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
I love my stay at Carneros Resort and spa! The rooms were beautiful and thoughtfully decorated. The grounds are peaceful and majestic! The restaurants on site were magnificent!! If I could offer them one suggestion it would be to ad room service. I will return!
Quite possibly one of the worst luxury experiences I have had. Setting is wonderful but homes/casitas are dated and desperate for some preventative maintenance. Food and beverage is lackluster at best and service is woefully slow. At $1700/night, definitely not worth it. We will not return.
We came back to Carneros after about 5 years to celebrate an anniversary. Being just an hour from San Francisco, it’s an easy to get to peaceful retreat.
It’s under new ownership (I believe) since we’ve been last. Upon entry it still looks the same - stunning country chic property with a cozy, homey vibe. The pool and it’s location - overlooking a field and views of the hillside- is the best part of the property.
Our room was fine, but for $1000/night you expect things to be clean, work properly and up to date. Our water smelled like sewage/sulfur every time we showered or washed our hands. The landscaping in the backyard was pathetic. I took a bath in the tub outside and the pipes weren’t even connected to allow for proper drainage. Dirty ceilings with chipped paint in the washroom. Fountain was broken and a mess of electrical wires exposed outside. The bathroom spaces overall and yard area need a serious facelift.
I was appalled by the condition of the plastic wine glasses by the pool. Should definitely be replaced. Pool service was pretty good and friendly, very sweet team of folks working this area.
The food is incredible, at all 3 restaurants, still. Very, very good. Farm made for a romantic dinner in, but make sure to make a reservation on your own as the woman at check in forgot to make one when we requested it. You definitely can’t miss out on brunch at Boon Fly Cafe. Well oiled machine and delicious, filling food. Worth the wait.
Spa has recently been renovated and it’s nice. I wish the outdoor “relaxation lounge” wasn’t overlooking a construction site (or maybe a well of sorts?). Would love to see more plants/greenery and spa music back there. They carry fantastic products in the spa shop btw.
Upon check out, we expressed our disappointment with the woman who checked us out. From her we found out that the sulfur smell is “a common smell for your neighborhood (aka room area) and there’s nothing we can do about it”. We told her we unfortunately probably wouldn’t be back and she didn’t seem to care.