Silverado Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Freshly renovated rooms and suites with outstanding views
- Exclusive outdoor patio or balcony in most rooms
- The 10 pools, 13 tennis courts and two standout golf courses
What To Know
- Prepare to go off-site to experience the award-winning cuisine Napa is known for
- Most tastings are by appointment only
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a secluded stretch of the Silverado Trail, the resort rambles over 1,200 oak-flanked acres. At the end of the main drive is a striking white mansion with original details that hark back to its days as the residence of senator and former Union general John F. Miller. Original plantation-style details remain intact, with opulent gold, granite and hardwood accents adding modern glamour. The resort features four secluded sections offering unique accommodations, each with its own private outdoor area. Starting at 240 square feet, the 380 rooms feature contemporary decor with bright cream colors and polished hardwoods. Spacious Mansion and Cottage suites have been tactfully redone, with intimate sitting areas featuring wood-burning corner fireplaces and modern furnishings, plus fully updated and equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances and fixtures. Between laps in one of the 10 outdoor pools and perfecting your swing on one of the 13 tennis courts, you can tap into the more than 400 wineries along the verdant Silverado Trail, play 18 holes at one of the two championship courses, or soothe your golfer’s elbow with the 80-minute Silverado Relaxation Massage at the fully equipped spa across the street. Then unwind at the Mansion Lounge’s wine hour while taking in the views of the verdant Mayacama Mountainside.
In the Area
Located on a secluded strip of the scenic 29-mile Silverado Trail, the resort is within a short drive of more than 400 top Napa Valley wineries. The beloved Cabernets at Silver Oak are buzzworthy for their upfront oak and fruity full bodies, and the red varieties at St. Helena’s Colgin Cellars are as enchanting as the rolling vineyard and mountain views. For a slice of history, make your way up to Calistoga for a tasting at Chateau Montelena, the Napa winery that inspired the movie Bottle Shock. Toss a cork in any direction in Napa Valley and you’re bound to hit a Michelin-starred restaurant. Try your luck with snagging a reservation at French Laundry. Or opt for one of Thomas Keller’s more affordable establishments, like buzzy Ad Hoc. Continue about 12 miles north to St. Helena for the three-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, which has one of the most highly regarded tasting menus (with the hefty price tag to prove it). Smaller budgets will appreciate local favorite Farmstead and Long Meadow Ranch (try the caramelized beets and grilled California rainbow trout).
How to Get There
We returned to the Silverado after a gap of a few years. Dinner was good and served by Abe, a nice long-term employee. After this, our two-night stay was downhill all the way.
Our room was small with temperamental AC, and a slow shower that ran tepid then cold, or tepid then not at all followed by too hot. Like previous visits, there is no housekeeping from late afternoon, the evening concierge is a recorded message, and the front desk phone constantly engaged.
The block's AC unit was noisy and located under the outside stairway to our room. The morning was even more noisy when the gardeners arrived and worked around our block for about three hours.
I left a polite note in English and Spanish requesting extra decaf. coffee pods, explaining we do not drink tea or regular coffee, then called Housekeeping at approx. 1 pm to say the room was now free for servicing.
We returned at 5pm to find the room like an oven. The heating was set at 86 degrees, the drapes were wide open in the south-facing room and my note nowhere to be seen just like the extra decaf. pods. There was an imprint of the maid's rear in the white cotton duvet cover where she had sat on our bed in her workwear. What was all that about?
We need not have worried about the coffee pods. The coffee machine's pump died when we returned from dinner off-site.
The walk from the main building to our room was a brisk 12 minutes: an interesting experience after dark due to sprinklers that soak the pathways and anyone foolish enough to be returning to their room. Why not set them later?
This is an expensive golf resort hotel that provides rooms and service well below par. The rooms are small and tired (the patio furniture is the plastic strap type circa 1970), with terrible plumbing and poor room service. We will not return.
My gal pal and I do a quarterly wine country over night and this time we chose the Silverado. We had a wonderful time with a capital W. The view when you walk in to check in is amazing. The rooms were well appointed, the only negative is our room backed up onto the main road which was hard on my friend as she's not used to traffic noise. You have many pool options and we had lunch on the deck of the onsite restaurant. We also had a lovely spa experience. I have also stayed in the condos which are great, especially when you have a few couples. I really enjoyed myself and would stay here again.
This place is beautiful. Our condo was fantastic and lacked nothing. Everywhere was spotless and well maintained. We ate in the main restaurant on the Saturday night. The food was excellent but not cheap. There is a well stocked shop in the grounds. Ample parking. Security is high.