I stayed at the Sacramento Doubletree Hotel in April, 2007. I was the speaker at a conference being held at the hotel, and the event organizers encouraged me to stay at the "host" hotel.
Upon my arrival, I was a bit surprised at how old the hotel was. (Not sure why I was surprised...just was.) The hotel is old - and it has not been updated on a large-scale.
Check-in was slow. The people working at the front desk seemed to be working in slow-motion...but, once I got to the front of the line, the Doubletree associate was cordial.
The layout of the hotel is *bizarre!* It's been built sort of like a wagon wheel...with the hotel lobby being the center of the wheel. Unfortunately, not all of the "spokes" are connected to the lobby. In other words, you have to walk outside of the lobby to get to the various wings. (I hate this style of hotel. The hotel across the street, the old "Red Lion" was built in the same manner. I guess it was a trend once upon a time.)
Women and elderly persons should be aware that the hotel parking lot is dark -- i.e. the lights are not very bright. I consider this a safety issue. I would not want my wife walking through this parking lot.
The room numbers make zero sense. (Doubletree should correct this problem -- it's just silly.) For example, my room was located on the first floor...but my room number was "404." I found myself walking into the wing (finding the entrance door was difficult, as it was not well marked) and then going to the elevator in order to get to the 4th floor. As I entered the elevator, I noticed that the elevator only went to floors "1," "2," and "3." I was very puzzled. Then I recalled that the front desk person said my room was on the first floor. Strange.
My room was fine -- old (popcorn on the ceiling) and somewhat large (but I was traveling alone, so the extra space was of no benefit to me). The beds were the new Doubletree beds, and they are fantastic -- I think that they are even better than the Marriott Hotel beds.
Bathroom was old -- late-1970s/early-1980s. There were two sinks, however...which is nice if traveling with a spouse, colleague, or child.
Internet use required "plugging in" and at a rate of $9.95 per day. So instead of surfing the internet, I chose to watch an in-room movie before calling it a night. The in-room movie system was also one of older systems, but it worked fine.
Check-out was smoother than check-in.
I did not eat breakfast at the hotel, but I did eat the catered lunch served at the conference (in the banquet room). The food was above average -- not fantastic...but certainly not bad.
Unless you are getting a stellar rate at this hotel, I would be hard-pressed to recommend it -- unless you are a woman travleing alone, in which case I would not recommend this hotel under any circumstances. There's nothing truly awful about the hotel (just annoying things like the odd room numbers); it's simply that there are better options in Sacramento.
- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Sacramento Hotel Sacramento
- Doubletree By Hilton Sacramento Hotel
- Sacramento Doubletree
- Doubletree Sacramento
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento is a full-service, environmentally friendly hotel in Sacramento, centrally located to all of the exciting attractions and happenings in Sacramento. Located in the Point West Marketplace, our Sacramento hotel is within walking distance to the region's largest shopping mall, Arden Fair, featuring over 165 specialty stores. The Sacramento area welcomes business and leisure travelers with award-winning shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Conveniently located off Business 80, our hotel is just 5 minutes from downtown Sacramento, the State Capitol, Sacramento Convention Center, and Old Sacramento. We are 12 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and provide convenient, ample parking. Boasting some of the largest guest rooms in Sacramento, each of our 448 non-smoking beautifully appointed rooms offers brand new Sweet Dream beds, an ergonomically designed workstation equipped with a two line phone and voicemail, and Internet service. Amenities include a hairdryer, luxurious bath amenities, an iron and ironing board, an alarm clock with MP3 connection, a flat screen TV with a variety of cable channels, and much more! ... more less
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