Auberge Du Soleil, An Auberge Resort
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Overlooking vineyards, and terraces on which to enjoy the panoramic view
- Truly attentive and helpful staff
- Michelin-recommended restaurant
What To Know
- Take a spin with the resort’s Mercedes-Benz test-drive program
- Sculptures on the Auberge’s garden walk are available for sale through the I. Wolk Gallery
- Children 15 and under are not permitted
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This resort, spread over a series of villas dotting a verdant hillside, hangs its hat on service, and no sooner are you through the gate than a phalanx of attendants greets you, whisks away your bags and hands you a glass of wine. The hospitality team is everywhere, and, with their neat tennis whites and caps, they give the resort a country club vibe. In the main building housing the restaurant and a more casual bar, recently updated interiors bring a bright, rich look reminiscent of a secluded Côte d’Azur retreat. The sexy pool — dubbed La Plage — maintains that mood, with comfy chaises, gauze-draped day beds and stunning Valley views.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms — villa-like units, really — continue the theme of pampered indulgence with designer Michael Taylor infusing sunny California style with a taste of Provence. All the comforts of home, if only home were this comfortable, are here: Wood and natural fabrics dominate the warm, earth-tone decor; French doors open to private terraces; and the soaking tub in the spa-style bathroom is built for two. There’s plenty of room to stretch out on plush couches and enjoy the crackle of the fireplace, which takes the chill off a cool Napa night.
One of the most spectacular features of the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is the view of the valley afforded by an alfresco meal, though it would be hard to overshadow the food itself. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars for farm-fresh fare paired with the Valley’s finest wines. The on-site spa offers a full range of relaxing treatments in a tranquil location overlooking the sculpture walk, a joy unto itself. After dark, the landscaped walkways of the Auberge take on a life of their own with strategically lit trees and sculptures standing out in the darkness and guiding you along the labyrinthine walkways.
In the Area
There are five Michelin stars in nearby Yountville. The French Laundry takes credit for three of them, and Bouchon and the California cuisine of Redd have each been awarded one. Oenophiles should indulge in a private tour and tasting of the Domaine Chandon vineyard. Pair steaks at Press with some of the big reds from the all-Napa wine list, or explore some of the more rare and interesting local vinos in the 10,000-bottle wine cellar, which creates the opportunity for vertical tastings going back to the 1960s. For a truly unique experience, visit the historic Inglenook, one of the oldest consistently operational wineries in the area (formerly Inglenook Chateau, which was built in late 1800s, then purchased by the Coppola family in the 1970s and fully restored); it offers tours, a museum and tastings in its wine cave.
How to Get There
We fully enjoyed our stay at the Auberge du Soleil. The room had exceptional views, although we did wish that the balcony was constructed with railing, instead of a full wall, to allow fuller appreciation of the valley below. The dining was wonderful as well, including the morning duck hash, which I ate nearly every day of our visit. Lovely, romantic property, for any splurge occasion!
This is a wonderful hotel with stunning views from the terrace and the pool. The rooms are large, well maintained and luxurious. The staff is well trained, respectful and attentive. All that said, we have a few critiques: 1) it is just a little over priced for what you are getting and we're not sure how you justify the price given the other top hotels in the area, 2) the iPad system in the rooms are really clunky and frustrating (I suggest you don't use it), and 3) the room service menu is pretty crummy, which is frustrating given that the food in the hotel restaurant is superb. This should be easy for them to fix.
To end on a positive note, the poolside service team is awesome. Super friendly and quick to help you.
At first we were disappointed with the view from our hillside room. The staff (Sharon) were extremely understanding and offered some options which did not work for us. Suggest valley view, our ignorance. Regardless this hotel is outstanding. The amenities, staff, restaurants, outside dining, bar, pool and food were remarkable.
We had lunch with friends at the Auberge Restaurant and it was truly a meal to remember. For the table, we ordered baby back ribs and calamari, and one person had 6 raw oysters; 3 from a bay in the area and 3 from Nova Scotia. Every single dish was unique and delicious. For my main dish, I had the risotto, which has a special name, but was a mixture of wild shrimp from the gulf of Mexico, bits of either thick bacon or pork belly, fresh green peas, slivered radishes, sliced scallions, and all in a delicious emulsion. Honestly, I'm a food snob, but I never tasted anything before this this mix of flavors. It was a dish to remember! The wine pairings were also fantastic; a Pinot Noir from Oregon, and a house champagne. Totally worth a trip.
We were there for dinner with friends and chose the 3 course meal at $150 per person - the staff was bored, uninformed and amateurish - I chose the scallops, ahi and duck - average food , nothing memorable - our friends were equally unimpressed with their burrata, halibut and veal - the bread was boring the glasses of wine, nicely short poured so they can make even more money - I would not go back for FREE