Just returned from a three-night stay at 1801 First as a surprise for my 30th birthday. It was a perfect place to stay to celebrate this milestone.
My partner reserved the Carriage House for us, which is in a separate little house apart from the main building. The room was beautifully decorated in earth tones (brown, beige, merlot, sage). The main living area of the house had a king size bed with very nice linens and comfortable pillows. Adjacent the bed were two chocolate leather chairs with ottoman for reading and relaxing. There is a two-sided fireplace on the wall in front of the bed which can also be seen in front of the two-person jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. There is a wall-mounted flat panel TV, DVD and a small collection of recent DVDs above the fireplace.
In the bathroom, aside from the two-person jacuzzi tub, there was a walk-in shower which had a knack for flooding the rest of the bathroom if you were not too careful. The bath products were exquisite: Gilchrist and Soames. Also included were bath salts, which came in handy with the jacuzzi tub. It was very relaxing and romantic to unwind after a long day in the jacuzzi tub with the fireplace going. The towels were very nice, nice and full, with a lovely scent of lavender. The robes provided were very nice, very comfy.
On the other side of the bathroom was a little sitting area with a table and two chairs. There was also an empty refrigerator for use during the stay. They provide you with two complimentary bottles of water in your refrigerator every day. There is also a set of two wine glasses, wine opener and other useful items to have some wine in your room.
Double french doors open from the living/bed area out into a little backyard garden area with white rattan loungers and chairs, a table with umbrella and a very cool fountain. When the weather agrees, this is the area where they have a wine tasting with local wines and hors d'ouvres from 5:30-6:30 p.m. each night.
Everyone we encountered at the inn were very nice, professional and helpful. Check in was a breeze and we were personally escorted to our room and shown the different amenities the roon had to offer. Waiting for us in the room was a setup of three chcolate truffles made by their executive chef. They were delicious. The wine tasting the first night was sponsored by A Dozen Vintners. They had 4 different types of wines to sample and the chef at the inn created three hors d'ouvres to sample with the wines. They also had olives and nuts spread out to munch on besides the hors d'ouvres. The other nights, the wine tastings were done by the inn employees themselves, offering two local wines and, again, hors d'ouvres to sample with the wines. The wine tastings were wonderful. A nice touch before heading out to dinner.
The breakfasts, as previously reported, were excellent-- especially the morning of my birthday. They really do outdo themselves with the breakfast. They start you off with the bread course-- three different breads, scones, danishes, croissants, etc. that the chef has baked for that day. Then comes the fruit course. . .we had a mango banana smoothie one day, berries with yogurt and balsamic vinegar another day (which was amazing). After that comes the entree course. You get to pick between the "spa" selction and the "indulgent" selection. Either one looks and tastes great so sometimes it was hard to make a decision! You also get unlimited coffee, milk, orange juice and water. In addition, there is a continental breakfast buffet that you can sample if you aren't already busting at the seams with all the other food I have already mentioned. Breakfast was simply wonderful.
You also have 24-hour access to the main inn building, where some of the smaller rooms are located, and you can come in and get freshly baked coockies, soft drinks, coffee, water, and other snacks, all complimentary. Again, another nice touch to be able to get free munchies instead of paying the usual ridiculous mini-bar prices at luxury hotels.
The inn is located on the corner of Jefferson and First Street. It is on a main street, but we hardly heard any street noise in the room. The inn is very closely situated to downtown Napa, so boutiques and restaurants are not far away.
I highly recommend 1801 First if you are looking for a unique luxury experience during your time in Napa. I will definitely make it a point to stay there again in the future. I also highly recommend dinner at Celadon in downtown Napa, next door to the Napa River Inn. As well as making a trip to the Clos Pegase winery near Calistoga for a unique wine and art experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family operated Inn that has changed the mindset of the traditional bed and breakfast. 1801 First has been branded as a landmark property according to The Napa Landmarks Association and continues to be the curb appeal Inn for all tourists and locals alike! We have owned this beauty for 3 1/2 years and have loved being apart of its rich history. A true luxury Inn with graceful rounded bay windows, courtyard gardens and romantic fireplaced lodgings adorn this historic and newly revitalized Queen Anne Victorian. Designed in 1903 by prominent Napa architect William Corlett, 1801 First has been meticulously transformed into an inviting chic retreat, blending its stunning classic architecture with sophisticated styling and decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1801 1st Luxury Inn
- 1801 First Luxury Hotel Napa
- 1801 First Luxury Inn Napa, Napa Valley, CA