926 J Street, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581438.580278 -121.493807
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Sacramento
Great Hotel BUT... – It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at referer.us/8/GoodHotelDeals They usually have some pretty good deals on there!
Up the hierarchy – Hotelier Chip Conley developed the Joie de Vivre hotel chain based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs and goal of self-actualization. He wrote the book "How Great Companies get their Mojo from Maslow."
The Citizen Hotel helped move me a bit up the pyramid, but being in Sacramento couldn't fully bring me to self-actualization. Oh well, can't have everything.
It's an old downtown bank turned boutique hotel with dark reds and blacks and great drawings and political cartoons along the wall. The best is the black and white pic of a young buff Arnold Schwarzenegger, shirtless and in speedos, flexing with a group of bridesmaids in the women's bathroom in the parlor.
The room was spacious, swanky, sophisticated. Dripping with old school charm and modern day luxuries. An Apple-lovers haven -- iPhone docks, macs in the business center. Dual shower heads, decent products, sitting room with a second flat screen TV (although I learned I had the "ADA room"). Steamer instead of an iron (LOVE), roomy, cozy, great bed, decent mini-bar.
If you are stuck in Sacramento on business or whatever, this hotel is an excellent selection.
JDV Excellence – This beautiful new hotel in downtown Sacramento has been put together with all of the care and unique qualities that I expect from a Joie de Vieve hotel. We stay in JDV hotels anytime we happen to stay in San Francisco and we were pleased to see this new property in Sacramento. The rooms are a touch masculine, but adequately sized and well appointed. The restaraunt is excellent and the hotel ambiance is the perfect combination of early 20th century with 21st century amenities.
I wasn't treated like a citizen – I booked a suite at new The Citizen Hotel for New Year's Eve. My husband and I were recently married and didn?t get to take a honeymoon, so this was our exciting getaway. When we got to our room it was clear that the room we reserved was not the room they gave us. We were treated extremely rudely by all staff members and it was obvious that they gave our room to someone else and made no effort to fix the situation. I told them I was disappointed and considering checking out. At that point the manager said that I should check out and refused to speak with me face-to-face. We then left the hotel feeling like we were not citizens at all and that they didn't care about us as guests. I have never been treated that way in my life.
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