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
My wife and I went here for our 24th anniversary dinner. The view is beautiful, service is excellent and the food outstanding. I had a 4 course meal with lobster, risotto, veal and a chocolate desert. While we were enjoying a 24th anniversary dinner on the outdoor terrace, Carlos Santana and his wife were enjoying his 71st birthday dinner next to us. It's very pricey and I would not spend that sort of money on children. Dinner for two with drinks and tip was $500.
This place is amazing, simply amazing (which is good because what is paid qualifies the visitor to experience amazing). From the moment you locate and then drive onto the property, you are treated with individual interest, dignity and courtesy. Our car doors were opened for us, our names asked and then used, our vehicle valet-parked and monitored while we wandered the property waiting for our check in time. This same treatment continues in every aspect of visiting Auberge du Soleil until you depart for your next destination. The on-site restaurant and bar/grill areas serve a variety of excellent tasting meals, appetizers, and drinks from water to wine to alcoholic or non-alcoholic. We didn't have a single snack or meal or beverage that was less than great. The grounds are kept impeccably clean and orderly. All staff speak clearly and make friendly eye contact with you so you know you are being noticed and taken care of. The pool, infinity tub, hot tub, and steam rooms are excellent. We had a fantastic time in all of them and had to almost be pried out when the tubs closed for the evening. And the rooms, ohhh the rooms. Nice-to-beautiful views, an amazing tub to bathe or soak in, an abundance of pillows and a comfortable mattress, an iPad for checking or requesting things, a great sounding Bose Soundlink bluetooth speaker, complimentary beverages of all types including a bottle of wine, and so much more; just a very nice overall place to spend our downtime and get a good night's rest. We had such a good time at Auberge du Soleil that in the blink of an eye, the time was up and it was time to depart. Leaving was the only part of our time at Auberbe du Soleil that we did not enjoy.
The service and physical surroundings were exquisite. Stayed in a gorgeous newly renovated valley view suite with views to die for. Enjoyed several days of pool time which is a part of the property which should not be missed. The pool is incredibly relaxing with a sweeping valley view of Napa Valley. I almost felt I was in a european hillside five star hotel. Importantly, the service at the pool was flawless and personalized which made pool time that much more enjoyable. The grounds are eye candy with beautifully manicured olive trees and whimsical sculptures throughout. Do not miss a dip in the warm infinity edge mineral pool located in the spa. Breakfast is included which is nice. Dinner is pricey but ingredients are of high quality and the magical ambiance also sustains the price. Will surely return to this serene and luxurious hotel.
My wife and I joined a friend at Auberge du Soleil last week. We hit up a number of the nicer spots while in Napa and Sonoma valley. For the most part, we had excellent experiences, though Auberge was ultimately a disappointment.
Auberge is in an absolutely beautiful setting. The view from the Terrace is stunning, arguably the best in Napa for lunch. The wine list is excellent, with many thoughtful inclusions from smaller boutique wineries in the region. The food is good, though not amazing. One dish of note was the gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Including the time we've spent in Rome and Florence, these were perhaps the best gnocchi I've ever had. While I enjoyed the short ribs with chanterelles, they were not especially memorable, though in fairness this may be due to the fact that I had a similar dish a couple of days later at Mustard's Grill which was earth-shatteringly fantastic.
The service was rather stiff and cold, and somewhat unattentive, considering how few tables they have. We ordered bubbly to start and I had to get up from the table and retrieve the bottle myself a number of times. We ordered a Cab Sauv dominant Bordeaux style blend which probably should have been decanted, but was not. Perhaps the worst issue was the manner in which they handled my friend finding an eyelash in her Halibut Crudu. While the manager managed an apology it included a completely inappropriate and chastising remark about her having the use a magnifying glass to find the hair. They removed the item from the bill and offered to bring another, but made no other gesture to make things right. This may seem like a small thing but is unacceptable for a Michelin starred establishment and a $500 lunch for 3.
While I did enjoy elements of my visit to Auberge, with as many excellent choices as there are in the area, I probably won't return. They also need to take a closer look at their service and need to take ownership of their failings when they occur.
My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I had a wonderful visit to Auberge. Food was beautifully presented, tasty and gluten-free. Beautiful setting in the hills of the Napa Valley! Look forward to a repeat visit with my wife. A peaceful place with amazing people.