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
Nightclub outside the hotel very loud until almost 2am. 7th floor, window vibrating. We were wondering why earplugs were left in the bathroom.
When we commented about it to the front desk at checkout, they played dumb.
If you aren't aware of the noise, why are there earplugs in my room?
We were a bit demanding but they responded with friendly accommodation. Room 508 has great views, 4 windows and huge bathroom. Restaurant is great too! Location has good coffee, restaurants, sites nearby.
Citizen hotel sets about 1 block west of the state capitol and 1 block south. I could view the capitol building from my room window. When I arrived I was meet by Sam, andrew D, and noe who made me feel very welcome, friendly took good care of me. The hotel is very much a special place, it’s like the 1940s dropped right in the hotel. Check in was professional and friendly. This is very much a photographic hotel. I enjoyed my stay. Thanks to the workers.