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El Bonita Motel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Just outside of comfortable walking distance to downtown, no sidewalk available. Close to Farmstead Restaurant and V. Sattui winery. Nice, clean and spacious rooms. We would stay again. No coffee until 7:30.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We loved the 1950's look of the motel. Our room, across from the pool, wasn't overly spacious but it was comfortable and large enough that we could walk around without bumping into each other. The bathroom was small but clean and updated. Our only complaint was with the street noise. The rooms near the pool are also close to Hwy 29 and although there's less traffic at night, the rumble of passing trucks woke us each time they drove by. Next time, we'll request a room further from the highway....in the Garden or Homestead buildings (although, if rooms in those buildings aren't available, we wouldn't hestiate to stay in one of the Poolside rooms again). The breakfast buffet (cereals, sweet pastries, coffee, juice) was limited but a welcome addition.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

The El Bonita is a renovated 1941 motor lodge in the heart of St. Helena. The room was clean with a recently refurbished bath. This is not a resort hotel, but then it doesn't charge the outlandish prices of most other accommodation in Napa Valley. It was perfect for my needs of a place to sleep for a few nights without spending a fortune. The room contained a refrigerator and coffee maker. A very basic continental breakfast in the office was included. There is a nice pool area with outdoor hot tub and sauna room. All of this at well under $200/night and the perfect location for a few days of wine tastings at the local wineries.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

For almost 20 years I have stayed in a variety of hotels in Calistoga. When I was quoted over $200 on a ho-hum hotel in Calistoga I went to Trip Advisor and found El Bonita in the neighboring town of St Helena. Phoned them and was quoted about half the price so was happy to take a chance. It's an old 1941 motor-hotel (as they were once called) that has all the charm of yesteryear with lovely and present day updates and comfort. We chose a more economical poolside (street side) room -- the windows are modern & insulated greatly reducing road noise. Plus it seems the Napa Valley is tucked in bed by 9 o'clock -- so don't judge check-in time road noise level by bed-time road noise -- it's totally different. There are windows that open on both sides of the room for cross ventilation, nice furnishings, lighting, microwave, Nespresso coffee maker, refrigerator and lovely updated bathroom with colorful stone floor in the shower. I was very pleased with our new discovery of the El Bonita and would definitely stay here again. We wanted for nothing, other than a more consistent wifi experience, which may have been a problem with their service provider. We ended up staying 3 nights -- finding the location very convenient and the cost savings went towards purchasing wonderful wine!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

It was a treat to find a place at the last minute on a Monday that was nice and not $200 plus. We were able to enjoy the clean room with a great location and spend more money on other things like a nice meal at Brassica just a short walk away. We were in a room close to the road so traffic noise kept me from giving it 5 stars but there are less noisy and a bit more expensive rooms away from the road. The pool, spa and sauna are very pleasant and I could imagine coming back in winter or spring to enjoy an off season stay.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This was a great experience. This motel is small but very comfortable. Close to restaurants and shopping places. I will agree with other visitors, is simple yet very comfortable and luxurious. It was my first time to Saint Helena and my experience in this Motel was a good one for me, especially because I was with my Love.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Shared the King George Suite with 2 other couples, and it went smoothly for us all. Walk to the pool. Stroll to Gott's. Friendly staff, although they were reluctant to give us an extra 1/2 hour to check out, citing they had to clean up, and then the room was not serviced while we sat around the pool for 45 minutes. But it would take more than this to make for a bad stay, when the rest of the staff and the quality coffee in the lobby was top notch. Lots of room choices for traveling parties of all sizes.

Room Tip: King George is large and quiet, allowing lots of room for at least 6 people. The rooms in the back a...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 195 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-2197
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > St. Helena
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Price Range: $135 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — El Bonita Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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