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Sacramento Business Travel Guide

The State Capitol building in Sacramento, California

Savvy travelers are beginning to catch on to the convenience, value and ease of conducting business in California's capital city. Unlike its larger neighbors to the west or south, Sacramento is easily accessible by plane, train or car and it offers reasonably priced lodging, dining and meeting space. Like its more cosmopolitan competitors, it still provides visitors with high-end restaurants sure to impress any client, as well as designer shopping and world-class arts and entertainment. The economy is springing back, meaning a return of top-notch services to meet the needs of the residents who call the River City home.

Facts to Know Before You Go


Most business travelers arrive in Sacramento via air. Located about 15 miles north of downtown, Sacramento International Airport has a number of rental car agencies on-site, and taxis are readily available outside both Terminal A and Terminal B. Round-trip fare between the airport and downtown is around $70. ExecuCar offers on-call business-class sedan service for approximately $50. Shuttle service via SuperShuttle is also available for approximately $13 one-way downtown.

Although Sacramento does have a limited public transportation system, the most popular way to get around is by car. Parking is relatively inexpensive and easy to find, and traffic in both the city and on freeways is not as congested as in other urban areas. If your visit is limited to the downtown area, getting around by taxi or on foot is the way to go. Taxis can be hailed throughout the downtown area, or they can be found in front of any major hotel. Uber and Lyft also operate in and around Sacramento.


Sacramento's major daily newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, provides daily business news coverage both in print and online. In addition, The Bee's entertainment section provides information on dining, nightlife, music and events in and around the Sacramento region.

Business travelers can also get briefed on the latest business-related news through the weekly Sacramento Business Journal, whose online edition also provides links to other business resources as well as a calendar of business events.

For insight into the Sacramento lifestyle, including entertainment and the arts, fine dining, community news and profiles of prominent Sacramentans, pick up a copy of Sacramento Magazine. For after-hours entertainment and events, check out the Sacramento News and Review; the print edition is published on Thursdays. Information on events, dining, shopping, arts and culture can also be found at Sacramento Downtown Grid and Sacramento 365.

Where to Stay

The Citizen Hotel Sacramento
926 J St. (10th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Governor's Suite at The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection in Sacramento, California

For the business traveler who prefers a touch of charm, the Citizen Hotel offers modern amenities with a historic touch. Housed in a 1920s high-rise, the Citizen is Sacramento's first full-service luxury boutique hotel. It is located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to the State Capitol and Convention Center, and is surrounded by restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Guests can take advantage of the state-of-the-art business center, with both Windows and Mac, Internet access, on-site business services, more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, and, at the end of the day, a complimentary wine hour featuring local wines. Its on-site restaurant, Grange, is popular among the business set with its fresh, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted artisan cocktails.

Embassy Suites Hotel Sacramento -
Riverfront Promenade

100 Capitol Mall (Third Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

A guest room at Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade in California

This all-suites hotel is located on the Sacramento River, minutes from the State Capitol, Convention Center and central business district. All two-room suites feature high-speed Internet access, data ports, ergonomic desk chairs, and a refrigerator and microwave for a quick meal. Everything the business traveler needs is available: audio/visual equipment rental, fax machine, meeting rooms and copying services. Take advantage of the complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception. And for those off-the-clock adventures, the hotel is ideally located—Old Sacramento, with its restaurants, shops and museums, is right across the street, and the Crocker Art Museum is a short walk away. For a scenic view of the Sacramento skyline, request the Riverview suite located on the top floor.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St. (12th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

The heated pool at Hyatt Regency Sacramento in California

Equal in quality to the neighboring Sheraton Grand, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento is located across from the State Capitol and the Sacramento Convention Center in the central business district. The Hyatt has more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space, and wireless high-speed Internet is available in all public areas. Those traveling for work will benefit from the full-service business center as well as dual-line phones, oversized desks and high-speed Internet access in guest rooms — many of which boast unobstructed views of Capitol Park. Two on-site restaurants — Vines Café for All Seasons and Dawson's American Bistro — provide top-notch meals. After-hours, visitors can enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool and the complimentary fitness center.

Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard St.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Book a room at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in California

It may not be located in the central city, but the Hilton is a good choice for business travelers with its ample meeting space, on-site 24-hour business center, audio/visual services, specialized catering and free shuttle service. Executive level rooms feature expanded living space, private balconies, high-speed wireless Internet and access to the exclusive Concierge Lounge for continental breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres. A popular shopping mall is just minutes away, as are plenty of bars and restaurants. For those looking to unwind, the hotel has a fitness room and outdoor swimming pool in a resort-like setting. Best of all, the entire property is non-smoking.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J St. (13th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Bay Window Suite at Sheraton Grand Sacramento in California

This downtown hotel stands out as the top choice for business travelers and government workers, and is centrally located across from the State Capitol and the Sacramento Convention Center. Situated in the restored Public Market Building, nestled between office buildings, restaurants and shops, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento features an upscale bar overlooking busy J Street, as well as Morgan's Central Valley Bistro, a good choice for a semi-casual business lunch. There's High-speed Internet access in all guest and meeting rooms, and in the business center. Available amenities include cordless and dual-line speaker phones, data ports, voice mail, fax machines and oversized desks. For recreation, you'll find a heated outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center and the Esquire IMAX Theater next door.

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Where to Dine

Ella Dining Room & Bar
Cathedral Building
1131 K St. (12th St.)
Sacramento, CA 95814
Modern American

Reserve a table at Ella Dining Room & Bar in Sacramento, California

Ella has set a new standard in Sacramento. The multi-million dollar design is evident in the white floor-length draperies that flow throughout and the imported, colorful wooden shutters that cover the ceiling. The menu is contemporary, with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. It includes selections from the cold bar, small plates, salads, vegetables, pasta, fish and meat, allowing diners to mix-and-match. Appetizers include wood oven-fired meatballs with candied garlic and a shaved squash and cucumber salad with house-smoked salmon. Entrées include seared California yellowtail with ragout of braised clams, a roasted pork chop with bacon lardons, and a grilled beef tenderloin with arugula coulis. Desserts are just as enticing, such as the honey poached peach crêpes with sweet corn ice cream and s'more tarte with smoked chocolate ganache.

Esquire Grill
Esquire Plz.
1213 K St. (12th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814


The dining room at Esquire Grill in Sacramento, California

Between the Sheraton Grand and Hyatt Regency hotels, the Esquire Grill is a popular destination for the business diner. It is said to be a favorite among politicians as well as area office workers, for both lunch and dinner. Like most of Randy Paragary's establishments, the Esquire guarantees a refined meal in a designer atmosphere. Patrons can enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at the long bar or relax on the outdoor patio before sharing an intimate meal inside. The American-themed menu includes fresh fish and steaks, as well as several entrée salads and sandwiches. For dessert, try the sundae or butterscotch crème brûlée.

The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection
926 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814


The dining room of Grange at The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection in Sacramento, California

Located in the Citizen Hotel, Grange is a sure bet for business diners seeking to impress an important client. Housed in a restored historic building, the space is impressive, with dark wood and refined décor. The menu showcases all the Central Valley has to offer, focusing on seasonal, locally produced ingredients. The menu changes regularly, but diners can expect dishes such as green garlic tortellini with summer squash and peas, flank steak with purple asparagus and mustard aioli, or California king salmon with fennel, capers and leeks. Desserts are also artfully crafted, and include a yuzu fritter with black sesame coulis and a bourbon soufflé with salted caramel and chocolate ganache.

1615 J St. (16th St.)
Sacramento, CA 95814
916- 669-5300


The outdoor patio at Lucca in Sacramento, California

A popular spot for business lunches, Lucca welcomes diners with a warm and intimate atmosphere. Located within walking distance of several major downtown hotels, as well as the State Capitol and Convention Center, Lucca is popular among locals, too. The atmosphere is classy and refined but in no way intimidating or pretentious, with a menu to match. Dishes are simple and prices reasonable, considering the environment. Favorites include the crispy zucchini chip appetizer, golden chicken risotto and pan-seared salmon, or try one of the daily specials. Choose an inside table for a more private meal, or enjoy the outdoor patio with a relaxing fountain and heaters in the winter.

Tequila Museo Mayahuel
1200 K St. (12th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814


One of the dishes at Tequila Museo Mayahuel in Sacramento, California

Elegant yet artful, this upscale restaurant a few blocks from the State Capitol showcases the best of Mexican cuisine and culture. Missing are the greasy tacos and overstuffed burritos of most south-of-the-border eateries; instead, dishes are carefully crafted with fresh ingredients and unique presentations. Favorites include the mole poblano, braised chicken doused in a well-balanced signature sauce, shrimp ceviche with lime and cucumber, and citrus-marinated pork tacos with pickled red onions. Dozens of imported tequilas are available, and daily happy hour specials attract business folk from throughout the downtown area. Choose a seat on the outdoor patio, a great location for people watching along the open-air pedestrian mall.

Off the Clock

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
Sacramento, CA 95691

Raley Field in Sacramento, California, is home to the minor league team River Cats

It may not be within the city limits, or even the county limits for that matter, but Raley Field is home to Sacramento's minor league team, the River Cats. In fact, locals know there is no better way to spend a summer evening than cheering from the stands with a cold beer in one hand and a loaded, half-pound Dinger dog in the other. The ballpark also hosts special events throughout the year, from concerts to brewfests, food competitions to monster truck rallies. For corporate events, suites are available with catered menus and wait service.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California

Art lovers will relish the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, which features one of the largest collections of California art in the nation, including many works depicting life during the Gold Rush. Opened to the public in 1885, the museum is the oldest west of the Mississippi. In addition to changing exhibitions, the museum continues to expand its permanent collection, which now includes many pieces of European and Asian art. One wing of the museum is a work of art itself, an Italianate mansion built in 1872.

Old Sacramento
Between I & L Streets
and Front & Second Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Walk by the shops in Old Sacramento in California

Visitors interested in the history of the city should start with a visit to Old Sacramento. Seeped in Gold Rush history, this 28-acre riverfront state park was the first permanent settlement in the area, becoming a booming trading center when gold was discovered in the nearby foothills. The cobblestone streets, wooden sidewalks and 19th-century buildings have since been restored, although the saloons and bathhouses have been replaced by shops and restaurants. No visit would be complete without strolling through the California State Railroad Museum, or stepping inside a replica of the city's first one-room schoolhouse.

State Capitol
10th St. between L and N Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

A look inside the State Capitol in Sacramento, California

For a first-hand look at California state government — past and present — visit the State Capitol. With construction completed in 1874, the building features turn-of-the-century architecture, including a 120-foot rotunda and period office displays. Now home to the governor and legislature, visitors can watch politics in action in the Senate and Assembly chamber galleries. In addition, tours are conducted daily on the hour. The building itself is located in Capitol Park, 40 acres of tree-shaded lawns and gardens, also home to several notable memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Wells Fargo Pavilion/California Musical Theatre
1419 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Peter Pan production at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, California

Just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Sacramento is Wells Fargo Pavilion — a state-of-the-art theatre-in-the-round, offering world-class performances by the Music Circus, part of California Musical Theatre. For more than 65 years, the Music Circus has been dazzling Sacramentans with new productions of classic musicals, starring Tony Award-winning Broadway actors and veterans of stage and screen. Off-season, catch a touring national show through STC's Broadway Sacramento program at the nearby Community Center Theater.

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*Raley Field photo by Mark Miller / CC BY-SA 3.0


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