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The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa
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Hoover, Alabama
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“Very pleased with Purple Orchid Inn”
Reviewed May 8, 2006

The gardens and pool area with the olive trees beyond were gorgeous. We ate breakfast outside one morning, had wine and cheese there in the evening. The rooms were good, not great, but we knew that from the photos on the website before we booked. We went there for the views and the area and were very pleased with it. The staff made dinner suggestions and reservations for us at the restaurant at the Wente vineyardsand it was excellent. Purple Orchid Inn's staff was unobtrusive but helpful when asked. The breakfasts were superb and better than expected, though we expected a lot from their website. The only downside: our room was not ready when we arrived (in fact, I think someone else was in it) and we had to wait about 30 minutes to check in but we waited out back in the garden and it was a nice wait. We were upgraded to a more expensive room at no extra charge. I would definitely recommend it and we would love to think we might return one day.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed April 13, 2006

The physical plant is very nice but views have lots of power lines. Thought the staff was very unpolished. I was doing a bithday celebration with a dear old friend. At check in time, there was a line and quite a wait. The woman then anounced that the C--s' room was ready as if announcing a gay couple's arrival. As a native San Franciscan, I love diversity. Just thought the announcement was inappropriate. The spa was the biggest disappointment. The young woman giving the massage was quite congested and kept interupting the service to loudly clear her nasal passages. Not pleasant for me and quite expensive. Decor alittle over the edge for my taste

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed October 4, 2004

We weren't expecting much from our weekend golf trip to Livermore, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The wineries were very good, the golf excellent (Wente), but the best experience by far was our stay at the Purple Orchid Inn.

It is a beautiful, log-cabinish lodge with full-service spa, tucked into a picturesque olive orchard in the rural Livermore hills (indeed, they bottle their own olive oil and serve estate-grown olive bread!) It felt a little like being in Tuscany. It is far from rustic, however, and its amenities are quite modern and luxurious, with an artistic flair reflected in its two artist galleries, hand-carved wooden theme doors, and beautiful landscaping. The owners were very attentive yet also very respectful of our privacy. Every detail is well thought-out, from our luxuriously soft robes, to the individually designed rooms, to the personal Jacuzzi tub in every room (if my memory serves) with waterfall-like faucet, to our oversized shower, private patio overlooking the pool and orchards, to the gourmet breakfast served us on our patio in the morning. I believe it was grand-marnier berry compote served over the tastiest French toast I have ever eaten.

After only one or two hours lounging by the rock-lined pool, with its two hot tubs, central waterfall, and the scenic olive orchard adjacent, we felt like we had been relaxing there two weeks. This is the most notable feature of the Purple Orchard Inn - its ability to relax you the second you enter the place. The owners have apparently designed the inn around Feng Shui principles, and it shows in every way from furniture layout to building design. Our room was the Double Eagle (as we are golf fanatics), and I highly recommend it, especially in winter since there is a fireplace. We didn't get a chance to use it, as it's still fairly warm. We had only one minor niggle, which is that the batteries in the remote for the overhead fan were weak. Otherwise, an A+ stay.

They have conference facilities and accommodate weddings... we are actually thinking of having our wedding there. No matter what, it's a place we plan to return to again and again... and for all the traveling we do, we've only said that once before.

  • Stayed September 2004
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Property: The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa
Address: 4549 Cross Rd, Livermore, CA 94550-9759
Location: United States > California > Livermore
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Livermore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Purple Orchid Wine Country & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a striking destination inspired by an extraordinary landscape melding the offerings of valley wine tasting, outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments. Embrace the warm & unsurpassed beauty of the Livermore valley. The Purple Orchid features ten rooms and suites designed for the relaxation and comfort of our guests. Experience the tranquility of the property as you relax in the modern country rooms complete with fireplaces and private Jacuzzi tubs.As a guest of the Purple Orchid, we invite you to walk through our rose gardens before relaxing and socializing in one of our many common areas. Then join us for "Gathering Hour", take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or unwind in the hot tubs. And don't forget to visit our Spa for pampering and rejuvenation of the mind and soul. ... more   less 
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Purple Orchid Inn, Resort And Spa
Purple Orchid Hotel Livermore

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