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“Nice place but wifi out of order”
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El Bonita Motel
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Nice place but wifi out of order”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

El Bonita is a great little place just outside of St. Helena. It has a pool and small but clean rooms. We have stayed here several times and it has always been as expected, good. The only caveat, and it's a big one for me is that the wifi doesn't work reliably outside of the lobby area. Staff were not too concerned and don't seem to understand that for people like myself and my friend who I was traveling with, we need to be in touch and need our wifi. It's 2012 for gosh sakes! They said they had an IT guy but that the problem had been ongoing for several months. My solution? Get a new IT person. I would check before staying here if you need wifi as part of your business.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Pembroke Parish, Bermuda
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I just had my third stay at this motel, which is in a very expensive part of the world. The price is outstanding compared to other accommodation in the area. The staff are helpful and friendly, and it's an easy walk into St. Helena, which is a beautiful town. The accommodation is adequate, clean and the bathrooms were very nice for this price motel in this area. I would stay there again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Boonville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2012

El Bonita may be the only resonably priced accomodation in St Helena. Our king bed room was off the main highway, plenty large and clean with a remodeled bathroom. There was an outside patio behind our room -- if you did not mind fighting off the mosquitos. The continental breakfast in the lobby was minimal...pastries, cereal, fruit. There is coffee in the room. We left some clothes hanging in the room and the staff mailed them to us the very next day. We would stay here again and save our money to spend on wine and food.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Victor, Idaho
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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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Livermore, California
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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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Charlotte, NC, USA
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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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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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Property: El Bonita Motel
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 #6 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — El Bonita Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
motel in Napa Valley,within walking distance to several wineries. ... more   less 
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