We are remodeling our home in Yountville and needed a clean quiet place to stay for a couple of nights. El Bonita (shouldn't that be El Bonito haha?) had some of the best prices in the valley and we have always admired its retro decor / 50's vibe while driving down 29. Check in was smooth and easy - our room was available and freshly cleaned. The cleaners were all over the property with big smiles and seemed to take pride in their work. Our room was spotless and the bathroom smelled strongly of bleach - just the smell I want when a bathroom has been freshly cleaned. The exhaust fan dispensed with the smell quickly. Speaking of smells, they use air freshener on the rooms like so many hotels do... I wish this trend would end. I just want to smell soap / clean not air freshener. The room is clean and there's nothing to mask with air freshener. Front desk very friendly and NOT drunk so I'm not sure what the other reviewer was talking about. Full ice machines on the property even though they were at 100% capacity. Easy parking in the shade. We did not use the pool but appreciated that the AC in our room kept it at 68 degrees while outside it was 102. Nice mini-frig with freezer that worked well. Also appreciated the Keurig coffee maker and the wine glasses provided for use and available for purchase. Our room had a nice balcony which overlooked greenery and a very powerful shower. We travel the world and often stay at high-end resorts. Yes, I could nitpick and find things - this is a motel and is not perfect. But you do get a sense there is pride of place with a happy staff and again it's very clean and very quiet, my two main requirements in a place to stay for a night or two. If a scuffed baseboard or lack of blow dryer or foam pillows bother you then spend $1200 a night and stay in Yountville. Our remodel will continue and we will need another hotel for a stay up here and I won't hesitate to book El Bonita again.…
The room was clean and nice and usually (but not always) quiet. The outdoor fire pit was a nice spot to have a glass of wine. The person front desk was definitely not sober. We went to the pool one afternoon and it seemed to be the local hangout for lots of 20-somethings who weren't actually staying at the hotel. Not quite walking distance to downtown St, Helena.
We have stayed at this hotel several times when visiting Napa Valley. It is one of the last remaining reasonably priced hotels and located perfectly for visiting all the wineries on the main highway. You can even walk to a couple nice restaurants from the hotel. Nice clean rooms, continental breakfast, swimming pool and a cool vintage vibe. Also pet friendly. I almost regret posting this because I don't want it to be more discovered than it already is!
Just spent 3 nights there, we had 3 rooms and in all 3 rooms there was no internet, we each complained to the front desk which was dismissed with a "yeah we have been having problems", when on vacation and planning dinners and wine tasting it is important have have working internet as advertised, the breakfast should not be called a breakfast, they did have hot coffee though. Would recommend for location only otherwise drive a little further and stay in Napa at a quality hotel
This well-maintained, mid-century motel is in the heart of Napa Valley and lovingly maintains the gardens, kidney-shaped pool and rooms. Staff is welcoming and there are many lovely outdoor places to relax. A great bargain in Napa Valley.