Napa River Inn
What We Love
- Daily breakfast, WiFi and parking are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Evening wine tasting showcases local wineries
- Easier access to San Francisco than up-valley destinations
- Free bicycle rentals
What To Know
- Geared toward couples and girls weekends, not families
- Downtown location necessitates driving up-valley to reach wineries
- Patios and balconies are lovely but can be a bit noisy
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Built on the site of the former Napa Mill in the heart of downtown, the Napa River Inn’s main building dates to 1884 and holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Common areas feel similarly historic with antique furniture and a mix of dark wood and heavy brocades, plaids and florals.
Bed & Bath
Eight of the 66 rooms are located within the old mill, and they’re the best in the house. Successfully blending period pieces with contemporary style, the Historic Rooms rooms have sitting areas with tufted loungers and velvet ottomans, fireplaces, crown moldings, exposed brick walls and bathrooms with claw-foot tubs. The remaining rooms are divided between two modern buildings, which also front the river and continue the tasteful (albeit conservative) Americana design with raspberry-red chintz and heavy colonial wooden furniture. The Embarcadero building has occasional nautical references; the Plaza building has the added plus of balconies or patios, many with full river views. All have the requisite details, including sumptuous beds, his-and-her bathrobes and nightly turndown service.
Other thoughtful details showcase local artisans. Breakfast comes hot from the oven at the dee-lish onsite bakery, the nightly wine hour features Napa vintages, coffee is roasted nearby, and even the bath amenities are locally made. The spa offers treatments such as grape love body polish, which uses organic grapeseed oil and mill-crushed grapeseeds for a full body exfoliation before cabernet butter makes your skin silky smooth. For exploring, hop on the free bike rentals or join a guided historic walking tour on Saturday mornings.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a few nights in a deluxe river view room. The reception is completely separated from the accommodation and you typically only see any staff when you check in/out. No bar or communal facilities.
Room was ok - nothing special. AC was really loud. Ice machine not working and it was over 100F. Wi-fi was fantastic.
Close to everything, but very quiet. This part of town felt like it was dying, so many empty units and hardly any people around.
Breakfast is served to your room and is ok, but we ended up going to the bakery and using the credit there.
I thought this was expensive for what it is. Good to see the area, but will stay in the Valley next time.
I only stayed here one night but I wish it had been longer. This hotel has the authentic feel of a B&B with all the amenities you'd expect from a normal hotel. The staff was incredibly friendly. I needed a private, quiet location to record an interview and they let me use their board room. I needed to stay an hour later than check out - no problems at all.
The room was quaint and comfortable (although the AC was pretty loud and hard to get the right temperature). Great toiletries, robes, and towels. A cute balcony overlooking the river and a nearby restaurant. Parking was right out front and free.
The location was perfect - just a short walk to all the restaurants and shopping in Napa's downtown and just over the river from the Oxbow market.
All in all, I'm so glad I stayed here and would happily do so again.
I can’t rave enough about my stay. It was a work event so it was only overnight. Hotel stays are generally uneventful, unimpressive and tepid. NPI gets the highest marks for the typical service categories: cleanliness, arrival/departure experience, staff friendliness, room decor and amenities. I loved the art-deco-meets-modern-regal vibe of my room. Next-level service included staff coming by in the evening to draw the window shades and leave a sweet treat. They even organized my mess of device cords while they were at it. NRI is in an awesome location, within close walking distance to all the great restaurants and pubs. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
I couldn't have enjoyed my stay here more! It is conveniently located and the spa is top notch! I walked everywhere I went and the restaurants in close proximity are exceptional! The shopping close by is also hard to beat.
We have stayed here on multiple occasions (all excellent). Beautiful historic location & ambiance. Walk to good food & music. Great service every single employee (example = mailed my book back to me I forgot on nightstand). Easy parking and short drive to many Napa sights.