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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 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.

Auberge du Soleil offers wine country living with a touch of French elegance, and Michelin star restaurant that delivers dinners you'll remember long after your visit. With vineyards for neighbors, the grounds at Senza Hotel are like an outdoor sculpture museum. Cozy Calistoga Ranch offers 157-acres to stay away from it all, and The Francis House is a historic home located just steps from downtown Calistoga.

Decisions. Decisions. Here are the 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 plenty of action, The Meritage Resort & Spa is your kind of place. Located about 10 minutes from downtown Napa, the resort has 322 guestrooms decorated with a Tuscan flair. Its sister property, Vista Collina, located just across the street, offers another 145 rooms. Everything you need can be found on the two properties. Take a walk through the hillside vineyard, then make your way to The Village, where you can choose between eight wine-tasting rooms and one craft brewery. Multiple restaurants offer everything from farm-to-table sit-down affairs, to bar food, and grab and go sandwiches and salads. Along with Spa Terra, The Meritage has two swimming pools (including one that's adults only) and a bowling alley round out the to-do possibilities. Another pool is waiting at Vista Collina.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Beautiful rooms and a long list of amenities make The Meritage Resort & Spa a nice choice for a stay in Napa Valley.

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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 the include perks like tall ceilings, hickory hardwood floors, and oversize walk-in showers with waterfall showerheads. Some rooms also have large soaking tubs and a dual-sided glass fireplace. 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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Rooms at the Andaz Napa are hip, stylish and comfortable. Add in its downtown location and you've got a great Napa Valley homebase.

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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 historic charm but don't overpower it. Rooms boast Frette linens, and in-room illy® Espresso machine, and bedside charging spots. Bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads and heated marble bathroom floors. Sam's General Store features coffee, pastries, and other local goods.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: An easy walk to downtown Calistoga, Brannan Cottage Inn offers Victoria charm complete with modern comforts.

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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) includes baked goods from Bouchon Bakery. Spread out across two acres, the hotel has 43 rooms and suites. 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 the hot tub 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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A complimentary wine reception and breakfast that includes Bouchon Bakery, along with amenities including remote controlled fireplaces and heated bathroom floors, make SENZA a winner.

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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 Geothermal 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 vehicles. (It's first come, first serve, 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 onsite Michelin-rated Solbar. Pets are welcome.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Along with being an easy bike ride or walk from downtown Calistoga, Solage offers an amazing list of complimentary amenities including Geo-thermal Mineral Pools.

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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 Auberge Spa, an observation deck perfect for scenic views or stargazing, numerous hiking trails and pool. The resort grows two acres of wine grapes on the property, making for a nice walk any time of day. There are 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 a cozy setting quiet enough for dinner conversation.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Close but yet far from the hustle and bustle of popular Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch showcases the country side of wine country.

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The Francis House
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The Francis House is located just a couple blocks off of Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's main street. It was originally built in 1886 to serve as a family house, but in later years, it became the local hospital. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the newly restored property offers five rooms. No two rooms are alike, but guests can expect sparkling chandeliers, fine linens, and bathrooms with Carrara marble and heated floors. A gourmet, two-course breakfast is included with every stay. The backyard pool is a lovely spot to nap in the afternoon sun after a busy day of wine tasting.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Francis House is a historic home with luxurious touches that will leave you feeling spoiled.

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Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Napa Valley is one of only eight LEED Platinum hotels in the United States. The 65-room property is located in Yountville, steps away from vineyards and the city's main drag, Washington Street. (Award-winning The French Laundry is an easy walk.) Along with a heated rooftop pool and whirlpool tub, there's a small fitness center. Complimentary bikes are a good way to explore the area, but a 24-hour shuttle takes guests anywhere in Yountville. The spa boasts four treatment rooms, but a number of in-room treatments are also available. Onsite Lucy Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Bardessono has mastered the art of providing a luxurious stay while also being environmentally responsible.

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Carneros Resort and Spa
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Carneros Resort & Spa is surrounded by vineyards and open space, but conveniently only five miles from bustling downtown Napa. The resort doesn't have traditional hotel rooms. Along with 76 cottages, there one and two-bedroom suites, and private homes for guests to choose from. Cozy perks include fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, and outdoor showers. The nearly 6-thousand square-foot offers everything from massages and facials, to zero gravity spa pedicure chairs. Boon Fly Donuts are a favorite from onsite eatery Boon Fly Café. But if time allows, enjoy a meal at Farm restaurant.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Carneros Resort & Spa offers something for everyone. Spend all day happily lounging in your cottage, or take advantage of a long list of amenities.

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Auberge du Soleil is located just off of the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, but you'll feel French influences throughout. A photo-worthy view of Napa Valley awaits at seemingly every turn on the 33-acre property. Auberge du Soleil features 50 rooms and suites; all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace, fireplace, and iPads that make indulging in room service easy. The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil boasts a long string of consecutive Michelin stars, for diners interested in something more casual, the Bistro and Bar won't disappoint. The spa is for hotel guests only. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, tennis court, and a 24-hour fitness center with classes.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: An incredible attentive staff, spa-like bathrooms, and a restaurant that's a must-visit, make it tough to go wrong at Auberge du Soleil.

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