I was so looking forward to my return visit to Auberge Du Soleil - after my first visit 3 years ago, I didn't think that any place could ever match it. I was also looking forward to my stay in the new Saint Tropez room after reading so much about it in the press. I believed that the premium cost would be worth it.
The room is spacious and the bathroom is well designed (like all the other rooms on the property). Outlets are in all the right places and there is plenty of storage room.The room was exceptionally clean and maintained accordingly throughout our 3 night visit. I love the huge 55 inch tv (just wish that it worked - more on that later). Loved the idea of heated tile floors (just wished that they worked - more on that later). Staff at breakfast was friendly and efficient - otherwise, never really saw anyone. In fact, when we checked out, I think that the staff were surprised that we were even there - who are those people? more on that later. I think that my building of 8 rooms was basically empty, which was in part nice, but then I wondered - why didn't they upgrade us to a nicer room, since there is so much vacancy? The fridge was stocked with nice refreshments and a yummy cheese tray was sent to our room as amendment for a few missteps.
I can't make the value equation work, maybe others can. The new room was just not as nice as the older room in terms of furnishings. There is no comfy place to sit in the room - it's either the bed or two hard rattan chairs. TV viewing is only possible from the bed. The satellite kept going out in my room, so I basically turned it off. I could get the Bose system to connect with my mobile device, so I had no music. If the floors were heated, I could never tell. Water pressure in the shower was non-existent. Icing on the cake was that the electrical outlets in the bathroom were blocked somehow.
I enjoyed my staysail Auberge, but not as much as 3 years ago and maybe that's just how it works. Will I return, probably, but after they work some of the kinks out of the new room design. Because we never really saw anyone, I never felt very welcomed - sort of a paradox - you want privacy, but not so much that you feel isolated and unwelcomed..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Auberge Du Soleil is a prestigious luxury resort and spa with a world renowned restaurant nestled within 33 sunlit acres of Rutherford Hill in beautiful Napa Valley, California.• 50 Luxurious suites and rooms boasting unsurpassed views of the valley vineyards • Michelin-starred restaurant with bistro and bar overlooking the valley on wrap around decks • Award-winning luxury Spa • Exclusive pool with lounge• Fitness center, open-air movement studio, yoga pavilion and tennis courts• 5 stunning and intimate locations for weddings and events• A comprehensive art collection of outdoor sculpture ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Du Soleil Rutherford