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 decided to spend 2 days in Napa. River Terrace is a great hotel within walking distance of shops and lots other restaurants. We decided to eat at the hotel and the food was good. Small menu but all we needed. Our room was a good size with a balcony looking over the river. We did the wine train associated with the hotel too that was a great day with a 4 course meal while going to 3 wineries. Definitely would recommend staying here.
lovely stay and nice size hotel, we like staying somewhere with a view the river was lovely and the balcony. Felt cozy and nicely decorated. nice people on staff, the staff gave us good recommendations.
We stayed here for 2 nights on our US trip. From the moment we arrived we were well looked after. The rooms are a good size, clean and comfy beds. Continental breakfast was included and there was plenty of choice. Special mention to Ernesto who helped with our bags and our SatNav. We visited a private Winery recommended by the hotel which was just what we wanted. A great stay.