When you’re traveling light on cash, Sacramento’s best budget hotels offer everything from proximity to the perfect place to call home base while you play in the city. These hotels in the Sacramento area offer awesome amenities and rooms that perfectly fit into your travel and vacation budget.
500 Leisure Ln.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Rates: from $99
Right near the Arden area with 306 air-conditioned rooms and 29 hospitality suites, the Woodlake Hotel is just the place for budget travelers. Well trained staff and clean, comfy accommodations keep the entire venue running smoothly. Woodlake boasts its own private lake, complete with paddle boats as well. On-premises dining at Basil’s, plus a delicious coffee bar make staying here ideal. Its location, close to Highway 80, puts everything surrounding Sacramento within reasonable distances. Expect high-speed Internet, HD TV, an in-room coffee maker, cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, a full-sized ironing board, complimentary breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each day, and free parking.
Lions Gate Hotel and Conference Center
3410 Westover St.
North Highlands (Sacramento) CA 95652
Rates: from $142
Lions Gate Hotel and Conference Center sits on the historic former McClellan Air Force Base. Spacious rooms contain all of the elements necessary for a relaxing stay. Lions Gate promises a resort-like venue. Call ahead and make arrangements for your pet to stay with you. On-site dining at the O’Club takes the hassle out of finding a good place to eat. These smoke-free rooms include high-speed Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge and microwave, coffee maker with coffee, tea, telephones, express check out, cable TV with on-demand movies, and free daily breakfast. The Aerospace Museum of California is a short walk from the hotel, or explore the old air base for a quick, easy adventure. Jogging trails, easy access to Highway 80, and a knowledgeable and courteous staff complete the value at this historical location.
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Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
321 Bercut Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Rates: from $99
Discovery Park and Old Town Sacramento are a short walk away from this extended-stay hotel. Rooms are said to be 50-percent larger than normal hotel rooms, complete with fully equipped kitchens. In addition to the spacious rooms, a complimentary hot breakfast is served daily. Conveniently near Sacramento International Airport, guests are right at the gateway to everything Sacramento has to offer. Downtown Sacramento and the capitol are within easy walking distance. A day on the river is not out of the question here either. A heated outdoor pool, evening reception, free high speed wireless Internet and an airport shuttle, all add to the reasons to fit this one into your budget. Explore the riverfront or venture into Sacramento for its myriad adventures. The longer your stay, the less you pay here, so this may just be the perfect spot for you and yours.
Lake Natoma Inn
702 Gold Lake Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630
Rates: from $129
Right on the American River, Lake Natoma Inn sits on the east side of Sacramento. The rooms feature a mini-fridge and coffee pot, with an iron and hair dryer available. Direct dial telephones with voice mail, a second data port, flat screen TV, in-room movies, Nintendo, in-room music and complimentary high speed wireless Internet access are topped off with pillow-top beds for the perfect room package. A fitness center, sauna rooms, beautiful outdoor pool and whirlpool are also available. Miles of cycling, jogging and walking paths are just outside your door, along the American River Bike Trail. Lake Natoma is an ideal spot for relaxing, kayaking and picnicking. Historic old town Folsom is right there to explore as well.
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Inn Off Capital Park
1530 N St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Rates: from $89 Mon to Fri/from $115 weekends
The name says it all. This boutique hotel is just a block away from the California State Capital. Surrounded by vibrant downtown Sacramento, the Inn Off Capital Park offers a great base from which visitors may explore the rich culture of the downtown area. Art galleries and museums, historic buildings and the Convention Center, surround this unique hotel. Rooms are 100-percent smoke free, with free high-speed Internet, cable/satellite TV, coffee, free local calls, microwave, refrigerator and pillow-top beds. After your day of exploring downtown Sacramento, use the on-site exercise room, and then head out to one of the fine local restaurants for dinner. Free continental breakfast is served every morning. Staff extend gracious personal service and attention to guests, including recommendations for sight-seeing and local dining.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. He retired from teaching after 36 years in 2010. He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.