It was a long drive at the end of the evening as I had really miscalculated the time I would spend in Crater Lake. Thus I arrived at the Sheraton in Sacramento fairly late at night, wishing only to sleep. I was able to park my car outside the hotel before moving it across the street for free overnight parking after checking in later. Though I had to check-in first. There was only one person in front of me even at this time of the night but I was served next so it was alright. I had used 7,000 Starpoints for a free night as the daily rates in the hotel was about $229++ for the one night I was going to stay. This is probably one of the best deals I have gotten this year on SPG points.
The Sheraton Grand Sacramento is located on J Street and about 3 blocks away from the Capitol Park, and just next to the Convention Centre. The area around it pretty quiet and I found it easy to find street-side parking around the area, while guests who drive could also self-park in the multi-storey garage across the hotel.
As a SPG Platinum, I was upgraded to a room on the higher floor and I did enquire about suites availability but I think there was some convention going on and the hotel is fairly full so there was none to be had. Fortunately the hotel elevator was quite fast to arrive and we proceed to the hotel room quickly.
Room No: 2203 Category: Deluxe 2 Queen Bedroom
The main difference between Traditional and Deluxe rooms are that the latter are located on higher floors. Inside the bedroom, there is 2 queen beds, a dressing table that doubles as a work desk, a swivel chair, and a TV cabinet.
At the end of the bedroom there is also an armchair though my favourite feature in the room is the bay window with a cushioned ledge. I did ask the receptionist about rooms facing the Capitol but apparently there was none to be had from this hotel. However the view from my assigned room was not too bad at all, hence it was nice to sit by the bay window and gaze out at the city view.
The bathroom is standard with a bathtub and shower combination and I have no complaints to the size nor the water nozzle. Bathroom amenities are also the brand standard with the Mandarin and Mint scent.
The best part of the room like what the front desk associate mentioned was the view. Being on a high floor, I got a nice view at night and in the morning. Though the windows had louvred curtains which I do not like in hotel rooms since they are always fiddly to operate.
And like most Sheratons, there is a club lounge in this hotel where I got to enjoy breakfast. Since it was a tiring day yesterday night, we slept in till later and had a later breakfast in the club lounge.
The food selection was alright for a continental breakfast with assorted pastries that even tasted delicious. There was also cereal in small packages, yogurts, oatmeal, boiled eggs, the usual salmon and condiments and cut fruits.
Besides brewed Starbucks coffee in the Thermos, there was also a nice espresso machine so you can make your own cappuccino and lattes.
Breakfast was actually alright but I was bothered by the small size of the club lounge. It felt like the hotel just placed it as an afterthought. The whole lounge is probably the size of 2 standard sized bedrooms. I think this is by far the smallest club lounges I have been to, so it was actually quite uncomfortable. Fortunately there was space for us to sit but I wondered what it would be like on peak breakfast hours. I think guests would be better off taking the food back to their room.
Aside from the small club lounge, the hotel also has a somewhat small outdoor pool with some deck chairs though it was closed when I was there.
The pool is accessible from the fitness centre which is pretty nice. The fitness equipments look adequate though I did not use them for this short overnight stay.
The best feature of the hotel though is perhaps the extensive lounge seating around the convention hall next to the reception desk in the lobby. There are lots of nice space for guests to sit down, order drinks and chat though these seating spaces would also be occupied in the event of a large convention.
For a free night at 7,000 Starpoints, this hotel was very worth it in my opinion, and definitely a step up from the Holiday Inn that I had stayed in the night prior. One warning though, there is no need to buy up to the club rooms since the club lounge is somewhat disappointing. Save the money for a nicer breakfast around the area instead.