I had some business in Sacramento this week, so I stayed at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel for three nights, adjacent to the Golden 1 Center, instead of commuting from Nevada City every day.
It’s a great addition to the Sacramento hotel scene. (I normally stay at the Hyatt Regency, across from the State Capitol, or the Grand Sheraton).
My corner room had a big balcony and view of the Tower Bridge (site of the annual farm-to-fork dinner) to the west. I could see the Amtrak station and Railyard project from the side window. The room itself was big and clean, with a giant flat-screen television, stereo, and a walk-in shower in the bathroom.
The swimming pool on the third floor was big and sparkling, and it was surrounded by cabanas and comfortable furniture. It’s a lively scene at night, with a full bar and music.
The food was great. The room service was much better than average (smoked chicken hash with poached eggs for breakfast, for example), and the restaurant called Echo & Rig had excellent dry-aged steaks, seafood, pasta and imaginative side dishes.
I’d definitely recommend the Kimpton Sawyer if you have a stay in Sacramento. It’s named after the landmark Sawyer environmental decision, a nod to the South Yuba and our neck of the woods.