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
- 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
I stayed at the Meritage on a weekend (3/15 -3/16) at a rate of $378.96 a night = Base Rate: $303.72 + $25.00 Resort Fee + $50.24 taxes. I went through booking.com and I had a good stay.
Meritage service: When my uber dropped me off, I was waiting to check in and one of the staff members greeted me in the lobby as I was waiting. He was engaging in friendly conversation before getting called up, great first impression. Check in was a breeze, I was given my keys, a map and we were off to the room. Housekeeping was great with keeping the room clean. I appreciated that in the evening, I saw security duos patrolling the property and they greeted you as they passed by.
Meritage rooms: Our room had: 2 queen beds, vaulted ceilings, a working desk and a patio with two lounge chairs. It was very spacious, clean and I appreciated the complimentary bottle of wine. There's some great amenities but my schedule was so busy to really enjoy them. I was only able to utilize the fitness room and stop by Crush Ultra lounge briefly. The fitness room was equipped with a Smith machine, a dumbbell rack, treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and even a Peloton bike. There was plenty of space and all the equipment was operational. Crush lounge had a small bowling alley, shuffleboard, pool tables and plenty of sofas to get your drink on by the bar.
Overall, the stay was drama free and I'd definitely consider staying here at the Meritage on my next visit. This is an attractive resort chock full of amenities with friendly staff throughout the resort.
We stayed one night on a colder not so busy weekend in March. This was a last minute trip, and I didn't know much about the hotel when I booked it. It turned out to be very nice. The room was nice, they gave us a complimentary upgrade since it was a quiet weekend. The hotel is very large and I feel like we didn't have time to explore it all. The wine and water in the room were complimentary which was a nice touch. The pool looked lovely but it was too cold for us to enjoy it. We decided to enjoy the spa since it was rainy and cold anyway. The Spa is beautiful, it's located in a cave under the vineyard. We had a great relaxing couples massage. The only other thing we did at the hotel was eat in the restaurant. The flat bread pizza I had was very good. The service was lacking because they were understaffed but not for lack of trying. The only draw back I can see is if you want to stay close to town it's a little far away.
We booked based on reviews and I'm not certain where their ratings were generated from - I actually had to confirm that I was at the same resort! Understaffed, over advertised. Will not return nor recommend - EVER!
Stayed two nights here while attending a conference at the resort. Room was spacious with a balcony overlooking the adult pool and vineyard. Seating and desk space, large TV, fridge, coffee maker, free bottle of wine and bottled water. Room was clean and nicely decorated. Shower only—no tub. Large Fitness room, 2 pools, hot tub, restaurants on site. Food was good. Did not go to Crush Lounge but looked fun. Wine cave on site. Walked along short vineyard path and checked out the Village across the street which included wine tastings, grocery store, and large lawn with seating areas. 3-4 miles to downtown Napa. They have a shuttle, but I didn’t use it. A couple miles to Target/Daley’s shopping area. Free parking and valet also available. Resort fee included WiFi. Some signs of wear and tear, but overall a great experience.
We stayed here with another couple for a weekend of wine tasting in Napa. Upon arrival we were greeted by valet and directed to check-in which was a quick and seamless process thanks to Adrian. We joined the Meritage Collection Loyalty Program and was able to save $5 a day on the $25/day resort fee. Also, upon seeing the expansive property when driving in, we requested a room close to our friends which was easily accommodated. Our standard size two-queen room was very clean and comfortable with a separate toilet and bathroom with tub. I did notice our water didn't get very hot even though it was turned up as far as it would go. The rooms themselves seemed very sound-proof as we didn't hear anything on either side of us.
The only restaurant, Siena, was serving a large table of 40 people and it was very loud so we opted to eat a late dinner in the Crush Lounge and the service and hamburgers were outstanding.
We left every morning by 9:00 am and didn't return until 9:00 pm so we didn't get to experience any other amenities at the hotel, unfortunately.
The daily resort fee included one bottle of red wine and two daily bottles of water, plus WiFi, valet, and other small amenities. Because we did not spend a lot of time on the property these accommodations were definitely a splurge, so next time we'll be sure to spend more time enjoying this gorgeous hotel.