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RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort
Ranked #17 of 30 Hotels in Napa
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

In the past I turned up my nose at the idea of trading my beautiful Hawaii timeshare for a glorified mobile home. After reading good reviews we decided to give Riverpointe a try. I am not sorry we did. Yes, the units are small but they are not old or run down or old fashioned in my opinion and we generally stay at Mariotts, Westins, Hilton etc. They are cutsied up mobile homes and considering the space limitations, I think they are very attractive and comfortable. The high ceilings and numerous large windows help create an airy and cheerful space. The resort realizes they have minuses to overcome and do what they can, such as providing high quality comfortable beds, good linens, thick Egyptian cotton towels, good quality appliances, etc.

The public amenities such as the club house, pool and spas are not lavish but are more than adequate. We used the grills on a few occassions and they are conveniently placed for a short walk from most units. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and the resort activities such as wine tasting evenings are wonderful. We enjoyed walking along the river in the morning and appreciated the fact that Walmart is .20 mile away, the Wine Train is .80 mile away, and if you feel ambitious you can walk to downtown. The location is great and that makes up for many minor short comings. If I could substitute a fancier resort on the same grounds that would be fantastic, but let's face it, that isn't possible. Only you can say whether the trade off between convenience and luxury is worth it for you. I have no idea why a previous reviewer said that the pictures did not match the resort in real life. Everything looked exactly as shown in the photos as far as I could see.

Napa is a desireable travel destination and Riverpointe places you right in the heart of restaurants, shops and wineries. It gives you the means to cook some of your own meals if you like. The location is quiet, peaceful and scenic, and the individual units insure that you don't have noisy neighbors above, below or on the other side of the next wall you as you'd have with a hotel. We enjoyed our stay and I would happily stay there again.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Kay7979
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

My husband and I own our timeshare with Marriott in Orlando, but very rarely do we go back to our home resort anymore (we have owned since 1995). This year we exchanged into Riverpointe knowing we were going to be staying in what was to be a trailer. We even invited another couple along for the fun. We all LOVED it! We were in units #17, 18 (I was told at check in that the units along the river have very limited Wifi access when I tried requesting one of those cottages). We gave my friends the unit with the larger kitchen (a four burner stove and slightly larger dishwasher) and the queen size bed (which we didn't realize they had compared to our king until mid-week) because upon entering our unit it had a strong Chlorox smell. Perhaps it had just been recently clean but the smell was still too strong for my friend to hang around in and start unloading her luggage into the bedroom. Happily though, we were able to check in at one pm, the staff was friendly, the units were super clean and fresh although a tight squeeze in the bedroom with the king size bed (we had the Deluxe trade meaning we were given two trailers connected by a deck). I would not stay here if I had more than three people (a couple and small child perhaps). With the king size bed, there was little room to move around the bed, but there was plenty of storage for all of our belongings. Yes, the tv in the bedroom is more of a twenty inch box (older). Yes, there should have been hooks to hang wet towels on, and we could have used more than one small bar of soap for the shower (I asked for more on Wednesday--easy enough). Trash and towels are taken care of twice a week, and a mini-cleaning is done mid-week. The internet was slow, so my husband had to go to the reception area/main building each night to connect for work. We were told the units on the river didn't have could internet but ours wasn't great either.
The location to Downton Napa, the Silverado Trail, Buttercream Bakery, Compadres Restaurant, Wal-mart and other stores, the highway and so many more places can't be beat! The Marriott is within ten minutes which is where we took the van for Balloons over the Valley. Marilyn, the concierge, was super helpful and so sweet (we spoke with her before our trip and throughout our stay). The Monday morning breakfast with Napa presentation was delicious and extremely informative. We attended one wine tasting the first Monday night we were there (it was long--ninety minutes--and we didn't love the wines offered, but it was free to taste!). the resort was quiet and peaceful, clean and relaxing. I would recommend staying here but only having two or maybe three people in each unit. It would be a tight squeeze with more needing to use the shower/bathroom area at the same time, and one/two would have to sleep in the family room. All four of us wouldn't think twice about staying here again in the future! We enjoyed the wine country cottages immensely!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank AlliTC
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The place is definitely not a 5 star resort. We would say 2 stars is a better description. What you see in the pictures does not match the real life. The accommodations are pretty small and the interior design is very old fashioned. Many heavy, and old furniture is cramped together, which makes the experience of living a bit claustrophobic, specially the bedroom.
The front desk employees are very unfriendly and unhelpful. You cannot check in before 4pm which is a bit too late,especially when you have had a long journey.
Once you get there they charge you additional fees for the use of amenities - things which are normally included in every other hotel service.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Milanobaidi
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

The website rated this as a Four Star Timeshare - Not quite. They are literally trailers parked in a flood plain. Our trailer tilted to the side. The bedroom in the full trailer was tight, the studio bedroom/bathroom we had was larger but VERY humid and we had to fight the neighbors for hot water. The kitchen was well equipped and sitting on the patio between the two trailers was quiet. The staff is friendly and accommodating but the place really needs a facelift. Everything felt old.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Pattie M
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We struggled to decide where to stay in Napa as we wanted to visit some wineries but did not have the local knowledge. After looking at the reviews we decided that Riverpointe was centrally placed and you could walk into town. It was an unexpected treat. The trailer are compact ( we had a one bedroom) but they have everything you might need. Fridge was large and spacious and the bathroom clean with plenty of towels. This is a small holiday resort. The pool is a good size and very quiet. The staff are fantastic and Marilynn, the concierge, an amazing character. The free breakfast and information on our first day was great. The complimentary wine tastings were a great experience. We took the opportunity of a limo trip to the wineries. The first stop was fantastic. I would however encourage you to find out exactly what was included in the price of trips as we all thought tastings were free and the other couple with us thought that it was $55 and I thought it was $65. Great value and well worth staying here although I would go for a 2 bedroom unit if we stayed for any longer than a couple of nights.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank 61JacquieH
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We had a two-bedroom unit here, which consists of a full trailer with kitchen, living room, dining area and bedroom, with a second studio accommodation across the deck for the second bedroom. The rooms are very comfortable and there is an amazing amount of storage space, considering the limited square footage. The grounds are lovely and the whole area seems very peaceful. The resort has an excellent series of events for guests, including three wine tastings in a one-week period provided by different wineries in the area. There is also a welcome breakfast on Monday mornings that was very informative. The units were very clean and well cared for. looking forward to my next trip!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank eal11
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was a time share trade for us, and an unusual one - we are used to big, sprawling resorts and this is definitely not that. We had an efficiency (for 2 of us) and when the reviews you read say it is small, don't discount it - it is SMALL. We have travelled all over the world, including Europe where the rooms are traditionally small and this is really, really little. There is NO room for your suitcase storage, so try to take your clothes and necessary items out and leave the suitcases in the trunk of your car!
Other than that, great stay - our unit was near the front office and we had our own parking lot. It was clean, well stocked and we lucked out - the unit across from us was having maintenance done so we had no neighbors and didn't have to share our deck/table. Be aware that if you have an efficiency you will have to share your deck and table with someone else.
The resort is very well located, easy to get to all of Napa and Sonoma. They also have really nice wine tastings at the main building, where they bring in local wineries so you can taste and learn about their process. Great touch! The free laundry service was nice also, as we were continuing on after Napa to a lengthier trip and really needed to do some laundry!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Linjons
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Additional Information about RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort

Address: 500 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558-3611
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Napa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Napa
#12 Family Hotel in Napa
Price Range: $197 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — RiverPointe Napa Valley Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RiverPointe Napa Valley is a resort that will suit any type of vacation. We offer studio and one-bedroom cottages. Guests enjoy room amenities such as an outdoor deck, fully-equipped kitchen, king/queen sized bed, sofa sleeper, and deluxe bathrooms. Additionally, on-site amenities include indoor/outdoor games, outdoor heated swimming pool, two outdoor hot tubs, and complimentary laundry facilities. Our delightful country cottages are sure to give you the vacation you have always wanted. The hotel provides free wifi for all guests. We look forward to your stay at RiverPointe Napa Valley where there is plenty of room for fun, relaxation, and savoring Napa Valley. Please note a Daily Resort Fee of $15 plus tax will be collected at time of booking. Guests must be 18 years of age or older with a valid ID and credit card to book and check-in. ... more   less 
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