What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese pairings are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The small spa offers vinotherapy treatments along with facials and massages
- The striking contemporary art collection
- Some rooms have bucolic views over rows of grapevines
- Cozy-luxe guestrooms have fireplaces, organic bath products and private balconies
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- While there's no restaurant, the area has great dining options
- The Vineyard Suites and Cellar Kings offer the most privacy
- There's a pool, hot tub and fitness center
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set in the heart of the wine country between Yountville and Napa, this gem was recently transformed from a rustic B&B to world class luxury digs. The accommodations range from contemporary vineyard suites to antique-filled guestrooms in the 1870 Parker Mansion. Every one of the 41 rooms has cozy-luxe features galore, including fireplaces, organic bath products and private balconies; suites also have heated floors. Dotted throughout the property is a formidable trove of art. Days at the hotel begin with a hearty continental breakfast, and evenings are ushered in with wine and cheese pairings. The SENZA Spa, meanwhile, offers a comprehensive menu of treatments that range from botanical facials to a spa flight, which entails three kinds of pampering. This being wine country, there are also vinotherapy experiences on the menu, like the Gifts From the Vine treatment, which incorporates the heavenly scent of rose petal body butter fortified with grapeseed extract, as well as a facial using lavender, rose and honey-enriched grapeseed.
In the Area
When you’re in Napa Valley, it only makes sense to indulge in the sybaritic pleasures of the region, namely wining and dining. Start at Hall Wines, the gorgeous fairy-tale winery owned by the inn’s hosts; it fuses Old World charm with sleek modern design. Here you can sample flights of the family’s vintages in the atmospheric tasting room, attend a fun and informative wine workshop, or simply stroll the grounds and admire the idyllic views of the Mayacamas Mountains. Book well ahead to snag a seat at one of the area’s paradigm-changing restaurants, like Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, his more casual but no less delicious Bouchon Bistro, or the excellent Greystone Restaurant at the CIA, with its Tuscanyesque views of hills and vines. If you’re keen to keep that Thomas Keller high going, check out Ad Hoc, originally conceived as a pop-up but now a permanent Yountville fixture; it showcases the chef’s American comfort food roots.
How to Get There
The hotel is owned by the Hall winery or family. They produce high quality wines, and they certainly know how to entertain. Everything in this hotel is top quality: new, sparkling clean, stylish and extremely comfortable, with a great view of the vineyard. Every room has a Roxy that can provide important information by voice. Bathroom floor is heated, and water temperature is controlled (you just need to turn the switch to high for the temperature you like). The soaking tub is wonderful, as well as the two shower heads. Bed, bedding are pillows are also top-notch. Even the soaps are unique and top quality. Breakfast is great: fruits are really fresh and cut carefully to the perfect size. Coffee is good. Yogurt is from Clover organic farm. Pastries are from Bouchon bakery (Pistachio pastry is good, but the croissant has a long way to go, when compared to those in Paris). The bottomline is, the hotel did not cut corner on anything. Great value! high end accommodation for a mid-level price. I cannot highly recommend it enough.
My husband surprised me for a one night stay at Senza Hotel on 1/1/19. We checked in around 5:50 and Manny was so friendly and professional. He told us that they were having free wine tasting and serving some snacks for free for guests. I am sure that my husband paid a good amount, but it was a good deal for New Year's day. The free wine, snacks and breakfast made it worth it!
We were brought to our room in the Parker Mansion. We had a corner room and it was small, snug, yet comfortable. There was a faux fireplace that made crackling sounds and the bed was very comfortable. I am usually very picky with my pillows, but I slept well. Again, we only stayed one night, but it was a nice stay overall. The room was comfortable and the only complaint was that we found some ants in the room.
Still, the staff was friendly and welcoming. The grounds were beautiful and we saw some hot air balloons in the morning after breakfast while sitting on the rocking chairs on the porch. Again, breakfast was included, but you need to go early to get the good stuff. They provided pastries from Bouchon Bakery, but they go quickly. The Nespresso machine also was not working since they ran out of the coffee pods. I am sure they were really busy the days leading up to New Year's Eve.
Still, it was a nice boutique hotel to stay at and close to the local wineries we were going to visit. We would definitely stay here again.
My husband and I stayed at Senza 5/2016 and were so happy with the hotel that we decided to return during Christmas week. Unfortunately, this experience was completely different. What impressed us last time was the service and the hospitality of the employees. With the exception of Josh, Manny, and the young lady in charge of the breakfast, the rest of the employees were not friendly and clearly did not like their jobs. They would not even look up to say good morning as guests were passing by. A part of the toaster fell on the floor during a chaotic breakfast service and the employees at the front desk were not at all concerned. This could have caused a serious injury yet nobody was rushing to get up to check what happened. The Senza King was very cozy but definitely on the small side. I would recommend staying in a Senza Suite.
I must say Josh and Manny are assets to Senza. They are extremely friendly, charismatic, and are very eager to provide good customer service and interact with the guests.
I would not recommend Senza and would not return. Management really needs to step up and hopefully transform the hotel into what it used to be. Staying in downtown Napa is definitely a better choice.
I was really expecting a very good experience based on the reviews. I was not all that impressed. The rooms are a decent size and comfortable. My favorite part was the fireplace which can be turned on just by clicking a button. The breakfast was great although the breakfast lounge is quite small and crowded.
The part that I did not like was the vibe of the place and the hospitality. I understand that it was off season when we visited but there were still quite a few ppl in the hotel. But the service staff was quite disinterested and the vibe of the place was pretty much dead and bleak. Our room was outside of the main lobby building and we had to go up a flight of stairs. The person at the lobby said the hotel was not at full capacity when I arrived. I requested her to change my room as I had big suitcases, but she said she didn't have the authority to do it. No problem, I asked her that I would need help to carry the baggage as there are no elevators or ramps. Well, she didn't have anyone available to help me out. So I had to carry the big suitcase upstairs myself - and the kicker is - there are not enough lights and the landing outside our room is quite uneven. In the evenings, we had to turn on the torches on our phones to get down, becos it was soo dark. The wine and cheese hours were good, but you are in wine country and the hotels are associated with vineyards, shudn't the person pouring wine know what kind of wine and where it is from? And give us more information about it? I was disappointed - all he knew was the name which I could read off the bottle as well. I understand it is off season, and you don't have the best ppl working there - but I am paying good money to stay there - I expect the hospitality and service that they reserve for their busy months.
If you want to immerse yourself into a vineyard, there's nothing like booking a room at Senza. Our room walked right out into the vineyard and was well appointed and luxurious. In the morning the hot air balloons were visible from the porch- simply breathtaking. The breakfast every morning was outstanding and included pastries from Bouchon. For dinner you only need to make the short walk down the lane to Bistro Don Giovanni. Guest services was exceptional all around and directed us to catch a complimentary wine tasting at Hall Vineyards simply by showing our room cards.