Sacramento Hilton Capitol Hotel

A modern mid-rise urban mixed-use destination for living, working and playing


Sacramento, California


27,000-sq ft site
265-key hotel, 55 apartments
Offices, meeting space

Located within walking distance of both the California State Capitol and new Sacramento Kings Stadium, this 14-story urban mixed-use architecture project takes inspiration from its downtown surroundings and aims to generate a hive of activity from the ground up.

Maximizing development opportunity on a small site, programming was considered from a highly strategic perspective that aimed to increase amenity potential, street appeal and natural light, while also incorporating additional flexibility in response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Uniquely, the design for the entire project and all client communications were undertaken virtually.

Steering away from bold, domineering design statements and instead incorporating subtle nods to the city in which it will stand, the project accents the corner of L and 9th streets with two fluted, illuminated vertical columns that extend to its rooftop, creating a dramatic statement that serves as a wayfinding signal for residents and business and leisure travelers alike. At the pinnacle, a bar and adjoining meeting space look out across an event lawn, pool and bar/restaurant.

At ground level, an open-air F&B space is positioned to leverage foot traffic, while also incorporating flexible features including collapsible glass pocket doors that seamlessly transform the space into an outdoor dining experience – designed with current and future California State restrictions in mind. Creating a ‘maximum impact’ guest arrival experience, parking is concealed below-ground, leading to a unique valet-only service.