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.
How to Get There
We had a very nice stay here. Rooms are spacious and the decor is stylish. The restaurant bar is nice but a bit pricey. The location is great along the river. Walkable to downtown Napa and Oxbow market. For the price it’s quite reasonable
If I could design a hotel room it would be like the River Terrace Inn typical room. It was on the first floor, right near the lobby bar (of course that was critical), very large with a comfy king bed, and two refrigerators! Did I mention that there was a vanity separate from the bathroom so I can put my makeup on in peace...the location was perfect because we could walk on the path to the Oxbow Market and stumble home at night from Downtown Joes!
My husband and I had a wonderful time here. We walked to dinner downtown every night (10 minute walk) and used the free bikes to explore Napa on our first afternoon. We were upgraded for our honeymoon and had the most beautiful and cozy room overlooking the river. We will definitely stay here again.