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El Bonita Motel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, Indiana
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48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent location, great people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We moved here after an unsatisfying 3 days at the Silverado. La Bonita is a gem of a renovated 1950's style roadside inn. Our room had been refurbished within the last 5 years and the bathroom more recently. Tastefully done. Could use a headboard or poster above the bed. Nice kitchenette. Included continental breakfast is passable. We did not use the pool, hot tub or sauna, but they look clean and well maintained.

Room Tip: If in the 2 story building, request a first floor room. The walkout patio is very nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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90 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed at El Bonita for one night while exploring Napa valley wineries. As our schedule allowed for one night only we were looking for something on a cheaper side with good reviews. This area is really expensive and after some research I decided on El Bonita where the room rates were higher than a regular motel would charge but it seemed to be reasonable for the area. Our overall experience with El Bonita happened to be what we expected. The room with a queen bed was not too big but not too small either. Most important it was clean and the bed was fine. It had a refrigerator, microwave and a coffee/tea machine. Don't count on the breakfast too much. It's a continental with small variety of choice. The fruits were fresh and so was the orange juice. The croissant (no jam) was big and fresh too. The location was perfect for us because one of the wineries we wanted to visit was a walking distance from there, the other only 3 miles away. It was a bit noisy in the early morning when trucks started to pass by, but not as noisy as to become a problem. If you are okay with the idea of a motel in this area, El Bonita won't disappoint.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rocklin, California
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47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We took our daughter to college and stayed here overnight because we attended orientation the next day. The hotel is on the outskirts of St. Helena and it's very old school. The person at the front desk was very nice and accomodated my request for 2 beds at the last minute. The set-up is very 'old school' with very little room besides the beds, side desk table and TV stand combo dresser. The bed was comfortable and clean and the shower had great water pressure. We didn't use any other amenities (i.e. pool, sauna, cont breakfast). The price was $99 which is expensive for what you get in most locations but not the wine country! Decent option. The only issue we had is they didn't clean out the refrigerator and it had a very smelly something in it:(

Room Tip: We had room 17 which was out the end and quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Worth
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The son of a treasured old friend got married at the Culinary Institute in Oct 2012. The whole wedding party and guests were able to stay at the El Bonita Motel. The setting was very light hearted and fun...and old fashioned motel like my family used to stay at when i was young. The pool area was a perfect place to gather. All of the wedding party loved being able to go in the hot tub in the evening...and us oldsters were happy enough to sit and watch them sippling fantastic local wine. The buffet breakfast in the morning was just enough...we did not need anything fancy. The staff was so friendly and accomodating with regard to the rambunctious wedding party. The location was perfect with the main street and shops being a short walk away. It was a wonderful stay for a wonderful event

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Elk Grove, California, United States
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I just made a reservation by phone 2 days ago for a 1 night stay for business. The charges appeared on my bank statement within 2 days. I realized I gave the incorrect card number. I called back & spoke to a young man. Explained the bank card change. The male employee informs me it may take up two weeks for the my bank to credit the account. I told him that was fine. I then asked "why does it take 2 days to debit an account but then it takes 2 weeks to reverse it?" He replied, "that's how banks work".. I stated that is not true. The employee raised his voice, try to over talk me on the phone, and last said I needed to speak to someone else & hung up on me. I called back & asked to speak to a manager and the same young man answered the phone. He stated there was no manager available & hung up for the 2nd time on me. It's obvious THIS EMPLOYEE has POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS & should not be working for the El Bonita Motel. BEWARE of EMPLOYEES NOT PROPERLY TRAINED!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey, California
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47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was my first visit to the Napa area. A friend recommended this motel. It was clean and the price was reasonable for the area. The furniture was old as was the carpet. The breakfast was okay, nothing special. It was a little noisy at night as it is right on the main highway.

Room Tip: Get a room off the road.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Littleton, Colorado
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36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I have stayed here 4 times over the last 10 years. It's comfortable and familiar. Nothing fancy, but the rooms are big, they offer a continental breakfast (it seemed more meager this time than previous times), and they have a nice pool. Prices are very reasonable for the area.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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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 #5 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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