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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Such regard, from an haute cuisine perspective, proudly belongs to Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. In 1981, 11 years after Warren and Barbara Winiarski founded Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars nine miles down the bucolic, two-lane Silverado Trail, French restaurateur Claude Rouas and business partner Bob Harmon opened Napa Valley’s first fine dining establishment.
Tastes of Provence and other Mediterranean inspirations, along with a 15,000-bottle wine cellar, impeccable service and a killer view, have earned Auberge du Soleil 13 consecutive Michelin Star awards. From Executive Chef Robert Curry’s kitchen come such seasonal delicacies as Kurobuta pork chop with caramelized apples, mustard spaetzle, Swiss chard, cider sauce and, for a hint of nuttiness, farro, of course. Topping the dessert selections is a Tahitian vanilla bean mousse torte flanked by roasted pineapple, blood orange sorbet and shortbread streusel. And that’s just brunch ($75 for three courses). If dinner interests you, a three-course meal is $125, four courses are $145, and the six-course chef’s tasting with wine pairing is $171.
Auberge du Soleil’s success spawned Napa Valley’s first hotel to receive a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. The 2019 edition makes it six years in a row for the 50-room French-style country inn where a three-night minimum stay in a standard room starts at around $3,600.
We stayed here for 3 days in August and we found the hotel a great base to explore the local wine country. The room was extremely comfortable and large, and the drinks and nibbles left out each day were very nice. All the staff were super helpful and friendly without exception. We had spa treatments and the massages were great. We made good use of the cabriolet mercedes on offer and all the local towns were easy to get to. Front of house service was absolutely brilliant and the concierge service meant that we had tours etc booked well in advance- a very big thank you to Sharon Wyatt for making us (fellow Brits) feel that nothing was too much bother. Breakfast was great and we ate in the bistrot on 2 occasions and both times the food and service was super.
Only one gripe - surely no need for music constantly playing around the pool? It makes it impossible to switch off fully or read, and everyone has their own headphones these days and can choose to listen to music if they wish. Poolside staff were very friendly though!
Had a late lunch reservation for four persons August 24th and we were seated at the terrace overlooking the valley. Magnificent view - it was one of the hotter days of the month and the sun was shining through the roof on my face. Food started coming and out service was impeccable food was great. Sun however was giving me a headache ; at about 2:30 we requested - the table be moved a little as the sun was unbearable . A man in a black suit came and said it will be difficult as you have many wine glasses on the table - all the tables are reserved - in short excuses - as it was late - lunch service was almost over and most of the tables were empty- our server came and offered to move us inside or to another table - nice of him- but we declined as the man in the suit was not accommodating and we just had whatever untouched food remaining - boxed
Bad attitude by a manager of a one Michelin star restaurant - the server had more manners and better attitude than the man in the suit-
All in all - id rather spend my money elsewhere where you receive a level of service you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant.
The food , the place , the servers deserve their star- management No.