I stayed here for two nights in August 2013.
The resort itself is gorgeous. The hotel buildings, of which there are many, are all in great shape, and the views (from the 2nd/3rd floors) are good/excellent, respectively. This is a big resort, and one of my only issues is that virtually the entire thing is surrounded by parking lot. A massive, Wal-Mart sized parking lot. Some people say the place seems to be in the middle of an office park. I wouldn't go that far and it's not a huge deal, but if you get a room on the first floor, it becomes a huge deal when you are looking at the front of someone's car the whole time.
I, for one, did not want to pay what they were asking (which is a LOT by the way) to look at the front of a car for 2 days. So when both my friends and I got placed in first floor rooms, we called the FD immediately to request something higher up.
To their credit, they moved us (both couples) not only to the top floor (of three floors total) but to the other side of the building which looked out over a hilly vineyard and really beautiful landscape. +1 for the staff for not batting an eyelash and adding a lot of value to the steep entry price to get in this place. They asked no questions and just made it happen.
Once we were situated, we honestly did not spend enough time at the resort to take in all it had to offer as we had winery tours booked for both days. This is the kind of place you want to come and spend at least one (probably more) full day at the resort itself. It is a big property with a great pool area, caves with a spa and vineyard laid into the side of a hill, winery with tastings, a few good restaurants, and a late-night bar/club with a bowling alley built in. We ate in one of the restaurants for lunch one day and the food and service were good while the meal was reasonably priced.
You do get some bottled waters and a "free" bottle of wine in your fridge upon checkin. I say free in quotes because when you get your bill under the door at checkout you will realize that nothing has been free, it's just included in the price of the room, which is high. Turns out Napa is pretty expensive... hah.
The hotel offers a shuttle to downtown Napa twice an hour, but my group of four could never fit on it because it was always very busy. If you have a large group, try to get there a little early before shuttle departure so you can get a seat. If you have to take a taxi it should be about $15 one way which isn't bad if you're splitting it anyway.
The staff at checkin/checkout was nice and they were attentive to requests, especially during our room switch.
The bathrooms/shower is gorgeous with double sink and private/separate toilet area. The toiletries are high quality and while my buddy thought they smelled like a funeral home I actually quite enjoyed them. The shower is nice with good pressure and drains well. It is a walk-in shower completely tiled all the way around. During my first hangover (on this property) the shower pressure, spa-like toiletries, and subdued warm lighting came in quite handy by eliminating my headache and had me feeling ready to drink again in no time. Also, free bottled water.
As I said, this is a large property and the hallways are LONG. So if you are not by an elevator, prepare to walk a little and memorize the route back to your room. Also keep in mind if you plan on being "not totally sober" when you return, it is easy to get lost in this place. I know from experience. You should use interior landmarks like "Crush Ultra Lounge" and the outdoor hot tub to triangulate your position and then proceed from there.
The rooms keys are RFID or some other proximity entry system which is pretty great. Coming home after drinking wine for 6 hours straight and just pressing my wallet on the door was a lot easier than fumbling to get the card in the reader.
The beds are comfortable, AC was nice, TV was large, and the balconies (if you are lucky enough to get one) are very nice. I should mention that (obviously) the first floor rooms do not have balconies, but an extended sitting area INSIDE the room with a smaller patio area outside instead of the balcony. Not bad, but again, no one wants to sit on a patio and look at the front of a 2006 Honda CRV all day.
Because of the size and popularity of the resort, both of our tour companies had no problem driving here and picking us up without extra charge, including one that was based in Sonoma. That's a nice bonus.
I would go back here, but for the money I would only do it if I could stay there and enjoy the amenities for one or more days.
Lastly, I would like to say that both Frankie and Cinnamon were very helpful, polite, and knowledgable at checkin time. The fact that their names sound like an awesome 1970s Soul Duo is just icing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against the rolling vineyards of California's Wine Country, The Meritage Resort and Spa illuminates with gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities, culinary delights, and a wine and spa experience that you'll never forget. Here you can enjoy the best of Napa Valley without leaving the hotel grounds - wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, bowling, and luxurious accommodations over on 32 acres of stunning real estate. The Meritage Resort offers the perfect blend for the perfect stay. After the resort opened in 2006 and the Estate Cave opened in 2007, it expanded with a $40 million enhancement in Spring 2012, followed by a revitalization of the main resort in early 2014, to deliver guests the ultimate Four-Diamond Napa Valley resort experience. We Are Napa. ... more less
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