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10Best Hotels to Call Home in Napa Valley

Getaways to Napa Valley are known for days filled with vineyard visits, wine tasting and gourmet meals. But just as important as how you spend your time sipping, is where you spend your time sleeping. Napa Valley has a nearly 150 options for folks looking for a home away from home in wine country, and whether it’s with amazing amenities or perfect locations, they all seem to find their own unique way to shine.

The Poetry Inn offers views you’ll never forget. The Napa River Inn is located in the heart of downtown Napa in a historic building that dates back to 1884. Just a couple blocks away, The Westin Verasa boasts a heated saltwater pool & spa. With vineyard neighbors, the grounds at Senza Hotel are like an outdoor sculpture museum. The Wydown Hotel offers an ideal launching spot to explore downtown St. Helena. Cozy Calistoga Ranch offers 157-acres to stay away from it all.

Decisions. Decisions. Here’s 10Best hotels to get you started thinking about planning a trip to wine country.  


The Meritage Resort and Spa
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If you're the type of traveler who likes large hotels, with a plenty of action abuzz, The Meritage Resort & Spa is your kind of hotel. Located about 10 minutes from downtown Napa, the resort has 322 guestrooms decorated with Tuscan flair. Everything you need can be found on the property. Take a walk through the hillside vineyard, then make your way to Trinitas Cellars for a tasting. Hungry? There are three restaurants on-site offering everything from farm-to-table sit down affairs to bar food and grab and go meals. Along with Spa Terra, there are two swimming pools (including one that's adults only) and a bowling alley round out the to-do possibilities. The Meritage is pet-friendly.

Napa River Inn
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If your plans include time in downtown Napa, the location of the Napa River Inn can't be beat. In the heart of downtown Napa, complete with riverfront view, you can park the car and forget about it. Everything downtown has to offer from wine tasting rooms to restaurants and shopping are within walking distance. The Inn has 66 rooms and is set in the Historic Napa Mill, a building that dates back to 1884 when it served as a warehouse for a local merchant. Its design inspiration come from its past and present. You can have breakfast delivered, or pick it up for yourself from neighboring Sweetie Pies bakery. The Napa River Inn is pet friendly, offering an assortment of amenities along with a list of pet sitters to keep your pet entertained when you're enjoying Napa Valley.

Wydown Hotel
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With just a dozen rooms the Wydown is small by hotel standards, but its St. Helena location is tough to beat. Park the car in the complimentary lot and it's an easy and enjoyable stroll to the many shops and restaurants in town. Thanks to large windows and skylights, rooms are bright and cheery. Modern furnishings and colorful décor give the quiet hotel a fun lively feel. The staff is friendly and happy to offer suggestions about where to have dinner or simply grab a cup of coffee. The Wydown Hotel partners with a nearby spa to offer amenities like a fitness center and outdoor heated lap pool.

Brannan Cottage Inn
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Cozy, colorful and just steps away from downtown Calistoga, The Brannan Cottage Inn has a story to tell. It is the only resort cottage from the "Hot Springs Resort" built by Calistoga's founder Samuel Brannan in the 1860s, still in its original location. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cottage has been restored with care. Modern amenities in Brannan Cottage Inn's six rooms mesh with the cottage's historical charm, but don't overpower it. Rooms boast Frette linens, and in-room illy® Espresso machine, and bedside charging spots. Bathrooms feature rainfall shower heads and heated marble bathroom floors. Coffee and tea is available every morning along with fresh baked muffins from the sisters at nearby Holy Assumption Monastery.

Andaz Napa - a concept by Hyatt
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You know the Andaz Napa is different the moment you step into the lobby. There's no front desk, and no defined space to check-in. Instead an Andaz host greets you armed with an iPad, offering a glass of complimentary wine while you wait for your room keys. The hotel has 141 rooms with modern but comfortable style. Tall ceilings, hickory hardwood floors and oversize walk-in showers with waterfall shower heads. Some rooms also have large soaking tubs and a dual sided glass fireplace. In addition to the welcome glass of wine, the Andaz offers some other nice freebies: self-parking, internet, access to the neighboring Exertec Health and Fitness Center and a selection of in-room non-alcoholic beverages. Located in downtown Napa, it's an easy walk to wine tasting rooms, restaurants and popular attractions like the Uptown Theatre, Oxbow Public Market and the Napa Valley Wine Train.

The Westin Verasa Napa
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Good neighbors are important, even when you're a hotel. Down the road from Oxbow Public Market and just across the street from the Napa Valley Wine Train, The Westin Verasa can brag about its location, but it also comes with the long list of amenities not available anywhere else in downtown Napa. A majority of the hotel's 180 rooms have a balcony or patio and many rooms even offer a kitchenette. There's a riverfront heated saltwater pool and hot tub along with a 24 hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio. Didn't have room to pack workout gear? You can borrow New Balance clothes and shoes for just $5 per stay. The hotel welcomes dogs 40 pounds or less.

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This boutique hotel knows how to pamper its guests. A complimentary wine and cheese reception is held nightly in the hotel lobby and breakfast (also complimentary) is catered by Bouchon Bakery. Spread out across two acres, the hotel has 41 rooms divided between five separate buildings. Rooms are modern but comfortable with Italian linens, custom towels, concrete flooring and a bottle of wine. Select rooms up the luxury ante with vineyard and garden views, remote controlled fireplaces, heated bathroom floors and two person showers. Private cabanas are available alongside the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi is a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine under the stars. Senza is owned by Kathryn & Craig Hall of HALL Wines and Walt Wines. Avid art lovers, they've scattered sculptures throughout the hotel grounds. Senza is also pet friendly. The hotel is located five miles north of downtown Napa.

Calistoga Ranch
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It's all about luxurious outdoor living at Calistoga Ranch. Its 50 guest lodges share a 157 acre backyard and all take full advantage of the green space Mother Nature provides. All guest lodges have an outside living room comfortable for lounging any time of year and an outdoor shower. If you can pull yourself away from your lodge, Calistoga Ranch offers a long list of amenities including its on-site Auberge Spa, an observation deck perfect for scenic views or stargazing, numerous hiking trails or lounging by the pool. The resort grows two acres of wine grapes on property, making for a nice walk any time of day. There's even a garden and chicken coop complete with artwork and chandelier. Making reservations and booking activities is as easy as picking up the iPad in your guest lodge. The guests-only Lakehouse Restaurant offers gourmet dining in cozy setting quiet enough for dinner conversation.

Solage Calistoga

Set just a few blocks from downtown Calistoga, Solage has a fun way of making you feel pampered. After being welcomed with a chai latte, an employee will hop on a bike and as you follow in your car, lead you to your studio or suite. A stay at Solage Calistoga comes with a long list of complimentary amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, fitness classes, an adult and a family pool, and access to the resort's Geo-thermal Mineral Pools. Each studio has two cruiser bikes to use during your stay, but if you'd rather drive, you can borrow a ride from the small fleet of Mercedes Benz. It's first come, first served, and guests can borrow a car for up to four hours. There are 89 studios and suites to choose from, but all are an easy walk from on-site Michelin-rated Solbar. Pets are welcome.

Poetry Inn
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With just five rooms, staying at Poetry Inn is like staying at your best friend's home - if your best friend is a Napa Valley vintner with impeccable taste and attention to detail. Set among acres of vineyards, Poetry Inn is a spot where you'll want to spend time. No two rooms are alike, but they all boast the same luxurious amenities. Each room has a wood burning fireplace, heated bathroom floor, soaking tub, outside shower and private balcony with marvelous Napa views. Lounge poolside, stargaze while soaking in the hot tub or enjoy a complimentary tasting of limited production wines at Cliff Lede (pronounced lay-dee) Vineyards. A three-course, gourmet breakfast is included with every stay. It's worth getting out of bed for, but if you'd rather you can stay in your pajamas, innkeepers will deliver it to your room – fresh squeezed orange juice and pastries from Bouchon Bakery included.


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