There are a lot of cool luxury hotels in the world, but very few top the Carneros Inn in Napa. Here's why:
1. The setting. The hotel is a collection of 80-something cottages set amidst rolling hills and vineyards between Sonoma and Napa, meaning all of the major sights in both valleys are just a short drive away. The landscaping is flawless, and the whole place feels like a Twenties-era resort town or Pleasantville on a small scale.
2. The rooms, or rather "cottages." Each of these is free-standing, arranged in land-scaped cul-de-sacs with gravel footpaths between them, plus large, truly-private garden patios complete with an outdoor heater and shower (which is amazing). The style takes the vernacular of the farms and vineyards nearby and gives it a fresh, modern spin. It's Martha Stewart meets Phillipe Starck. Oh yeah-- did I mention the rooms have huge soaker tubs, flat-sceen TVs, and real wood-burning fireplaces (which are almost extinct in hotels these days)? One tip: Ask for a room near the Hilltop to guarantee no traffic noise from the highway. Also, from what we could see there was no advantage to paying more for a cottage adjacent to the vineyards, since your garden walls shielded the view anyways.
3. The service. Amazing from the get-go, when you get poured a nice glass of red wine at reception (which is then refilled prior to your drive to your cottage). The staff is attentive and professional, but friendly in a very California kind of way. They actually have conversations with you, instead of simply exchanging pleasantries. The concierge staff deserves a special mention-- we've never experienced better pre-stay planning, complete with detailed maps. Every recommendation proved perfect.
4. The food. It's great. Make a reservation before you go, or you'll be out of luck at Farm for dinner. We ate breakfast at the Hilltop Dining Room rather than the Boon Fly Cafe-- the menu was basically the same, but the view is better and there were no crowds at all. Minibars are stocked only with water and pop-- but there are amazing snacks and beverages at the Market on the property (milk chocolate with maplewood bacon in it, anyone?).
5. The amenities. The hilltop pool is saltwater, with one of the best views you can imagine. Best of all, kids are banned, since they have their own pool nearby. A welcome touch. One suggestion: Ban cell-phone use around the pool, please.
- 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
- Carneros Resort And Spa Napa, Napa Valley, CA