Home away from home

The downtown Thunderbird Lodge was the setting for a TV movie called Stolen Innocence, which aired in 1997.

Whether you’re visiting Chico on business or pleasure or to check out Chico State’s beautiful campus, the abundance of fun and exciting things to do in this little town can pose an obvious problem—how to stay over comfortably. Don’t worry: You don’t have to bunk in a cramped dorm room. Plenty of quality hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns are available.

As you might find in a larger town, the various establishments are geographically grouped together. This way a person visiting Chico can choose a place of rest depending on the recreation or business that brought him or her here.

A reservation is not usually required to stay at one of our hotels, motels or inns but is encouraged. There are some exceptions, of course. During certain holidays, events and celebrations, Chico can become packed with people. Obviously, graduation weekend is one of those times when reservations are swept up a year in advance. Other popular weekends are Memorial Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Labor Day—which has been celebrated for many years by floating down the Sacramento River—and Halloween, during which more than 15,000 people crowded downtown Chico this past October.If you plan in advance and come prepared, you’ll love your stay here.

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 (Highway 99 at Cohasset)
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.