Hyatt Centric Sacramento: centrally located historic boutique hotel

by Jul 18, 2022California


When you visit California’s capital city of Sacramento consider staying at the Hyatt Centric, a superbly located upscale boutique hotel that shows off the building’s history.

With California’s capital city of Sacramento developing into a must-visit destination with lots to experience, a great centrally located lodging like the Hyatt Centric that puts so much within a walkable distance is really a plus.

Snuggled right up next to the city’s Golden 1 Center event arena and a part of the so-called DOCO entertainment and shopping district, this upscale Hyatt Centric hotel offers convenience and upscale amenities, while maintaining a locally focused experience.

Hyatt Centric Music Registration Desk

Music and jazz is part of the decor at Sacramento’s Hyatt Centric in downtown.

These more boutique-style Hyatt-branded hotels are smaller and always reflect some part of the area’s history: In the case of Sacramento’s Hyatt Centric, the lower part of the building has been through several iterations of hotels, all of which were part of the deeply rooted music and jazz scene in the region. For example, all through the hotel, you find photos and art depicting jazz and music, as well as newspaper clippings and pictures from its past musical heyday, and records as décor behind the front desk.

Yes, the lower part we said: Up to the 6th floor was the building that existed prior and was renovated, while the floors from seven to 11 were added on, making for a total of 172 rooms – small enough for those who may want to avoid larger chains to seek a more intimate and friendly experience, but big enough for those who don’t like too much closeness while at hotels.

Hyatt Sacramento Restaurant

The bar and restaurant at the Hyatt Centric Sacramento has a sleek, bright, airy vibe combined of course with creative cuisine for guests and others.

This Hyatt Centric opened just a few months prior to our stay, in October 2021, meaning it was still operating under partial COVID rules and guidelines during our stay, such as no housekeeping unless requested and a bit of a staff shortage. Nevertheless, the staff members we dealt with went over the top to welcome us and accommodate our needs and requests.

Modern, comfortable rooms at the Hyatt Centric Sacramento

The room we enjoyed was a King City View, meaning it’s the same room as a basic King but on a higher floor. Depending on the room’s location, you may have a view over the roof and HVAC units of the Golden 1 Center, as we did, which was to comply with our request for a quiet room and avoid one facing a street and traffic.

Hyatt Centric Hotel Room Fridge

Musical touches are found all around, even on the inside of a closet door that houses the practical mini-fridge and Keurig coffee machine.

You can also select rooms with a “Capitol Dome View,” which gives you a peek to the other direction and at the State Capitol and its historic dome. We were not spending a lot of time in the room, making ours a fine selection, but if you are going to spend more time in the room, consider a different view. Or consider a suite, with rather glorious Capitol Dome views and room to spread out.

Sacramento Hotel Suite

Suites are large with huge windows. Pick one with a view of the State Capitol Dome for a special treat.

Aside from that, our room was sleek, modern, and filled with amenities that added great comfort to our stay: A Keurig coffee maker, a small fridge for chilling snacks and drinks, true blackout curtains, pretty fine linens, and individually controlled heating and AC. The room was in fact incredibly comfy  and allowed us to sleep well– and that is really the most important part of a hotel room, right? A bench allowed enough room for both of our suitcases, plus the desk allowed room for two chairs for both us to work, too – that’s a true bonus when two are staying in a room. (We asked for an extra desk chair.)

Three notes about rooms:

  • Since the Hyatt Centric Sacramento is snuggled right next to the Golden 1 Center, certain rooms on lower floors may have a view of the cement wall of the arena, as a friend of ours did. Since there is no indication on the website that this may be the view, do inquire if you prefer more than a blank cement wall.
  • Some rooms near or above the Clayton Club rooftop bar on the 6th floor — a delightful space, we might add – may experience bar noise, as another friend experienced. If you prefer a quiet room, do specify a preferred location.
  • The rooms are very high-tech and energy efficient with sensors that detect if there is movement in the room to turn off lights you may have left on. That is a great idea to lower energy consumption; however, between blinking lights on those ceiling sensors and those on a smoke detector, as well as the digital AC and heating control with its lit face, there was a bit of a light show.

Sacramento Hotel Rooftop Bar

Dining at Sacramento’s Hyatt Centric

The Clayton Club terrace on the 6th floor is an outstanding venue to linger over drinks and nibbles. We attended a special reception and thus did not experience the regular menu of light bites (which is quite innovative and broad), but fully recommend this experience, whether you are staying in the hotel or not.

Hyatt 7th Street Standard Breakfast

The restaurant on the ground floor called the Seventh Street Standard is a beautifully sleek and welcoming bar and restaurant offering breakfast/brunch and dinner as well as the bar with drinks and bites. The breakfast we experienced was superbly yummy, well-presented and -prepared. Therese’s Avocado Toast was beyond compare and not only satisfying but also very filling, while Michael’s Popover “Lox” was, as he says, stunning. Both of us are ready to head back just for breakfast!

Do note that the restaurant has no parking of its own, but there is a city lot a block down and across the street that also has reasonable overnight rates.

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Rating the Hyatt Centric Sacramento hotel


OUR RATING Our hotel ratings will tell you what we think of an individual property and are not a comparison to other hotels in the area. They are valid at the time of our visit, which in this case was still affected by COVID-19 safety protocols. That typically means no daily housekeeping and in some cases limitations on meal service. We frequently pay for our hotel stays and will disclose whenever we receive discounts or comped room nights as a part of a hotel stay. Our ratings are a percent, with 100% being perfect and 0% someplace not even a rat would stay. We rate cleanliness/upkeep (e.g. dust on the windows, dirt under the beds, unclean bathroom fixtures, need of repairs/maintenance, etc.), comfort (e.g. taking into account quiet, how comfy the bed is, if there is a nice robe, a comfy chair, etc.), amenities (e.g. free parking, breakfast included and its quality, free Wi-Fi, free bikes, fitness gear, workout room, pool, etc. -- and we are not fans of hotels that say they include things, but then charge a facilities fee!), location (e.g. how easy is it to get around by foot, bike, and car), and value (e.g. how much we feel we got in return for the amount charged).