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Often overshadowed by its nearby neighbor, San Francisco, Sacramento deserves to be more than a pit stop, especially for its exceptional cuisine. The city’s gastronomic talent sparkles in its boutique hotels with restaurant features.
Topping the list is Kimpton Sawyer. As guests step into its mid-century decor and indie-pop lobby soundtrack, they might get the impression they’ve entered an Arctic Monkeys’ retro music video. The hotel exudes effortless chic, with plush seating and an array of greenery that echoes Sacramento’s flourishing arts scene and agricultural richness.
The hotel houses 250 rooms and suites that boast a design of gentle curves and warm wood tones. Ask for a top-floor room to enjoy the city skyline, or indulge in a king suite with a balcony for an elevated experience. From here, you can admire the Tower Bridge and the Wild West-styled Old Sacramento district, which is just a quick, less than 10-minute stroll away.
The two culinary hotspots — Revival and Echo & Rig — rank among the finest in the city. Revival, a rooftop cocktail bar with a pool, celebrates Californian delicacies with a rotating menu of tangy chicken tacos, freshly opened oysters, and crisp salads. Join the poolside lounge from 4pm on weekdays for a great deal on $2 (£1.60) oysters and drink specials.
On the ground floor, Echo & Rig, a local favorite steakhouse, embraces Sacramento’s farm-to-table philosophy. Their menu, directed by award-winning chef Sam Marvin, pairs prime beef cuts with locally-grown produce: vibrant tomatoes, petite fingerling potatoes, and crunchy salad leaves all sourced from the nearby region. Rooms start from $278 (£221).
Revival at Kimpton Sawyers doubles as a rooftop bar and lounge, providing craft cocktails and bar bites with a scenic view.
PHOTO CREDIT: THE KIMPTON SAWYER
Delta King Hotel
This genuine 1927 paddlewheel riverboat, with its refurbished original staterooms, exudes a classic Californian maritime charm. Its two restaurants serve locally inspired fare like Dungeness crab, while it’s docked at the old town’s waterfront. Prices start from $109 (£87) for B&B.
Hyatt Centric’s lively vibe resonates from the retro vinyl and guitar-themed lobby to the rooftop cocktail bar once visited by Billie Holiday. The rooms are whimsical yet lavish, and from 3pm midweek, the vibrant bar hosts the city’s top happy hour, offering delightful small plates. Rooms start from $189 (£150).
The Citizen Hotel
This downtown hotel, established in 1925, is a grand establishment that features a Michelin-commended restaurant, Grange, under the helm of Dane Blom, one of Sacramento’s pioneer farm-to-fork advocates. Rooms start from $199 (£158).
All the listed rates are for standard doubles, room only unless stated otherwise.
This piece was developed with the assistance of Visit Sacramento.
Published in the July/August 2023 edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sacramento boutique hotels
What is the top-rated boutique hotel in Sacramento as per this article?
Kimpton Sawyer is the top-rated boutique hotel in Sacramento mentioned in the article. It is known for its mid-century furnishings, thriving dining options, and artsy ambiance.
What dining options are available at the Kimpton Sawyer?
Kimpton Sawyer has two restaurants — Revival and Echo & Rig. Revival is a rooftop cocktail bar that offers poolside service with a rotating menu, while Echo & Rig is a ground-level steakhouse emphasizing Sacramento’s farm-to-fork ethos.
What unique lodging option is mentioned in the article?
The Delta King Hotel, an authentic 1927 paddlewheel riverboat, offers a unique lodging experience. It has been refurbished to reflect Californian boating heritage and has two restaurants serving locally inspired dishes.
What is the price range of the hotels mentioned in the article?
The price range for the hotels featured in the article varies from $109 (£87) per night at Delta King Hotel, up to $278 (£221) per night at Kimpton Sawyer.
Who is the chef at Echo & Rig and what is the restaurant’s focus?
The Echo & Rig is led by critically acclaimed chef Sam Marvin. The restaurant’s focus is to champion Sacramento’s farm-to-fork ethos, featuring a menu of small plates, salads, and grills complemented by locally-grown produce.