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"You get what you pay for. This was a very inexpensive hotel room. I stayed there with my wife and three kids overnight and had no issues. Then again ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 04 Jan 2016

Hotel Description

Hotel near California State University-Chico in Chico

In Chico

Within a 15-minute walk of the hotel, you'll find National Yo-Yo Museum and Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. California State University-Chico is within 2 miles (3 km) and Butte College is within 16 miles (25 km).

Free perks

An outdoor pool, free self parking, and free newspapers are featured at this hotel. Guests will appreciate free perks like continental breakfast and WiFi in public areas. There's a computer station and multilingual staff can provide around-the-clock assistance.

Soaking tubs, free WiFi

Boasting deep soaking bathtubs, the 43 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and Select Comfort beds. Other amenities include refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$65* Per night/room Oct 17 - Oct 18

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

University Inn ratings based on 25 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.0 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 1.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 1.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for University Inn

Everyone (11) Family (3)
1 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019

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2 out of 5

Posted by on May 29, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on May 13, 2019

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4 out of 5
Friendly staff. Good downtown location. Rates are kind of high ($99/night) for the condition of the property but I guess that's now the going rate due to the Paradise town fires.

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019

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1 out of 5
This was a terrible property and if there was less than one star I would give it.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019

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3 out of 5
Was ok, nothing that great about this property besides the location.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019

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1 out of 5
This was the most disgusting hotel I have ever been in. There were literally 2 huge holes cut in the bathroom ceiling, a brownish red substance on the remote, dirt on the walls, the list goes on. After 5 minutes in the room I walked back to the front office with my kids and told the woman working there (who was the only positive thing about this hotel) that we couldn’t stay there. It did not feel safe for a number of other reasons. She totally understood and said it happens all of the time. I had already paid for the room through Travelocity. I contacted Travelocity right away and am working on getting a refund.

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019

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1 out of 5
I made a reservation and when I showed up I was told I didn't have one. staff told me I had to contact Travelocity but when Travelocity got back to me they said hotel staff said I was a no-show and I wouldn't get a refund. STAY AWAY! COMPLETE FRAUD!!!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2019

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1 out of 5

Not happy

Door locks like it was kicked in and would not close right. Bathroom sink falling apart. Looks nothing like pictures on website.

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 2, 2017 by Front Desk (Mollik)

Sorry for the in convenience sir. We are really apologized for that. Sometimes in winter the Battery for the door lock get downed but I wish you told us then we will take of all of the thing along with the sink; we could have change the room for you.

1 out of 5

I don't write many reviews

Pros: There was a young lady that helped us check in when we got there, she was very kind and helpful. After that it all went down hill.
Cons: A good scrubbing, a fresh coat of paint-all the same color, and move the ice machine to the lobby.
Location: I was in Chico on business. I don't want to go back anytime soon.
I don't take the time to give my opinion very often. Unless I have a wonderful, unexpected experience or a terrible "try and help someone avoid this place" experience. The room was disgusting. I had some wet wipes in the car and tried to wipe as many surfaces as possible. Hair and grime on the floor. Different colors of "patch work" paint on the walls. Literally some "brown spreckles" on the wall next to the toilet. I could go on and on. I went to wipe off the shower handle in the bathtub and it fell off the wall. I am just glad I did not have small children with me that would touch the surfaces. The room was next to the ice machine, not only could I hear people walking around up stairs above my room, but also any time anyone got ice, I woke up. Please save your self the un easy night I had and book somewhere else. I think any place in Chico would have been better.

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017

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Renovations + Closures

The property will be renovating from 31 August 2019 to 01 December 2019 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Exterior
  • Guestrooms

During renovations, the hotel will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly University Inn. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Chico hotel.

  • 43 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Chico, CA (CIC-Chico Municipal) (10.1 km / 6.3 mi)
  • Train station: Chico Station (1 km / 0.6 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

University Inn offers 43 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and complimentary weekday newspapers. Beds feature Select Comfort mattresses. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with deep soaking bathtubs, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks along with free local calls (restrictions may apply).

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Select Comfort beds
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • Vagabond Inn Chico
  • Vagabond Inn Hotel Chico
  • University Inn Chico
  • University Inn Hotel
  • University Inn Chico
  • University Inn Hotel Chico

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.