Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, which opened in September 2016, is an all in one-in-one venue for entertainment, and yet another excellent reason to visit California’s capital city. The downtown arena is set to host sporting events, live music concerts and a variety of shows, from Disney on Ice to WWE wrestling, and it’s right in the heart of a buzzing downtown. The best part? HI Sacramento hostel is the perfect home-away-from-home place to stay while you’re in town for a good time. Here are five excellent reasons to book your stay at HI Sacramento right after you’ve scored your ticket at the Golden 1.
1.It’s conveniently close
HI Sacramento is perfectly located for exploring the city’s history and its coffee and farm-to-fork cultures to start with, and it also happens to be just a 15-minute walk from the Golden 1 Center and the rest of downtown restaurants and bars. That means you don’t have to worry about parking or bus times, and also means you’ll get there in time to snag a sweet spot! After you go see your favorite band live, you can dissect every moment and song over a drink or a snack nearby before you take the easy walk home.
2.You save on accommodation, so you can splurge on tickets
A bed in a one of the dorms or stately private rooms at this stunning restored Victorian mansion is so affordable, you can dedicate most of your funds to getting a seat so close to the court you can smell the rubber of the basketball. Take advantage of HI Sacramento’s generous continental breakfast spread in the morning, and keep an eye out for group dinners at the hostel so you save on food during your stay.
3.You’re just a cheap bus ride from San Francisco
If you’re staying at one of our San Francisco hostels and you’d like to see a show that will only be in Sacramento during your visit, worry not! Aside from the option to drive yourself to the capital (the hostel has some on-site parking), you can take a relaxing train ride or a super cheap Megabus trip for as little as $1 depending on the day. HI Sacramento is just a couple of blocks from both the Amtrak and the Megabus drop off points, so your trip between the two cities doesn’t have to be a multi-stop mission.
4.You can bring the whole gang
Make a whole trip out of it and book a few bunks in a dorm with your fun-loving friends since HI Sacramento is especially great for groups (contact our group sales team if there are more than ten of you). The dorms sleep up to ten people per room, and there’s a big comfy common room and a games area to hang out in before you all head to the show. The homey feel of the hostel will also allow you to make friends with other travelers, who might be convinced to join the festivities because the more is definitely always the merrier.
5.You’ll get a taste of the local
One of the best things about staying at HI Sacramento is the connection the hostel has with the city, so while you’re visiting, you have the chance to explore and experience the local culture. Whether it’s a welcome reception where you can sample local eats and drinks, or a bike-in movie night where travelers and members of the community hang out under the stars, you’ll get to know Sacramento beyond the standard tourist attractions, making for an all-round awesome time.
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, don’t be shy to ask! You can also take a look at General Manager Marc’s guide to the best of Sacramento.