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
My husband and I could not stop raving about this hotel. From check-in with a complimentary glass of wine to check out with a parting gift, we had an amazing experience. We were in the area when the Kincade fire was raging and had to cancel our trip to Healdsburg last-minute. NRI was able to accommodate us an extra day very smoothly. This is not the most modern or fanciest hotel I have stayed at, but the attention to detail gives it a wow factor. I would definitely stay here again.
What a wonderful experience for us! My daughter and I visited for a few days to celebrate her 30th birthday. The location just cannot be beat, and the staff are both nice and professional. Sara Mueller, the Front Office Manager, scheduled everything from our pick up at the airport to our spa visits, the Platypus Napa Wine Tour and the Wine Train. We are sorry we didn't have the pleasure of meeting her while we were there. Our room was really nice, as was the rest of the hotel. We ate at Celadon at the hotel, and it was wonderful as well. We have nothing but praise for the Napa River Inn!
I really liked this hotel. The service was excellent.
The not so good:
Our room was in the Embarcadero and was basically a closet. I don’t recommend this if you are looking for a luxurious hotel type room. I was in a Deluxe King with a fireplace and I could touch the fireplace while sitting on the end of the bed. Our river view actually opened to a shared balcony where people could walk up to our window. Not sure this room (E219) should be rented for the price I paid. I was last minute recovering from missed anniversary so...????. Get the suite and a Plaza room cause I think they are probably newer and bigger.
Surprisingly it was very quiet and peaceful. No one really used the balcony except us. The bed was like sleeping in a cloud. I honestly tore the sheet apart looking for a label. If I had a truck I would have tried to make off with that giant pillow.????
The complimentary breakfast muffin basket each morning with fresh squeezed orange juice was too die for. My hubby and I were about to wrestle over the morning bun.
Location is perfect. You have a nice walk to the strip but are far enough away to have serenity if you want it.
Service as I said was great.
All said I would go back to this place...in a suite or Plaza room.????