We have stayed at many B&Bs and hotels all over the world. Grape Leaf Inn is in a fantastic location, easy 3 block walk to the square with great restaurants and tasting rooms, and yet on a very quiet street with no noise at all.
All rooms are very clean, the house is restored/expanded with great taste. Our Cabernet Sauvignon room was on the second floor of the original house. Other rooms are on the first floor, as well as on both floors of a new addition. Be aware that almost all rooms have a large jacuzzi tub/shower which requires you to step over a two foot wall to get in. So if you have problems with balance, ask for one of the rooms with a normal shower. The rooms on the second floor of our section all have sloping ceilings typical of a house with dormers, so we had to be careful about not banging our heads. The bed was very comfortable and everything was extremely clean and decorated with taste. Breakfast was good, but no "wow" factor. We have had much better in other B&Bs.
So why is this not a B&B? There was no one there at all to talk to, to interact with, and the owners are totally absent. We called ahead to say we were arriving a bit early, and the very nice woman said that a key would be in an envelope next to the front door. We arrived, picked up our key with instructions and made our way to our room. The whole house was deserted - no one to ask for suggestions about restaurants or ask any other question about our stay. So we went for a drive and returned for a pre-arranged complementary wine tasting. A very nice woman was waiting for us and gave us our wines to taste, reading from pre-written cards to describe each wine.
A nice young woman cooked breakfast for us each day, but besides her, we saw no one else at all. We were all alone in the house at night, able to go and sit in the living room and watch a movie on our iPad. When we checked out, there was no one to talk to, we just left our key on the desk, packed up and drove away. This is NOT a B&B experience.
We would certainly come back because it was so clean and convenient, but now we will know what is (or is not) waiting for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury 13 room Inn in the heart of Wine Country. Enjoy the ambiance of our award winning property along with our 9 family wineries-Wilson Artisan Wineries. Absolutely sumptuous breakfasts and ultimate comfort, amenities and our special hidden Speakeasy where we serve the best California wines, cheeses. Walk to fine restaurants as well ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grape Leaf Hotel Healdsburg