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.
How to Get There
My boyfriend and I booked a room at River Terrace Inn very last minute after he was called off a shift in order to celebrate his 30th birthday with zero expectations as to the hotel accommodations. When we arrived, we were instantly greated by my fairy God angel Blossom! She was so warm, kind, and accommodating so much so that it brought me a sense of relief that we were in good hands and most importantly, I had made the right decision in booking a room at the River Terrace Inn. Thank you Blossom so much for making our night enjoyable and that much more enjoyable.
We had the most amazing experience staying at the river terrace inn. The concierge, Eva, will make you feel like you have just stepped into her family home. She will do anything and everything to make you feel comfortable and at home. I would 100% recommend my friends and family stay here while traveling in the Napa area.
Nice place but a little far from action. Jetted tub was not hot and balcony was covered in bird droppings. Breakfast was good and outside patio was nice for relaxing. Music on some nights was a nice addition. Might return so day.
Clean Hotel. Complimentary continental breakfast in the am. Perfect to grab a small bite before heading out and sampling the food of Napa. Gym was small but had the essentials (2 treadmills, 1 elipical, 1 bike) Rack of weights, kettlebells, and TRX. Walking distance to downtown Napa and Oxbow Market. Had no issues getting Uber rides quickly to wineries up in Yountville and St Helena. Always less than $25 per trip.
Can’t say enough! Great location! Beautiful rear patio with lots of seating and river beside you. Short walk along path and river to downtown. Room was spacious clean and modern. Had such a great welcome from Blossom at front desk. She was so helpful our whole trip. Found us great spots to eat, services. She was awesome! As a business owner I know the value of great people! Thanks again blossom, see you next trip!