Sleep tight

The Grateful Bed on Arcadian Avenue is one of several charming Chico bed and breakfasts.

The Grateful Bed on Arcadian Avenue is one of several charming Chico bed and breakfasts.

After a long day exploring Bidwell Park, enjoying downtown retailers, or strolling through Chico State’s campus, it’s important for visitors to get a good night’s sleep. Just as Chico has an array of recreation, entertainment and shopping options, so too our fair city offers plentiful places to rest your head. Along with affordable motels and familiar chains, the city boasts the historic Hotel Diamond and a variety of charming bed and breakfasts. Fit for any taste—or budget—the accommodations all have one thing in common—hospitality!

If you’re rolling into town without a place to stay, there are several motels and hotels visible and easily accessible from Highway 99. If you prefer being in the heart of Chico or close to the university, you can stay at one of the six downtown establishments. If more peaceful environs are what you seek, you might try one of the B&Bs tucked into quaint Chico neighborhoods or on the outskirts of town.

Reservations are highly recommended, especially for holidays and popular weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and, of course, university graduation. If you don’t already have reservations for graduation weekend, your kid’s couch might not sound too bad when compared to driving for half an hour or more to the next town. If your student is graduating in 2008, you may want to secure accommodations as much as a year in advance.

Hotels and motels Downtown

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

Budget Inn of Chico
1717 Park Ave., 342-9472, www.budgetinnofchico.com

Days Inn
740 Broadway, 343-3286, www.daysinn.com

Heritage Inn Express
725 Broadway, 343-4527, www.heritageinn-express.com

Hotel Diamond
220 W. 4th St., (866) 993-3100

or 893-3100, www.hoteldiamondchico.com

Thunderbird Lodge
715 Main St., 343-7911

Vagabond Inn
630 Main St., 895-1323, www.vagabondinn.com

North Valley Plaza

(Cohasset Avenue exit, off Highway 99) All of these accommodations are a stone’s throw from Highway 99.

Best Western Heritage Inn
25 Heritage Ln., 894-8600

Holiday Inn
685 Manzanita Ct., 345-2491, www.holidayinn.com

Motel 6
665 Manzanita Ct., 345-5500

Super 8
655 Manzanita Ct., 345-2533

North Esplanade

Heading up the tree-lined Esplanade, a visitor will find a welcoming 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 Esplanade, 343-1621

Matador Motel
1934 Esplanade, 342-7543

Safari Motel
2352 Esplanade, 343-3201

Deluxe Inn
2507 Esplanade, 342-8386, www.deluxeinnchico.com

Rio Lindo Motel
2324 Esplanade, 342-7555

Super Chico Inn
2573 Esplanade, 566-1000, www.superchicoinn.com

South Chico

The most commercial end of town, near the Chico Mall, offers …

Oxford Suites
2035 Business Ln., 899-9090

Residence Inn by Marriott
2485 Carmichael Dr., 894-5500

Courtyard by Marriott
2481 Carmichael Dr., 894-6699

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.

Cory’s Country Inn
4673 Nord Hwy., 345-2955, www.coryscountryinn.com
Overnight horse lodging available.

Goodman House
1362 Esplanade, 566-0256, http://goodmanhouse.net

The Grateful Bed
1462 Arcadian Ave., 342-2464, http://chico.com/gratefulbed

Johnson’s Country Inn
3935 Morehead Ave., 345-7829, http://chico.com/johnsonsinn

L’Abri Bed & Breakfast
14350 Hwy 99E, 893-0824, http://chico.com/labri

Music Express Inn
1091 El Monte, 891-9833, http://chico.com/musicexpress

Rain Tree Cottage
22 Rain Tree Ln. (off Keefer Road), 879-0858, www.raintreecottage.net.
A one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen.