The arena is part of the multi-million-dollar Downtown Commons (DoCo) development, and only about 50 yards from the new 16-story, 250-room Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. The luxury hotel has five meeting rooms, ranging in size from 1,300 to 4,300 square feet. In addition, there’s Echo and Rig, an upscale steakhouse, along with a rooftop bar and pool and an expansive fitness center.
As you walk into the hotel’s spacious, modern lobby, a grand staircase leads to the second floor and the hotel’s main 4,300-square-foot ballroom, which boasts an expansive terrace and a wall of 25-foot windows.
“It’s a very dramatic entrance but it has a warm, welcoming feel,” said Gabriela Rojo, director of catering and conference sales at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. “Anyone having an event on the second floor feels like they’re a part of the entire environment.”
The hotel has a total of 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space, which doesn’t include Revival, the hip and trendy open-air pool and lounge located on the third floor, overlooking downtown.
The hotel is also connected to Punch Bowl Social, a popular “adult playground” with bowling, video games, multiple bars and a top-notch restaurant. Elsewhere in DoCo, visitors can go shopping at upscale retailers and funky boutiques, catch a movie, or dine at a growing number of restaurants, such as Sauced BBQ & Spirits, a modern, Southern-inspired concept with live music and a spacious outdoor patio.
These new attractions add to the city’s more established favorites, like the Crocker Art Museum, which has an esteemed collection of California art, European master drawings and international ceramics. The museum also hosts a compelling line-up of temporary exhibits, along with educational and entertaining films, concerts and studio classes. For more contemporary art, there’s the city’s Wide Open Walls mural festival (Aug. 9-18), which transforms Sacramento’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods into open-air art galleries with nearly 50 artists from around the world creating colorful, large-scale works of art.
Less than a mile from all the new and modern downtown development is Old Sacramento, the city’s thriving historic district. This popular destination is a three-mile stretch along the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers, with cobblestone streets and about 50 stores, boutiques, restaurants and gift shops.
Highlights here include the California State Railroad Museum, with beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives. Old Sacramento also offers scenic train and boat excursions along the river. And for something truly unique, there’s the Delta King Hotel, a beautiful five-story, 285-foot riverboat christened in 1925 and restored as a charming hotel with two restaurants and live entertainment.