I heart the Joie de Vivre collection of boutique hotels. This California company has transformed forgotten real estate treasures into some of the coolest, most cleverly designed and affordable accommodations around…from Sonoma to Orange Counties.
One of the best examples is right here in Sacramento. The Citizen Hotel skillfully combines the elegance of a bygone era with modern luxuries and hospitality. Its prime Downtown location, right in the action of our historic center, makes it a fun getaway for the couple who wants to fall in love with their city all over again.

Recommended Hotel: The Citizen Hotel. Like other hotels in the Joie de Vivre collection, unique design elements stand out top to bottom.
At The Citizen, an homage to the nearby Capitol and courthouse is evident in the two floors of law books that decorate the polished lobby with striking red check in desk front and center.

There are 198 boutique-style rooms and suites and each includes an all-access, in-room media service courtesy of an Apple Mac Mini computer. In addition to room service, there’s a complimentary wine hour every Monday through Friday.Check In:  926 J Street in Downtown Sacramento. 916-447-2700, thecitizenhotel.com Check Out:  Grange Restaurant. One of Sacramento’s social hot spots, this popular restaurant prides itself on “reflecting the authentic essence and soul of its community.”
A 31-year veteran of the industry, chef Michael Tuohy is one of the leading proponents of the Slow Food Movements and is the champion behind this farm-to-table eatery in the heart of the capital.

The city’s close proximity to Napa’s wine region inspires Grange’s impressive wine list. If you’re in the mood for incredible seasonal fare buy one of California’s finest chefs, look no further than the lobby of The Citizen.Don’t Miss:  Joie de Vivre Gives. A true California grassroots organization, the Joie de Vivre company looks to make a positive impact on the community it serves. One way they regularly give back is by donating a minimum of $200 per guest room per year to organizations in the community.
In 2008, they began asking guests to donate an additional one dollar to their check out bill as part of their You Can Difference program. The Citizen’s philanthropic partner, the Child Abuse Protection Center, helps children of Sacramento County at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. For Joie de Vivre, a little goes a long way.

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Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of The Citizen Hotel. 

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