Carneros Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Calling on the “Fireside Butler” to light the firepit and fill the outdoor tub
- Sitting in the rocking chairs that adorn each porch, glass of Napa wine in hand
- Channeling Italian grandpas on the bocce courts
- Grabbing a personalized picnic basket from the Market general store
What To Know
- The hotel charges a daily resort fee
- It can get foggy here, even in the summer
- Although families are welcome, the atmosphere is more geared towards couples
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Staying at the Resort is like combining a private getaway (a luxury cottage with indoor and outdoor showers, an enormous bathroom, and wood-burning fireplace) with a communal trip (infinity swimming pool and hot tub, weekend fitness classes, decadent breakfasts in the hilltop dining room). A tempting base for wine country excursions, there are enough rustic-chic touches here to make weeks’ worth of enviable Instagram posts: the white-painted rocking chairs on the porch, the Le Corbusier chaises, the orange bikes against the lush green background of the vines. Country living, but with homemade pastries and wine delivered to your door, it’s the kind of place that makes you want to knot a pastel sweater around your shoulder and natter on about syrahs and pinots—in a good way.
In the Area
Within an easy walk of the resort there’s the Vineyard Knolls Golf Course, the Cuvaison Estate Winery (which has an airy tasting room with incredible vineyard views), and the Di Rosa Preserve, an estate that showcases artwork by Northern Californians in a stunning wildlife preserve. For everything else, you’ll ned to rent a car or borrow one of the inn’s bicycles. It’s five miles to downtown Napa, if you want to hit the town, but chances are wine tastings will be your number one priority. Artesa is less than three miles from the resort and offers unusual food and wine pairings, like pintxos (tapas-like snacks from Basque country) with albariños and tempranillos. A little further afield are the Bouchaine Vineyards, the oldest vineyards in the area, which specialize in chardonnays and pinot noirs.
How to Get There
Stayed one night. First time. Had very high expectations given the price per night. First impressions were good, but upon entering our cottage things unwound a bit. Room was small, not like the photos of a room backing up to a nice field.
The traffic noise was VERY loud from the main highway that was nearby. The back patio was filthy and i had to clean the cushions for 20 minutes to get rid of dust and leaves. Our room backed up to a tall building with a bedroom looking down into our patio. Not very private for an outdoor soak in the bathtub. Coffee machine had no instructions and there was little in terms of refreshments in the room. For the price we paid a small half bottle of vino would be a nice touch.
Bottom line I am okay splurging on a high price room from time to time, but this was more on par with something about half the price in my experience. Not sure I would stay again. Pretty let down and left the hotel feeling like I spent way too much for what we got. Had better experience at Calistoga Ranch for this price point.
This property is breathtakingly understated and incredibly luxurious in the same time.
In MHO it’s not a place for families with kids but rather for couples/business retreats.
My suite was amazing. Huge comfortable bedroom with fireplace, enormous bathroom with tub and shower and ........my private backyard with firepit, lounge chairs, outside shower and jacuzzi. (Because one inside is not enough of course)
Quality and attentive service all throughout resort. That infinity pool overlooking vineyards featured on many pictures are even better in real life.
So why not 5 stars you will ask?
It’s because of the price tag...at $700+ price range (plus tax) regardless of the season.
That said I would be delighted to come back here anytime
We had a perfect stay at Carneros from the moment we pulled onto the property to when we left 3 nights later. The property is organized into little neighborhoods in which all guests have their own cottage or house, with a private backyard. When we pulled in, the valet and front desk folks were helpful and accommodating. The personal attention and service is top notch--be sure to try the red wine served at check-in...it's delicious.
The room itself was perfect--equipped with a small seating area, a fireplace, a very comfortable king sized bed and a massive bathroom. Outside we had a private deck and patio complete with an outdoor bathtub. It was completely enclosed to ensure privacy. We loved turning on the fireplace each morning while sipping on an espresso. Everything about the room is perfect---very well thought out and every amenity you could possibly need is available.
The location of Carneros is also ideal. You are situated well to explore both Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you are further north in Napa, it's much harder to get into Sonoma even though they look quite close on a map. The wines that come out of the carneros region are superb and a welcome change if you've been hitting the heavy cabs all day long.
Shout out to the valet team---they were super nice and gave us fantastic recommendations when we were exploring other towns. As some reviewers mention, it's obviously pricey, but nearly as much as some of the other luxury accommodations in Napa Valley. If you go into this with the idea that you are going to pamper yourself (esp with the new Spa!) for the time that you're there, you will have an incredible trip.
We hope to come back soon. Thanks Carneros for an incredible trip.
Stayed at CRS for 2 nights. Service was 5 star. The cabins are big and comfortable and the outdoor seating area is awesome.
Complimentary soft drinks and WiFi.
Bed is comfy and bathroom is a good size.
The only slight downer was that food at FARM wasn’t what we expected. We had super high hopes, and it was average.
Woukd stsy here again because of its size, service, and location.
For the cost, I would say this is definitely not worth it and would look elsewhere My husband and I stayed recently and while we liked things about the property and our experience overall the cost was way too high for the facility and service we received. For example, there were exposed nails in our supposedly recently redone room, the outdoor shower did not work properly, there was a humming electrical box in the closet next to our bed, one pool was closed and we weren't notified at any point in the process until we found a note in our room. I even wrote directly to Carneros and filled out their survey about some of the negatives we experienced and had no response whatsoever. To me, this is indicative of how we felt about the service overall. For the price, you expect things to be flawless and they definitely were not.