Milliken Creek Inn & Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast for two and nightly sunset wine and cheese receptions are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Riverside spa, with a private treatment room for couples
- In-room breakfasts mean total privacy
- Located on the outskirts of the city of Napa
- Most rooms on the second floor have balconies overlooking the sprawling lawns abutting the Napa River
What To Know
- Best for couples; families traveling with children must contact the property before booking
- Expect traffic in Napa Valley on summer weekends
- A 12 percent service charge will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Hidden beneath century-old gnarled oaks, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa sits on the grassy banks of the Napa River. Once a stagecoach stop in the late 1800s, it’s now a discreetly sexy 12-room inn marrying the amenities of a luxury hotel with the personalized service of a small inn. There are only 12 rooms, so you’ll rarely see another guest, unless you linger in one of the leather club chairs by the downstairs fireplace during the nightly wine hour, when vintners share their wines (and knowledge of winemaking) with the inn’s guests. The look is decidedly sophisticated – not fancy or stuffy – designed with a nod to a British colonial style: khaki walls, dark wood and the occasional furnishing of woven rattan and Southeast Asian statuary. The made-to-order breakfast is served not in a dining room but in your own room or on the Waterfall Terrace, at the time you choose. And it’s right at the foot of Silverado Trail, Napa’s lesser-known rural highway, ideal for quick getaways up-valley. The Milliken Creek Spa may be small, but it’s treatments (like the signature grapeseed exfoliating massage) are worth the splurge.
In the Area
Taste your way through Napa’s local, artisanal specialties at the Oxbow Public Market. End with lunch on the patio of the market’s Kitchen Door restaurant, which serves family style, market-driven fare courtesy of veteran Napa chef Todd Humphries. With more than 230 wineries in Napa Valley, there’s no shortage of choice. Milliken Creek’s concierge can arrange discounted (sometimes free) tastings at great wineries. If you’re looking to get in shape and try great wines, hit the trail with Napa Valley Bike Tours.
How to Get There
We stayed at the hotel from Dec. 23 to 25. The hotel is nice, rooms are nice and most people are as well.
David, the manager, took our reservation on the phone and he was very attentive, and even gave us an upgrade on the room, since we were reserving it the day before.
They have a very tasty and assorted breakfast which they bring to your room in a basket, a very nice touch.
They have very nice common areas but no restaurant, have a nice happy hour with wine and cheese every day.
The big let down was that we were greeted at around 6:00 PM on December 23 by the person at the front desk with a very negative attitude. She seemed to be in a hurry to check us in and leave the hotel. We asked for a massage the next day, and that is when we learned that they can call a therapist but the massage would be in the room. She also said that on the 24th she could not get a masseuse since "people want to be with their families and wont come to work".
She told us she would call around other spas to see if she can get a therapist. The next day she emailed us saying she got a local spa to send a masseuse for $250, which of course we did not take.
She took us to the room and we saw it was small, since we had reserved the biggest room category. She explained that "This was the biggest room they had". We were surprised to see on the fire escape map, that all other rooms of that same category were bigger.
When we checked out we commented all this to the other person at the front desk and she was surprised. She told us she would talk to the manager and wee would surely receive a call or message from him. Until today we haven't received any communication.
The lady also explained they tore down the SPA building, I guess they are building a new one, but the name of the hotel is very misleading.
Now I saw that when you go into "Spa" in the website they say that trough Fall 2019 massages will be offered in the comfort of your guestroom during spa renovation.
I think it should be advised in a more visible way on the home page "To give you a better service, our Spa is being renovated and will reopen on X date".
This hotel manages to strike a balance between luxury and comfort with a warm relaxed feel. The room we had was beautifully decorated with a great view over the creek. Breakfast was delicious and staff very friendly and helpful. The only downside is that it is situated close to the road so there is some noise at certain times of the day. Overall it's a great place to stay if visiting Napa...!
We've stayed here twice and had welcoming, lovely stays. Once in December and another in November. Their lobby is always beautifully decorated. The first time a beautiful garland over the doorway greeted us with beautiful flower in their entry and a wine and cheese setting in the lobby. Their greeting I won't forget because they greeted us as if they knew us and were waiting for us. The first time it was our 25th wedding anniversary and they went out of their way for our special life-event. We had a special tray awaiting in our room when we first got there with a special note. I felt like we were at the Ritz. Their decor is modern, upscale with the most comfortable bed and bedding. They have romantic rooms set amongst mature trees and it feels zen. We had a room with a tub and separate shower with high-quality bath linens and every day when we came back to our room it was clean and serviced in the most thoughtful ways. Our memory of this place and our stay will be lifelong because of the quality and how warm they treated us every day. We came back again and had a lovely stay like this again. I will treasure our memories here from each visit.
My wife and I spent two nights at the Milliken Creek Inn recently and totally enjoyed our time there. It was nice and secluded with great grounds to explore. Our rooms was completely wonderful, and the staff was great and very helpful. The breakfast, delivered to your room (where we enjoyed it on the porch) was delicious! We will definitely be going back!
This was a great find and would readily recommend. Having been in Las Vegas (The Bellagio) prior to our stay the no tipping policy was welcomed along with the tranquility and peaceful setting. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and stocked with complimentary soft drinks. The daily cheese and wine was good and as was the cookies and flavored waters on offer. Staff are helpful, courteous and very accommodating. The breakfast options were plentiful and there's few hotels that will cook fresh to order. We honestly couldn't fault Milliken Creek and unlike some others, we don't go looking for them either. After this we stayed in the Ritz Carlton in SF and Milliken was by far the best of the three hotels we stayed in. Costly to stay in perhaps but you get what you pay for!