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Have you ever walked into that “affordable” hotel room you booked and wish you had splashed a little more cash for a room that didn’t make you want to wrap yourself in a sheet from home so you didn’t have to directly touch anything? Even more disappointing are the mattresses that do nothing to support your back and the pillows that flat-out bunch up on both sides of your face as the padding disappears from under your head?
Where is the middle ground? The hotel that is affordable but doesn’t skimp on the things that will make your stay pleasant and almost guarantee a second booking and referrals to friends?
I found that hotel in Northern California during our honeymoon road trip. It’s the Americana Modern Hotel, Redding, and I wish we had stayed longer because I feel that both the hotel and the area are underrated. The Americana Modern recently underwent a $1.5 million renovation, that saw it reopen in May 2019, so we were eager to give it a try almost two months after it flung open its bright yellow doors to patrons once again.
To be clear, we booked this room through Booking.com and paid the same price as everyone else. We didn’t disclose to staff or management that I am a blogger, or that I was thinking of reviewing our stay. We didn’t receive any special treatment, and all opinions below are our honest thoughts on our stay at the Americana Modern, Redding.
AMERICANA MODERN HOTEL, REDDING
Now that we have all of the disclosures out of the way, let’s talk about first impressions. Driving down Market Street in Redding, you’ll spot the old-school Americana sign perched atop a sleek building, clad in wooden slats. That’s if you don’t spot the imposing bald eagle balancing on the globe first. This place is taking the “Americana” in its moniker seriously, and you’ll get more touches of the “small town American hotel” once in the lobby.
Hotel location within Redding, California
With a population of just under 100,000 people, Redding is not tiny town by any means, and you will want to stay close to the downtown area if walk-ability is high on your list of hotel-musts. The Americana Modern Hotel is situated on Market Street, on the outskirts of the downtown area so that it’s not terribly busy in terms of noise, but also close to amenities you might need.
You can very easily walk to some great restaurants such as Kobe’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Cinders Wood Fired Pizza, or sneak out for a treat at Heavenly Donuts. And there’s Dutch Bros coffee literally across the street for those who want an extra caffeine hit. Scroll down to read about the great things to do in Redding, California.
The Lobby & Courtyard
Stepping into the lobby feels like visiting your cool cousin, who has enough cash to splurge on furniture that both look like art and feel like a warm hug. Sit on the couch, please! Do yourself a favour. This is where I tell you how lovely and helpful the check-in/front desk staff are. I sometimes get the feeling when checking into hotels, that the staff aren’t that interested. They’ve repeated the same information 100 times that day and are not enthused by my smile and Australian accent. Not so at the Americana Modern. The lovely woman who checked us in answered my questions before I knew I wanted to ask them, and even gave us a great list of suggested dinner spots.
You probably aren’t going to spend much time in the courtyard outside the rooms, unless you want to soak up some sun (it can get pretty hot in the summertime) or have a little outdoors picnic. But if you do want to escape the indoors, there are ample tables and chairs out there, and even a fire pit that you can sit around in the evenings if that’s your jam.
Americana Modern Hotel Rooms
We stayed in a ground floor King room (#122) during our stay at the Americana Modern Hotel, Redding, so please keep in mind that this review is largely based on this room. It was actually quite large for what I’m used to for the price we paid. You’re not going to spend your time bumping into your other half in here, and there is plenty of space for luggage, as well as closet space to boot.
The floors are polished concrete, which is a change from the usual ugly, stain-hiding carpet you usually get in hotels, and it was an absolute delight after a long, hot day of hiking. Of course, after the day at Lassen Volcanic National Park, and later on at Burney Falls, I was ready for a shower.
To start with, the bathroom was huge – it stretched the entire length of the room and wasn’t just some afterthought tucked into a tiny corner. You could do push ups in there if you wanted… I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you really wanted to, I also wouldn’t stop you. The shower has some inbuilt ledges that you can sit on if you’re unable to stand for the duration of your wash, which I can only assume is a plus for those with disabilities or arthritis.
Even the toiletries felt luxe to me (maybe I don’t get out enough). I loved the Beekman 1802 goat milk bath soap so much that I am now hunting them down on the internet to buy some for our apartment. And Mr M attested to the quality of the shampoo and conditioner. The water pressure was actually good enough that I could have washed my thick, wavy hair if I wanted to though, which is becoming rarer in hotels these days. And to top it all off, the sink area had ample room for my haul of make up, toothpaste and brushes, along with Mr M’s. Two thumbs up on the bathroom from us.
The bed was comfy, actually probably more comfortable than ours at home, which I suppose isn’t saying much, but I like our Ikea mattress at home, even if Mr M thinks I’m a penny pincher for buying it from there before he was in the picture. The coolest thing about it was the button on the headboard, which you could use to turn on a little back light, mounted behind the headboard. Which is great for a little dim light so you don’t stub your toe on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The rooms have all the amenities you would expect – cable TV, a desk, writing material, free WiFi, some interesting lamps, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge, with complimentary water. There is air conditioning (a lifesaver on the hot day we visited).
If you’re visiting for business or as a stop on a road trip like us, you might just want to do some laundry while you’ve got some downtime. The guest amenity room includes a washer $1.50 per wash and ice machine.
A continental breakfast is offered in the lobby (which we didn’t sample, but looked pretty good) and included a variety of teas, coffee, granola bars, fresh fruit, juice and a variety of Svenhard’s Danishes.
Parking is free and doesn’t need to be booked in advance. You’ll end up parking in a lot on the other side of the courtyard area, close enough to your rooms that it doesn’t mean schlepping your luggage too far.
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Why should I stay at Hotel Americana Modern in Redding California?
I can’t tell you how happy I am when I find a nice, clean room that doesn’t smell of chlorine and bleach, and has modern fixtures and furniture that doesn’t cost a fortune. Those hotels are few and far between in California so when I find one, I feel obligated to sing its praises from the rooftops.
But couple that with genuine staff who aren’t just putting on that fake smile for you, and I’m truly sold. We had a fantastic stay at the Americana Modern in Redding during our honeymoon road trip, basically because we felt so welcome and comfortable. So a big thank you to everyone there who make the ambiance so welcoming.
Things to do in Redding, California
While planning this Northern California road trip extravaganza, a few people asked why we were stopping in Redding. It made me a little worried that we were walking into a ghost town or a seedy area, if I’m totally honest. So I had low expectations going in. I was really pleasantly surprised by the great array of things there are to do both in Redding and nearby, so I will be writing an in-depth post about it in the coming weeks, which I will link to here.
So for now, check out my shortlist and stay tuned for the longer list:
- Visit Behrens-Eaton House Museum: A former judge’s residence filled with VIctorian furniture, housewares, and antique books.
1520 West Street, Redding.
- Walk across the Sundial Bridge: The bridge is for pedestrians and bikes and crosses the Sacramento River. It forms a giant sundial and is very impressive.
Sacramento River Trail, Redding.
- Spend the day at Turtle Bay Exploration Park: The park spans 300-acres and features a museum, wildlife center, arboretum, and botanic gardens
844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding.
- Walk the Sacramento River Trail: A winding scenic trail along the river, popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers.
- Splash around at the WaterWorks Park: Seasonal outdoor water park that looks like tonnes of fun.
151 N Boulder Drive, Redding.
- Get a gold rush at Shasta State Historic Park: Historical site of a gold mining town with a museum and jail. A little drive from Redding proper and worth the visit.
15312 CA-299, Redding.