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
Instead of appearing a trailer camp, the room was fine with a big and good bathroom. The fireplace is very good and providential! It was raining and cold! The staff was very gentile. The concierge was not so helpful to get us to exclusive wineries but the usual was fine. It is a beautiful place!
Carneros Inn has been on my list for awhile now and we finally got to visit in January of 2019. It was a mild but sunny weekend and we my hubs reserved one of the Harvest Cottages for us which was perfect with little street noise! It had it's own outdoor (and indoor) fireplace and an outdoor tub which was nicer than any hot tub would be as you get to relax in peace. The rooms were well decorated, the heated bathroom floors were welcoming and the beds were so comfortable. Above all, the service was top notch! Anytime we called the front desk with a question or request, they were at our door within minutes. We would definitely come back and stay again!
The resort public areas are very clean and fresh looking with a combination of wild flowers, vineyards and astro turf to give that well manicured look throughout. The buildings appear to be new, crisp looking and well placed as a centralized area on the resort. The cottages themselves appear very manufactured in that you'll see rows and rows which at times feels like a trailer park or an old Catskills resort (just like you may have seen in Dirty Dancing) however much more densely placed. Each of the stand alone cottages I visited was quaint and nicely designed with private areas that happen to be placed right up against either other cottages or public areas and walkways. I visited in the prime of the Napa winter season (where temps can drop to the 30's at night) so I didn't feel that the rooms were well insulated. In example, the interesting indoor/outdoor shower had very poor insulation around the doorway so you really have to keep the hot water flowing to keep the cottage bathroom warm. The heated floor tiles also help keep the bathroom usable in winter. Unfortunately however the resort and public areas had no electricity for almost an entire day and then no heat whatsoever for multiple days. I was really disappointed with how the staff handled the situation - almost as if it wasn't their problem. At one point, I approached the front desk staff to inquire about space heaters (BTW, the staff were sitting next to two portable heater units themselves) and was told they would get units over to us sitting in a (very cold) public area however it wound up getting entirely ignored. It was so cold, I really could not even feel my toes and there were only two fireplace areas that were turned on. The food served was OK, nothing outstanding or to note of in all honesty. The resort does get loud at times with an adjacent highway. Overall I can see why this location is an attraction to tourists, however there does need to be some additional training I'm afraid.
We made a last minute reservation through Am Exp Fine Resorts so we received a lovely room upgrade, breakfast and spa credit + late checkout. The cottages are cozy chic with outdoor fire pits and rocking chairs on the front porch. The outdoor shower was a nice touch as were the glass doors in the room that opened up completely to your own little patio. Property is very well maintained and the food at FARM is quite good. Not an inexpensive stay but a decent value for the experience you received.
My friend and I visited for the first time and were totally Amazed with a beautiful and peaceful resort and wonderful and accommodating service! Could not have been better! Thank you, Taylor, for making our short stay so fantastic. Every person we came in contact with was friendly, accommodating and courteous. The Spa is amazing as well...highly recommend! The room was extremely clean with updated features and the use of space was great. Did not want to leave...Carneros deserves greater than 5 Stars!