The Best Hotels to Book in Napa, California, for Every Traveler
Archer Hotel Napa features distinct design throughout its stylishly appointed rooms | Courtesy of Archer Hotel Napa / Booking.com
For most of us, Napa brings one thing to mind, yet the city itself has plenty to offer besides excellent wine. With first-class restaurants and bars sitting alongside historic attractions such as the Sam Kee Laundry Building and the Old Napa Mill, there is also an exceptional range of accommodation. From wine lodges and rural retreats to unique boutiques, these are the best hotels in and around Napa, California – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Andaz Napa, for first-time visits to the region
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Stay at this downtown hotel to experience everything Napa has to offer. Fully-stocked minibars and marble bathrooms equipped with blissful soaking tubs ensure comfort isn’t sacrificed for convenience. The loft rooms elevate your stay with gas fireplaces and private balconies. When you’re not uncorking fun in Downtown Napa, pour back into the hotel for wine, cheese, charcuterie and more at Mercantile restaurant. After dinner, grab a stem and make new friends around the terrace fire pit.
Napa Valley Lodge, for sipping at a slow pace
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There’s plenty to do at Napa Valley Lodge, though no one will shame you for spending hours in bed. With a fire blazing in the hearth and hills of vineyards visible with the tilt of a head, who wouldn’t be keen to sit in a robe and empty a few bottles of wine? When you’re ready to trade slippers for sandals, a shaded daybed beside the pool has your name on it.
Southbridge Napa Valley, for car-free vineyard hopping
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This convenient hotel in Napa Valley will have you returning year after year. More than 20 wineries and restaurants are within a short walk of your suite. Freshly roasted local coffee awaits in the courtyard each morning and your adventure is queued up just beyond. You might not need a car when you stay at this nice hotel in Napa, but your wobbly legs may warrant an Uber call.
SENZA Hotel, for cheese lovers
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With a mountainous backdrop and shady oak trees keeping the California sun from outshining the vines, Senza Hotel is a haven in Napa Valley. The nightly artisan wine-and-cheese social should be double-underlined on your itinerary; how you fill the hours before then is your choice. We vouch for a soak in the hot tub or a seat around the fire pit, though those seeking more serenity are better suited to an afternoon of sensorial bodywork in the spa.
White House Napa Valley Inn, for wine and unwinding
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Despite being across the river from the Napa Valley Vine Trail, White House Napa Valley Inn does its best to keep you on its lush grounds. Age like fine wine in your suite, gazing out at the gardens from your balcony, before being lured out by a curated breakfast, yoga session, or aroma touch oil massage. By the time you even consider leaving, you’ll be casually reminded of the evening wine social that can’t be missed.
Rancho Caymus Inn, for relaxed yet refined lounging
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A split-level suite, a gas fireplace and a glass of wine bottled only a few miles away – Rancho Caymus makes simple pleasures feel simply divine. Run your hands across the textured hacienda walls and let them lead you to the sun-soaked pool deck. Let the vino flow with quick trips to one of the six wineries within minutes of the hotel, only to return to a crackling fire under your suite’s wood-beamed ceiling.
Archer Hotel Napa, for warming fires in downtown
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Napa’s not all about countryside and vineyards, and this downtown boutique allows you to explore the superb restaurants and shops of the city itself. Modern four-posters and balcony fireplaces set a luxurious tone in the suites, while the Sky and Vine Rooftop Bar is a scenic spot to enjoy a glass of wine, with fire pits to keep you toasty during the winter.
North Block Hotel, for a Spanish-inspired escape
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The rugged adobe walls, terracotta tiled roofs and heavy oak doors give North Block a Spanish feel, which extends to the luxurious bedrooms. The European influence can also be felt in the food, with tasting packages pairing high-end cheese and prosciutto with top Napa wines. The pool area and hot tub are particularly inviting after a day in the country air, and the spa uses organic local ingredients, like ground grape seeds, in a range of wellness treatments.
Hotel Yountville, for exploring the countryside
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Built from smooth river pebbles, sturdy Napa timber and brushed local copper, the country-style Hotel Yountville focuses on the natural environment, though modern touches, like huge LCD TVs and rain showers, are everywhere, too. The organic connection continues at Heritage Oak Cafe, where the house-cured smoked salmon breakfast comes recommended. Exploring the countryside is made easy thanks to the resort’s rental bikes – they’ll pack you a lunch, too, full of goodies from local artisan producers.
Napa River Inn, for a historic riverfront escape
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Sitting pretty in the 1860s Historic Napa Mill on the Napa Riverfront, the River Inn is almost as old as its surroundings, having opened in 1901. The rooms maintain a heritage style, with clawfoot bathtubs and retro couches, while fresh pastries are delivered to your door daily from Napa favorite Sweetie Pies Bakery. The 20-plus wine tasting rooms within walking distance in Downtown Napa should divert you for a while, and wine tours can also be arranged to countryside producers further afield.
Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on January 26, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.