Updated: May 21, 2015
Reviews: Best Redding HotelsFor years I have been driving down from Portland, Oregon into the Bay Area to see friends and family. If I leave in the afternoon I can usually make to the town of Redding, CA before I stop for the night. I have probably stayed in Redding about 10 times over the last decade or so. My opinion of the hotels in this town is not that great, although they have been getting better over time. I used to stay at the Holiday Inn since it's so close to Hwy 44 as you get off of I-5. I've tried La Quinta, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Best Western over the years. I'm a Marriott rewards member but Marriott has no hotels in this region so I'm always looking online and searching the Internet for the best hotels in Redding. My last stay was in the southern portion of Redding (closer to Anderson) and that was at the Hilton Garden Inn Redding at 5050 Bechelli Lane. I have to say it was the nicest place yet and probably worth another stay on my next trip down in the summer time. I'm not that experienced with Hilton hotels, but this one is in a quiet part of town with a nice restaurant and a friendly staff. That's all I ever ask for from a hotel.
My overnight stays at the other hotels have been less than ideal and often terrible. The main stretch for hotels in Redding is right off the major interstate and on Hilltop Dr. There are about a dozen hotels and motels in this 2 mile zone and they are sure convenient to restaurants, stores, entertainment. etc. If you go online to a travel review website like Tripadvisor.com, you will find that the top rated hotels in Redding are Hampton Inn & Suites (#1), Hilton Garden Inn Redding (#2), and Travelodge Redding (#3). Redding is not a big metropolitan type city so I can understand some of the business travelers wanting more from a hotel in this area. Most of my trips are done with my wife and children so all I am concerned about is a safe, clean environment with decent service. A few times at La Quinta the noise had been bad at night with fellow travelers not following the rules of staying quiet at night. The Holiday Inn is nice, but the staff was less than accommodating when I asked for a few simple upgrades. Each person has their own unique experience at a hotel, but you just know when things feel right. The Hilton Garden Inn gave me and my family that feeling on our last trip. There were cookies waiting for us when we checked in, the room was immaculate, breakfast was freshly made to order, and the staff were all genuinely friendly. I hope to stay another time and get to use their outdoor pool. As for the Hampton Inn & Suites, I like their location (tucked off Hilltop Dr 1 block back on Larkspur Ln). The Hampton hotel is a "great value" say many reviewers online and I agree. For about $120/night you get a nice room and a full breakfast. The hotel is relatively new which is what I like so the accommodations are not outdated and old like other hotels I've found in Redding. Once you pass Redding and head towards Mt. Shasta there is not a lot to chose from along I-5 until you get to Yreka or even into Oregon (which is a good 2 hours drive).