The Best Luxury Hotels in Napa Valley, California

From intimate inns to sprawling wellness resorts, there is no shortage of luxury stays in Napa Valley
From intimate inns to sprawling wellness resorts, there is no shortage of luxury stays in Napa Valley | © Auberge du Soleil / Expedia
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14 January 2021

Napa Valley, California‘s first American Viticultural Area, has lured the well-heeled for over a century. Monied San Franciscans first ventured to the valley on steamboats in the 1800s, until the railroad was established in 1868. Grand parties for the aristocracy were held at the region’s mansions – and while it lost a little of its luster in the mid 1900s, it’s since cemented its spot as one of the world’s top wine getaways, as many luxury hotels have opened up. From intimate luxury inns to sprawling wellness resorts, these are the best luxury hotels in Napa.

Auberge du Soleil

Boutique Hotel, Resort
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Provence-inspired Auberge du Soleil, which drapes down a hillside and rewards with views of the golden valley and Mount Veeder, has been setting the bar for a luxury Napa stay since the 1980s. While the Michelin-star restaurant that started it all remains, plenty of upgrades have been added to the 50-room retreat like an infinity-edge pool, a sculpture garden with works by dozens of California artists and La Pagode, a Japanese ryokan-style pavilion for yoga, pilates and meditation. The hotel’s Zen spa with stone fountains, mature oak trees and treatments featuring Napa Valley botanicals is as tranquil as it gets.
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Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Spa Hotel, Winery with Rooms
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This hotel’s location, adjacent to Beringer – the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley – means guest rooms overlook a vineyard. The three-acre (1.2ha), adults-only retreat in St Helena incorporates a 1907 Georgian farmhouse with 68 modern guest rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg, with blond-wood floors and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto private patios. Like the sister property in Mexico City, dining is a major draw. Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino’s Acacia House restaurant serves seasonal, local dishes with international flair like Sonoma lamb with merguez sausage and fermented chili, and Berber carrots with medjool dates.

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Kenwood Inn and Spa

Inn, Spa Hotel
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In Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon, Kenwood is a tranquil Mediterranean-style inn surrounded by vineyards, orchards and ancient oaks. Landscaped grounds have three courtyards, fountains, two hot tubs and a pool, where guests can book private poolside lounges with fireplaces and lounge chairs for the day. The spa reopened in 2019 after a modern makeover that added waterfall pools, Japanese Toto toilets and marble soaking tubs for two. Try the signature Cielo Bliss Detox CBD massage or the espresso and mud detoxifying body wrap. Tuscan-inspired guest rooms have king feather beds and Italian furniture.

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Gaige House + Ryokan

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In the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House + Ryokan brings the zen of a Japanese inn to the zest of California’s wine country. The Gaige House was built in the late 1800s by its namesake Albert Ebenezer Gaige, a successful local butcher with shops in San Francisco and Kenwood. The hotel has meditation areas, calming fountains, a yoga enclave, gardens and a spa. The 23 guest rooms sport modern Asian design, such as platform beds, rock gardens and granite soaking tubs. Waterside suites are some of Napa’s most serene, where guests can hear Calabazas Creek trickle by.

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Southbridge Napa Valley

Boutique Hotel
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The 21 large rooms at Southbridge Napa Valley have vaulted ceilings, king beds, wood-burning fireplaces and French doors that lead onto Juliet balconies. Located at the entrance to downtown St Helena, Southbridge is walking distance to Merryvale Winery, Health Spa Napa Valley and restaurants like Pizzeria Tra Vigne, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and the Charter Oak. Make sure you save space for breakfast: a free continental spread is included in your stay.

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Bardessono

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Bardessono bucks the old-world ambience, beloved by tasting rooms and hotels in Napa, in favor of a sleek, angular look with plenty of glass and stone. Light-filled guest rooms have custom furnishings, organic cotton bed linens and original photography. In addition to design, wellness is a focus at this Yountville retreat. At B Spa, seasonal treatments include a rejuvenating 90-minute massage with antioxidant-rich chardonnay oil. A “spa butler” is always on hand to prep for in-room massages, with candlelight and mood music, set up for one or two people.
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  • Indian Springs Calistoga

    Spa Hotel, Lodge, Cottages
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    A wellness destination since the mid-1800s, Indian Springs Calistoga is one of California’s original spas. In fact, the Wappo Indians reportedly began bathing in the warm waters some 8,000 years ago. Today, four thermal geysers produce mineral-rich water that feeds the steam rooms and Olympic-sized pool. A deposit of pure volcanic ash is used to make mud for the property’s famed mud baths. The Merchant family has been expanding and fine-tuning the luxury wellness getaway since 1988. They added 75 guest rooms in 2014, and accommodations, each unique, are set in historic cottages, bungalows and Mission Revival-style buildings, spread across 17 verdant acres (7ha).

    The Francis House

    Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Luxury, Spa Hotel
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    With its mansard roof and stone façade, the Francis House seems plucked from the French countryside. Merchant James H. Francis built it as his family home in 1886, but ownership changes, natural disasters and time lead to its decline. The house sat vacant for 52 years until an interior designer and developer from the Bay Area restored its former glory. The adults-only inn now has just five Parisian-inspired guest rooms with leather headboards, antique desks, brass luggage racks and chandeliers, as well as modern luxuries like Japanese-style Toto toilets and heated floors. Common areas reflect the owner’s exquisite taste with gilded frames, Impressionist artwork and antiques. Play modern-day aristocrat while luxuriating in the pool and infrared sauna and wandering the grounds, studded with citrus trees and stitched herb gardens.

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    Bann at Oak Knoll Napa Hotel

    Luxury, Hotel
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    Upscale bed-and-breakfast Bann at Oak Knoll is the vision of chef Lalita Souksamlane, who owns five restaurants in San Francisco, including Osha Thai noodle house. Souksamlane wanted to create a small hotel inspired by her roots. “Bann” means home in Thai, and each room features traditional design found in the three different regions of the Southeast Asian nation – such as the Chaiburi room with imported Thai carvings and royal-blue cloth wallpaper. The entire inn, home to a heated saltwater pool and spa, evokes King Rama V’s glamorous reign in the 19th- and early-20th centuries with coffered ceilings, brightly colored pillows and sinewy drapes. The biggest luxury of all is the breakfast, often cooked by chef Souksamlane herself, featuring sugar-dusted waffles, hearty scrambles and views of the vineyard beyond.

    Chateau de Vie

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    Guests are treated like kings and queens at the aptly named Chateau de Vie near Calistoga. Guest rooms and suites have 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and down comforters for when there’s a chill in the air. Morning coffee and tea are delivered to rooms each morning, but guests are very much on their own schedule. Breakfast is served on the deck overlooking estate-grown cabernet sauvignon vineyards, whenever guests command. Spa treatments are also a craft-your-own affair: massage tables can be set up in guest rooms or in the formal gardens surrounded by fragrant lavender and rose bushes. Afterwards, cozy up with a good book in the library-like sitting room or swim laps in the heated outdoor pool.

    These recommendations were updated on January 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.