Located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, Visalia is a liveable town surrounded by lush citrus and nut orchards. Known to most as a convenient launchpad to the nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Visalia actually offers plenty to the curious traveler, including a number of museums, hip local bars, a historic theatre, golf courses and a classic downtown scene. Whether you opt to adventure outdoors in a national park or keep things local, these are the city’s top hotels.
Centrally located in the heart of San Joaquin Valley, this charming motor inn offers crisp and tailored rooms for travelers to relax in. Fuel up with a daily hot breakfast, lounge in the spacious lobby and take a dip in the sleek indoor pool during your stay. The Visalia Golf Club and College of the Sequoias are both within 1mi (1.6km) of the property.
Adjacent to the Visalia Convention Center and steps away from local restaurants, breweries and shops, the pet-friendly Visalia Marriott boasts sophisticated purple and grey rooms and ultra-plush beds. Kickstart the day with a latte and a breakfast sandwich at the on-site Starbucks or with laps in the heated outdoor pool. For a casual meal and delectable California cuisine, head to the Marriott Greatroom for dinner.
An abandoned Tulare County courthouse annex comes back to life at the Darling Hotel. Faithfully restored with original woodwork and vintage art, the downtown hotel reflects grand 20th-century art deco design and style with luscious velvet furnishings, gold accents, glamorous lighting fixtures and crown molding. Drinks and meals at the rooftop Elderwood are complemented by panoramic views of the Sierra Nevadas or downtown Visalia’s nightlife scene.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Holiday Inn Express Visalia offers a comfortable stay with clean and modern rooms, complete with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves and refrigerators. An outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a complimentary hot breakfast, are nice touches for travelers heading to and from the local attractions including Rawhide Ballpark, Fox Theatre and McDermott Field House.
Just outside of downtown Visalia, this modern hotel features a striking lobby atrium with marble floors, rich cherry wood and a cozy fireplace. Depending on the weather, you can splash around in the outdoor pool and lounge on the sun terrace or opt for a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub. After a day exploring the area, sip on an evening cocktail and build your own burger at Mahoganys Bar.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Visalia’s studios and suites cater to travelers who want a longer stay, with amenities such as a grocery delivery service, dry cleaning and daily grab-and-go breakfast. Connect with your fellow travelers at The Residence Inn Mix, a hosted social hour three nights a week, featuring activities including fireside snacking and food trucks. For an active experience, download Residence Inn’s RI Run app, which shows trails within walking distance of the hotel or hit up the onsite sport court.
The Best Western Visalia Hotel offers fun in the California sun with an extra-large outdoor pool. Fuel up on hot waffles and coffee at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast before heading out to Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, just 30mi (50km) away. The hotel welcomes pets to its classic and comfortable rooms for a full family vacation, as well.
At La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Visalia-Sequoia Gateway, you’ll be welcomed into a spacious, pet-friendly room with dazzling purple and green decor. The vibrant and bright experience continues with the hotel’s Bright Side Breakfast, featuring complimentary items such as bagels and fresh fruit. An indoor pool is available for relaxing after a day of exploring downtown Visalia or the neighboring national parks.