Best Lodging: Chico, CA

Expertise Provided By Stephen Metzger

Hotel Diamond

Forty-three elegant rooms in a gorgeously remodeled early 20th-century hotel in the heart of downtown Chico. Easy walking distance to restaurants, local shops and galleries, and the Chico State campus. On-site restaurant.

The Goodman House

Five-room Craftsman B-and-B located on Chico’s beautiful Esplanade. All rooms have private baths and some have fireplaces. Don’t be alarmed by reports of doors mysteriously opening and closing or water faucets inexplicably turning on and off — the ghosts are merely playful.

The Grateful Bed

This 1905 Victorian near Chico State and Enloe Hospital has four rooms, all with private baths. Certified green by the California Green Lodging Program. Very tranquil—no kids under 12 allowed.

Oxford Suites

Generic but dependable quality lodging near freeway exits, Chico Mall, and franchise restaurants (Olive Garden, IHOP, In-and-Out). Four stories, 184 rooms, pool, fitness room, complimentary breakfast.

Best Western Heritage Inn

Three stories, 101 rooms located near freeway exits, North Valley Plaza Mall (Trader Joe’s, Cinemark), with pool and complimentary breakfast.

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