The Meritage Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Two pools (one is adult only) and three hot tubs
- Strike! The on-premise bowling alley and sports bar
- Spa treatments in an actual wine cave
- Great place to bring the whole family
What To Know
- Downtown Napa is a 10-minute drive away and there is a daily shuttle
- Vino Bello, a sister timeshare property, is right next door, and some services are shared
- Corporate events and weddings are frequently held on the property
- Pets are permitted for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Meritage Resort and Spa sits at the southern tip of Napa Valley in the shadow of the iconic Grape Crusher, a towering bronze sculpture depicting a farmer turning the handle on a basket press full of grapes. And even if those visitors made it no farther than inside the gates of the Meritage, they could have a wine country experience, complete with dining, nightlife and spa treatments, all in a Med-inspired series of buildings with harvest-hued décor.
Bed & Bath
Spacious rooms offer a view over the vineyards out back, with the Grape Crusher again in the near distance. The same subdued earth tones that adorn most of the property carry through into the rooms, which are immaculate and include plasma TVs, DVD players and travertine-tiled baths with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
The Meritage is, in a way, an island unto itself, complete with three separate bars, a dining destination in Siena and Blend Cafe and loads of luxury amenities, including Spa Terra, located inside an actual wine cave under the property’s vineyards. Speaking of those vineyards, they provide an ideal morning of leisurely walking among vines. The pool is alive with people: lazing in the shady cabanas and playing bocce poolside. Others lounge on the paved piazzas amid fountains and topiary surrounding the several buildings that make up the resort.
In the Area
At night the The Meritage Resort provides shuttle service to and from downtown Napa. Take advantage of it to visit restaurants like Angéle, a contemporary French country restaurant in a century old former boathouse overlooking the river. The ingredient-driven Italian served at Oenotri is, of course, the perfect complement to a bottle of wine. But the bar also mixes up some of the best cocktails around. Visit Farella Vineyards, one of the top producers in the up-and-coming Coombsville area, just a few miles from downtown Napa, or take a trip over to the picturesque Domaine Carneros, one of the top sparkling wine producers. If you’d rather sip your glass of vino at the resort, head to Trinitas Tasting Room, right on site.
How to Get There
We stayed here for a medical conference/mini vacation combined and thoroughly enjoyed it. Grounds and amenities were wonderful. Food at the on site restaurants was outstanding. Would highly recommend the spa as well
I surprised my husband for his 40th Bday (he was not looking forward to turning 40) and he was blown away!! Superb service from check-in to providing the surprise "room decor" were the perfect touches to my husbands' 40th born-day! He still keeps talking about Mercer (spelling) his Massage therapist!! We will definitely be back!
You would think for the price of this hotel, that you would be able to expect a high level of customer service (or some level). That is not the case for the Meritage Resort unfortunately.
We paid a 50 dollar pet fee which was to include a pet bed, bowls, treats, and poop bags. Upon check in, we noticed that the items were not in the room. After many failed attempts to reach the front desk, they finally answered and said they would send the items immediately. 40 mins later only the dog bed showed up. 20 mins later the bowls arrived. We had to call the front desk again inquire about the other items and they told us they were out. Would have been nice to know when we checked in instead of waiting around.
Next we went to the pool bar and ordered a mixed drink from their cocktail menu. The two women working at the bar gave each other a look and asked if we were sure that's what we wanted. I asked why, and they told us that management was cheap and switched over to pre bottled mixed drinks that were gross. They told us about how the best bartender quit because she wasn't actually making drinks anymore. We ordered gin and tonics instead and then one had to go to another bar to get tonic bc she said that they don't keep this bar stocked.....it was awkward to have to hear all the work drama when we are there to relax and enjoy a drink.
Later that night we went to dinner at Siena which is within the resort. Service was horrible, and it wasn't just our table that had issues. The four tables sitting with us on the patio were all having problems too. It almost became a joke amongst all the tables were talking to each other about what was going wrong at their table. They fully comped our meal after serving a literal black burnt steak and forgetting what my boyfriend ordered. I have never experienced anything like that before, anywhere.
After we had checked out, my boyfriend realized he had forgotten an item on the nightstand. We called immediately when he realized which was about an hour after we checked out, and then again for days to try and get in touch with lost and found. When I finally asked the front desk to have a manager call me on day three of trying to solve this, they told me a manager would call me within the hour. Its been 4 days since that happened and I havent heard anything.
The moral of the story is avoid at all costs. I have been to much nicer places in Napa before and will not be back.