Posted April 13, 2020

We Team With NBA’s Kings for a Kimpton Sacramento Hotel


ESC Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento is being reshaped by a development that will include a new arena for the NBA Kings and a Kimpton Hotel. Rendering courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

Hoop dreams do come true. Kimpton is thrilled to announce we’ve been drafted in the first round by the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures to open a new hotel in Sacramento, CA, as part of the Kings’ state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC).

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the ESC will be the home of the Kings (as well as concerts, rodeos, trade shows and more) and include mixed-use development that will offer shopping, dining and our 250-room hotel. The six-block, $477 million downtown project is expected to be a boon to Sacramento’s economy, as well as a major relief to diehard Kings fans who nearly lost their team to another city in 2013. Kings supporters are so relentlessly passionate, there’s even an award-winning documentary about their herculean efforts to keep the team in town.

It’s good to be the Kings … the team is getting a new arena. Rendering courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

It’s good to be the Kings … the team is getting a new arena. Rendering courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

Naturally there’s more to Sacramento than just basketball. Although it’s only the sixth-largest city in California, with a population of about 475,000, it’s importance to the state looms large. It is, of course, the state capital (and the grand capitol complex with its shady gardens and impressive art collection is definitely worth a visit), but it’s also rich with history. In 1848, 40 miles east of here, gold was discovered along the South Fork of the American River and the California dream was born.

California State Capitol

The state capitol boasts a world-class art collection and a 40-acre park. And politicians, we assume.

Practically overnight, Sacramento went from being the agricultural kingdom envisioned by its founder, Swiss immigrant Johann Suter (who changed his name to John Sutter), to a Wild West boomtown. Visitors can still get a taste of those days in Old Sacramento, a 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park where numerous buildings have been restored and preserved. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, the reconstructed site of John Sutter’s adobe outpost, is also a great place for families to learn about California history.

Governor's Mansion Sacramento

The Governor’s Mansion was home to 13 state governors.

The influx of wealth also brought with it the conspicuous display of said wealth, and Sacramento is still blessed with splendiferous Victorian buildings. Architecture buffs will have a field day and should check out the tours at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. And art lovers won’t want to miss the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum in the West, founded in 1885.

And just like those original forty-niners, you can launch an expedition into the Sierra foothills Gold Country from here. You’ll find historic sites like the original sawmill where gold was discovered in 1848 and charming Victorian towns, as well as wine country and outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, cave exploring and zip lining.

So even if you don’t know a pick-and-roll from a pinot noir, our Kimpton Sacramento hotel looks like a slam-dunk. #SacramentoProud

State Capitol photo: David Sawyer/Creative Commons; Governor’s Mansion photo: Prayitno/Creative Commons.


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  1. William says:

    BIA Insurance Agency help to find good hotel like Kimpton Sacramento Hotel. Great hotel, great service, and wonderful experience overall. Their Opening Events are thrilling experience to me.

  2. Dan W Barrett says:

    Will the hotel be open before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in March, 2017? Dan

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Dan,
      Thanks for your interest in our Sacramento hotel! The opening date hasn’t been set yet, but please feel free to check us out as we get closer to our 2017 opening.

  3. Jon David says:

    Hello, I have been working in the Hotel hospitality business for 4 years now. I am currently a Night Manager for a Marriott property next to the State Capitol. I am trying to find out more about the application process, because I would love to be part of the Kimpton team when this new hotel opens. Please feel free to email me back or call me at 916-595-9417. Any information would help, as I am having a difficult time locating this information. Thank You ~ Jon David

  4. Juan C Pardell says:

    I would hope that you add to the demographic to state that although the City Of Sacramento has an estimate population of 475,000 residents, the countywide population is nearly 2 million.

  5. Elle Martinez says:

    I’m so excited for what awaits! I would LOVE the opportunity to join the Kimpton team. Please email me with any information. Thank You!

  6. Tracy says:

    hello, i will be traveling to Sacramento in 9 March 2017 to watch the Kings NBA games, do you have the room rate for that period at this stage?

  7. Mary says:

    Where do you apply for employment at the new hotel next to the Golden 1 arena…

  8. Courtney says:

    What type and capacity of meeting space will the Sacramento hotel offer?

  9. Eric Walls says:

    I am currently employed with Kimpton and would love to know when this location will be accepting applications. I would like to apply. Please let me know when I can apply. I keep checking ADP website but am anxious to apply. Thank you very much for your assistance with this.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Eric, thanks for your interest in joining the Sacramento team. New positions will be posted as soon as possible, so please stay tuned!

  10. Dana Howie says:

    Omg!! I would love to be part of this team !! I’ve worked for kimpton for 5 and a half years and absolutly love it..(vero beach florida location). Let me know when you start taking applications!

  11. Jeffrey Marsh says:

    Hello i live 3 blocks from new arena.I have over 15 years of bartender experience.2 of the 15 years worked for Hyatt in burlingame.I would love to join the kimpton team.How does the application process work?When will kimpton start hiring people for new hotel?

  12. Sabrina Bennett says:

    Looking to book a room for sometime in March of next year-2017, when will calendar be available?

  13. Mariana says:

    Hi I would like to be a part of your team!!
    I like to know if some positions available with your banquets team? Thank you!

  14. Mariana says:

    Hi, I would like to be a part of your team!!
    I like to know if some positions available with your banquets team? Thank you!

  15. Jason S says:

    Who can local vendors contact about serving locally produced goods in the new Hotel?


  16. Sandy says:

    When is the scheduled opening of the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento?
    I want to book a reservation for August 2, 2017.
    Is there a reservation center taking reservations?
    Thank you for your help.

  17. Jeffrey Marsh says:

    Still waiting to see when the sawyer is going to start hiring people?I really want to join the kimpton team!

  18. Alelxander Chase Akin says:

    Hi – I am interested In finding out if you have hired a General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Operations Managers for the pre-opening team in Sacramento? I would like to submit my resume for a bellman position for opening. Should I sent it to the corporate office in San Francisco to Mr. Nick Gregory, VP of Hotel Operations? Thanks so much for the feedback and info. Cheers! Alex Akin

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Thanks for your interest in joining the Kimpton family, Sam! Please check out our Careers page for current openings. Management roles for the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento will be listed there when hiring begins.

  19. Sherri Patterson says:

    We’re all excited for our town to have another high end hotel option for many of our locals but also for our growing tourism.

    Can you tell me if the Kimpton will have the top 2 floors reserved for condos to purchase like the Marriott at Capital Park?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Thanks so much for the support, Sherri. More info on the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel’s development (including residences) can be found here.

  20. Usha says:

    When will they start hiring for front desk positions?

  21. Yin says:

    I am interested in putting our VIP guests at your Sacramento location once your hotel is opened. But I couldn’t find the room type information at this location. Could you please share with me what choices do I have? Thank you.

  22. Rachael Idiarte says:

    I hope to join the Kimpton team at this new location! I loved working at Kimpton in Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA in the past and will be on the look out for when the applications open for this new spot 🙂

  23. Donna L says:

    Can you tell me when you will be hiring for sales positions?

  24. Jeffrey Marsh says:

    Still interested in becoming a kimpton employee.When will The Sawyer start to hire bartenders?I was just curious.

  25. william butler says:

    When will the kimpton sawyer hotel, start accepting applications for employment ? I am interested in part time
    employment as a security officer

  26. Ellen coleman says:

    Looking to being hired at Sacramento location.

  27. Micaela says:

    How can i get more information about working for this hotel?