Hotel Review: Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo is a three-star hotel located near Cal Expo,  site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other activities throughout the year. Located in a quiet part of town, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service.

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Driveway of Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

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Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo is three-star hotel located in a quiet section of Sacramento, California, the state capital.

The hotel has 138 rooms and four suites across three floors.

Facilities include one food and beverage outlet, an outdoor swimming pool with a whirlpool, a fitness room, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas, and a complimentary shuttle service.

There are vending machines, coin-operated laundry facilities, and an ATM.

The hotel has six event rooms with a total event space of 10,199 square feet.

The largest space can accommodate up to 400 people. There are four break-out rooms.

Parking is complimentary for hotel guests and meeting attendees. Check-out is 12 noon and check-in is 3 pm.

The Arrival …

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Entrance of Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Call Expo. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I took Amtrak from San Jose to Sacramento. The trip took about three hours.

Upon arrival at the Sacramento Valley Train Station, I took Uber to the hotel. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the hotel’s complimentary shuttle, which would have saved me about US$13.

The Lobby …

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The lobby. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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The lobby. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel had an informal lobby with a circular seating area and a computer and a printer so guests could print out boarding passes.

Food and Beverage Outlet …

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The Bistro. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Seating at The Bistro. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Counter seating at the Bistro. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The Bistro – Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo has an informal eatery called The Bistro.

Opening onto the hotel’s lobby, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cocktails are also offered.

The restaurant offers both counter and table service.

Snacks and beverages are for sale in the lobby.

The Welcome …

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The welcome gift from the local convention and tourism bureau. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

When I arrived in my room, there was a welcome kit from Visit Sacramento, which helped organize my stay in the California capital.

Included were one full bottle and two half bottles of locally produced wine, some snacks, a dining out voucher, a VISA voucher, and family admission to the museum of my choice.

Visit Sacramento also arranged an Underground of Old Sacramento offered by the Sacramento History Museum.

My Room …

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King size bed. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I stayed in room 333 on the third floor of the hotel. My room had a comfortable queen’s size bed.

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Day bed. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There was a comfortable circular sofa, which could seat two.

There was a movable table, which could hold snacks and beverages. It faced the flat screen television.

The sofa had a pull-out function to create a second bed.

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Pull-out table. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

My work station had a table on wheels, which could be pulled out into the room.

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Word station. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The work station gave me plenty of room to spread out my reference materials.

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The coffee maker. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There was a CV1 coffee maker, which has seemed to be standard across the three and four star hotels I have stayed at on my trip.

There were three packets of Seattle’s Best Coffee, which I’ve found to be a bit weak.

The Swimming Pool …

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Outdoor swimming pool Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There was a small swimming pool. Because of its regular shape, I found it perfectly fine for doing laps in.

The swimming pool is open from 6 am to 10 pm.

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Outdoor whirlpool. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There was a Jacuzzi with warm water next to the swimming pool.

The Fitness Room …

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Cardio-vascular equipment. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The fitness room had several cardio-vascular machines, including elliptical, stationary bicycles, and treadmills,.

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Free weights. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The fitness room also has dumbbells and two resistance training machines – one for the upper body, and one for the lower body.

The Shuttle …

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Hotel shuttle. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

There was a complimentary shuttle service operating during weekdays until 6.30 pm within a radius of five miles of the hotel, which was sufficient to take guests as far as downtown Sacramento, Old Sacramento, and the Sacramento Valley Train Station.

The Neighborhood …

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Tribute Road in front of the hotel. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The hotel is located on a quiet tree lined street. A strip mall and a CostCo are located about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the hotel.

The hotel is situated near Cal Expo, home of the California State Fair. Built in 1968, the 350-acre grounds also plays host to hundreds of events throughout the year.

The hotel is situated 13 miles southeast of Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

There is a US$20 charge to be dropped off at the airport.  The hotel does not offer a pick-up service from the airport. This service is available  Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm.

The estimated SuperShuttle fare is US$17. The estimated taxi fare is US$44.

The Verdict …

The hotel was perfect for my needs. The room was comfortable. There was complimentary Wi-Fi, and outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and a complimentary shuttle.

I particularly liked work station, with the pull-out table underneath, which allowed a great deal of flexibility for the various needs of different hotel guests.

Where

Courtyard by Marriott Cal Expo – 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, California.

 

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