Sacramento, CA - Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown - Arena
Address: 300 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 446-0100
Average Price (Checked Mar 2019): $159.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars:
About Hotel: 16-Floors, 359-Rooms, Interior Corridors,This modern lodging is a 4-minute walk from Sacramento Amtrak station, 7 minutes from Old Sacramento Historic District and 10 miles from Sacramento International Airport (no airport shuttle in 2018, although Google Maps shows an available shuttle in 2019). The simple rooms come with desks, flat-screen cable/satellite TVs and coffeemakers. There's also free WiFi and high-pressure showerheads in the bathrooms. Parking (fee), Non-smoking hotel, Outdoor pool, Laundry service, Business center, Pet-friendly, Room service, Restaurant, Airport shuttle, Fitness center, Bar.
Railroad View: Good Distant View from high floor rooms on the north side of the building. All odd room numbers will face the railroad. Zoom lens & binoculars work best to photograph & view trains, especially if you are looking to capture locomotive numbers. Although there is some light, it's very hard to view trains at night.
Railroads past Hotel: Amtrak / Union Pacific / Sacramento Light Rail transit. Several trains pass per hour, many which are Amtrak California train sets. The Amtrak California Zephyr (trains # 5 & # 6) both stop at the Sacramento Valley station once a day. You can not hear the trains from the hotel, so keeping an eye out the window is needed.
Notes: Come by train! Amtrak's Sacramento Valley Station is a short 3-block walk from the hotel. The hotel is also centered next to Old Sacramento which is a popular tourist area next the Sacramento River and is also home to the popular California State Railroad Museum, and Sacramento Southern (tourist) Railroad. Both are a must-do if in the area. Also the California State Automobile Museum is also worth a visit. The automobile museum is located 1 mile south of the railroad museum, because the automobile museum doesn't have direct access to the "river-walk", I had to exit the river-walk and walk along Front Street for about 8 blocks (1800 feet) which isn't well maintained for pedestrians, i.e., poor sidewalks. As an out-of-towner, and not familiar with the area, I must note there was a few homeless camps I passed along the way. I walked to/from the museum without issue, but it maybe best not to walk alone, especially if carrying camera.
Comments: Although the Holiday Inn hotel is rather pricey, it's in a prime location for tourists visiting Sacramento, especially if you do not have an automobile. Besides the hotel restaurant, there is a Subway sandwich shop, and many family & bar type eateries located in Old Sacramento, a few minute walk from the hotel.