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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had been really excited about staying at Meadowood -- having been to the restaurant a few years ago, we were keen to get a chance to spend more time at what is admittedly a beautiful property.
We booked a night through Hotels.com and selected an option where we could pay at the hotel. There was no cancellation policy cited and we were never told we had to cancel by a certain date.
Unfortunately, the devastating fires in the region precluded us from making the trip. We called Meadowood and told them we needed to cancel. They told us we were not within the window and would have to call Hotels.com as it was not up to them, it was up to Hotels.com because we should have cancelled four days sooner. I was surprised because it was the first I had ever heard regarding a required cancel-by date.
We called Hotels.com, and they called Meadowood multiple times. Despite what Meadowood had told us on the phone, it was MEADOWOOD--not Hotels.com--who controlled the cancellation and MEADOWOOD who ultimately charged us $1,000 for a hotel room we could not use for circumstances beyond our control.
Be very careful about EVER making reservations here--they clearly care far more about making any buck that they can than building any sort of customer loyalty.
There is certainly nothing wrong with Meadowood. It's a nice place and I'm reviewing it based on a 5 star hotel... ie it's just okay in relation to other 5 star places. The restaurant on property (not the super pricey one) is kinda dingy and food not that great. The location is pretty, but you feel more like you're in Tahoe than Napa... which, again is fine, but not what I was looking for. Service was great.
Was celebrating an anniversary so u ordered fruit and chocolate covered strawberries in advance. Where in other places this is given free of charge in the spirit of celebrating an occasion, I was sent a menu of charges for all these extras. Chocolate covered strawberries coat 6 dollars a piece. It wasn’t even delivered so the surprise was ruined. When I mentioned this to the front desk, this was thankfully rectified and done free of charge. Would’ve also been nice if there were more TV channels to choose from, and it is difficult getting around the property without the use of a buggy. Food at the The Grill was not good but perhaps that is because it was a Sunday and the usual chef wasn’t working. Rooms are comfortable however, and the fireplace is a nice touch. The minibar is well stocked and complimentary drink and cookies at the lobby is also a lovely touch. Friendly front desk.