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The Carneros Inn
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, CA 94559   |  
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Ranked #6 of 25 hotels in Napa
Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
“Really Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Enjoyed it immensely and would love to go back! Visited w/ another couple while touring Napa & Sonoma. Thought it was a convenient location especially for travel to & from airport so that you can get right to enjoying the resort and the vineyards. Pools were fab, views were out of control, fitness center was first class and landscaping was a revelation for an East Coaster.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was our first stay in California's wine country, and while we'll certainly be back to the area, we won't be staying here - not considering all the other options around. Beautiful property, nice rooms, and I enjoyed the cottage setting. And great fitness center. But from the moment of our arrival - no superior attention or thoughtfulness, no remarkable friendliness or helpfulness.... A little snobbery and a lot of indifference. How tacky for the totally unremarkable bath products to say you'll be (over-)charged if you take them ~ not interested anyways, thanks; and a room design flaw results in light pouring in early through an (oddly) uncovered window portion.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NY Metro Area
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This place is great as we were looking for luxury while celebrating our 1 year anniversary in the Napa Valley. The private cottages with indoor/outdoor fireplaces and showers were very relaxing after touring the wineries. The beds and pillows were VERY comfortable. It was probably the best sleeping I had during the trip. Another nice touch is the heated tile floors in the bathrooms.

One thing to note is that the resort is a good 20 minutes away from Yountville and 30 minutes away from St. Helena. Keep this in mind when making dining and/or winery reservations, especially during the ongoing construction on CA 29, St. Helena Highway.

Breakfast at the Boon Fly Café was very good but very expensive. Go off your diet and try the doughnuts and the outstanding hash browns.

My one problem was we were only there 3 days as part of a larger Bay Area vacation, so we did not have a chance to really sit back and enjoy the resort facilities. The spa and pools looked amazing. Next time we will allow more time.

Room Tip: Book though Whatahotel.com so you get a spa credit, a $40 breakfast allowance and a room upgrade if...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is one of my all time favourite places to stay - this was our fourth visit in 10 years. The property does not look like much from the road, but inside it comprises a small estate of separate cottages, each with a patio, garden and outdoor shower. The Hilltop swimming pool is for adults, and is a beautiful quiet spot to swim in a warm pool and relax with great service from the pool staff. There is a separate pool for families with small children.

Both restaurants are excellent: Farm for a swanky meal and the Boon Fly Cafe for a more informal style. There is a cafe and store for basic groceries and sandwiches, and the bar is also a nice spot for a drink.

The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and spotless. Twice daily maid service. Good quality wi-fi and bottled water included free of charge.

Service was excellent, our every request was dealt with attentively and as return visitors we felt most welcome.

All told a wonderful base to explore the nearby wineries and fine restaurants of Napa and Sonoma.

Room Tip: Rooms set further back from the busy highway are quieter.
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  • Stayed May 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The Carneros Inn is a little slice of heaven. Everything is exceptional - the cottages, the restaurants, the grounds, and most especially the staff. Everyone was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. This place understands what hospitality actually is and what it means to people. We will never look to stay anywhere else when we are out there.

Restaurants:
Farm is great - wonderful, fresh, local ingredients and a great atmosphere for a romantic dinner after a day of tastings.
Boon Fly Cafe: AWESOME. The best staff anywhere in Napa. We had breakfast there - at the same little table in the corner - all but one morning and everything we tried was amazing. I hate dougnuts (so I thought) and I literally dream about their made-to-order doughnuts. Every day.
The Cafe/Shop: Great options for a picnic lunch at a vineyard...good sandwiches, great cheeses, and a really nice selection of wine (Hartwell - yes) and local artisan products.

Cottages:
Perfect. We were in a one-bedroom and it was a great layout with lovely outdoor spaces, including a patio area, front porch with rockers, and an al fresco shower.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 May 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Carneros Inn in March 2013 for our first visit to Napa.

After reading reviews, we had requested a cottage up by the hill top as this was noted to be more quiet. We got Peck #8 which is in the perfect location and also has their largest outdoor space.

The cottage was amazing and we were so happy that we paid a little more - the different style of accommodations offered at the Carneros were a big draw as we wanted to do something more than a standard hotel room. Since we were getting a cottage, we figured why not go all out.

Best features - outdoor gas fired fire pit, outdoor shower, outdoor soaking tub, indoor shower with multiple shower heads (and door to outdoor shower), heated bathroom floor, outdoor cabana chairs with overhead heat lamp. Since we were there in March, it was cool at night and we really enjoyed a blanket by the fire pit at night.

Food - we ate at the Farm once (great meal, expensive, but great), the Boon Fly Cafe once (good meal, less extensive menu), and had breakfast twice at the Hilltop (amazing breakfast, expensive but worth it for the views).

Property - very well manicured and nice to walk around. I did have trouble finding the gym though! We borrowed bicycles and took them on some local roads which was a highlight of our trip. We had bought a small bottle of champagne and planned a late night dip in the pool/jacuzzi but it rained pretty hard that night and we never got the chance. The Market was a nice feature - lots of fresh food offerings plus snacks, etc. My wife went to the spa and really enjoyed it.

Service - top notch. We were treated very well and were also set up with some great excursions (balloon ride, wine tour).

Location - I was hesitant at first given that I had read reviews that hotels south of Napa would be "too far". I didn't find this to be the case at all. We did not drive all the way up the highway to some of the more northern wineries, so maybe that would have been a problem. It was a 5 minute drive to Napa, so really no different than staying in Napa.

Complaints - none. I had read that the corrugated metal roof might be noisy when it rained. It rained most nights and I didn't notice (I am a somewhat light sleeper).

All in, a great place to stay and we'll certainly stay there again next time we are out to Napa.

Room Tip: I read reviews saying to go for locations near the hilltop - we did. Peck #8 also apparently has th...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

You arrive at guest reception, immediately offered a glass of wine. The staff are very courteous and helpful. We booked a small bungalow with 2 bedrooms, a fully functioning kitchen, a fridge stock full of drinks, a laundry and all the modern conveniences.
The Inn has great fitness gym, pool, restaurant and a nice market. Once you have arrived, you can happily stay on the grounds.
We tried the Boon Fly restaurant, a nice, casual dining place within easy walking distance from the inn. Food was very nice, service was excellent.
Each day, they delivered fresh bakery and orange juice at our bungalow. Nice touch!
I would go back again.

Room Tip: Definitely family living, go for one of their bungalows.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, CA 94559
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Napa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Napa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Napa
#5 Business Hotel in Napa
#8 Family Hotel in Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Carneros Inn 4.5*
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