North Block Hotel
What We Love
- Private patio or balcony for every room
- Modern and sophisticated take on wine country style
- Lounging by the outdoor fireplace in the courtyard
- Redd Wood, an awesome on-premise restaurant and bar from chef Richard Reddington
What To Know
- Traffic noise from Route 29 can be heard from some balconies
- The restaurant is integrated into the hotel, so outdoor diners can be seen and heard in the evening
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designer Erin Martin transformed the once Tuscan-leaning Hotel Luca into a sophisticated aerie. The lobby epitomizes the minimalist modern styling, with earth tones interrupted by the occasional subtle animal print, while a shimmering wall hung with an impressive collection of brass skeleton keys sets the tone behind the concierge desk. The keys may be for show, but the hospitality is as sincere as it gets. Guest rooms start with whimsical touches, such as the awesome heavy wooden room doors with grated peep doors (think the gatekeeper in The Wizard of Oz), but the overall impression is muted. The best touch is the private patio or balcony with garden or property views. It’s tough to get much deeper in the heart of the food- and wine-obsessed Napa Valley than Yountville with its multitude of Michelin-starred eateries. And North Block Hotel, along with its integrated restaurant, proves that there is much more to this tiny town than a string of Thomas Keller restaurants (though, of course, there are those, beginning with the justly world-renowned French Laundry). Let the crack concierge help plan your eating itinerary. They’ll go the extra mile by securing reservations anywhere—after pouring a free glass of prosecco, of course.
In the Area
Don’t miss Richard Reddington’s joint, Redd Wood, located right in the North Block. The chef has added rustic pizzas, pastas and house-cured charcuterie to his modernist palette. But don’t stay in for your whole trip — there are six Michelin stars within walking distance. The French Laundry rocks three of them, and Bouchon and the California cuisine of Redd have each been awarded one. Right next door to North Block is Ma(i)sonry, a lively wine collective and art gallery where one can taste offerings from various area wineries amid a sculpture garden and gallery setting. Call (or ask the concierge) for a tasting reservation. For a truly unique experience, visit the historic Rubicon, one of the oldest consistently operational wineries in the area. (Formerly Inglenook Chateau, which was built in late 1800s, it was purchased by the Coppola family in the 1970s and fully restored.) Take a break from all the haute cuisine and stop at Tacos Garcia, a taco truck perennially perched outside Yountville’s one (and only) dive bar, Pancha’s (which is, conveniently, within nightcap distance of North Block).
How to Get There
Snagged a good deal at this hotel using Hotel Tonight and what a pleasant surprise! The property is beautiful, and the guest rooms super clean and comfortable. Convenient location, walk-able to wineries and restaurants in Yountville (we received a comp tasting at Girard next door which was awesome). Enjoyed some time in the pool / hot tub as well.
Had a quick one night visit at North Block and wished we could have stayed longer. Front desk was very friendly and made sure we enjoyed our stay. The rooms have lovely bath products and the most comfortable beds! Will definitely return.
Also loved the holiday decorations and the real tree in the reception area is stunning!
This was my 3rd stay at North Block Hotel. I've stayed at The Vintage House and Hotel Yountville in times past, but keep returning to the North Block Hotel for a variety of reasons. Check in is so seamless and pleasant. The staff have always been incredibly attentive and friendly, but not overbearing. Upon entering our suite, a welcome note and small bottle of wine greeted my partner and I (very nice touch). The hotel put in a lot of thought into the layout and overall design of the suite. Ours was on the top floor of the hotel at the far end overlooking the hotel's pool, hot tub and cabana area. Since it was on the chilly side in November, I didn't see anybody utilizing this area of the hotel except for one couple who used the large hotel hot tub one afternoon. There are many perks for staying here, including complimentary breakfast at their adjoining Red Wood Restaurant and complimentary wine tastings at Jessup Cellars (across the street) and Gerard Winery which is next door to the hotel. Both wineries have a stellar wine tasting lineup to choose from. I think what was most important was being able to simply allow the blood pressure to drop, be with the people I care about most in a stunning setting. This hotel consistently delivers a truly unique and welcoming experience and I look forward to many more visits in the future.
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights - firstly, we are so glad that we stayed in Yountville as we visited many of the other towns/villages in Napa and in our opinion, they do not compare to this quant village.
North Block is a fantastic hotel, the room decor is great (beds are unreal), breakfast is tasty and the service is some of the best that I have experienced.
They even offer free drinks at reception whenever you want them which I think is a nice touch given the generally high costs of Napa.
Carter was so helpful on the front desk - a real character.
If you are planning a trip to Napa then a) stay in Yountville and b) stay at North Block.
Other than price I can’t think of a single thing wrong with this hotel. Coming from Australia everything here seems overpriced (especially the wine), but that said this is an amazing hotel and one of the best in our trip. Spacious comfy bedrooms, gorgeous bathrooms, great breakfast, walking distance to lovely restaurants and in the heart of the charming town of Yountville. We used the nice bar at Redd Wood and then progressed to Bouchon and Bottega - both fab. Great massage at the spa. The pool area is really special. If I had to be picky I would say that the sharp corner on the wooden bed frame is a nightmare, and the bar over the road was super noisy (until 6am - but I am a very light sleeper). Best rooms are upstairs (lighter) and to the rear of the property away from the dive bar. Would wholeheartedly recommend.