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“Unpretentious, private and tateful luxury and hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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6380 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558   |  
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Ranked #8 of 24 Napa B&B and Inns
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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“Unpretentious, private and tateful luxury and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Walt Whitman room, which was incredible. We also had the opportunity to look at ot...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

. . . . after our run in with the 'poetic culinaria' (sic) of a ludicrously pretentious restaurant in San Francisco. So, with enormous relief, I can say that this Inn is wonderful. More of an extremely high end B&B, the five rooms named for the most well known of American poets, it is perched high above the Stag's Leap area of Napa. We arrived to a cordial greeting from Bob, one of the inn-keepers. It was such a relief to arrive and gaze on the view and see the raptors soar at eye-level on the afternoon thermals. Our room was perfect, the bathroom immaculately equipped with an enormous outdoor shower as well. We were booked in for two nights and knew that we wouldn't want to move so had ordered dinner beforehand. It was delicious, the freshest of ingredients delivered in an uncomplicated but well executed fashion. We sat gawping at the view, sipping wines from the Cliff Lede vineyards and thinking how very lucky we were.

Others have written with an abundance of superlatives so it probably isn't worth repeating it all at length. Breakfasts are great, the massages excellent, all the staff delightful. The place is very nearly perfect. Through no fault of it's own, there is just one thing of which you should be aware. The Silverado Trail lies at the foot of the hill way below the Inn and, of course, noise rises. Just be aware but don't let it put you off.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We had the best 3 honeymoon here. Wonderful friends made and when we still go back just to say hello they always let us sit on the deck to take in the breathtaking views and have complimentary cheese and wine.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

THE POETRY INN

In Napa, on Silverado Trail we watched carefully for the sign to our hotel. It is very easy to miss these signs. The hotel sits high on the mountainside.

We had found an oasis. We were met at the entrance, this time, by Leona McLaughlin, one of the Innkeepers, with bottles of cold water for each of us. Every time we left or returned to the property, there was Leona or Henrike giving us bottles of water. The Poetry Inn has only 5 rooms but each is more like an apartment with exquisite, tasteful amenities. The view from their breakfast patio is breathtaking as are the views from the rooms we were given. There are outdoor and indoor showers, a steam room shower, spa tubs, enclosed louver door outdoor patios with lounge chairs ... absolutely palatial but with a very homelike feeling. A platter of wine and cheese was offered immediately and accepted with pleasure.

A refreshing sleep on fantastic beds prepared us a little for the gourmet breakfast the next morning. We sat on the luxurious patio, overlooking the expanse of the mountain farm land spread out below us. Although the sun was shining brightly up on the mountain, the mornings are very cold. We were wrapped in wool throws that had been placed on each chair so we could avoid the morning chill. Breakfast was fit for a king. We cannot count the number of courses, all prepared especially for us with impeccable service. Juice, coffee, cappuccinos, remarkable pastries, hot cereals, omelettes filled with all kinds of veggies, crumb covered hot dishes with bananas or apples, plates filled with Nova Scotia salmon and fresh berries and fruits were all consumed with great gusto.

We spent our days visiting several wineries, exhausting but always a fun experience. Knowing we would be returning to our fantastic Poetry Inn to relax before dinner added to the pleasures of the trip.

One more glorious night at our Poetry Inn; one more sumptuous breakfast and we had to leave. We got our hugs and water, put luggage in the car and we were off. After only a few mornings and nights, we had the feeling we were leaving good friends and a fantastic, relaxing, elegant, luxurious home. We probably should have planned to remain at the Inn for most of the day as they offered so much but decided that will happen on our next trip. And we promised ourselves there will be a next trip.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We had the chance to stay at Poetry Inn in May of 2013 and I must say it was incredible. Everything was top shelf! The property itself is perched on top of a hill and provides for magnificent views. The reception when we arrived was out of this world, we were able to enjoy the vista, some wine, cheese, and some delightful croissants.

Our room was absolutely perfect, beautiful furnishings, plush bed, indoor and outdoor shower, massive tub, and a expansive patio with lounge chairs. As an added bonus the poolside and hot tub that overlook valley, absolutely marvellous - something we did not expect for a property of this size.

Our innkeeper, Leona, provided us impecable service, and made sure we were looked after throughout our stay.We were treated to a 3 course breakfast in bed, and throughly enjoyed it. Can't say enough things about her!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

It's like your own private villa in wine country. Five rooms, private chef, arrange a massage. The rooms are spectacular, each in their own way, some with private outdoor terraces for morning tea. The cliff Lede wine made by the owner of this retreat inn is as impeccable as everything else here. But for the disappointing tiny pool, it would rank at the level of post ranch inn.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Once again we had a fabulous romantic getaway 15 minutes from our own home. Look in the dictionary for relaxation and you'll find a picture of Poetry Inn. The service from Leona was exceptional, the Breggo wines were delicious and the help changing restaurant recommendations was great. The E.E. Cummings room is now a suite and most definitely our favorite.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Poetry Inn

Address: 6380 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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