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“Very nice place to stay in Downtown Napa” 4 of 5 stars
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Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   500 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559   |  
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San Jose, California
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“Very nice place to stay in Downtown Napa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We started our trip with a tour at Castillo de Amoroso winery which is north of this hotel and then came back here to check in later in the afternoon. We selected this hotel for the free breakfast, free wifi and parking but most of all we could bring our little yorkie dog. Upon our arrival we were shown to our room in the Embarcadero building. The property is very pet friendly as is most of downtown Napa. Most of the restaurants we went to we sat outside and our dog could sit with us. On the other hand in our papers we received at check in - it said we couldn't leave the dog in the room unattended or it would cost $200.00. So even though we had a crate we couldn't leave her in our room. If your dog can be crated it should be allowed to stay in the room for a brief period of time. The room was pleasant and you could tell it was an older property but we didn't mind and the Keurig in the room made great coffee. Additional coffee was in the lobby and all you had to do was stop by if you wanted more. The front desk staff was very nice. The wine and cheese reception on Friday night was also a very nice touch. They deliver breakfast to your room and they only come close to the time that you write on the door tag - do not expect the earlier time. The breakfast was okay but the danish was the best part of the breakfast. At the hotel we did a wine tasting at the Napa general store and we ate at the restaurant next door. We had a wonderful dessert with some dessert wine. It was so good. As well we were close to everything downtown, lots of restaurants and bars. You do have to drive to any wineries that you want to visit - there are a quite a few that are close. We did visit back door wines and had a very nice time there as well. I would recommend this hotel if you go to it with general expectations. It is not a new property but provides just the right ambience for those who can understand it is not a chain property. One final note...there are streets surrounding the hotel where you can walk the dog. It is right across from the public library and down the street from the police station.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed at the Napa River Inn with my parents in November 2012, right after Thanksgiving. The hotel is lovely - in a great location right by the river and a quick stroll to downtown Napa, with lots of restaurants and boutiques to walk to. We had great fun exploring the area.
The rooms at the hotel were excellent; the front desk was kind enough to upgrade my parents and I to Superior rooms, which had a balcony and a fireplace. The gas fireplace worked beautifully and was very welcome on chilly nights and it was pleasant to hang out on the balcony drinking coffee.
The building has stayed true to its historic roots and has a beautiful view from the bar.
All in all, a very nice place to stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The service was excellent--the staff did everything from give us extra water for our bike ride to ship our wine home at the end of the trip. The location is also a great launch spot for just about anything you'd want to do in Napa, and the only time we needed a car was for the wine tour. An easy walk to downtown Napa and the Oxbow Public Market.

On the flip side, the rooms were very dated and the shower wasn't great. Our room was close to the side door, elevator and ice machine, so it was always pretty loud, but interior rooms probably wouldn't be.

Free bikes and free parking were a major plus.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NapaRiverInn, General Manager at Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us and for the great review! We love when our staff is recognized with such kind words.

Our interior room renovation is currently underway and will fully completed within the next few months. I hope you'll come back and see all of teh great improvements we've made.

Sara Brooks
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Napa River Inn is well appointed and well located, overlooking the Napa River. The service was excellent, and this was a perfect place to spend a few days away from it all. It's in the downtown Napa area, and you can walk to good restaurants and shops, including the Marketplace on 1st St. Parking is included, free wifi, breakfast is included, along with a wine tasting nearby. Our room was lovely, a comfortable bed, excellent amenities, and turn-down service. We will return.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Prompted by a Living Social voucher (great deal), we changed our NoCal itinerary to stay here for 2 nights. This was our first time staying in Downtown Napa, and we loved being able to walk to restaurants, bars, shops, etc. The property itself is lovely, although we were in the out-building (I forgot the name) which was also very nice. Our room had a fireplace, river view, and shared balcony; comfortable bedding and overall just very cozy. The staff was professional and friendly, and the breakfasts were pretty good - and substantial, which was really important before a day of wine!

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

This was our first overnight stay in napa for my husband and I. It was a great experience staying here. It felt like a bed and breakfast private and relaxing. The lobby was beautiful staff was so helpful parking is free and easy and the location of the hotel is perfect and easy to find. Our room had a fireplace balcony and nice amenities such as organic shampoos conditioners and lotion free waters and free hot breakfast and pastries for 2 with free room service delivery! Good value for what we received! The sweetie pie bakery is great and there are also little shops to visit with chocolate frozen yogurt and a gift shop! Walking distance to downtown napa with a choice of great selections of places to eat and shop. Also right around the corner from the napa valley wine train depot! What more can u ask for? Stay here!!!

  • Stayed November 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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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This was our second trip to Napa and Napa River Inn. It is a quaint hotel in a great location. The rooms have tons of charm. We just moved to San Jose so it makes it a great getaway for the family... We had dinner on the wine train for Thanksgiving and they provided a shuttle to and from even though it was walking distance. Great accommodations and location. Definitely a must... Stephanie Killingsworth happened to help us both times and she was amazing...

Room Tip: If you do not need 2 beds, stay in a room with a fireplace. Feels like a real bed and breakfast.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Also Known As:
Napa River Inn At The Historic Napa Mill Hotel Napa
Napa River Inn At The Historic Napa Mill Hotel
Napa River Hotel
Napa River Inn At The Historic Napa Mill Napa Valley, CA
Address: 500 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Napa
#5 Business Hotel in Napa
#5 Green Hotel in Napa
#7 Family Hotel in Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill is the perfect central location in Downtown Napa!Just one hour north of San Francisco, experience Napa Valley charm, luxury, and convenience at this romantic Napa Valley historic hotel, nestled in the heart of Napa Valley wine country.Established in 1884 by Captain Albert Hatt, the Historic Napa Mill, a registered Historic Landmark, boasts live entertainment, fine dining, wine tasting, spa, and shops. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, this downtown Napa historic inn will surprise and delight. Explore all of the attractions near the Napa River Inn, including: restaurants, wine tasting, shops, galleries, and the Wine Train. ... more   less 
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