Vagabond Inn Executive Old Town

Address: 909 3rd St, Sacramento, California, 95814, United States | 2 star hotel
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Vagabond Inn Executive Old Town Sacramento

    Great Location - Very Clean


    My wife and I were on a journey from San Francisco, CA to Medford, OR and found this little place called the Vagabond. Never heard or seen places like this before. When we got there, the receptionist greeted me and told me that she had rooms available. She asked me if I had a reservation. She recommended that I book a reservation first to save $30.00. So I got on the phone to my in laws in AZ and they book it for me. Within 5 minutes we are on our way to the room. The room is very nice, very clean and pretty roomy. They have heaters in the bathroom and a vanity that is outside the bathroom. They have an awesome "Deluxe Continental" breakfast which had Yogurt, Bagels, Cinnamon Rolls, Waffle Bar, and multiple selections of Juices, and much more. We weren't here very long, but I would stay there again if passing through Sacramento. It only took 2 minutes to be on I-5 going north from the Parking lot.

    Nice place to stay


    after reading some of the reviews, i was a bit apprehensive. i said i'd try it since i was there for only a night. i had nothing to complain about. yes, it's on a busy street downtown but there wasn't a lot of noise. the room was clean, had all basic amenities and a fridge and microwave. they offer a simple breakfast of cereals, bagels, fruit and waffles daily that's included with your stay. that was fine, too. it's right across the street from old sacramento and about 2 blocks away from the westfield shopping plaza. my stay was enjoyable all around. the staff was courteous and friendly. i'd stay there again if need be.

    Great Location-Great Place to stay for Grandparents and two grandkids!


    I was quite pleasantly surprised to find a one-star facility with so much. First of all, after booking on-line everything was in order when we arrived. Then I was offered a choice of which floor I preferred. With our key we were given tied up packages of home-made cookies. Absolutely delicious, especially after a six hour drive. Location was perfect. We were footsteps from Old Town and the Train Museum, Riverwalk, and a great way to see the river, the Otter Water Taxi. OK, so the wall paper was peeling behind the bath room door and the floorboards were scuffed, but the bedspreads looked brand new, the room was spacious and it had a refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Our grandchildren could care less about this. They loved the breakfast with waffles, the pool and jacuzzi, and of course, those cookies! Oh and the parking was free, unlike the $18 our other choice in Old Town offered.

    Convenient location but rooms are depressing


    The location of the motel is very convenient, just a block away from Old Town. But, the rooms are very basic and somewhat depressing. The bedspreads are outdated and worn. The blanket had several cigarette burns in it. The bathroom was not clean. The tub was stained and the tile was dirty. It looked like no one had scoured it in ages.

    On the plus side, the pool was very clean and was great for the kids to cool off in the 100 degree heat.

    For the price and location The Vagabond Inn in Old Town was adequate. But next time I think I'll pay more and stay at the Embassy Suites.

    Average hotel, good location for Amtrak


    We stayed here for one night. We found the room to be clean except the bedspreads seemed to need cleaning. Beds were comfortable enough.

    We were on the ground floor next to the pool, facing the street and were not bothered by any street noise. The continental breakfast was good to above average.

    The room could use a little updating. Perhaps a little pricey for what it is, but for a fairly large city, not unusual I don't think.

    The location was prime for us as we were catching Amtrak home and the station was just across the street, which was an easy walk.



    Staying at this hotel was the stuff of nightmares. Loud, unclean, forty feet from the freeway with constant noise of people all hours of the day. Staying here was so awful I cut my stay in Sacramento short a day just to get away. Aside from the racket, as I was packing up to leave the maid kept knocking and letting herself into my room despite my attempts to get rid of her. For 100.00 a night the Vagabond Old Town is a raging ripoff.

    Great refueling station


    I've stayed at this hotel several times, and it's a great hotel to stay at when you're doing local day trips, or attending a conference at the pricy hotels near the Capitol. The previous reviews accurately describe the strengths and weaknesses of the place, and if you can deal with the road noise, it's good when you've got better things to do than sit in a fancy hotel lobby and 'see and be seen.'

    Better than Expected


    I recently returned from a week-long vacation in Sacramento and stayed at the Vagabond Inn Executive (Old Town) upon doing some research through various online sites. For the internet booking rate through the hotel's own site, it's well worth the money and I would recommend it for anyone travelling alone, in a couple, or in a small group. The best aspect of the hotel is that it's within walking distance (one to six blocks) of many downtown amenities, including the Westfield Shopping Center (that contains a movie theater, many stores, and restaurants), Old Sacramento, and different cultural museums. Even the capitol is closeby and the Amtrak station is across street.

    Staff is friendly and rooms are relatively clean. The microwave and refrigerator are nice features, particularly since the hotel has no restaurant of its own persay (aside from the Denny's right next door). If you've got leftovers from dinner out at one of the downtown hangouts, it saves you some more money for during your stay.

    The business center has two computers (as well as a couple ports for laptops) with free broadband internet access, which is nice to check your internet e-mail. Rooms themselves have dial-up connections, but you get charged for that.

    One downside may be the noise, as the hotel sits very close to the highway and downtown streets, but I had a room near the rear of the hotel -- and on the opposite side from the highway entrances/Amtrak station/streets where there is courtyard enclosed by a senior citizens apartment complex and Asian school. (The trees themselves attracted quite a few birds that cawed all night.)

    The only other downside is that I ended up getting sick (sinus head cold)mid-way through my stay. Turning the air conditioning unit on did not help. Only opening the small window above the door, if not opening the door itself, or going out for a walk for some fresh air helped. There was no strong smell of mold or stuffiness, but something makes me wonder if the ventilation has not been cleaned for a while and mold has built up somewhere. Either that -- or the comforter had not been washed for a while. (I say this only because I got so tired of coughing while in bed at night that I went and slept in the chair near the window the rest of the night. Then I was able to sleep a lot better.)

    Oh, and there's no self-serve laundromat on site -- though they do (evidently) have valet laundry service. I never used it, but luckily I knew someone in town who could drive me to an off-site laundromat -- and that was quite a highway-drive distance away.

    It's Okay, But...


    I stayed at this hotel for one night, in September of 2004, and I have to admit that I've stayed in worse places, but I've also stayed in better. Location, location, location. You can't beat the fact that this hotel is within easy walking distance from the Amtrak train station, and you have a Denny's restaurant right on the premisis. The staff was warm, polite and friendly, and the rooms were clean, (although the freezer in the mini-fridge needed to be defrosted). I found it difficult to go to sleep with the sound of traffic going along the main street, and people hollering on the sidewalks below. If I had to stay here again, I would, because you can't beat the rates ($84 - $90), but at the same time, I'd look for someplace quieter.

    Highly Recommended


    great location, close to shops, restaurants etc.

    friendly staff, clean rooms and one of the best breakfasts complete with a waffle maker, fresh grapefruit, yogurt and many other non-standard complimentary breakfast items,

    i've stayed at other vagabonds in the past, but this executive inn is by far the best and worth the extra money

    TripAdvisor Reviews Vagabond Inn Executive Old Town Sacramento

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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