Heralded as the jewel of Chico California/ The Hotel Diamond is changing the face of downtown and setting the standard for Californias finest accommodations in this charming college community. The copper topped cupola calls out from atop the grand building and can be seen from many vantage points around town. Embracing history doesnt have to mean sacrificing luxury. The Hotel Diamond has been completely reconstructed from the ground up. Every contemporary convenience upscale travelers demand has been installed in the hotels 43 rooms and suites. Fine craftsmanship has been a pivotal driving force in the hotels reconstruction. Original style crown moldings/ fine walnut cabinetry/ custom made and designed especially for the hotel artisan furniture combine to create a warm/ rich and inviting environment.
Just steps from Chico State University/ Chico/ the hotel is superbly accessible. Guests can enjoy gourmet comfort food in the hotels locally owned and operated Johnnies Restaurant and Lounge. Shopping/ dining/ jogging trails and the acclaimed Bidwell Park are within easy strolling distance. Relax in the lap of luxury at The Hotel Diamond in Chico California.
The Hotel Diamond opened for business on September 3/ 1904/ as the only strictly first-class house in Chico/ and the superior of any North of Sacramento. Built by James Franklin Morehead/ the three-story hotel offered 56 rooms and a commodious dining room accommodating 200 guests at one time. The 1904 Chico-Record newspaper describes in great detail/ the lay-out/ deluxe furnishings/ and state-of-the art mechanical systems. The hotel had both gas and electric light fixtures/ steam heat/ and private baths with hot and cold water. The hallways were wainscoted in lincrusta and each room laid with velvet carpet of high grade. The Diamond also showcased one of the first automobiles in Chico. A handsome sixteen-passenger 1904 Studebaker wagonette ferried guests to and from the train depot on Fifth Street.