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 were incredibly disappointed with the room quality at Silverado. We’re from the Bay Area and understand the prices in Napa, but each time we walked into our room we found ourselves saying “how does this cost $400?!” Dirty carpet, old bathroom, dim lighting, and we could hear everything in the room next to us.
If you stay here, go for the cottages as I heard they were more recently updated.
I very highly recommend you replace your manager Tom. I have worked in Napa Valley and am a Bay Area Native. The draw of Silverado is that you don’t necessarily need a reservation and can bring a larger group, especially in November at the end of the day (and by larger group, I mean 12 people). Otherwise, why not frequent wineries that require reservations but have better quality wines?
That being said, I’ve brought groups to Silverado over the years and have had just the most wonderful experiences. The views, etc. So, when I had a friend visiting for her 30th birthday from DC who had never been to CA or Napa for that matter, I knew where to direct her.
However, Manager Tom has forever quelled any desire to go to or drink Silverado wines. He told us that they didn’t have room for a group of 12 (they clearly did), I asked if we could help by breaking up into groups of 2 and spreading our, he said no. I asked if we could just take a couple of photos in that case, since we had traveled all that way, and he said no.
I’ve worked at wineries in Napa Valley, and have never received such treatment. Silverado, you do yourself a disservice by employing such a dismissive and rude human being. Speaking as someone who has frequented Silverado and drank your wines many times. I will never do so again. And you can see from my profile that I have never left a negative review. This is my first one, and I do not do so lightly.
Let me start by saying this; I had an excellent massage which is the only reason why I give this place 2 stars. The rest of the experience, however, was disappointing:
We were celebrating a girlfriend's 40th birthday. Her PG&E had been out for 5 days due to the wildfires so we were really looking forward to treating her to a fabulous spa day. Had made reservations and called the day before just to make sure they were not affected by the fires. We were assured they were not. So excited!
1) Arrival - staff were nice. No special pricing for local customers which is not a deal breaker, although it is nice when businesses do that.
2) The facilities were really worn. Barely a step up from our local, very old, low end In-Shape fitness club.
3) We got changed into our swim suits and went looking for the pool area, only to be told it was closed for the day because of soot from the wildfires. With that, our spa day was confined to a tiny concrete courtyard with a small, old, in-ground hot tub with weak jets. In the dressing room there was also a small old sauna and an old steam room. Overall, not at all a luxurious or even "nice" experience.
4) The masseuse was really good but had to give an awkward "up-sell" speech before starting the massage. Honestly, that is not the time to push sales. Once I am in the room settling down for a massage, I don't appreciate a sales pitch. Do that when I make my reservation or check in.
As I said, the massage itself was really good but the facilities left us no desire to stick around before or after. Further, I wonder why the front desk didn't inform us that the main pool area was closed when we called to confirm or even at check-in. It would have been appropriate to allow us the option of re-booking for another day or offer a discount on services due to the lack of access to the main attraction of the facility. Bottom line - very disappointed.