Deciding where to stay when planning a trip is one of the most important decisions to make. It not only sets the tone for your stay, but can really make or break a vacation. Luckily when deciding where to stay in Napa Valley, there aren’t too many bad decisions. However, depending on what you want to do, there are options that will meet your needs better than others.
So when you first start planning your Napa Valley trip think about the experience you want, and then go from there. If you need a romantic getaway and privacy is important, there are plenty of options for you. If you are planning a girlfriends getaway, and want to be closer to the night life, there are options for that as well.
Once you have a clear vision for the experience you want, then you can narrow down the options that work best for you. We highly recommend choosing the city of Napa as a great home base for any wine country adventure. No matter what your looking for, the city provides several options that will surely make for a memorable Napa Valley adventure.
So whether you want to be away from it all, or in the middle of the action, you can find plenty of options here in the heart of Napa. Here are just a few of our recommendations based on what you are looking to make of your stay.
Can I get breakfast with that bed?
If you are anything like us, when you think of Napa Valley you envision sipping wine on the patio of a chic B&B. And it’s true, that is definitely an option! There are plenty of B&B’s to choose from, both up valley, and in the city of Napa itself. Even if a B&B is not something you usually consider, you may find something that suites your needs given the options that are outside traditional B&Bs. There are historical homes, fancy cabins, and everything else in between.
First, the Inn on Randolph redefines the bed and breakfast experience. This stunning historic property is renovated with all the modern conveniences. The location is ideal because it is close enough to walk to downtown, but is situated in a quiet neighborhood making you feel away from it all.
Another great B&B close to downtown is the Blackbird Inn. This beautiful property sits on 1st and Jefferson, making it super convenient to get anywhere around town and valley. They also recently renovated a new building on their property that features all the amenities one would need for their stay.
If you really want to immerse yourself in that B&B charm, check out Main St. Farmhouse B&B. Conveniently located on Main St this adorable home is as charming as can be, and in a great location. The home also features an adorable cabin and a fancy airstream to give you a truly unique experience. It’s a great combination of traditional charm and unique features.
What about a chic boutique?
Perhaps B&Bs aren’t your thing, but properties with hip modern amenities are right up your alley. Luckily, Napa has plenty of boutique properties that hit all the right notes when it comes to modern day luxuries.
First, the recently renovated River Terrace Inn is perfectly situated just north of downtown along the Napa River. This hotel allows you to be close to the action, but situated in a peaceful location with stunning views. Here you can get a room with views of the Napa River, downtown, and the mountains. This Noble House property caters to those on a bucket list Napa Valley adventure.
Want to be one of the first to stay in a new hotel? If so, check out Napa’s newest boutique hotel the R Inn Napa. This mid-century modern property’s design was inspired by European art hotels. This unique location is unlike anything else in Napa and is conveniently located to all that downtown Napa has to offer.
If you want to be in the middle of all the Napa action, then you need to check out The Archer. This new(ish) property features an amazing roof top pool and bar that will have you fawning over the view for days. Situated in the center of First Street Napa, guests can also easily stroll among unique boutiques, eye-catching art and urban Napa charm.
Where can I use points?
You worked hard to earn them, and Napa is definitely a great place to finally use those hotel points you’ve racked up. Within the city of Napa, there are a variety of national chain properties to select. And although you know what to expect from you favorite hotel group, each property works to incorporate their own Napa charm.
One that really tops the list here in Napa is The Westin Verasa. This Marriott property blends downtown convenience with upscale comfort. Conveniently located close to the Oxbow Market and First Street Napa, it also sits along the serene Napa River making you to feel like you escaped it all. With an amazing pool, Michelin-star restaurant, and fantastic location, you certainly won’t regret blowing all your hard earned points at this property.
If you really want to be smack in the middle of the downtown action, the Andaz Napa may be right for you. This Hyatt property sits right on First Street and is convenient to world-class restaurants, cute boutiques, and 40+ tasting rooms in the city.
Perhaps downtown isn’t your thing and you would rather be closer to the vines. Then the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa may be right for you. This property is north of downtown just off Highway 29. This location makes it convenient to go up valley on 29 or hop on a bicycle and head up the Napa Valley Vine Trail. Either way, you can make the most out of your points at this beautiful wine country hotel.
What if I’m a baller on a budget?
Maybe you’re a traveler that doesn’t want to spend the bulk of your vacation budget on a room. And although Napa accommodation can be expensive, there are very nice options if you don’t want to break the bank.
The RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort is situated just over a mile from downtown along the Napa River. They offer studio and one-bedroom cottages with room amenities such as an outdoor deck, fully equipped kitchen, and deluxe bathrooms. Additionally, on-site amenities include indoor/outdoor games, outdoor heated swimming pool, two outdoor hot tubs, and complimentary laundry facilities. These delightful country cottages are sure to give you the wine country vacation you want without the wine country tab you expect.
The Chardonnay Lodge is another great option for an ideal wine country get away. This adorable property is located right on Jefferson just north of downtown, which is a great location to head into town and go up valley to the vines. And although there are not a lot of amenities on the property, this nice clean hotel will do a great job giving you a good night’s sleep at a reasonable rate.
Another option for more affordable Napa Valley accommodation is Airbnb. And while you can certainly find a great property at a reasonable price, Napa Valley has a limited number of short term rental permits so supply doesn’t always match the demand. So, if you want to go that route, I recommend planning early!
Can I stay in the vines?
While we recommend staying in Napa, you can be in the city limits and also close the vineyards. There are several properties in north Napa that are conveniently located to the wineries, but also keep you close enough to Uber to Napa nightlife.
One of the most ideally located properties to take in the breathtaking views of Napa Valley is the SENZA Hotel. This stunning property has everything you need to create a magical wine country adventure. Practically located in the Ashes & Diamonds Winery this hotel has all the amenities. From breakfast pastries from Bouchon Bakery to nightly wine hour with premium meats and cheeses, this hotel provides everything you need for a perfect Napa escape.
Overall, you really can’t make a bad decision when it comes to accommodation in Napa Valley. However, given the variety of options there are, it’s definitely worth the time to do the research and find the perfect fit.
Cheers to your next Napa Valley adventure!