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Delta King
Ranked #18 of 82 Hotels in Sacramento
Reno
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“Delta King TravelZoo Deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely weekend on the DELTA KING in SACRAMENTO. We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Our TRAVEL ZOO voucher allowed us the opportunity to have a night's stay with a welcoming bottle of wine and a free breakfast the following morning. The breakfast was excellent!
The room was small, cozy and clean. We also recieved tickets for free wine tasting at SUGAR MILL WINERY. Without the voucher, we never would have known about staying at the DELTA KING. Everything about this place stupendous! A charming place indeed!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We were in Sacramento to participate in Time Travel Weekend for the Civil War, and what better place to stay! We had a room on the top deck, and it was a nice mixture of period charm and modern convenience, with comfy bed, air conditioning, TV and coffeemaker hidden in a cabinet, and a wonderfully period bathroom. The shower had a porcelain head and brass fittings, and the toilet flushed from an upper tank! (My husband and a friend who stopped by had to try this out just because...) Be aware this is a riverboat, so ceilings are low, and the floor slopes toward the outer wall.
Great breakfast included. For a small extra charge, you can get something fancier. We did a standard breakfast the first morning, then my husband got some yummy croissant french toast and I got a bagle with lox and fixings on the next morning. We also had drinks and food at the bar and grill that I christened "Ten Forward." Very good food, tender calamari, but be aware service can be slow. However, I was being atmospheric in my 1860s hoopskirt, so I didn't mind lingering a bit longer, and we were also visiting with a friend on one night. You'll love all the wonderful woodwork in the bar and restaurant portion. Sitting outside gives a great view of the river, as well.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you like boats and water, this is the place to stay in Sacramento. The King is a wonderfully restored paddle wheeler, set right in the heart of Old Sacramento. We stayed 4 nights in room 520, which is on the upper deck, at the stern. It is a lovely room, with extra windows, and is slightly larger than some of the others. There are tables on deck outside of the rooms, a great spot to sit with a glass of wine, watching all of the activity on the river.
We had a very nice breakfast each morning on board. Thursday evenings they have Irish music in the bar, which we enjoyed, the bar is gorgeous. We had dinner one evening on deck at the bar, a lovely meal, great service, great view, and a wedding to watch below.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who ever thought about taking the Delta Queen......a much more affordable stay, on a sister ship. Children will love it too. They will love the trains, and the Hornblower boat ride as well.
Staff were very friendly and efficient. If you valet park, ask for your car 15 minutes before you need it.
We would stay again in a heartbeat!!

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Great time on the river !! Superb ambiance, great staff, great hotel, super location !!! Fantastic breakfast !!! Easy access to great shops and fantastic nightlife, will do it again for sure !!! Would be a lot of fun with a group of people, lots to do nearby !!

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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My companion and I travelled to Sacramento,CA and stayed at the beautiful floating hotel, Delta King. Upon check in, the front desk clerk, Max was very friendly and knowledgeable. Once we proceeded to our room, we were very pleased. The room is very spacious and nice. We ate breakfast at the Pilot House Restaurant and had lunch at the Delta Bar & Grill. I will highly recommend this floating hotel. Walking distance to restaurants and things to purchase. Wonderful Experience.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Delta King is an unusual little hotel in Old Sacramento. That Old Sacramento historic area is very interesting, and staying on the Delta King added to the experience. When we travel, we make a point to stay in unusual places whenever possible. So when we decided to have a little weekend getaway in Old Sacramento, I jumped at the chance to stay on the Delta King.

When you book your room, you have a choice between the city-side of the boat and the river-side. I didn’t hesitate to book a room on the river-side because clearly it would be more interesting to look out on the boats going by on the river. However, in hindsight, I’m not sure that was the right choice. The configuration of the boat isn’t like a cruise chip with interior hallways and rooms along the outside. Instead, there is a public deck surrounding the outside of the boat. The doors to the rooms open onto this deck, and the rooms extend towards the interior of the boat. (The deck is for hotel guests only, but all hotel guests are free to stroll everywhere around the deck.)

So, in order to see the river from your room, you look past the public deck. When your window shades are open, you can see the river, but everyone who walks by can look into your room. Therefore, most of the time when you are in your room, you will probably have the window shades closed. And if the shades are closed, then it doesn’t matter what the view would have been, since you aren’t looking anyway.

In hindsight, I would have saved a little money and booked a room on the city-side of the boat. Since hotel guests are free to walk the decks, I would simply stroll over to the river-side to enjoy the view.

With respect to functionality, this is an old historic boat, which was not designed to be a standard modern hotel. The people doing the restoration did a fantastic job of upgrading everything as much as possible, but some basic characteristics of the original architecture must remain, of course. While I give the boat a high score for uniqueness, the trade-off is that some standard hotel functionality is lost.

For example, the ceiling was unusually low, and the doorways were especially low and narrow. I estimated that the doorway into the bathroom was about 6 feet high. A 6’-1” person heading to the bathroom in the middle of the night would not be happy! The low ceiling was high enough that it wouldn’t be a problem with respect to bumping your head, but it did make the room feel smaller. For me, I felt like the room was a fine place to sleep at night, but this isn’t the sort of room where you would want to hang out all day.

The bathroom was pretty small, with a small stall shower. The shower was big enough for two, but it was pretty cozy. In all fairness, I’ve stayed other places with much smaller bathrooms before, so that really wasn’t a problem. However, we did notice a serious shortage of shelf/counter space for toiletries. That was truly annoying. It seems like that is something that could be improved pretty easily.

Another minor concern was that the bed squeaked, and it was pretty noisy when we moved. I’m not sure if that was just our room or a general problem. But we did find it to be pretty loud and distracting at certain times, if you know what I mean.

In general, around the public areas there are many places where you could easily trip or hit your head. It’s not a big deal. Just be careful if you had that third glass of wine with dinner!
To put all this in perspective, the hotel never claims to be a standard Holiday Inn, and frankly, if it had been a standard Holiday Inn, I wouldn’t have stayed there in the first place! The whole point of this hotel is for it to provide unique and reasonably-comfortable lodging, and I think they achieved that goal beautifully. Unless you are a very tall or large person, I don’t think you should be discouraged in the slightest by the idiosyncrasies of this place.

Oh, one other tip about the room: at first we thought we only had one bar of soap which we would need to share between the sink and the shower. Eventually, we found the soap for the shower balanced on top of the metal rod for the shower enclosure. I don’t know if that is standard practice, but if you can’t find your other soap, check up there!

The hotel offers valet parking for $18/day (added to your bill). The valet drop-off is on the street closest to the hotel (Front St & “K” St.). This seems to be the most convenient and economical parking solution. However, when it is time to leave, allow plenty of time for them to retrieve your car! The area where the valet parking folks store the cars is a bit of a walk, so it can take a while. This is especially true if there are people ahead of you waiting for their cars also. It’s not a problem if you allow enough time. Just don’t be in a hurry when you ask for your car back, and you’ll be fine.

With respect to nearby activities, the Old Sacramento area has a wide variety of interesting little touristy shops and restaurants. If you like poking around little tourist shops, you’ll really enjoy this area. The primary tourist shopping is primarily in an area about 2 blocks by 3 blocks, and the Delta King is in a good central location to use as a base. There are native Indian artifacts, Peruvian crafts, a huge costume store, and the typical assortment of hats, shirts, and souvenirs.

The selection of restaurants is good, with Mexican, Cajun, seafood, burgers, pasta, and an unusually large number of ice cream shops. We sampled a few different restaurants while we were there. Our favorite was Joe’s Crab Shack. You can see it from the Delta King.

In addition to dining and shopping, you might also enjoy the Eagle Theatre. It’s on the northern end of Front St, and it was actually the first theater built in California. They provide entertaining little music/comedy/drama shows with an old-West theme. The actors wear period attire and drum up business out on the street. The shows are free of charge, but there is a tip jar in the lobby for you to make contributions on your way out. We really enjoyed the show, and it was well worth our time and tip money.

Tip: During the show, the action spilled off the stage into the center aisle, so the seats in front next to the aisle were alarmingly close to the action at times. That was particularly true during the sword fight. I’m sure it’s not a serious concern, but we were a couple rows back, and I remember being very content that I wasn’t closer.

If you have any interest in trains (or even if you don’t), you might really enjoy the California State Railroad Museum at the north end of town. To be honest, we were only lukewarm on the idea of going there, so we didn’t allow much time for it. That was a mistake. The place exceeded my expectations and was very interesting! I wished we had more time. The place is huge, with a surprising number of real full-size trains inside. Some older trains are beautifully restored. Various guides and docents provide a wealth of truly fascinating information. I highly recommend it. Allow plenty of time.

Outside near the river, you can take a 40-minute train ride a few miles down the riverfront and back. We didn’t do this. It seemed exceptionally unremarkable. However, if you do want to do it, and if it’s a really warm day, you should go early. They stop running the trains when it gets too hot.

By the way, if you enjoy unusual lodging, here are some other places we have enjoyed: Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach (historic cruise ship converted to a hotel), Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo (unusual theme rooms ), Victorian Mansion in Los Alamos, CA (Crazy rooms! e.g. bed made from 1956 Cadillac convertible!), Featherbed Railroad in Nice CA by Clear Lake (sleep in a converted train caboose), Safari West in Santa Rosa, CA (stay in a furnished safari tent and see African animals outside), Hobbit House in Hawaii (cute hobbit-style B&B on the big island), Out 'n' About Treehouses in Southern Oregon (the rooms are high up in real tree houses), Kokopelli B&B in Farmington New Mexico (huge and nicely-furnished apartment in an actual cave in the side of a cliff with a great view).

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Our purpose for visiting Sacramento was to see the railroad museum. This hotel is walking distance to everything in old town, including the museum. It's a bit funky but its nice. Hubby is 6'2 so the ceiling in the shower was a bit close (low ceilings coupled with a claw foot tub!) The vintage design was very well executed in the bathroom. Sipping a cocktail on the deck outside the River Grill in the breeze on a warm summer evening was very nice! Bonus if you are there when the boats pass by to see the "gold" bridge raise and lower. A very unique hotel and a unique location. Worth a visit for those who aren't looking for the Ritz, but looking for a good time and a unique accomodation.

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Property: Delta King
Address: 1000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Location: United States > California > Sacramento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sacramento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Delta King 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Delta King is an authentic, historic, and permanently moored riverboat on the Sacramento River in Downtown Old Sacramento, Ca. In addition to the two restaurants, the Delta King has 44 AAA 3-Diamond rated staterooms with prepared to order hot breakfast daily, two dinner theatres, a wine school, and wedding & conference facilities. Sacramento Bee says: Pilothouse Restaurant is a must dine destination. ... more   less 
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