Take a rest


Enjoy the homelike atmosphere at the Music Express Inn.

Enjoy the homelike atmosphere at the Music Express Inn.

Photo By Tom Angel

If you’re looking for a motel room during the weekend of Chico State University’s graduation, you’d better look early--almost a year early, in fact. Hopefuls camp out in the hallways of the motels here to reserve a room the day they start renting them.

Chico will keep you busy well into to the evening with plenty to see and do. But at some point you need to take a rest and refresh yourself for the next day’s fun. Travelers here for business, pleasure or both will find plenty of accommodations to their liking. From affordable motels to quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, Chico has a room for you. The hospitality is a bonus.

Most of the motels are located close to Highway 99, while some B&Bs are tucked away a bit. 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 a town that’s half an hour away or more.

Hotels and Motels

There are five 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

(Cohasset Avenue exit, off Hwy 99)
All of these accomodations 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

Heritage Inn offers comfortable rooms in the heart of downtown Chico.

Photo By Tom Angel

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

Rio Lindo Motel
2324 The Esplanade. 342-7555

Super Chico Inn
2573 The Esplanade 566-1000

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

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

Johnson’s Country Inn
3935 Morehead Ave. 345-7829

L’Abri Bed and Breakfast14350 Hwy 99E. 893-0824

Music Express Inn
1091 El Monte. 891-9833

The Grateful Bed
1462 Arcadian Ave. 342-2464