The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Ideal location in the heart of downtown Sacramento
- Helpful local staff with spot-on recommendations
- Elegant old-meets-new design
- Grange restaurant’s farm-to-table dining and two-story wine tower with more than 1,200 Cali-centric bottles
What To Know
- Rooms range from a snug 225 to 300 square feet
- Valet parking is $25 per night, or $18 in a city garage across the street
- WiFi is $9.95 a day, but it's free if you enroll in the Joie de Vivre loyalty program
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In 1926, Calvin Coolidge was president, Clement C. Young was elected governor of California, and Cal-West Insurance opened the building that now houses Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel. The Citizen’s sense of history and connection to Sacramento’s vibrant political scene continues even today, thanks in part to small touches incorporated throughout the sophisticated design. Think leatherbound law books from the 1920s, a stately marble foyer, black-and-white drawings from midcentury Sacramento Bee cartoonist Newton Pratt and the constitution of California screen-printed onto lampshades.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 198 rooms are elegant, with a rich, jewel-tone palette that includes chartreuse and gold. Striped wallpaper and large window treatments accentuate the tall ceilings, and vintage touches such as hatbox lights and 1920s-esque tile floors in the bathrooms remind you of the Citizen’s roots. Modern elements are here, too: Each room has a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station.
Grange, the on-site restaurant, is pure Sacramento, using local ingredients in dishes such as wild California salmon with sunflower seed risotto, lobster mushrooms, house bacon and corn butter sauce. Of course, the meals are best paired with a California wine from the two-story, 1,200-bottle vault.
In the Area
Bookended between City Hall and the Capitol building, the Citizen sits in downtown Sacramento, steps from the political heart of the state, as well as the best the city has to offer in shopping and dining. Sample tortilla española and flamenco guitar at Tapa the World, or head next door for Middle Eastern fare and nightly belly dancing at the Kasbah Lounge. The well-known Paragary Restaurant Group has established a string of trendy bars across the city, from the midtown R15 and Monkey Bar to the perfectly located KBAR downtown. It’s a 10-minute walk from the hotel to Old Sacramento, a picturesque throwback to the Wild West. Debate flavors in saltwater taffy shops, have a pint or two in a saloon and watch the sun set over the Sacramento River. Plan your trip to coincide with the second weekend of the month, as you won’t want to miss the Second Saturday art walk or the Second Sunday antiques fair. A 30-minute drive out of Sacramento will get you to the Locke Historic District. Spend half a day exploring the country’s only remaining rural Chinatown, built by and for Chinese immigrants.
How to Get There
The hotel is beautiful but there was a number of problems.
1: There was an event across the street at the park, it was ghetto rap. From 6pm-10pm, we heard a pounding BOOM BOOM BOOM, and TERRIBLE music - if it's called that. The windows did not prevent the offensive noise.
2: The hotel is not in a good neighborhood. We counted about 50 homeless people within 1 block.
3: The door staff was quite rude. My wife and I had a double stroller for our 4yo and 2yo. Everytime we entered the hotel, the staff was rude and constantly stopped us to ask, "are you staying in this hotel". I think the same doorman asked us about 5 times. Ridiculous.. When a doorman refuses to open the door for well dressed family residents, something is bad wrong.
4: There was a restaurant called, "Grunge"? connected to the Citizen hotel and they gave breakfast vouchers. When we arrived, an Asian lady on the phone at reception completely ignored us - she was too busy with her personal phone call. We seated ourselves. A minute later, she arrived to "greet us" and tossed some crayons to our table. The crayons flew off the table and fell on the floor. I instructed the lady, "I wont let me children play with objects from the floor". She gave me a mean look, picked up the crayons she threw to the floor, and left.
5: Parking is a bit of a problem but there is a semi-decent parking garage about 0.25miles away. Please mind the stench of human urine.
There is more problems but this review is getting long winded. Here is a breakdown of our experience; 1 is a poor rating, 10 is perfect.
Accommodations - 7
Hotel beauty - 7
Location - 5
Staff - 2
Price - 5
It seems like all the city Autograph Collection hotels have the same Queen rooms, all about the same proportions, just different artwork. It's right downtown, with in walking distance of lots of tourist attractions, the statehouse, and bars and restaurants, which is a big perk. The Queen rooms are small, we had a double the first night, whose bathroom was about the size of our Queen room. Our room also faced out to a park, which on Friday's during the summer has concerts, they provide ear plugs but it's still loud. It's nothing special, and I don't think it was worth the price, but it did well for a three day stay.
Take some time to explore a bit around the hotel and view the political cartoons that date back to the 30's and 40's. The hotel building was built in 1927 and was Sacramento's first skyscraper originally as Cal State Life Insurance. Architecture and rooms are pretty interesting.
This was my first visit to Sacramento and my first stay at this particular hotel, which is part of Marriott’s higher end Autograph boutique collection. Location, Location is the benefit of this hotel, which is only a mere two block walk to the state capitol. I was here on business near the state capitol. So this hotel was ideal for my stay.
The Citizen Hotel is a unique combination of historic charm and updated sleek modern amenities, which brings a new kind of luxury to downtown Sacramento. This is an elegant hotel. No two rooms are exactly alike, so you’ll get a different perspective of downtown Sacramento each time you visit the hotel. On the historic upper floor (I believe 13th floor), for example, you’ll find gorgeous tile mosaics in the large bathrooms. Otherwise, this is an older hotel with a small lobby and smaller older rooms.
My check-in and check-out went smoothly. My rather smaller plain queen bedroom was 923 on the 9th floor with only 225 square feet. My room cost was $371 inclusive of all hotel fees and taxes. My valet parking was $32. As you can see from my pics the hotel actually has an indoor staircase and an outside fire escape. My room had a nice view of the capitol dome.
My breakfast at the hotel’s adjacent Grange Restaurant was $22.84 less my daily elite member credit of $15, because this hotel did not have an elite member lounge. My net breakfast cost was therefore only $7.84. Not a bad deal.
I may return here again or I may stay at the nearby Hyatt Regency hotel, which I have enjoyed in many other city locations especially if the hotel rate is much less than $371.
Choose a better location, the hotel is very dark and even the suites are tiny. concierge lounge was under construction. no pool and and girls at front desk won't tell you they are a boutique, so service is not good. Again, I would suggest trying a more spacious place