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Business Travel Guide: Sacramento, California


Sacramento's central location makes it an increasingly popular destination for business travelers. Unlike its neighbors to the west or south, the capital city is easily accessible, inexpensive and lacks traffic congestion while still providing top-notch services and amenities. The city's economic base is a mélange of private industry, health care, government and education, and despite the downturn, the economy remains stable. With a growing population and well-educated labor force comes the need for more services. Fine restaurants, luxury housing and designer shops have sprung up across town, making Sacramento a sophisticated metropolis on par with its larger counterparts.

Facts to Know Before You Go


Most business travelers arrive in Sacramento via air. Located about fifteen 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 $56. ExecuCar offers on-call business-class sedan service for approximately $39. 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.


The city's only major daily newspaper is The Sacramento Bee, which publishes a daily business section and a Friday "Ticket" section with information on restaurants, nightlife, art exhibitions, theater, music and other entertainment for the coming weekend.

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, published on Thursdays.

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Where to Stay

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

A suite at the Citizen Hotel Sacramento

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.

Embassy Suites Hotel Sacramento -
Riverfront Promenade

100 Capitol Mall (Third Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

A comfortable room at the Embassy Suites Hotel Sacramento

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 Hyatt Regency Sacramento is located in the central business district

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. Business guests 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.

Residence Inn Sacramento
Downtown at Capitol Park

1121 15th St. (L Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814


A suite at the Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park
If you're looking for an all-suites hotel close to the Capitol, the Residence Inn can't be beat. Completed in 2007, this luxury fifteen-story hotel is cater-corner to Capitol Park and near some of the most popular restaurants in town, including Ella. Each of the 235 suites include high-speed Internet access, two-line phones with voice mail, fully-equipped kitchens and flat screen TVs. Room service and complimentary grocery shopping makes those longer stays more pleasant, as does the on-site pool and spa. Best of all, the entire property is non-smoking.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J St. (13th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814
916- 447-1700

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento is ideal for business travel

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. 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.

See our list of Sacramento's 10 Best Business Hotels

Where to Dine

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

Ella Dining Room & Bar in Sacramento
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


Esquire Grill in Sacaramento is a favorite amongst business people and politicians
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.

Frank Fat's
806 L St. (8th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814


Intimate booths at Frank Fat's in Sacramento
Opened more than six decades ago, the original of the ever-growing Fat’s restaurant empire is still a favorite among downtown office workers, politicians and the Sacramento elite. Although it neighbors a parking garage, bus station and nightclub, the inside is refined. The dining room is luxurious and polished, retaining a vivid Far Eastern allure. The menu features a selection of dishes from each of the four main Chinese cuisines: Cantonese, Szechwan, Peking and Shanghai. Appetizers include the signature fried dumpling and salt-and-pepper calamari, and entrées of mango-ginger chicken and walnut prawns. Frank’s famous New York steak, doused in oyster sauce and onions, is still on the menu, as is the brandy-fried chicken, both local favorites.

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


Lucca in Sacramento welcomes diners with a warm and intimate atmosphere
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


The chic dining room and bar at Tequila Museo Mayahuel in Sacramento
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

Sleep Train Arena
One Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834

The Sleep Train Arena is home to the Sacramento Kings

This is the Sacramento region's top venue for sports, concerts and special events. With nearly 200 events each year, the 17,000-plus seat complex is one of the busiest in the nation. It is versatile enough to host a variety of events, from rock concerts to ice skating to monster trucks. Sports lovers won't want to pass up an opportunity to see one of Sacramento's basketball teams in action, including the NBA's Sacramento Kings or WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. In addition to its on-the-go concession stands, it is also home to the Skyline Restaurant for more upscale cuisine and a full bar.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento houses one of the largest collections of California art

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. The building in which it is housed 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

Old Sacramento is the riverfront site of the first permanent settlement in the area

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

The State Capitol in Sacramento

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.

Mix Downtown
1525 L St. (16th Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814

The sophisticated bar at Mix Downtown in Sacramento

After a long day of meetings, conference calls and appointments, there is no better place to unwind than on the outdoor deck of this sophisticated restaurant-nightclub. Plush outdoor seating, tropical plants and a fire pit make for a comfortable evening beneath the stars, while bottle service is a sure way to impress a client or reward yourself for a job well done. A refined small plate menu is the perfect accompaniment to one of the many signature cocktails or wines by the glass. Weekly special events include live music and DJ dancing.

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* All images from the properties' respective websites; image of State Capitol by Sascha Brück


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