River Terrace Inn – A Noble House Hotel
What We Love
- The $2.7 million facelift courtesy of Noble House Hotels
- Free bikes for cruising around Napa
- Daily happy hour at Terrace Cafe and free wine tastings
- Location: quiet riverside spot slightly removed from downtown Napa
What To Know
- Walking to downtown requires crossing a busy road
- Downtown Napa is experiencing ongoing revitalization; expect construction
- Riverside rooms and suites offer quieter seclusion, while others face the parking lot
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A $2.7 million renovation by luxury hotel group Noble House transformed the River Terrace Inn into a vision of dark hardwoods and leathers with classic modern décor. Rope-wrapped chandeliers and driftwood furnishings add a touch of natural whimsy and texture in the guest rooms, as do the framed landscape paintings and tree-patterned wallpaper that speaks to Napa’s agricultural roots. Many also have Juliet balconies overlooking Napa’s eponymous river. Cowhide rugs and button-back leather sofas enclose cozy nooks in the two-level lobby, where you can imbibe next to a gas-burning fireplace. The first-floor fitness center, which abuts the outdoor heated pool, is small, but it’s fully equipped with state-of-the-art machines. Although there’s no spa on-site, a full menu of in-room treatments is available to guests. The lobby connects to an airy riverside terrace where oenophiles sip their way through boutique winery tastings. Foodies can feast on local delights at the nearby Cuvée restaurant, which offers rich comfort food coupled with farm-to-bar cocktails and exclusive wines straight from the barrel.
In the Area
Across the busy thoroughfare of Soscol Avenue you’ll find bustling downtown Napa. On your way, make a pit stop at foodie favorite Oxbow Public Market for a taste of Napa’s local gourmet scene. Nightowls hide out at Carpe Diem, a contemporary wine bar where the must-orders include grilled sumac and coriander-crusted lamb clay pot. Toss a cork in any direction in Napa and you’re bound to hit a Michelin-starred restaurant — but getting a table is not so easy. Try your luck at snagging a reservation at The French Laundry, or opt for one of Thomas Keller’s humbler establishments, like Ad Hoc, in Yountville, just 14 miles to the north. For a slice of history, sample world class Cabernet and Zinfandel among 254 rolling acres at Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena, the inspiration for Randall Miller’s 2008 film Bottle Shock. In between tastings, snack on food truck bites at Crossroad Chicken, La Esperanza and Mark’s the Spot (order the fried chicken slider). Feeling a wine-induced stupor coming on? Sort it out in Napa Valley’s redwood highlands, about five miles north of St. Helena. Pick up the milelong trail at verdant Bothe–Napa Valley State Park for a forest walk that leads to a pioneer cemetery, Napa’s first Methodist church and the 19th-century Bale Grist Mill.
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The staff at River Terrace Inn was wonderful and thoughtful to interact with. They were very helpful in answering our questions and even providing tips during our stay. They were very accommodating when I needed some birthday candles and a lighter.
Good hotel but our room next to reception / dining was noisy at time. We were told the hotel was full so they could not move us. This room had doors out to the terrace but diners were almost adjacent. Ask for a higher room or one further away from reception
We stayed at several locations near downtown Napa. This wasn't our absolute favorite but we really liked it nonetheless.
This is a more modern hotel than some in the area. It seems relatively new and in good working order. The staff was friendly. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor restaurant which sits right across from the river (although the staff had a very hard time with the included buffet breakfast the morning we ate there - they kept running out of everything and didn't seem to realize it).
It's an easy walk to downtown Napa and some amazing restaurants and shopping. We'd happily stay there again.
very poor management, nothing fun to do at the hotel, the one bar/restaurant was occupied for a private event one afternoon, we could not get a drink, we did not get the room we paid for, very poor breakfast management.
The hotel is great. Blossom at reception is fab, so were all the front desk, concierge and porter staff. Room was roomy and had a fantastic view of the mountains and river. Location is perfect. However.......
The restaurant and bar team need a bit of a touch up. Complacent and lacking enthusiasm. I love being made to feel welcome by having all the candles blown out and taken off the tables by 9:30pm. You are made to feel like an inconvenience. A smile would make all the difference. Breakfast equipment being laid out whilst the bar open.... nothing individually substantial, but it adds up.
That all said, I don’t want to appear like I’m hammering the place. It’s well worth a visit.