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
- 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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This is an older hotel trying to stay current. Friendly reception at the desk and good staff, for the most part. Don't have the concierge make a reservation online for you. I had a reservation for 8 people (it was just my wife and I) which the restaurant was going to charge for the additional 6 people, but decided not to. After a day of wine tasting, my wife and I wanted to sit down at the bar for an evening cocktail. We couldn't because there was a private party/wedding reception going on. We were told we could get room service. This is not what I payed for. Their web site promoted the bar and restaurant when I was searching for a hotel. I would have gone somewhere else.
Great place to stay, awesome location. All the hotel personal and staff are amazing and very nice. Room was perfect and really clean. I would highly recommend staying at this hotel for my one. Can’t wait to visit again
for the price great, rooms need a little updatingi have stayed her a few times and always consistent, good place for friends/groups to stayhappy to see that they added a free breakfast option which started the week i stayed on propertyhad a couple of strange things happen but nothing
The grounds were pretty, the rooms were nice and clean, and the bed was incredibly comfortable. However, nearly every staff member I interacted with was rude and curt. This includes some of the front desk folks, everyone in the Alba restaurant (which was about 8 different people), and everyone that helped with our event (this was about 3 different people). Way too expensive for that kind of rude service.
Upon arriving we had a nice greeting from staff and our rooms were nice and well appointed. We had breakfast in the lobby (once for pay and others continental for free). Not sure why breakfast is only complementary on the weekend.
Lovely back patio with fireplaces and blankets on cool winter evenings. Music on weekends. Comfy beds and pillows.
One complaint shower needed a bleach cleaning as mold spots in grout. Also carpeting was a little dirty.