I've stayed in quite a few HI hostels and this is definitely one of the best. The building is absolutely lovely - a Victorian mansion with most of its original features retained. The lounge/common areas, with their high ceilings, mahogany fireplaces and big comfy chairs, are particularly enjoyable to work or relax in.
I stayed at HI Sacramento for three nights - initially in a single room and then a female dorm. The single room was very small, but had everything you would need (comfy bed, fan, chair, power outlets) and was at the back of the property so nice and quiet. The building has three floors and there are shared bathrooms on each, which were generally clean.
The dorm room was pleasant and comfortable. Lockers are available (you need to bring your own padlock). This wasn't a major issue during my stay, but there are no individual reading lights by the beds. This is by no means unusual in a hostel, and given the age and character of this particular building, I'm not sure how easy it would be to install them.
Breakfast was included and was typically basic but adequate (oatmeal sachets, bagels, spreads - no milk). The other guests were quiet and a good mix of ages. There was a school party staying on my final night, who were somewhat annoying and took over the dining area, but generally this place seems to attract a sedate clientele and is definitely not a party hostel.
My experience with the staff was mixed. Casey, the general manager, was extremely friendly and helpful, but I was less impressed with the indifferent attitude of the second guy who works there. Location-wise, the hostel is well situated in downtown Sacramento and within walking distance of the few attractions the city has to offer. However, the surrounding area seems to be a working district more than anything and many of the local shops and cafes were only open during weekday office hours. The nearest decent grocery store is probably about 15-20 minutes' walk away. I can't comment on the parking, but the hostel is conveniently close to the metro link which will take you to both the Amtrak and Greyhound stations (on different lines).
I would certainly stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for accommodation on a budget in downtown Sacramento.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a rare opportunity to relax in the comfortable elegance of a beautifully restored 19th century Victorian mansion. one of California's best travel deals and America's most unique hostel. The 1885 mansion features lavish sitting rooms, stained glass skylights, elegantly carved stairways and chandeliers, plus amenities including a fully equipped guest kitchen, game room, outdoor patio, internet access, on-site laundry and parking. Located five blocks from the Capitol and six blocks from Golden1 Center Arena. Private and shared rooms available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sacramento International Hotel Sacramento