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Grateful Bed

Photo By Tom Angel

Visitors may have found a dream come true as they enjoy Chico, adventure in Upper Park and stroll downtown. But come nightfall their feet are sore and they need a rest. Fortunately, the accommodations are benefitting the image of Chico. There are affordable motels, chains and quaint bed-and-breakfast inns tucked away in old houses. The hospitality is a bonus.Most of the motels are located close to Highway 99, while some B&Bs are tucked away a bit. There are even a few new additions. The Residence Inn By Marriott is already up-and-running and Courtyard By Marriott should be open in May. The posh Hotel Diamond, located smack dab in the middle of Downtown Chico is also set for a May opening.. If you plan on staying a while and have a particular place in mind, reservations are suggested, especially during the busiest weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Halloween and other notoriously “Chico holidays.” Graduation weekend is legendary here, and if you don’t book early, you’ll find yourself crashing on your kid’s couch or in a town half an hour away or more.

Hotels and Motels

There are six locations in the downtown area, all within easy walking distance of the university and shopping/dining/nightlife. The Hotel Diamond is the latest addition and tentatively slated to open in May.

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

Thunderbird Lodge
715 Main St. 343-7911

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

Heritage Inn Express
725 Broadway. 343-4527

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

Hotel Diamond
220 West 4th St. Set to open in May. Toll Free: 866-993-3100 or call 530-893-3100

North Valley Plaza

(Cohasset Avenue exit, off Hwy 99)

All of these accommodations are a stone’s throw from the Highway 99 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, 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.

Marriott Residence Inn

Photo By Tom Angel

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 www.deluxeinnchico.com

Rio Lindo Motel
2324 The Esplanade. 342-7555

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

South Chico

On the most commercial end of town, near the Chico Mall, the place to stay is…

Oxford Suites
2035 Business Lane, 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.

Camelot Inn
2785 Eskin Maidu Trail. 343-8413

Esplanade Bed and Breakfast
620 The Esplanade. 345-8084

Goodman House
1362 The Esplanade. 566-0256

The Grateful Bed
1462 Arcadian Ave. 342-2464 www.chico.com/grateful
3935 Morehead Ave. 345-7829 www.chico.com/johnsonsinn

L’Abri Bed and Breakfast
14350 Hwy 99E. 893-0824 Now2000.com/labri

Music Express Inn
1091 El Monte. 891-9833

Rain Tree Cottage
22 Rain Tree Lane off Keefer Road. A one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen. 879-0858