Sleep tight

So you’ve made it safely to Chico, you’ve visited friends and family or explored the park and shopped downtown. Worn out from all the fun and excitement, you’re ready to crash, and you hope you can convince your friends to let you sleep on their couch just one more night. If that scenario isn’t in the cards, you’ll need a place to stay. Lucky for you, Chico offers a staggering array of options. Chose from affordable motels, character and history-filled inns and B&Bs, or go all out with swanky hotels. Fit for any taste or budget, Chico’s lodging is as varied as the people who call Chico home. Local hospitality will follow you wherever you go.For visitors on the go, many motels are easily accessible just off Highway 99. If you’d rather be in the heart of Chico or near the university, stay in one of the six hotels downtown. The recently renovated Hotel Diamond is now open, and it’s as downtown as can be. To get away from it all, chose a bed and breakfast tucked farther away in a Chico neighborhood.

Reservations are always a good idea in Chico, especially over the weekend and for major holidays. Chico has been known to draw crowds on Memorial and Labor Day, Halloween, and of course, for local graduations in May.

Hotels and Motels


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

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 www.heritageinn-express.com

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

Hotel Diamond
220 West 4th St. Toll Free: 866-993-3100 or call 530-893-3100 www.hoteldiamondchico.com

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 www.holidayinn.com

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.

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

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

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

Johnson’s Country Inn
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 www.now2000.com/musicexpress

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