Description and review of the Historic Star Lounge, located in the Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown hotel that opened in January of this year.
The Star Lounge is located in what was the Eastern Star Hall building. The Eastern Star Hall building, located in the Sutter District and across from Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, has been tastefully converted into a boutique hotel.
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A Bit of Background
The Eastern Star Hall building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for both its architecture (Romanesque Revival) and its role in the social history of Sacramento.
Completed in 1928, the building was constructed as a meeting hall by and for the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic women’s organization.
The original three-story historical building has been incorporated into what is now an 8-story, 128 room boutique hotel.
The Star Lounge is located on the 3rd floor of the original building, in what once was the ballroom/auditorium. It can be reached by either elevator or staircase.
Historic Star Lounge Happy Hour
Prior to attending a performance at Music Circus, a friend and I stopped by the Star Lounge for Happy Hour. This was our first time there, so we were looking forward to checking it out.
We had arrived before 5:00 p.m. and were seated immediately. Friends had told us that it can become quite crowded later in the evening. The lounge/bar is cozy, with old chandeliers, gilt mirrors, and subdued lighting. The lounge windows overlook the Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park across the street.
After looking over the Happy Hour menu we each ordered a glass of the Happy Hour white, a White Burgundy ($7).
For our meal we each ordered a Blackened Shrimp Taco (crispy rock shrimp, cabbage slaw, avocado mousse, Sonoran tortilla) ($8) and a Foraged Mushroom Flatbread (whipped lemon ricotta, caramelized onions, arugula) ($10) to share.
We both very much enjoyed the White Burgundy, a chardonnay-based dry wine from the French Burgundy region.
The Blackened Shrimp Taco was loaded with shrimp, and very tasty indeed. It had a kick, but was not overly spicy-hot. The Foraged Mushroom Flatbread was a taste treat – a great combo of flavors. Unfortunately, the potion was small, consisting of three slices of flatbread and toppings.
Note: The Star Lounge adds a 3% kitchen gratuity to the bill.
To Sum Up
To sum up, we both enjoyed the ambiance of the Star Lounge, as well as the small plates that we had ordered. Adding to our favorable impression, our server Leah was both pleasant and attentive.
While I am no expert, it appears to me that a masterful job was done melding the old with the new to create the Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown hotel and Historic Star Lounge.
In case you were wondering, the use of “Historic” in its name is meant to differentiate it from the Star KTV Lounge, also located in Sacramento.
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Historic Star Lounge Snapshot:
- 2719 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
- Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown (3rd Floor)
- (916) 894-6500
- Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Dinner: Monday – Thursday (3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Friday & Saturday (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.); Sunday (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Parking: Valet and metered street parking
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