What We Love
- WiFi and a delectable full breakfast are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Only a short stroll from downtown eateries, wine bars and the riverfront
- Pluck fresh fruit from the citrus trees; the oranges, lemons and kumquats are also used by the chef in marmalades and creams
- READ MORE: A Guide to Napa Valley
What To Know
- This is more of a romantic getaway
- Your view is of the historic neighborhood, and Napa's rolling vineyards and top wineries are nearby
- The carriage house and cottages flank an outdoor lounge area, which is typically tranquil but sometimes chatter can be heard if a group gathers there at night
- Early check-in times cannot be accommodated
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Victorian modern. On a corner lot in a historic residential neighborhood, this B&B feels more like a sophisticated family home than your standard issue hotel. Spread over a 1906 Queen Anne Victorian, a carriage house and two cottages, the hotel plays up the historic details — chair rails, carved columns, window seats, stained glass — but keeps things airy and light with muted color schemes. And there’s nary a fusty antique or lace doily in sight.
Bed & Bath
The five suites in the main house, both upstairs and down, have soaring ceilings and details that old house lovers will adore, such as original crown moldings and wood paneling. Out back you’ll find a pretty pair of cottages built in the ’40s, and the property’s original carriage house; these feel slightly more contemporary but are equally comfortable, with French doors and vaulted ceilings. All rooms have cozy nooks for reading, fireplaces, beds you’ll never want to climb out of and oversize soaking tubs (in one room the tub is tucked away in the turret; in another it’s separated from the bedroom by a sexy two-way fireplace).
Every morning the kitchen turns out delicious offerings that do the second B in B&B proud. A light fruit-and-granola parfait and classic eggs-bacon-potatoes plate is always on the menu, but the chef comes up with specials — maybe eggs benedict over grilled polenta or brioche french toast. As there’s no full restaurant here, offerings beyond breakfast are limited to small free bites, like canapés or charcuterie set out with red and white wine from 5:30 to 6:30 every afternoon (some Fridays a master sommelier stops by to lead a tasting class). We love the outdoor lounge, where you can kick back with a glass of wine on comfy rattan chairs beneath fragrant citrus trees. There’s no on-site spa, but treatments ranging from stone therapy to Swedish massage can be arranged in your room.
In the Area
The in-the-know concierge will set you up with wine tours or provide you with a detailed map and great insider tips so you can go it alone. (Nearby Clos du Val, on scenic Silverado Trail, has an insanely gorgeous tasting room in an ivy-covered 19th-century building.) Downtown Napa is but a few blocks away, and walkability is key when you’ve been wining all day. Locals love Oenotri’s southern Italian fare; plus, the wine list includes back vintages and cult Napa wines. ZuZu dials up tapas with spicy Latin American flavors, and Ninebark is a newcomer serving fresh California cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Matthew Lightner. For days when you’re not tasting, the Oxbow Public Market, crammed full of artisanal food sellers, gift shops and small outposts of famed Bay Area restaurants, is worth a spin. You can also rent bikes or kayaks from Napa Valley Adventure Tours, catch a performance at the Opera House, or pop into one of the area galleries, such as the Di Rosa Preserve, on 200 landscaped acres.
How to Get There
This review is long overdue, but we stayed at 1801 first luxury inn in June 2018 and had a great experience! Everyone was very friendly and remembered details about our conversations and visit. The inn itself is so charming, and they have fresh baked cookies and fruit you can eat through the day. We booked one of the suites in the back (I forget the name). But it had a spacious room, comfortable bed, fireplace, and spacious bathroom. We did not have any issues with noise and enjoyed the private entrance. The evening wine hour is outdoors and the perfect environment to meet other guests and have a glass of wine. What I love most about it, is the location, if you want to be near downtown napa. We were able to walk to dinner both nights which was great after having the wine. And lastly, the breakfast was perfect as well. Definitely recommend!
We stayed at 1801 First last weekend and I can say it would be our first and not the last time. the room, the stuff, the breakfast was all great. Carrie the owner was very friendly and accommodating. We definitely recommend this B&B.
Something between a bed and breakfast and an inn, 1801 is a cozy, charming place to get away from it all. The location was great, the staff was incredible, the food was superb, and Blair was just rad. The whole experience would have been unforgettable if I didn't drink so much wine :)
We spent a wonderful week-end hosted by Carrie and Blair. The inn chef cooks wonderful breakfast and wine hour was a relaxing time of the day to meet other guests and share day experiences. Carrie and Blair helped us with all we needed, from suggestions of wineries to visit to good restaurants in town. We will return soon!
We stayed here for 4 days and picked 1801 because of the great reviews from other guests, their breakfast, parking, wine hour and proximity to downtown. We stayed in one of the cottages and it was super cute and had everything we needed including a fridge and fireplace. It also had a small private courtyard which was great. We walked to downtown which is literally down the street - only a few blocks away. The owners and staff are all very hospitable and engaging and ensured we had a great stay recommending places to eat and vineyards to tour. We will definitely be back.