Spending the Night on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento

Whether you are stopping on our your way up to the mountains or heading to Sacramento to explore the town’s history, or even just popping in for an event at the new Golden 1 Center that opens this fall, there is no more unique place to stay in Sacramento than on the Delta King, a restored riverboat in Old Sacramento.

Spend your night relaxing on the deck, taking in the views and resting up in their classic rooms. The Delta King in Sacramento is the perfect spot to escape from your traditional hotel stay without giving up the luxuries you’re used to. Staying on the Delta King is a fun getaway for couples, friends and families looking for a new experience in Northern California.A unique experience staying on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento.

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Relax In The Old Time Feel

From when you drive into Old Sacramento to walking into your room to when you leave, you’ll feel like you’re not only exploring another place but also another time. Old Sacramento itself is one of the gems of the city where you can find a blend of the historical town and some of the best shops and restaurants around.

The Delta King is the epitome of this. From the smaller doors walking into the rooms to the old time toilets in the bathrooms, you get a feel for the past.  But at the same time, you’ll find a cozy bed and tv tucked away. You can explore the boat and learn more about its history shuttling people back and forth to San Francisco in the heyday of riverboats.A unique experience staying on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento.

Take In the Beautiful View & Sunset

Whether you are staying the night or just looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy the sunset in town, the Delta King is my favorite place to take in the sunset in Sacramento. Look out over the river and watch as the sunset sets over the golden Sacramento bridge. Yes, the Sacramento bridge while not named “golden” actually is.

You can sit at the Pilothouse bar on the deck, or as a guest, you have private access to the next deck up. They have tables and chairs where you can bring out a bottle of wine and just relax. A unique experience staying on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento.

A Launching Pad to Old Sacramento & More

Whether you’re looking to explore the California State Railroad Museum, walk through shops like Evangeline’s or visit the Crocker Art Museum, the Delta King is the perfect starting point for exploring the Old Sacramento area.

You can get out and walk most places, including to a baseball game to watch the Rivercats at Raley field or the Kings at the new Golden 1 Center.

If you’re looking to explore further in the area, the Delta King is only a 15-minute drive from the airport and has easy access to the freeways, without feeling too close, so you can head out to wine country or up into the foothills without much effort.

Delicious Food On Board & Nearby

Onboard, you’ll find two great dining options. Head upstairs to the Delta Bar and Grill. Here you can relax inside with live music on the weekend, or sit out on the deck and can enjoy delicious appetizers to get you started or a full meal. Start with the meatball or crab cakes, and then stick around for the Kobe Burger.

Downstairs, you’ll find the Pilothouse.  The same dinner menu as upstairs but with a little more elegance. Sit down at the white tablecloth covered tables and relax with a glass of wine. This is also where you’ll have your breakfast, included for most guests. It’s a perfect spot to start them morning and enjoy a tasty bite. A unique experience staying on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento.

If you’re looking to explore a little more of the area, start out with appetizers and a drink at the Delta Bar and Grill and then go explore Old Sacramento. For an upscale meal try Ten 22 or the Firehouse, if you’re looking for a little more casual try Fat’s City.  For more ideas check out a few of my favorite farm-to-fork spots around town.

A Unique Place To Rest Your Head

Staying at the Delta King is like no other place in Northern California. You’ll find a classic feel while exploring the ship, comfortable rooms with an old time feel but all the amenities you need today and located perfectly in Old Sacramento.

Whether you live nearby and are in need of a staycation or you’re coming from out of town make sure to book a night or two at the Delta King to enjoy this unique accommodation Sacramento has to offer.

As you’re planning your trip to Sacramento make sure to check out a few of my favorite things to do, and check out everything from the breweries, to coffee shops and more.

For more information about Sacramento check out these great books on Amazon including Fodor’s Northern CaliforniaLonely Planet Northern California, and Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes.


Traveling to Sacramento, California Soon?

This is one of my favorite places to stay in the Sacramento area, and probably the most unique. Learn more about and book more fantastic hotels in Sacramento on Priceline and TripAdvisor.


Have you stayed on the Delta King or a riverboat elsewhere before? If so what did you think? If not would you like to? Leave a comment below. A unique experience staying on the Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento. Where to stay in Sacramento, things to do in Sacramento, California.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.