Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley
What We Love
- Soaking in a deep freestanding tub while admiring the gorgeous vineyard views from your room
- Private balconies with their own fire pit—a rare and relaxing perk
- The spa’s aromatherapy massages, expertly performed using custom-blended essential oils
- The restaurant’s ultra-fresh, California-sourced dishes
What To Know
- This is an adults-only retreat
- A two- or three-night minimum stay is required on weekends yearround
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center on site with an adjacent yoga and meditation studio
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The second property from Mexico’s Las Alcobas (owners of a gorgeous boutique hotel in Mexico City) occupies a renovated Victorian-style farmhouse in St. Helena built in 1907. What sets this hotel apart, aside from seriously sophisticated interiors, is that it sits virtually in the middle of a vineyard, a real rarity in the region. And we’re not talking about just any vineyard—the rows of vines that surround Las Alcobas belong to Beringer, one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley. To complement the green landscape, design duo Yabu Pushelberg chose a serene, off-white palette, materials like stone and wood, and soft, clean lines for the 68 elegant guest rooms. Six rooms are inside the old farmstead; all have custom-designed furnishings by Italian specialist Casa Zeta, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and oversized Carrara marble bathrooms. The farmstead also houses a fine dining restaurant, Acacia House, headed by Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino, which serves fresh dishes like chilled heirloom melon soup and sweet corn and basil risotto. As expected, the menu includes a nice selection of wines from star California producers like Etude and Frogs Leap. If you’re not relaxed enough after a few glasses, head to the beautiful spa for a massage inspired by ancient traditions from India, Thailand, and beyond.
In the Area
Las Alcobas is right next door to Beringer Vineyards, one of the country’s most storied wineries. Take a stroll to the alfresco tasting room to sample their much-lauded Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay along with a selection of artisanal cheeses. Other nearby wineries worth seeking out include Charles Krug, whose stunning tasting room is housed in a landmarked historic manor, and Hall Wines, a boutique winery producing Bordeaux varieties from organic vines. Downtown St. Helena is only minutes away. There, check out local favorites like Pizzeria Tra Vigne, a casual spot that doles out brick-oven pizzas and gelato, or the higher-end Press, a steakhouse known for its fastidiously sourced cuts of meats and seasonal produce.
How to Get There
What an wonderful girl friends getaway at Las Alcobas. My only regret was not staying longer. We experienced quite a bit the property had to offer from the 84 degree pool, room service, restaurant and the relaxing balcony and view complete with fire pit. The restaurant experience was couldn’t have been better. Delicious well prepared but approachable food. We started with the chips and dip and crudités, both so yummy and I could eat the chips and labneh everyday for the rest of my life. The crudités were well imagined and beautifully presented. Our waiter brought us some squash soup to try and the smoked mascarpone had an almost toasted marshmallow quality to it, both a surprise and a delight. My friend ordered the schnitzel which looked fabulous and I had the stuffed acorn squash, equally tasty. The wine list is complete with both international and Napa Valley selections and the service could not have been more spot on. Our room was fabulous and so quiet. We had a vineyard view and the fire pit was an added bonus. My friend likes to sleep late so I was able to enjoy the balcony and watch the sun rise, the mist settle over the valley and get some great photos all while curled up in the privacy of our balcony. The staff was so kind and accommodating when we ordered room service breakfast 15 minutes past their normal time. Spending a night, or a weekend here will definitely be rejuvenating and transport you quickly to a slower pace so you maximize your time in Napa. I’m already planning my next visit with my husband.
I stayed at Las Alcobas this past weekend for an early birthday celebration. I am a luxury travel agent and can be quiet picky, but I left just being impressed. This properly was recently refurbished in 2017 and everything looks and feels brand new, except for the historical Acaia House which is just beautiful. The rooms are very big. Definitely splurge for a vineyard view room. The rooms have an easy to operate fire pit on the porch with rocking chairs and a couch. The toilet room is separate from the shower and sink area. The toilet and shower area have a rolling barn wood door. I don’t personally like a barn wood style door because I don’t think it offers privacy, but that’s my opinion.
The location of the hotel is perfect and an easy 7-10 minute walk into downtown St. Helena. There’s a beautiful heated pool area and a very nice and well-equipped gym. The best part of the hotel is the service and staff. Starting with the valet, and ending with housekeeping, everything was great. I had let the hotel know it was my birthday weekend, and at minimum 5 different employees told me happy birthday. To show an example of their quality of service, when the valet leaves to go get your car, a front desk agent will walk down and make sure you aren’t standing alone until the valet gets back. It’s the little things that matter, and I want the staff to know that I noticed it!
I would be lucky to stay here again and would recommend it to any of my clients!
You'd think for $500+ per night and a Luxury Collection with Marriott Starwood everything would be perfect, far from it... Last 3 nights of our five night stay internet in our room did not work and was very slow and other common areas of the property. Our room was extremely Dusty and when we call to have the filter changed the filter was filthy dirty look like it hadn't been changed in months. For this priced property you'd expect all organic amenities in the bathrooms, organic coffee and teas, two umbrellas in the room instead of one especially in a rainy climate, toilet broke two of the five nights we were there. Nightly turndown service did not include automatically refilling the ice container, something simple and strangely missing. Fitness facility was okay but strangely missing key equipment easily found another much lower-rated and price properties. Fitness classes and other classes only offered during High season were completely absent during this time of the year with absolutely no disclosure note or qualification on their website and booking screens. In short, you're not getting what you may think you're paying for. The primary reason I gave it to Stars, despite the property in the rooms at self being very quaint beautiful and high-end in many respects is the dysfunctionality and or missing obvious things that should be working properly. I've had better internet strength and reliability at $80 per night Moxy properties. Positives were excellent breakfast selection for platinum members, free valet parking, very quick responsive staff, which may have to do with it being low season I'm not sure, but none-the-less quick response of service and answering the telephone. Gorgeous room amazing fire pits in view of the Vineyards.
So impressed with Las Alcobas. We booked a room on the ground floor with a view of the vineyards. Absolutely stunning, we felt like we were part of the landscape. We used our patio with fire pit everyday, even while it rained. The room was beautiful & well appointed, great linens, comfortable bed & a lovely bathroom (with a lighted mirror, wish every hotel did that). The fitness center is great. The staff is very friendly and professional. The Acacia house restaurant is divine, but will leave that for another review. We were in the 300 building, so absolutely no noise. Easy walk into town. Only one minor issue, really not even worth mentioning, but I'm doing it anyway. Our coffee and water were not replaced. I'd come back here in a heartbeat!
We stayed at Las Alcobas for 3 nights during Thanksgiving week. This property is phenomenal, easily one of the most beautiful I've ever stayed in. Staff, especially the valets, consistently went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable. When it rained our second day, my wife and I were sharing an umbrella and the valet still ran up to offer her a larger umbrella for her to use individually.
We stayed in building 300 and had a wonderful view of the vineyard. We used the fire pit several times a day and stayed toasty and dry despite the rain outside. We used room service to eat on our balcony each morning and it was always prompt and attentive.
Rooms are beautiful and minimalist. I loved some of the little service approaches (e.g., pre-ground coffee in a little tin for you when you arrive, notes giving the upcoming weather at turn down)
The location is perfect. We walked into town for dinner one night and drove all over Napa during the day. The restaurant on-site is also fantastic and inventive if you don't feel like venturing out. The Margarita everyone talks up is indeed very tasty (and I'm not a tequila guy.)
Can't recommend this place more highly. Definitely my go to for R&R in Napa.