Rest and Relaxation
With all the recreation, entertainment and shopping options available to Chico visitors, getting a good night’s sleep is very important. If you’re a student, your friends can stay on your couch, but most parents prefer a clean and comfortable room. Fortunately, Chico has a wide array of options, ranging from the posh new Hotel Diamond in the heart of downtown to the rural Johnson’s Country Inn. Fit for any taste or budget, Chico’s lodging is as varied as the people who call the town home. There are affordable motels, familiar chains and charming bed and breakfasts, but they all have one thing in common—Chico 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 2007, 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.
630 Main St., 895-1323, www.vagabondinn.com
715 Main St., 343-7911
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
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
685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491, www.holidayinn.com
665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500
655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533
The 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 The Esplanade, 343-1621
1934 The Esplanade, 342-7543
2352 The Esplanade, 343-3201
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
The most commercial end of town, near the Chico Mall, offers …
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.
Cory’s Country Inn
4673 Nord Hwy., 345-2955, www.coryscountryinn.com
Overnight horse lodging available.
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), 879-0858. A one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen.