It was really great. When you book, ask for a cottage close to the Hilltop restaurant/Lobby. That way, you can walk to the pool. I booked the cottage on their parent website and got a discount over what was on the Inn website.
Once you check in, you have totally privacy. The little cottages are small, but very swank--fireplace (they bring you wood in a burlap bag that you just light), flat screen tv, a private patio with its own "overhead" heater that heats your patio so you can have a drink at night or breakfast in the morning), heated bathroom floors, a shower with multiple jets and an exterior door so you can choose to take a hot shower outdoors. Very, very upscale and most all the guests were in hip in attitude and an affluent 30-40's age group.
The pool setting is spectacular. It overlooks a vineyard--just breathtaking. There are two restaurants--The Hilltop which is for guests only. Service is SLOW! They serve B,L, & D. At the entrance, there's the Boon Fly Cafe. With pretty much the same breakfast menu, the Boon Fly is faster and they serve their signature homemade donuts. I'm still working those off!
The only downsides was their workout facility is under construction and they only have three machines--treadmill, elliptical, & stairmaster. Good quality machines, but not many. The machines are housed in an empty cottage.
The other downside is that once you leave in the morning to go to vineyards, its not like you can pop back in for a quick rest. The Inn is located at the bottom of the valley. It really didn't bother us because we had full winery days planned and then we had an early dinner before returning to the Inn.
As for dinner, Mustards Grill was great as was the Martini House. The Inn recommended La Toque where they have a prix fixed menu w/wine pairings. It was the worst meal we had the entire trip--the food was not fresh at all--and it was one of the more expensive, about $450-500. I would not recommend it!
Make sure you make appointments at your favorite wineries. I was a little concerned that we would get to these small wineries and we would feel pressured to purchase wines that we really didn't like, but that was not the case at all. No pressure at any of them! We went to Swanson, Opus One, Shafer & Far Niente. There were between 8-12 people in each of our groups. Swanso was cool because they served food with their different wines.
It was a great trip and if you get to spend a night or two in San Francisco, it makes for a great trip. We stayed at the Clift there and it, too, was perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the midst of the beautiful Carneros winegrowing region is Carneros Resort and Spa, a luxurious Napa Valley retreat designed to make absolutely everything feel better. Carneros Resort and Spa was created to provide an intimate atmosphere of Napa Valley hospitality reminiscent of its unique surroundings. Nestled among 28 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, bucolic Napa farmland and scenic apple orchards, Carneros Resort and Spa's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - combined with stylish resort accommodations and modern interiors to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of our sophisticated guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Carneros Hotel Napa
- Carneros Hotel Napa
- Carneros Inn
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