We stayed in the Poetry Inn for four nights in July on the second leg of an anniversary trip around Northern California. There are lots of reviews here dishing out the superlatives, and we echo those sentiments whole heartedly. From arrival to departure everything just hit the right note. The inn is the right blend of comfort, luxury, friendliness and service and the entire experience (which is quite high end) somehow manages to be devoid of the pretention, flash and mild glitz that pervades other hotels/resorts/inns of a similar prestige/price point.
I suspect that this none-too-easy trick is the result of the personalities and talents of the innkeepers and staff. Bob, Leonna and Henrike are terrific inn-keepers who attend to every need with a joyful and professional enthusiaism without trying too hard or being the slightest bit intrusive or phony. I really can't say enough good things about them.
The property is impeccable and exteremely "liveable". If I had the means to build a home in the hills over-looking the Stags Leap district, to be designed by an architecht and designers of my choice, this would be it. It is a luxurious environment that you can just "chill" in. The beds are perfect, the bathrooms, outdoor showers and patios are perfect and the breakfasts are expertly prepared and delivered. The view, as many others have noted, is truly amazing, especially in the morning as the sun reflects off of the mountains and the fog and mist of the evening slowly dissipate. The pool area is impeccably landscaped and private and is the ideal place to sit with a glass of wine in the early evening before heading out to one of the many great area restaurants.
While some may fear that the experience sounds a little to "bed and breakfasty", that is, actually, not the case. Often bed and breakfasts make the guests feel like they are interlopers in someone else's house. This is more like being in your own, perfect house with a small staff. Imagine a great hotel in which you have stayed and shrink it down and get rid of the crowds and noise, gift shops and hopping bar and restaurant. Then add 3 great concierges who only have 5 rooms to which to attend. That is what it felt like for us.
In sum, PI was perfect for us and it may be for you too. If you want privacy, luxury, comfort, views and service in a laid back yet professional atmosphere, it may very well be. If you prefer a little more action, or a bigger place with a happening bar/restaurant and pool/common areas (and want to see and be seen) then the Auberge De Soleil, Bardessono or Calistoga Ranch may be more your speed.
If you are preparing to come here, a few notes which may be of help: 1) pay close attention when driving, the inn can be missed if you aren't paying attention, especially at night in the dark and occasional fog; and 2) we had lots of big plans for our Napa valley trip (restaurants, hikes, wine tastings, etc.)--in retrospect, we wouldn't have minded setting up a less ambitious schedule to spend more time on property re-charging our batteries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched above the vineyards of the Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, this luxurious and exclusive inn offers the discerning traveler all the sensory pleasures of the wine country. Spread over forty acres of pristine hillsides and world-class vineyards, Poetry Inn is a world apart. Guests, those fortunate few, enjoy unparalleled service aimed at creating an atmosphere of rural calm and seductive seclusion. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Poetry Hotel Napa
- Poetry Inn Napa, Napa Valley, CA