The Best Hotels to Book in Sacramento, California

Explore the California capital from the comfort of top hotels like the Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento
Explore the California capital from the comfort of top hotels like the Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento | Courtesy of the Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento /
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Sacramento, the capital of California, has much to offer, whether you’re looking to delve into its Gold Rush history, check out the California State Railroad Museum or bone up on famous Californians at the California Hall of Fame. Luckily, the city is also home to many luxurious hotels. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in Sacramento, ranging from revamped historical properties to contemporary chains – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Inn Off Capitol Park, Ascend Hotel Collection, for sightseeing on foot


Guest room with tufted white headboard and striped carpet at Inn Off Capitol Park, Ascend Hotel Collection, Sacramento
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California lawmakers fuss and fight over policies at the Capitol, but at this personable inn just a block away the ambience is affable and serene. The 37 rooms sport a classy white-grey-black color scheme and wrap around a glass-roofed atrium perfect for a wake-me-up cup of Starbucks. Sitting on an oak tree-lined street, this Sacramento hotel is also a handy launchpad for shoppers, museum hoppers and basketball fans. Frontier-flavored Old Sacramento and the riverfront are also within walking distance.

2. Wyndham Garden Sacramento Airport Natomas, for those early flights

Airport Hotel

Modern king room with behind-bed lighting and pale wood floors at Wyndham Garden Sacramento Airport Natomas
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This Sacramento hotel is a handy option for those wishing to stay near the airport, and not only because of the free shuttle service. The airy living room-style lobby radiates a warm welcome thanks to an abundance of leafy plants, a gas fireplace and such cool designer furniture as olive-green wing chairs. Your body will land on pillow-top mattresses in uncluttered rooms, perhaps after a session in the round-the-clock gym or laps in the outdoor pool. Downtown Sacramento is a 10-minute drive away.

3. The Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, for globally inspired soul food


Sunlit modern lounge in grey tones with contemporary fireplace and large windows at the Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento
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One of the newest hotels in Sacramento, this midtown crashpad was the brainchild of long-time local restaurateur Randy Paragary. Part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, the six-story property has 105 rooms calibrated to the needs of on-the-go travelers. Think ultra-comfy beds, a big TV and blackout curtains. There’s a lounge-bar to ease you into the night, but the hotel’s true heart beats at the on-site Cafe Bernardo, which has delighted locals and guests with classic and contemporary riffs on global soul food for over a quarter century.

4. Hyatt Regency Sacramento, for proximity to the California State Capitol

Chain Hotel

Upscale pool and jacuzzi area surrounded by greenery and lounge chairs at Hyatt Regency Sacramento
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Views of the white-domed California State Capitol steal the show at this 505-room Sacramento hotel that’s also a hop, skip and jump from the convention center. Despite its business-DNA, it does not lack in fun diversions. Swim laps in the pool, limber up in the 24-hour gym, explore the memorial-studded Capitol Park or kick back with a movie in your generously proportioned room. Feeling peckish? Report to retro-chic Dawson’s Steakhouse or the high-ceilinged Amourath 1819 for regional fare and drinks next to flickering fireplaces.

5. Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, for farm-to-fork dining on a rooftop terrace

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Upscale pool area with comfy sofas and yellow-cushioned chairs shaded by trees at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento
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Rubbing rafters with the Golden 1 Center, this sleek Sacramento hotel injects plenty of sass and sophistication into downtown. Pick up on the vibe on the rooftop deck where a sparkling pool shares space with a restaurant-bar that’s a locally adored hive of activity – and not only on concert or Kings’ home game nights. Cap the day with farm-to-fork bites, local craft beers or meticulously mixed cocktails, then drift off to dreamland in rooms dressed in soothing browns and grays, inspired by the Sierra Nevada landscape.

6. The Sterling Hotel, for proximity to downtown sights


Charming Victorian building fronted by greenery housing the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento, California
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This hotel features 16 uniquely styled rooms with great amenities, a front porch and a graceful ballroom. This hotel is well-positioned in downtown Sacramento, which allows easy access to many of the city’s hot spots. Within walking distance from the hotel, there are shows at Music Circus or Broadway Sacramento and historic sites like the Governor’s Mansion. There are also nightclubs and bars such as the Shady Lady. The concierge is more than happy to help you find the best places to hang day or night.

7. Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Downtown, for longer stays


Lounge with concrete floors, leather armchairs, velvet couches and wall screen at Residence Inn by Marriott, Sacramento
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Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, this apart-hotel is ideal for extended stays. Each of the suites features a fully equipped kitchen, living room and stylish bedrooms, and the hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Guest perks include an on-site pool and spa, and this hotel even allows pets.

8. Best Western Plus Sutter House, for convenient access to major sights


Rooms and suites at this European-style hotel are brightly decorated and come with plenty of space for your luggage. The hotel features plush king and queen beds, a micro-fridge in every room, chairs, ottomans, coffeemakers and TVs. There are also patios with glass doors that lead to the pool. The hotel is just a few blocks from major shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions.

9. Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento, for guest wine socials


King room with traditional mahogany furniture, red chairs and river views at Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento
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Guests at this Sacramento hotel can relax and enjoy the home-away-from-home accommodations and the free cooked-to-order breakfast and spend their evenings sharing travel tales over complimentary drinks and canapés. If you want to keep fit while on the road, there’s a gym on-site, as well as a heated indoor pool and whirlpool.

Andrea Schulte-Peevers contributed additional reporting to this article.

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