The Golden 1 Center in buzzing downtown Sacramento plays host to all kinds of entertainment, from NBA games and other sports events, to concerts, variety shows like Disney on Ice, and WWE wrestling. Whether you’re heading to California’s state capital for the big game or the concert of the year, make it the best night ever by staying overnight at HI Sacramento, a hostel home-away-from-home set in a stunning Victorian mansion right downtown. Here are five excellent reasons to book your stay here right after you’ve scored your tickets.
1. It’s conveniently close
HI Sacramento is just a 15-minute walk from the Golden 1 Center so you don’t have to worry about bus times or parking. After you go see your favorite band live, you can dissect every moment over drinks and snacks at one of the restaurants and bars downtown.
2. You save on accommodation, so you can splurge on tickets
You can dedicate most of your funds to getting seats so close to the court you can smell the rubber of the basketball, because you don’t have to pay much for accommodation. Whether you choose a bed in a dorm or your own sweet private room, it won’t blow your budget to stay a couple of nights at HI Sacramento. Take advantage of the hostel’s generous free breakfast spread in the morning and keep an eye out for in-house group dinners so you save on food during your stay, too.
3. San Francisco is a cheap bus ride away
HI Sacramento is just a couple of blocks from the Amtrak and Megabus drop-off points, so you can easily tack on a quick visit to our hostels in San Francisco. HI Sacamento hostel also has on-site parking if you’re driving, and the ocean is just about 90 miles away, so you can have a complete Norcal adventure in just one weekend.
4. You can bring the whole gang
Make a whole trip of it and book a few bunks with your favorite friends, since HI Sacramento is especially great for groups. The dorms sleep up to ten people per room, and the hostel’s comfy common rooms are the perfect place to hang out and even meet travelers from around the world. If there are eight or more of you, be sure to contact the group sales office. Or come in January and February when you can even stay for free if you do just two hours of volunteering as part of the Great Hostel Give Back.
5. You’ll get a taste of local Sacramento
One of the best things about staying at HI Sacramento is the connection the hostel has with the city, and travelers who stay here have the chance to experience the local culture and go off the beaten path. Whether it’s a welcome reception where you can sample Sacramento-made eats, or a Sunday Fun Day barbecue with lawn games, you’ll get to appreciate the city and its people a little more.
HI USA tip: The friendly front desk staff have plenty of tips and suggestions for places close to the Golden 1 Center to pop into, so don’t be shy to ask! You can also take a look at General Manager Marc’s guide to the best of Sacramento and follow the hostel on Facebook and Instagram for everyday inspiration.