Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza
We stayed here for 3 nights in Feb 2005 and really enjoyed it. Having never been to Sacramento before, we came to attend a wedding reception. Location was great so we decided to skip a rental car. Steps away are a shopping mall and the Old Sacramento area. I know the other reviews mentioned this - but I was still shocked that these were both right outside the door of the hotel. We didn't have much time and wanted to pack a lot into a couple of days. Hotel was an easy walk to the capital building and other downtown sites. Hotel is also only a couple of blocks to the Amtrak station - so it was perfect for us to hop on a train to go to San Fran for the day. And also a bonus, if you are a runner, there is a fantastic trail steps away - starting in Old Sacramento. I ran by myself both days and there was a decent amount of runner / biker traffic - not enough that it was 'crowded' but enough that it never felt 'unsafe'.
Hotel was very clean and rooms were standard hotel rooms. Our only complaint was that the pillows were very uncomfortable. One nice gesture was the free drink coupons upon check in for being Priority club members. Maybe that is standard - but it was still nice :)
Definitely recommend this hotel!
I've stayed at this hotel a number of times. It's adjacent to a nice shopping mall and an easy walk to Old Sacramento with a lot of fun places to eat and shop (and a good rail road museum).
The rooms are typical Holiday Inn. The hotel is on the older side. I usually stay for work and its fine for that (very convenient and easy to slip in a little shopping.
Okay, as long as you stay inside
I stayed at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza for 5 nights on business, and I will never go back.
The hotel is okay. Nothing special. I didn't have high expectations or visions of grandeur when I booked the reservations, but I thought the rooms would be a bit larger. It was very cramped, and I was traveling alone.
As for the food, the restaurant is not very good. The menu was very basic and all items seemed microwaved. If you want to eat, you have to go out.
But venturing outside the hotel is quite an experience. Immediately outside the hotel are large groups of homeless youths who approach you asking for money. The youth roam in packs of 5-10 and completely cover the area directly outside the rear entrance of the hotel, the tunnel leading to Old Sacramento, and some streets in Old Sacramento. I did not feel comfortable leaving the hotel as a result. In addition, I found that there were not many good restaurants within walking distance, and venturing past the north end of the mall places you in a bad area. I also spotted many homeless people coming in and out of the hotel bathroom on the second floor.
Overall, the best place to be is the hotel bar.
I will not stay at the Holiday Inn again.
Very nice hotel.
Got this for $55 on Priceline for August 28, 2004 for 1 night. Very nice hotel. Whole floor was non-smoking so no smoke leaked in. Parking was $12. Breakfast buffet was mediocre. The food was cold when it should have been hot.
Smokeless in Sarcamento
Only stayed for a night on a business trip but found everything very acceptable. The rooms were fine no smell of cigarettes on the 15th floor at least. Bathroom was fine but water pressure was on the low side (maybe because we were on 15??). They offer you a free cocktail if you join their priority club on check in and we took them up on the offer and weren't short measured but the wine was on the pricey side, surprising as you are in CA and are surrounded by the stuff. We booked in advance and paid $129 including breakfast and dinner, later found the walk in rate was $109. Oh well dinner was fine even though we weren't expecting too much it was a nice meal but we did have to pay extra as the dinner offer only covers you for $12.99 per person. We would stay there again for sure.
Fair Hotel in a Great Location
The Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Sacramento is located in the Heart of Sacramento in the city's best location, 1 block from I-5. It is on a pleasant park-like pedestrian mall that runs between Old Sacramento and Downtown Plaza shopping mall. The hotel is a 16-story 1970's style hunk of concrete. It has always been a Holiday Inn as far back as I can remember.
We walked to the hotel from the Amtrak station (approx 5 blocks). Yes, I did say Amtrak. It's this funny looking contraption that runs down railroad tracks and carries people to destinations. You should try it some time, great way to travel short distances. In our case, we live in Suburban Reno, Nevada and the train trip to Sacramento is very beautiful as it winds through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The only way to travel in Winter up here. It stinks to chain up a Suburban in a blizzard.
We entered into the Holiday Inn from the Pedestrian Mall instead of their motor entrance. The lobby was a hive of activity, and recently re-decorated in California Contemporary furnishings, typical 2½ star quality. We checked into the front desk and requested the highest floor possible, as I always do. They accommodated me, gave us our room keys and off we went. A short elevator ride later, we were in our 10th floor room facing south. Our room had a pleasant view of the River, the Downtown Skyline and Old Sacramento.
The guest rooms are, well, out of a Holiday Inn brochure. This room looks the same in Waterloo, Iowa as it does in Corpus Christi. Our room had two full size beds, and everything was pretty clean. The bathroom was small, but was functional and clean. The room was tight for 2 adults and 2 kids, not oversized by any sense. The beds were average, and nothing noteworthy. Room amenities included ironing boards, alarm clock/radio, coffeemaker, broadband internet access, dual-line phones with voicemail, PPV movies and video games.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel's Greenery Restaurant. Dinner was fair, breakfast was good...Kids ate free. Gotta like that part. They get their own Kids' menu and can order anything off of it at no cost. Great concept, too bad it's in a Holiday Inn! Service was mediocre. Room service is available for dining in your room.
Recreation is comprised of an outdoor pool and fitness center. We didn't try them on our trip.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn because it is 1 of only 3 hotels convenient to Old Sacramento. The Embassy Suites is convenient to Old Sacramento, but nothing else in Downtown Sac (and it's expensive to boot) and the Delta King Riverboat is in a good location, but we would need 2 rooms there, because they don't have doubles. We came down to see the Thomas the Tank Engine Exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum. It was quite fun and our kids had a blast. If in Sac, especially Old Sac, check out the State Railroad Museum...it is highly recommended! Almost a destination unto itself. Old Sacramento is a great place to stroll through the shops, and the eateries, with a great riverside location. The Downtown Plaza shopping mall is also a convenient feature with 100's of stores including a food court, Macy's and Movie Theaters.
In closing, the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza is a fair hotel in Sacramento's best location. Nothing to excite you, but nothing to disappoint. I day-dream that it would be re-flagged into something else more upscale. I just am not a fan of Holiday Inns. I try to book in the 3½ star range, or better. In Downtown Sacramento, I prefer the Hyatt or the Sheraton, both 4 stars, but they can be expensive and definitely have inferior locations. But I'm sure I'll end up here again when location matters.
Oh the smell
The moment we walked onto the second floor the placed absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke and made us feel quite ill which is suprising as i am a smoker, the doona also smelled really bad of cigarettes blah even opening the window didnt get rid of the odour.
Convenient downtown location
The staff was very friendly and efficient at checkin. Found the bathroom incredibly clean, nary a frayed seam in the place. Convenient to shopping, Old Sac and train station.
Nice hotel in good location
Hotel was nice in good location near Old Town and a big shopping plaza.
Rooms were nice. Only problem is there were two large sports groups of teens and tended to get noisy and loud at night. Small pool on third floor was nice with nice lounge area and towels.
stayed for a conference. very noisy from people in the mall area below the hotel room. room was mediocre, smelled heavily iof cigarettes, and i smoked.