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“Terrible service and management that doesn't care about customer happiness”
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Hotel St. Helena
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Sunnyvale, California
1 review
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“Terrible service and management that doesn't care about customer happiness”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

The service here is not only terrible, but insulting. I booked 1 night on a Saturday for 4/28/12. It was the cheapest hotel around I could find in Calistoga and St. Helena. Now it's the cheapest for a reason. I was told I had 3 days prior to the reservation to cancel or modify my reservation. My plans changed 3 days prior, and I called the hotel number listed in my confirmation email to cancel one of the rooms. No one picked up so I left a voicemail. No one got back to me, and it was at 8:00 pm so I thought fine I'll try again tomorrow.

Tomorrow comes and I email them when I don't hear from them. Turns out the confirmation I had a different number than what they usually answer at. I call at the new number they gave to me and when I get a hold of someone, they told me it's too late to cancel since it is 2 days prior to the reservation. I explained that my confirmation email did not have the right number, so they should let me cancel since I left a voicemail last night. The woman refused to do so and would not let me speak to the manager after repeatedly asking to speak to the manager. I told them there's no way I'm staying there after this fiasco, and that I'm disbuting the credit card charge if they still charge me. She said fine she doesn't care. That's the kind of service you'll get for staying here. Heed my words, find somewhere else that will treat you like they actually care for how you feel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Vacaville, California
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We did not stay at this hotel, so I'm not able to talk about the room. But we did stop in the lobby and the woman working at the front desk was able to help us out tremendously. She was very accommodating and welcoming despite the fact that we weren't staying at the hotel. The antique decor is charming and the lobby was clean and comfortable. I would book a room at this hotel based only on the way that they treated us as non-guests and welcomed us into their space. Obviously very kind hearted and caring hosts.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2012

I stayed here with my friends on our first visit to Napa Valley, and the receptionist was extremely helpful. The hotel is being renovated, and the rooms and bathrooms that have been renovated are really nice. We happened to stay in a room that had not been renovated, and spoke with the receptionist about some of our concerns and they apologized completely and gave us a partial refund, which was great and unexpected. I would recommend this as an affordable place to stay in St.Helena, with a great location.

Room Tip: Ask for one that has been renovated, and if you want a private bathroom make sure to ask.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2011

This wasn't the best hotel we had stayed in during our CA trip but there were some good things about it that should be pointed out. Firstly it is in a great location for dining with two EXCELLENT restaurants just minutes walk away, one just opposite the hotel. This is what you need after a day of wine tasting; somewhere where you don't need to use the car. The gentille ladies who seem to own and run the place are pleasant and helpful and we saw no signs of the grubby carpets etc that some have complained about. Admittedly it was expensive - we paid around USD 120 for a room with shared bathrooms - all that was available - but the bathrooms were always clean and dry and no sign of others using them, although they must have.
The breakfast was much better than most 'motel' style places in USA and the hotel had a calm and quiet air about it. howver, there was a fairly noisy aircon fan outside our window which we asked the landlady to turn off at night, which she did. otherwise we had no real complaints.
If you are there to enjoy the hotel then choose another, but if you are in St Helena to enjoy the region and visit the wineries etc, this place could be ideal.

Room Tip: avoid the rooms obove the side aircon plant.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Very sparse accomodations for price. i made a mistake and thought I had 3 nights reservation but only had 2 nights. I was touring the valley with business partner when I received a call at about 3 PM indicating i had failed to checkout so everything was gathered from my room and put in a plastic bag behind the counter. Very unprofessional. Only good thing is I had to stay somewhere else that third night.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2011

WHO is writing the reviews that say we had a great time here, has to be friends and relatives!!! It was late. We were getting disparate. Most all of the other hotels wanted 350-400 for the night??? This crap hole was 160. we went for it. (they love it when you pay before seeing the room, then smile in delight when they swipe your credit card, and chuckle when they take you up to the room and open the door for you.) Room old, You could almost call it a cell. First...bed check...no bed bugs spotted ...good. Carpet filthy, furniture...garage sale rejects. Hallway smelled like when I visited my father in the retirement home. Keep in mind that they have no staff at this place after 8, you are locked in the place with whoever they let stay there besides yourself, think about it...Leaf blower guy stands outside the window at seven. I do not understand what that area thinks they have that they need to charge such ridiculous prices for everything!? The wine country, Food is high priced, traffic is the worst I have seen. I ask myself why go back...why...why.
In my disgust, after this trip I started drinking beer and coffee...hard cider, I was even once reduced to sipping tea...after that one, my parents disowned me. I have been reduced to taking Viagra in the morning just to stand erect...Anyway this place sucked. Enjoy life elsewhere.

A B&B called Inkhouse wanted to take our reservation over the telephone, but we said we want to see the place first. When we got there it was on the main noisy highway, next to the railroad tracks, looked like the Munsters house from TV???The phone lady had a real attitude.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Thetford Mines, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2011

We made a reservation, and when we got to check in, the price was higher of what we had already paid with our credit card. The only thing the rude manager offered us was ''no charge for leaving and go get a hotel room somewhere esle'' at the last minute...

Room Tip: Go to El Bonita, half a mile south of St Helena. Clean and a lot more friendly !!!
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Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel St. Helena
Address: 1309 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-1900
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > St. Helena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in St. Helena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel St. Helena 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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