Strange Bedfellows

The Citizen Hotel masterfully blends history and architecture in the California-Western States Life Insurance Building of downtown Sacramento.

Elegant with just the right amount of whimsy, the 196-room boutique hotel provides guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. No two rooms are exactly alike, but each experience is bound by a unifying theme — politics.

References to California’s political history, past and present, are found throughout the property, from political humor inscribed in the elevators to historic protest photographs that hang in the hallways. At the heart of the hotel is a two-story lobby lined with hundreds of leather-bound law books from floor to ceiling. On the lobby’s mezzanine level is the “famous signatures wall” adorned with napkins signed by some of The Citizen Hotel’s most famous guests. Guest rooms are outfitted with vintage political cartoons by legendary cartoonist Newton Pratt and lampshades displaying the California Constitution.