Lodging: Hotels, motels and B&Bs, oh my!

L’Abri Bed & Breakfast, located on Highway 99 just north of town, is one of several cozy spots ideal for spending a night or more in Chico.

L’Abri Bed & Breakfast, located on Highway 99 just north of town, is one of several cozy spots ideal for spending a night or more in Chico.

Photo by Tom Angel

With the huge variety of things to do in Chico, where to stay while visiting is as easy to arrange as having a good time once you’re here. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, there are dozens of lodging facilities at your fingertips.

Depending on your budget, you may choose to rest at a low-cost motel or lounge leisurely at one of the local bed and breakfasts. Many of the establishments are conveniently located close to one another, and most are not far off Highway 99. If Chico is merely a pit stop for a further destination, a room can usually be found. If you plan on staying a while and have a particular place in mind, reservations are suggested, especially during our busiest weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Halloween and other notoriously “Chico holidays.” People literally camp out overnight to reserve rooms for Chico State University’s graduation weekend.

Regardless of when and where you end up, you’re sure to be treated with the small-town hospitality Chico prides itself on.

Hotels and Motels

There are four locations in the downtown area, all within easy walking distance of the university and shopping/dining/ nightlife.

Vagabond Inn
630 Main St. 895-1323

Thunderbird Lodge
715 Main St. 343-7911

Days Inn
740 Broadway. 343-3286

Heritage Inn Express
725 Broadway. 343-4527

Budget Inn of Chico
1717 Park Ave. 342-9472

North Valley Plaza
(Cohasset Avenue exit, off Hwy 99)

Zipping your way up 99 en route to Interstate 5? Here are some homey quarters a softball’s toss from the overpass.

Best Western Heritage Inn
25 Heritage Lane. 894-8600

Holiday Inn
685 Manzanita Court. 345-2491

Motel 6
665 Manzanita Court. 345-5500

Super 8
655 Manzanita Court. 345-2533

The North Esplanade
Heading up the tree-lined Esplanade past Cohasset Road and the Miller Mansion, a visitor will find a strip of motels all ready and willing to rent a room for the night. They are all within a couple of miles from the college and downtown.

Town House Motel
2231 The Esplanade. 343-1621

Matador Motel
1934 The Esplanade. 342-7543

Safari Motel
2352 The Esplanade. 343-3201

Deluxe Inn
2507 The Esplanade. 342-8386.

Rio Lindo Motel
2324 The Esplanade. 342-7555

South Chico
On the most commercial end of town, near the Chico Mall, you can rest your weary head and wallet at …

Oxford Suites
2035 Business Lane, 899-9090

Bed and Breakfasts

If a more leisurely stay is what you’re after, Chico offers several outstanding bed-and-breakfast establishments. Rooms are limited; call ahead.

2785 Eskin Maidu Trail. 343-8413

Esplanade Bed and Breakfast
620 The Esplanade. 345-8084

Johnson’s Country Inn
3935 Morehead Ave. 345-7829

L’Abri Bed and Breakfast
14350 Hwy 99E. 893-0824

Music Express Inn
1091 El Monte. 891-9833

The Grateful Bed
1462 Arcadian Ave. 342-2464