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Where to Stay in Sacramento
Although Sacramento is not a large metropolitan area, it still has definite districts, each of which have their own personality. Business travelers will likely want to stay in the city’s downtown district. Try to find near the elaborate Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, a large 30-room Victorian mansion that used to serve as the California governor’s residence. Families should search for affordable rooms in the historic Old Sacramento district. This beautiful riverside area is home to many of the city’s top attractions. Travelers looking for the city’s hippest hangouts will want to look for accommodations in the Midtown neighborhood, just east of downtown. The area is home to the swankest restaurants and best boutiques in Sacramento.
Sacramento Hotel Tips
The optimal time to visit the Sacramento area is during the spring and fall when temperatures fall in the mid-range. Hotels in the more touristy areas can get crowded, so if you’re planning on making reservations in Old Sacramento, don’t wait until the last minute. Summertime temperatures hit the triple digits. However, tourist season lulls around this season, making it a great time to find some of the best flight deals to Sacramento and hotel discounts. Although winter can be a little wet, Old Sacramento hosts many holiday-themed events, making it a wonderful time to travel with children. Plus, hotels tend to be pretty empty in early December, which is good news for budget travelers.
Sacramento Hotel Recommendations
Located in downtown Sacramento just a short drive to the river, the Citizen Hotel is one of the most luxurious boutiques in the entire city. Business traveler and pleasure seekers alike will appreciate the hotel’s historically inspired architecture and décor, as well as the complimentary wine hour provided Monday through Thursday. If you’re in the mood for some first-class food, visit the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Grange, one of the most acclaimed dining spots in the city.
If you want a comfortable stay in the hip Midtown neighborhood, check into the Amber House Bed & Breakfast. This elegant, hotel-style B&B features two historic homes, an 1895 colonial revival and a 1905 craftsmen. Many rooms feature a Jacuzzi for two, making it an ideal locale for a romantic getaway. Plus, the city’s best shopping and nightlife is just steps from the Amber House’s front door.
Sacramento also has its share of discount hotel chains, which can provide individuals, couples and families some comfortable and affordable options. Try the Embassy Suites or Holiday Inn, both located in Old Sacramento.
The Sacramento area offers travelers a couple public transit options. The city boasts a fairly comprehensive bus system as well as a 37.5-mile light-rail system, which transports passengers from southern Sacramento through downtown to the outlying suburbs. Bus transportation to and from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is available on the Yolobus system. Visitors should consider renting bicycles, since the city has a reputation for being very bike friendly.