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
- 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
Some say potato.......they say 'Boutique' I say old, the bedrooms are cramped, not very well equipped, have no working space and are poorly lit. Don't eat too much before heading into the bathrooms - or you won't fit.
Public areas are dark and cold, bedrooms are small (and I stayed in 3 in 4 nights - no bath in the first, followed by a wild and VERY NOISY event in the 3rd night - unless you're attending the party and don't plan to sleep anyway then don't stay on the 7th or 8th floors as the marquee-roofed function room belts out lots of noise.
Conference rooms look like they were last decorated hen we were singing to Abba and not Mamma Mia, and the service in The Grange restaurant for breakfast and for dinner is glacially slow - maybe order breakfast before you shower and get dressed - it may meet you at the table as you sit down. The food is good, but take a coat or a blanket - it's cold to sit there.
From all the reviews and research I decided to stay 3 nights at the Citizen Hotel for the
overall appeal of the Hotel and the restaurant Grange. On the day we arrived 2/4/19,
we were immediately disappointed that Grange was closed for remodeling. There was
no mentioning of this on the Hotel website which I was checking everyday before our
arrival. I knew exactly what I wanted to eat from all the great reviews and videos. So
since this was closed when we checked in, I asked if there was a Happy Hour or something going on instead. The receptionist asked someone in charge and he said "sure, we will be having a Happy Hour around 3pm". At 3pm I checked with the front
desk because I didn't see anything and they checked with the manager again and he
said there wasn't a Happy Hour. We left the Hotel and spent the rest of the night out because there was nothing to eat there except a small selection of bar foods. Odd that
there is not much of any food served at the Hotel. The remaining days we stayed we
found other restaurants that had great reviews. The Hotel overall was a little noisy from
the traffic and street noise which I had expected from other reviews. The staff was great!
All the Charm and Decor of the Hotel was Great. I will have to come back another time
to try the restaurant Grange that was so highly recommended.
This is my go-to place when I'm in Sactown. The property itself is good, but it's the customer service that keeps me coming back again and again. This is the right way to operate a 5-star hotel. Keep up the good work, my friends.
This was my fourth stay at the Citizen and the second time I’ve been placed across from their event space on the 7th floor. Each time I’ve asked if there was an event planned and each time I’ve been told that nothing was booked. Fool me once...the last time a business party went until after ten and was unbelievably loud. People were having conversations at top volume right outside my door until after 10pm. Front desk offered to move me but who wants to change rooms at 10pm? This stay there was a dinner AND a breakfast! Rolling carts going by and loud conversations happening right outside my door day and night. I called the front desk and asked how late the evening event would be going on and was told that it ended at six. At seven it was still in full swing and I had to take my evening meeting at another location as my room was too loud. I come to Sacramento to work and I left this stay feeling like I will not be back. The only reason I gave them any ratings was the Grange and the fruit water in the lobby. I’d compliment the valet staff too but for 40 dollars a day, it had better be good.
We stayed here for my husband's Christmas party. From the valet parking to the quaint lobby filled with books to the wonderful bar on the second floor, this hotel has the best ambiance and charm. The staff are attentive and very kind. Our room was clean and quiet and had extra amenities like a Keurig coffee maker and an iron. While there is a lot of construction going on downtown, there was still a decent view. we stayed on the 4th floor and the sunlight into the room was warm and inviting. The party was catered by the Grange and the food was delicious. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking stay somewhere downtown.