The Best Hotels to Book in Stockton, California

The Haggin Art Museum is just one of Stockton's many attractions – you'll need somewhere suitable to kick back after a long day of exploring
The Haggin Art Museum is just one of Stockton's many attractions – you'll need somewhere suitable to kick back after a long day of exploring | © Matthew Kiernan / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 December 2021
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Located halfway between the San Francisco Bay Area and Yosemite National Park, Stockton is a great place to experience a taste of California’s Central Valley. Stockton is central to agricultural production for the state, but it’s more than a farm town – multicultural Stockton has amazing Mexican food (check out their Taco Trail), as well as a beautiful Cambodian Buddhist Temple, minor league sports stadiums, The Haggin Art Museum, and even a pixie amusement park for the kids. Here’s our selection of great hotels in Stockton, bookable on Culture Trip.

University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, for views of San Joaquin River

The exterior of University Plaza Waterfront Hotel with San Joaquin River in front
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Located at the end of the San Joaquin River, this hotel is right on the waterfront, with river view rooms available by request. Pillowtop king beds mean you’ll sleep easy every night, and the coffee machines with Starbucks pods will have you starting your day with a solid cup of joe. Full-size fridges in the rooms mean you don’t need to splash out at mealtimes, but we’ve heard the molten chocolate cake dessert down in The Bistro on-site restaurant is to die for.

Courtyard by Marriott Stockton, for poolside relaxation

The outdoor swimming pool and sunbeds at Courtyard by Marriott Stockton
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Wash away the stress of a long drive with a relaxing dip in the ivy and palm-surrounded outdoor pool and hot tub. Fancy a workout instead? This hotel has a clean and spacious fitness center with weights, treadmills and elliptical machines. Afterwards, treat yourself to a black cherry old-fashioned from The Bistro by the firepit, and then drift off to sleep as you watch the latest TV show in your king-sized bed.

Hilton Stockton, for fabulous food options

Bean-shaped outdoor swimming pool and sunbeds at Hilton Stockton
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Just five minutes’ drive from the Stockton Civic Theater and The Haggin Museum, and less than 20 minutes from The Fruitbowl (a roadside store where you can try local fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods), this hotel is well-placed for a great Stockton experience. However, the apple-tree filled hotel lobby invites you to stay and enjoy the waterfall in the on-site restaurant, The Orchard Grill. Try the signature Cherry Orchard Salad or filet mignon with red onions, gorgonzola and port wine reduction. Or, belly up to the bar for a beer, wings, and a game at The Canal Street Sports Bar.

Residence Inn by Marriott Stockton, for self-catering and seafood

Outdoor swimming pool and sunbeds beside a brick building at Residence Inn by Marriott Stockton
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Need to spread out a bit? These cozy, modern studios and one- or two-bedroom suites include a living room with a pullout couch and gas fireplace, plus full kitchens. The free grocery shopping service means you don’t even need to stop by your nearest supermarket. If you don’t feel like cooking, tuck into the dungeness crab boil, popcorn crawfish or fried pickles at Captain Crab, just five minutes down the road. Meanwhile, for endless entertainment for the little ones, Pixie Woods (a 1950s-era amusement park) is just eight minutes away.

Holiday Inn Express Stockton Southeast, an IHG Hotel, for nearby attractions

Exterior view of Holiday Inn Express Stockton Southeast, an IHG Hotel lined with greenery
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Try the complimentary cinnamon rolls before you set out to visit Stockton’s beautiful Cambodian Buddhist Temple, Wat Dhammararam, just four minutes down the road. You can stay tranquil with blackout shades that keep out the California sun, when you need (or want) to lie in. The warm, humid indoor pool is also ideal for lounging.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lodi, for wine-tasting heaven

Exterior view of the entrance to Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lodi
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Just North of Stockton is Lodi, known as the most diverse winegrowing region in the United States. A stay at this smart Lodi hotel puts you just minutes from a host of great wineries, including the “hip tasting room” at Riaza Wines, a seven-minute walk up the road. D’Art Wines and Mettler Vineyard are also just down the street. When you’ve had your fill of Tempranillo, White Barbera and Pinotage, recover the next day with the awesome free breakfast, munching on sweet breads and Greek yoghurt.

Hampton Inn & Suites Lathrop, for fudge sundaes and alligator racing

Exterior view of Hampton Inn & Suites Lathrop and its parking lot
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Drive South from Stockton on I-5 and you’ll find yourself in Lathrop. If you arrive at this hotel hungry and in need of more than a road snack, you’re minutes away from heartier fare. Ghirardelli Outlet and Ice Cream Shop, possibly the best hot fudge sundae you’ll ever have in your life, is just five minutes’ drive away. A bit further out is Hogan’s Haven Acres, which offers burgers and beers, plus alligator racing, right on the bank of the San Joaquin River. Feeling the need to work off these indulgences? There’s an indoor pool and fitness center back at The Hampton Inn. Foosball and ping pong are also available for lower impact options.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lathrop, an IHG Hotel, for breakfast delights

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Exterior view of the entrance to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lathrop, an IHG Hotel
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Clean, traditionally decorated rooms make this a restful place to stop on a long road trip. Get going in the morning with complimentary eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, and coffee. If the coffee doesn’t wake you up, a dip in the bright turquoise painted indoor pool might do the trick, or if you’re staying in a suite, a soak in the jetted tub should work. Happy trails!

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