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 were there for a conference a week ago and there are things I liked and didn’t like about the property. First of all, a visit to the spa is a must and the a la carte breakfast at the Siena restaurant was great. The problem I have with this property is the staff needs more training. The person at the front desk couldn’t answer my questions at check-in and the catering staff would pick up food from our evening events before everyone would get a chance to eat properly.
This is a beautiful facility that is 4 star material but unfortunately the personal running it don’t merit 1 star. From the front desk to the cleaning staff the service is horrible. Anyone reading my reviews know I am generally positive but I can’t think of anything positive to say about this place other than the facilities. Is good help that hard to find in NAPA?? Example: we checked in with few front desk people there. They told us nothing about where our room was but sent us to the building. After walking a very long way we found out there was parking within 4 rooms of where we stayed. The next am at 8:00 there wasn’t anybody at the front desk even when I hollered. Finally I asked some construction people where my meeting might be located. Of course they didn’t know but at least they were friendly and tried to help. From there the cleaning staff rapidly showed us they had no idea how to clean a room. At over $400 a night they could bloody stop turning off the A/C when it was over 100 degrees and we asked them not too. Perhaps they didn’t speak English. In short this was a horrible experience. DON’T STAY HERE!
Everything from check-in, to the rooms, to pool area were well done. Coffee shop was cute but needed more staff.
In terms of location...it’s off of the winery path, but not to the point of inconvenience. Would be a nice place to stay with a family, business or as a couple.