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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Impeccably clean (crazy important to me) and cozy rooms. Heated bathroom floors a really fun touch. Decor is fantastic and beds are outrageously comfortable. Breakfast in the morning is hit or miss-they do run out of things, but do their best to accommodate those showing up later - coffee is fabulous. Did not eat at the restaurant, but it was busy each night (great sign). Lovely property, nice touches. Would recommend to family and friends.
Service and room impeccable. The restaurant connected was great. The Breakfast was a little weak and disappointing. Rooms are lovely and amenities. We will return to North Block Hotel and Yountville. Again best Service ever!!
We enjoyed our honeymoon with a four day stay at North Block. Can't say enough about the service we received at the hotel. It was above and beyond.
Other than the excellent service we received, we also enjoyed exploring Yountville via walking and bicycle.
Some of the nearby places that we enjoyed the most are below:
- Elyse Winery
- Ad Hoc (Fried Chicken Night was outstanding)
- Bouchon Bakery