Meadowood Napa Valley
What We Love
- Room service, which arrives via picnic baskets
- The three-Michelin-starred restaurant led by chef Christopher Kostow
- Daily complimentary wine happy hour at the Reception Lodge
- House-baked sweet treats—rosemary shortbread; olive oil cookies—are a part of nightly turndown service
What To Know
- Renting a car is a must—there is no public transportation nearby
- Guests are required to wear white and flat-soled shoes on the resort’s two croquet lawns
- Craft cocktail classes are offered onsite
- The attentive staff is ready to assist with planning wine tasting excursions
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
The Silverado Trail, with its Mayacamas panorama, enchanting sunsets, and expansive oak shades, is the far prettier sister to Highway 29 and often considered Napa Valley’s road less traveled. It’s also the scenic country road you’ll take to get to the leafy grounds that house 85 cottages, spread across one of St. Helena’s most serene pockets. Your rustic digs exude the vibe of an elevated farmhouse—exposed white beams, stone fireplaces, and cashmere throws abound—and serve as a cozy cocoon from the vineyard brigade. Though when you do emerge, splurge for an award-winning meal at chef Christopher Kostow’s renowned ode to hyper-local eating, more like a culinary odyssey (there are up to 20 breathtaking courses depending on the season), known to feature Miyagi oysters from nearby Tomales Bay and trumpet mushrooms, sourced by an in-house forager. With nearly 5 miles of hiking trails (scattered across the site of a former Christmas tree farm), seven outdoor tennis courts, and a viticulture-inspired spa, where practically everything, from the oils in your aromatherapy shower to the fresh juice you’re handed on your way out, is customizable, even world-class wine country may not be enough to lure you from this pastoral wonderland.
In the Area
Golf enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a round of “hickory golf” (a golf pro walks you along the nine-hole course and you play using vintage 20th-century equipment) on the premises. If you tire of the trails onsite, venture out to the summit of Mt. Helena, which towers just over 4,000 feet, or nearby Westwood Hills Park where a three-mile route with wildflowers awaits. Grab some baked goodies from the Model Bakery, known for its succulent sourdough baguettes, for fuel. Di Rosa, a former winery turned contemporary art center, showcases local artistry in a 125-year-old residence and is about a 35-minute drive away (guided tours are recommended).
How to Get There
I don't know what happened, but somehow the booking system TOCK booked me for the same day I booked...that evening. I know I didn't choose the same day as I was looking for a specific day a month out. I didn't realize this and showed up for the day I thought I had a reservation to find the error. The staff was kind and accommodated us for the "bar bites", which was fantastic, but I lost $300 from the wrong booking as it is pay in advance. We weren't offered any refund or discount. That really stinks.
The property is lovely. The experience was just not five star and not worth the money.
The pool wasn't open, so we received a $100 credit per night. However when I looked on the internet,
that was the price we would have had after the credit.
Exceptional few days at Meadowood. 5 stars top to bottom. Prepared to travel from UK to revisit in the future. Food and Wine at its finest. Beautiful trails and hiking surrounds the hotel grounds. Staff make the visit
Meadowood is truly the best hotel in Napa Valley. We have stayed here as a couple, with friends, and with our whole family. The service is beyond expectation, so incredible. We spent a whole day at the spa, played croquet & golf, and ate at The Restaurant on this trip. In past trip we used the pools (currently being renovated but will be amazing I'm sure when finished) and enjoyed the overall serenity of this magnificent property! Love it!
Very disappointed that the pool was under construction and there was no notification. Would not have stayed there this trip if I had known. There was no discount in the rate charged although it was paid in advance when the pool was active.