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
Splurge visit with my daughter - attentive staff, thoughtful design, exceptional attention to detail and the most comfortable beds ever. We both had spa visits and were delighted by the service. The breakfast is very well done.
The 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year and we spent it at the North Block Hotel. We rent a home in Yountville for the month of July and were not feeling like hitting the usual parade circuit. My husband (unknowingly to me and our kids) worked with C.J. Howell (for whom the title “guest services” is an understatement) and planned a day poolside complete with massages. Wow!! What an incredible place with incredible people. We were greeted as if we were longtime guests. Escorted to the pool with wine in hand and had an incredible afternoon with a massage to die for! You could tell by the smile on all the guests’ faces that this was just another day at the North Block. But for me it was the start of a new 4th of July tradition. Thank you C.J.! You will be seeing a lot more of us!!
North Block Hotel is a charming Mediterranean feel hotel set in the beautiful town of Yountville.
On arrival we were greeted by Carter and Larry who kindly offered us a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. They both are so enthusiastic, both wanting to make our trip very memorable. Customer Service here is very high on the scale, nothing is too much trouble. A special shout out must go to Daniel who looked after us throughout our stay, such a charming, helpful gentleman. Arrived in the room to find a chilled bottle of bubbly for us to enjoy on our balcony. Room very clean, lovely ambiance.
Fabulous casual meal at Redd Wood Restaurant, enjoyed the complementary breakfast in the morning,
Cannot recommend this hotel enough, stay here you will not be disappointed.