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
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.
We stayed at the Citizen Hotel last weekend while participating in the California International Marathon. We chose the hotel due to its proximity to the marathon finish line and other marathon activities. We arrived in Sacramento Friday morning, checked into the hotel, and were given Room 618. The room seemed very small and there was not any place to put our clothes, no closet or dresser. Also, the room was VERY noisy, the hotel is located on "J" Street, a busy street in downtown Sacramento. We requested a different room and they moved us to Room 912. Despite our request for a quieter room, this room is a corner room and is actually louder because there is street noise from TWO busy streets. The front desk staff just seemed indifferent and clueless; we decided not to ask for another different room. Needless to say, we did not have a restful stay due the street noise at night with loud cars/motorcycles, sirens, and constant traffic. The hotel just has a weird vibe - starting with the unfriendly/unhelpful front door staff. My recommendation - especially if you are running CIM - don't stay at the Citizen Hotel.
Stayed here while traveling for work. I was feeling a bit under the weather so I ordered room service. Upon delivery the service woman asked if i was under the weather and if there was anything she could provide to help- I politely declined and thanked her for her offer. She asked again, and offered to get me some hot tea with honey and lemon! 5 minutes later she showed up with a tray...its the little things that make you remember a place!! Thanks for taking care of me when sick and away from home!!
I have stayed at many of the Autograph collection properties from Marriott and this one did not disappoint. Great ambience with local political theme. Excellent bar that has a lot of locals sprinkled in with the hotel guests. A great option for when you find yourself in Sacramento!
There is a restaurant in the square across the street that has a band. Feels like they are in your room. Would never stay here again.
Rooms are fine, service OK. Not worth another visit.
Sketchy part of town.