Sometimes you end up in a hotel not for business, or travel or pleasure, but because your normal life in your own home no longer is possible. My 85 year old mother, a resident of Sacramento was evacuated from her home when a leaking water heater burst and flooded the property. It was our lucky day when the insurance company placed her at the Residence Inn, Marriott, Cal Expo.
The property is located about two miles off Highway 50, or about a mile and a half off Highway 80, just below (or above) Arden Way. Restaurant, shopping, and entertainment options are within walking distance, or an easy drive away. Reading reviews of this property, there is a recurring theme that the furnishing may be tired, the property in need of an update. WOW even a photo of a slightly frayed carpeting provided by a reviewer. Those comments seem to miss the point of this gem of an Inn. (NOTE: The property is scheduled for upgrading and redecorating later this year for those who judge a book by the cover.)
Starting with the checkin - efficient, polite, warm, gracious, welcoming - especially important for the travel weary, or those in shock of leaving their home. The rooms are spacious and completely furnished - including the kitchen, offering pots and pans, dishes and cutlery. Abundant, thick towels. Beds are deliciously comfortable, including the pull down murphy bed. In spite of busy Howe Ave. that fronts the property - suites are quiet and easy to encourage restful sleep. A modest exercise room (two top of the line tread mills and a serviceable elliptical machine), outdoor pool with a good sized spa, and an outdoor gas grill complete the property. Full, unlimited breakfasts are delicious - menus change daily - from eggs florentine, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos - yogurts, waffles, scrambled eggs juices always are available. Thank you chef/hostess Darling Violet; and four nights a week, thanks to Sweet Susan, light dinners with wine or beer included are offered at no additional charge. The dining room feels like a European breakfast room - strangers chat and visit - making communal tables and single visitors warmly welcomed.
As in any business, management sets the tone - and Ashley; Regan; Mary Jo; Oksana (and forgive me for forgetting many names) are great models for all their employees. A displaced birthday celebration was turned into an unforgettable family reunion with out of town family members staying on property and being welcomed for one, two and three nights. The hotel will grocery shop for you on a list you provide by 9:00 AM.
When our stay is finished, we will have been guests at the Residence Inn for almost two months - sometimes people say - "company is like fish - after three days it is time to toss it". Just the opposite is true here. Be it business, vacation or necessity, after three days you fall in love with the property and the staff. Thanks Marriott Cal Expo - you are a jewel.
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Sacramento Cal Expo Hotel Sacramento
- Sacramento Residence Inn