bedding. An on-site restaurant and bar serves American fare for breakfast or dinner, but there is no shortage of dining options in the surrounding area. The hotel is located in the South Natomas area of Sacramento, less than a 10 minutes’ drive to the downtown area. Free parking is available and the hotel offers a convenient airport shuttle.
Best Budget: Best Western Plus Sutter
Although there are a number of budget hotels in Sacramento, many are less than adequate in terms of service and cleanliness. However, the Best Western Plus Sutter receives rave reviews from TripAdvisor members. It's a clean, convenient and comfortable choice for budget travelers. The hotel features a lovely pool area, fitness center, included breakfast buffet and free parking. The 94 eco-friendly rooms have beautiful decor, mini refrigerators and microwaves. The hotel is located near the light rail for easy transportation around town, however, light sleepers should request a room in the back of the hotel away from the train noise. Pets are welcome for a fee.
Best for Business: Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park
With an outstanding downtown location at Capitol Park near the convention center and plenty of restaurants and bars, the Residence Inn Sacramento is a great choice for business travelers. The hotel has two meeting rooms, a business center, a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool for relaxing after work. There are 235 apartment-style suites that feature fully equipped kitchens with dishwashers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as comfortable living rooms, plush pillow-topped mattresses and free Wi-Fi. A hot breakfast buffet is included, but guests can mingle at the Hotel Bar for California wines, cocktails and a variety of locally inspired menu items. Parking is additional.
Best for Families: Larkspur Landing
A gem in Sacramento, the 124-room Larkspur Landing is ideal for families seeking more space and outstanding service. The all-suite hotel has all the amenities families love (think healthy, free breakfast, a laundry room, freshly baked cookies in the lobby and a library full of DVDs, books and games). Spacious suites feature full kitchens (free grocery shopping is available), separate living areas, iPod docking stations and free Wi-Fi. Pets are also welcome for an additional fee. Guests can unwind by the cozy fireplace or squeeze in a workout in the fitness center. The hotel has a quiet location near the American River bike trail, with plenty of restaurants nearby.
Best Luxury: The Citizen Hotel
Part of the Autograph Collection, the 196-room Citizen Hotel is a prime choice for a luxurious stay in Sacramento. Housed in a historic building from the early 1900s, the downtown hotel blends regal decor with modern amenities. Guests can dine at the Grange restaurant and bar, a beautiful two-story space that is one of Sacramento’s most popular restaurants. Several breakfast options are also available (additional charges apply). Political humor can be found in the library and throughout the hotel – including guestrooms. No two rooms are alike and many have fantastic views of the city, but all have honor bars, docking stations, Keurig coffee makers and lavish bath products.
Best Boutique: The Greens Hotel
If name-brand hotels aren’t your style and you’d like something more intimate, then the Greens Hotel is an excellent alternative. Once a motel, the 25-room Greens Hotel has been beautifully remodeled, but maintains a quirky, vintage vibe. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the picnic area. Rooms have a minimum of 200 square feet (a tad on the small side), but offer chic, modern accommodations with chandelier-style lighting fixtures, plush bedding, Keurig coffee makers and green tea toiletries. The hotel is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood about three miles north of the center of downtown Sacramento.
Best Romance: Kimpton Sawyer
The Kimpton Hotel brand is known for its trendy decor and upscale accommodations. And its hotels are a great choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. The Kimpton Sawyer is located in the hip Downtown Commons area surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and shops, as well as an indoor/outdoor arena. The 250-room hotel features several open-air spaces, as well as a third-floor bar and lounge for craft cocktails and locally inspired dishes from the on-site restaurant. Guests can relax in the landscaped pool area with intimate, private cabanas. Rooms feature premium bedding and organic textures and design schemes.
Best Nightlife: Hyatt Regency Sacramento
If a night on the town is a top priority during your trip to Sacramento, then the Hyatt Regency is the best choice for easy access to bars and nightlife. Melt stress away in the hotel’s full-service spa or at the outdoor pool. You can also squeeze in a workout in the fitness center. The 505 spacious rooms have a minimum of 375 square feet, workstations, iHome docking stations and Wi-Fi. For dining, there’s an on-site restaurant serving steak and seafood, as well as a swanky lounge that serves up craft beer and fabulous cocktails. The hotel also has charging stations for electric vehicles.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Amber House Inn
For a cozy, elegant place to stay, the Amber House Inn offers warmth and charm to travelers seeking a bed and breakfast. Located in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, The Amber House Inn consists of 10 individually decorated rooms (named after famous composers) with bedding made of goose down or memory foam, soft bathrobes and luxury bath products. Some rooms may have marble baths, claw-foot tubs, canopy beds, fireplaces and other vintage touches. A gourmet breakfast is included with every stay. TripAdvisor members appreciated the quiet location and raved about the friendly inn keepers.