The 10 Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is known the world over for its cabernets, chardonnays and spectacular sprawling wineries, but it’s also a foodie heaven, and an exceptional place to visit if you want to relax and treat yourself. There’s plenty of sunshine, space and peace. And many of the best wine hotels in the Napa Valley also offer pampering extras, like spa treatments, massages, winery tours and wine-matching menus. All our recommendations for the 10 best wine hotels in the Napa Valley have a little something extra, as well as great tasting rooms or cellars, and great vineyard access.

Napa Valley

With the very best wine hotels in the Napa Valley pitching everything so perfectly for relaxation and enjoyment it’s easy to see why they receive around four million visitors annually. And of course our 10 best wine hotels in the Napa Valley do book up well in advance. So one of the most difficult parts of the Napa Valley experience is choosing exactly where you want to stay. The Napa Valley is a big place, so if you’re staying for more than a few nights you might even want to consider booking into two or more of our recommendations for the 10 best wine hotels in the Napa Valley so you can see and taste more of the region.

Where to find our 10 best wine hotels in the Napa Valley

Napa is the biggest centre in the valley, and has a good range of accommodation options, but it’s not as pretty as some of the smaller towns, and a greater concentration of the best wine hotels in the Napa Valley can be found higher up the valley. Napa does have a great produce market and a number of excellent restaurants in its favour though.

Yountville, nine miles north of Napa, is a foodie favourite, with more Michelin stars per capita than any other American town. And one of the main reasons to stay in Yountville is so you can walk home after a boozy supper.

St. Helena is one of the prettiest, and thus most popular towns, also known for having the most expensive boutiques and most glamorous visitors.

Calistoga is the least developed town in the valley with an old fashioned feeling main street. But what it’s really known for are its natural springs, so there’s the bonus opportunity of enjoying the natural hot springs and hot mud baths.

This is also a great place to come if you want to really escape, and some of the best wine hotels in the Napa Valley are converted - or partly converted - wineries, offering serene vineyard views and often grape related spa treatments.

The 10 Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley

The Most Romantic Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley

The Milliken Creek Inn is an adults only inn right by the lush banks of the Napa River, close to the Silverado Trail. There are 12 beautiful rooms which exude comfort and luxury and a manicured, riverside garden. They also offer an unusual selection of spa treatments, and of course some exceptional wine tasting.

Milliken Creek Inn

The Solage Calistoga is an ‘Adult Playground’ in the heart of the Napa Valley, with an impressive cocktail bar - even for a wine region - and an even more impressive spa complex, with a beautiful pool, spa and sauna, plus hot tubs and all the trimmings. The restaurant is exceptional as well, and they’ll hire you a bike to ‘help’ with the wine tastings.

Solagge Calistoga

The Bardessono Hotel and Spa proves you can have luxury as well as an eco-friendly ethos. Geothermal systems heat the rooms and spa, whilst solar panels provide almost all of the hotel’s energy. Spacious bathrooms are designed as private spas and the restaurant favours organic ingredients and weekly wine tasting.

Bardessono Hotel and Spa

The Best Food and Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley

Surrounded by incredible vineyard views, the scent of olive groves and set above a 15,000 strong wine cellar, the Auberge du Soleil is a Napa Valley classic. In gorgeous St. Helena, this hotel has an outstanding restaurant - well regarded across the valley, plus a gorgeous pool and spa. And 50 rooms, which start from about £600 per night. Yes, it’s luxurious as luxurious can be.

Auberge du Soleil

The Napa River Inn is right on the river in Napa town, and has 66 rooms with charming, old-fashioned decor, as well as a Michelin rated restaurant. And you’re within a stroll of around 20 different tasting rooms and all the fantastic restaurants Napa has to offer.

Napa River Inn

The Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley for Relaxing

Meadowood, in St Helena, offers a warm welcome for anyone who wants to enjoy the valley views and a glass of wine, and maybe even to visit the vineyards - on foot, horseback or bike. This large, contemporary hotel has 85 rooms and a gourmet restaurant serving Californian dishes. There’s a beautiful spa and pool and an excellent wine list.

Meadowood

The Chateau de Vie is a peaceful, four bedroom chateau surrounded by lavender filled gardens. Large rooms overlook the vineyards beyond, and there’s a gourmet breakfast to start the day plus a spa and pool to finish the day. This is the perfect base for exploring the local vineyards, on foot, horseback or two wheels.

Chateau de vie

The Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley for a Peaceful Escape

The Cottages of Napa Valley comprises eight cottages nestling in the hills of the Napa Valley around a lovely central garden. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and a sitting room.

The Cottages of Napa Valley

Lavender in Yountville is an extremely pretty eight room B&B with a Provencale feel. Each room has its own additional facilities, like a hot tub, spa bath or wrap around porch. There's even a boules 'court'.

Lavender

The Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley for agri-chic

The Carneros Inn has been converted from a farm, and the collection of cottages, suites and rooms are modern and stylish. There’s also a choice of restaurants, an award-winning spa, expansive gardens with three pools and a number of hot tubs. As well as wine tastings they also offer cheesemaking classes.

Carneros Inn

If you haven’t found your idea of the best wine hotels in the Napa Valley in our Guru's recommendations you could:

The 10 Best Wine Hotels in the Napa Valley

  • Auberge du Soleil St Helena (California) 50 rooms from £595

    The breathtaking views, olive groves and outstanding restaurant are reason enough to stay but add a pool, spa and prime location and you have the perfect A luxury boutique hotel. Rooms are luxurious from the linens to the bath soaps. 15,000 strong wine cellar, a renowned restaurant across the valley

    Sights nearby  -  Napa Museum is small but worth a visit - exhibits local artists.
    Local markets  -  V Market has it all - food, wine, shops & entertainment.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Milliken Creek Inn Napa (California) 12 rooms from £160

    This intimate adults-only inn is on the grassy banks of Napa River and the scenic Silverado Trail. The beautiful rooms boast stylish furnishings in chocolate and cream, creating a sense of warmth and luxury. Fantastic spa treatments and a manicured riverside garden add to the idyllic setting.

    Romantic Break  -  Adults-only, with romantic spa treatments and facilities and nearby vineyards for wine-tastings- perfect for a romantic break
    Total relaxation  -  Unusual and luxury spa treatments on offer, beautiful gardens overlooking the Napa river, and peaceful surroundings.
    Great walks  -  Explore the garden and beyond.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Solage Calistoga Calistoga (California) 89 rooms from £653

    This 'Adult playground' is in the heart of Napa Valley with pool, spa and bicycles to explore. Rooms are modern with Italian linens and stone showers. Spa offers a wide array of treatments with sauna and hot tub. Solbar offers meals and cocktails using garden produce. Great relax spot!

    Great walks  -  A range of walking, jogging and biking trails.
    Sights nearby  -  Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Napa Valley Lodge Yountville 55 rooms from £225

    A romantic hideaway commanding spectacular views of the renowned Napa Valley. From Champagne breakfast delivered to your door, to watching the sunset from your private balcony, this is a truly pampering experience. The rooms are simple, elegant and extremely comfortable. A wine lover's paradise!

    Great walks  -  Skyline Wilderness Park has 850 acres of trails and has something for everyone.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor- year round.
    Opulent
    Full of character
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  • The Cottages of Napa Valley Napa (California) from £921

    Eight cottages rest around a central garden in the delightful wine region of the Napa Valley. A hideaway fit for a movie star. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and dining area. Relax in comfort and privacy or explore the wine and food region by foot, bike, balloon or on horse.

    Local markets  -  Check out the local markets and all the Napa produce.
    Back to Nature  -  Napa Valley is a stunning part of California.
    Restrictions on children  -  All children over the age of 12 are welcome.
    Sights nearby  -  Hop aboard the wine train.
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  • Lavender Yountville 8 rooms from £192

    Charming Yountville B&B, only minutes from the Napa Valley Wineries. The decor draws inspiration from Provence, with lavender gardens, warm tones and even a boules court. Each room comes with its own extra amenities, such as access to wrap around porch, spa bath or hot tub. Intimate and very pretty!

    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Private Hot Tub
    Full of character
    Outstanding location
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  • Senza Hotel Napa 41 rooms from £186

    A trendy hotel in the famed Napa Valley Region. Each stylish room features original artworks and a private balcony over looking the local vineyards. Pamper yourself with in room massages, oversized tubs and Molton Brown bath products. Elegant, opulent and fun.

    Outstanding location
    Great walks  -  Several local State Parks provide ample walking- Alston Park, Skyline Wilderness Park, Westwood Hills Park and many more.
    Cooking classes  -  Brush up on your culinary skills at Cooking with Julie - Napa and The Culinary Institute Academy - St. Helena
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Meadowood St Helena (California) 85 rooms from £384

    A warm welcome awaits, wine tasting and Napa Valley views. The large, contemporary rooms with modern bathrooms and private balconies. The restaurant offers gourmet Californian dishes accompanied by regional wine. Relax at the spa, read by the pool or explore the vineyards by foot, horse or bike.

    Great walks  -  The Meadowood Loop is 4 miles of Napa Valley countrside.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Back to Nature
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Southbridge St Helena (California) 21 rooms from £177

    This downtown boutique has a picturesque creeper facade, manicured gardens and relaxing water fountain. Large rooms house plush linens, fireplaces and private balconies. Pizzeria Tra Vigne serves up fresh pasta dishes and wood-oven pizzas in a classically Italian setting. So much to explore on foot!

    Local markets  -  Gourmet markets are regualr occurances in St Helena - be sure to ask when they are on.
    Opulent
    Full of character
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • The Carneros Inn Napa 86 rooms from £225

    Modern take on traditional local farm buildings in the beautiful Napa Valley with an 'agri-chic' aesthetic. The cottages and suites feature private, furnished patios and immaculately stylish rooms. Eat in delicious restaurants, and relax in an award-winning spa, outdoor pools, and grand gardens.

    Active Holiday  -  3 pools, hot tubs, free bikes, extensive gardens, art classes, cheese-making, horse riding and helicopter trips, to name a few
    Country Escape  -  The beautiful Napa Valley is perfect for a rural escape, and any holiday should involve a visit to a vineyard or tasting house
    Back to Nature  -  The Di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature is a 217-acre estate housing thousands of artworks in a unique natural setting.
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Chateau de Vie Calistoga (California) 4 rooms from £207

    Elegant lavender filled formal gardens and quiet stillness create a feeling of peace in this Chateau. Generous sized rooms overlook the surrounding Napa Valley vineyards. Rise to a gourmet breakfast and explore the region on horseback, foot or bike. The Vineyard spa & pool will round off your day.

    Back to Nature  -  Beautiful spot in the wine country.
    Great walks  -  Along Napa River or through town.
    Full of character
    Outstanding location
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 5th June 2019