If you follow my Where to Stay series which highlights the best places I’ve stayed during my travels, then you know that I have a penchant for boutique hotels. While I don’t knock the bigger brands and while I sometimes stay in B&Bs (depending on where I’m traveling), there’s nothing quite like a great boutique hotel, and they’re usually my first choice of accommodation.
Why? Well, I love the intimacy that boutique hotels provide, their individuality, and their personalized attention to detail. Also, more often than not, boutique hotels tend to align with my affordable luxury travel style. There’s nothing like indulging in a luxurious stay without breaking the bank.
That’s why, during our quick road trip to Sacramento last fall, Jave and I booked a stay at The Citizen Hotel downtown in the city’s political heart. When traveling, especially when road tripping, I usually like to stay someplace that’s central so that we can get around easily without worrying about our rental car and parking fees. The Citizen Hotel’s location couldn’t get any better as it’s within a few blocks of the California State Capitol Museum, and Old Sacramento is also within walking distance although the walk is probably 10 minutes longer.
The Citizen Hotel is a Joie de Vivre Hospitality accommodation which is a Commune Hotels and Resorts brand. Joie de Vivre has a portfolio of boutique hotels in Arizona, California, D.C., Illinois, and Hawaii, and as its name suggests, the company strives to create “joy of life” for its employees and guests alike.
After checking into our room and before getting settled, we discovered this cute welcome card on the desk highlighting some words of wisdom for how to foster more joy in our lives.
Although our room was somewhat small, it was posh and polished with all the sophistication that you’d expect from a hotel that hosts business travelers, leisure travelers, and politicians alike. In fact, it looked like the kind of room where you’d expect Olivia Pope to have a scandalous tryst with the President, and the view outside of our window only enhanced the political mood.
In addition to a wardrobe near our bed where I stashed my overnight bag and shoes, our room also featured a spacious closet with hanging bathrobes that beckoned to be worn.
The bathroom was also small, but I’ll take a small, modern bathroom any day over a big, outdated one. What I especially loved about the shower was the showerhead and the tiling as they offered a cosmopolitan feel to the room.
I also really liked the bathroom posters featuring political satire; they were a nice touch as was the bedside iPhone docking station.
Because we only stayed at the hotel for one night, we didn’t spend much time outside of our room exploring the hotel’s grounds which may be a good thing considering that guests have sighted a friendly ghost on the property. However, we did notice that the corridors leading to guests’ rooms feature photographs from Bay Area protests from times pasts.
I would definitely love to return to my state’s capital again one of these days, and when I do, I wouldn’t hesitate to book another stay at The Citizen Hotel. And given the fact that the majority of the hotel’s 198 rooms are uniquely designed, a return stay would definitely provide a new perspective and yet another reason to relish in the joy of life!
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